Getting Started
We are currently accepting students, but space is limited.

I am so delighted you are interested in joining the Mini Musicians studio! Here is what you need to know to get started.

The decision to begin music lessons is a very big one for a family, and is nothing to enter into lightly. The rewards of this endeavor are amazing, but like most other things in life, you only get out what you put in. Some of the countless rewards of your diligent efforts would include:
  • experiencing the joy and power of music as an expressive art form
  • watching your child grow, learn, and express himself musically
  • discovering your child's individual learning styles, and learning to bring out the best in her
  • growing closer as a family as you problem solve together and work through the more difficult times
  • watching your child's self esteem blossom as they discover their own musical talents

Of course, there is a significant amount of work involved. The most important job of the parent is to be consistent. The message you send to your child through your actions is stronger than anything you can say to them. Show her that you are committed to her success by:
  • attending every lesson and group lesson, prepared to participate and take notes.
  • learning the basics of the instrument yourself. 
  • being consistent with home lessons. Have a set time for home lessons, and follow your notes as closely as possible.
  • being consistent with listening to the prescribed recordings. 

How do I know when we are ready to begin?
As a parent, you are ready to begin lessons when you know what's involved and what your responsibilities will include, and have arranged time in the family schedule for all aspects of success: practice, listening, individual and group lessons.
 
For the child, the two most important readiness factors are the ability to focus and follow directions, and the desire to play music and/or the violin. Here are some things to keep in mind.
  • Focus is essential for the mastery of new skills, but the ability to focus is a skill in itself, and building focus will be a continuous process. Some beginners have only a 10 minute attention span. We can work to build and increase their focus.
  • Following directions is nonnegotiable.
  • Desire to play the instrument may come from the child or the parent. A parent's enthusiasm for the instrument will be contagious, and will spark interest from the child. Don't worry that you are being pushy if this wasn't their idea in the first place. It wasn't their idea to learn to read or count either, but we create the enthusiasm because we feel that it's an important skill.
  • Instrument instruction may begin as early as age 3 and is encouraged  before the age of 7.  However, the studio will gladly accept children older than seven. 

A few considerations...
  • Summer lessons are required in order to maintain technique and interest.  You must sign up for at least 4 lessons during the summer session. 
  • Students who join the studio make a commitment for the full year.


Tuition
Tuition is paid monthly (or quarterly with a 10% discount) via PayPal.

One half hour lesson per week and one group lesson every other week is $40.
Sibling lessons are 40 minutes long and are $60 per week for two students including group lessons.


What you receive
30 minute weekly lesson
60 minute biweekly group classes (every other week)
parent education
3 recitals per year
video recording of each lesson


Expectations
  • Please read the studio policies before signing up for lessons
  • A parent will be present and participating at every lesson
  • Students will practice 6 days per week (although practice sessions may last as little as 10 minutes!) and are usually guided and supervised by their parent depending on the age of the student.
  • Students will be listening to their prescribed recordings daily. 

Register
Please fill out the new student form and we will contact you shortly.


Prospective Student Form