Here are the answers to some of our most commonly asked questions:
How much do lessons cost?
For up-to-date pricing, please visit our price section.
Do you teach adults?
Around 58% of our total client base are adults. We have people in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s right up to a few 80+ year olds. That said, we have specially trained teachers available for teaching children as young as 4.
What types of experience do your teachers have?
We believe in offering our clients the very finest standard of musical education available. So in order to do just that, we have spent years finding the most qualified, experienced, performed, recorded and respected music teachers we could find. We have Professors, Doctors of Music, Musicologists, International Session Musicians, Musical Directors, Educationalists, Child Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists and that is just a small handful. We are very confident that you won’t find a better music school elsewhere!
I don’t have an instrument yet, what should I do?
Most people who come along for the first time don’t either. We understand that many people like to try their chosen instrument out first, before making a financial step towards investing in one. That is why you are welcome to come along and use one of our instruments during your lesson. It’s maybe best you borrow or hire a saxophone before those lessons though, for hygiene purposes.
What times are you open?
We open at 8am and close at 10pm. This may change very slightly from day to day depending on our staff’s schedules. It is always best to make an appointment if you wish to attend the school. Like most other schools, we have a very strict level of security due to children being on the premises.
Is there parking at the music school?
We are based on the main street (Comiston Road). The first side street just past the music school, if you are coming up the hill, has a pay and display parking area, or, if you drive just a past this area, there is free on-street parking 24 hours a day.
Do I need to block book lessons?
No, not at all. All lessons are pay as you go. This way you don’t have to worry about an up front payment. We have a very strict 48 hour cancellation policy though, which is to protect our teacher’s wages.
Do you teach complete beginners?
Of course! Everyone has to start somewhere and we have specially trained teachers who work with beginners every day to ensure they learn the best techniques and advice from the start. We also have teachers who work with clients who are doing undergraduate degrees, Masters, and Doctorates in Music as well as customers who are working towards their Grade 8 or Diploma.
What age do you start lessons at?
For different instruments we recommend different starting ages. Most children can start from the age of 4, however, some instruments, like the saxophone, are better left until the age of 10. We also ask that parents take into consideration their child’s attention span at very early ages, and in some cases we can shorten a lesson to 15 minutes to suit.
Do I have to do grades?
Not at all. Unlike most schools, we give our clients a whole host of different options. Grades can be great for some people but don’t suit everyone’s development. Call to find out about all the options available.
I am really nervous about singing/performing in front of people. Can you help?
99.9% of people get nervous performing in front of an audience, it’s perfectly normal! That is why our fully qualified music teachers will take time with you until you feel comfortable. We understand how nerve-wracking it can be, since we have all been there ourselves!
Do you have experience of teaching children and adults with special needs?
We have worked alongside various organisations for many years to help facilitate music lessons and music therapy for both children and adults with specific needs. It is an area we take great pride in and enjoy working in. Music can be a great tool for communication, expression and relaxation. Please call us and we can chat about the many options available to you. (Due to the listed building that we teach from, we are very regrettably unable to assist wheelchair users at the music school. However, we can, and do, send our teachers to homes or other places that are suitable. No one should be excluded due to a disability, and we will do everything we can to make sure that our services are available to everyone).
If you have a question that you don’t see on this list, please just give us a call or send us an email. We will be more than happy to help.