When DO Lesson Start:
Summer Start or Fall Start?
There are 2 starting options available: Summer Start and Fall Start.
The Summer Start program provides 8 string lessons or 12 band lessons during the summer. Classes are offered in July and August. They meet for 45 minutes a day, Monday-Thursday for either 2 weeks (strings) or 3 weeks (band). Lessons are structured in homogenous groups. July lessons are offered at Farnsworth and August lessons at Urban. Students may attend the site most convenient for them. The times of the classes are determined by which instrument your child plays. Classes are offered between 8:00 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
There are no instructional fees and no rental fees for Summer Start. You need to sign up through your band/orchestra teacher to participate.
The advantage to participating in the Summer Start program is the concentrated instruction available at the beginning of the instrument learning process. Bad habits can be corrected quickly before they set in. The Summer Start format is structured in such a way to provide more in-depth instruction in basic fundamentals as posture, breathing, bow hold etc. and more time to review concepts before moving forward. Students will cover basic playing skills and learn note reading skills. It is a great way to get a head start on your instrument and hit the ground running when school starts!
Fall Start is offered to those who may not be available or are unable to attend the Summer Start program. All students (regardless of when they start) will see the teacher once a week for a 20 minute lesson in a small group, and starting in late September or early October, all students meet together for large group band or large group orchestra practice.
Students, who are eager to start in the summer but are not available for the Summer Start classes, can seek out their own private teacher. Students must inform Mrs. Milsted if this is what they intend to do. She needs to verify that the private teacher is a degreed professional with teaching experience. (Teaching an instrument requires a vastly different skill set than playing an instrument. Knowing how to play an instrument does not necessarily mean they are qualified to teach an instrument.)
Students wishing to start private instruction should have their parents contact the private teacher directly to set up a lesson schedule, discuss the lesson fee and learn the teacher's studio policies. Lessons in our area are usually once a week for 30 minutes and run between $14-$25 per half hour depending on the teacher.
For more information about private instruction, it's benefits and how to find a teacher, click here.