Where are lessons held?
The David Thomas School of Music teachers come directly to your home to teach lessons. There is no need to travel to a studio.
Frequently Asked Questions
When are lessons given?
We have teachers available every day of the week from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Choose a day and time that is convenient for you. Lesson days and times can be changed directly with your teacher when needed.
What do lessons cost?
We always strive to tailor our lessons and pricing to your needs while making sure that all of our teachers are experts in their fields. We have several lesson packages available for all instruments usually starting around $105 per month. Pricing is based on lesson length, frequency of lessons, and teacher.
What forms of payment to you accept?
We accept ACH (electronic check), Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Payments are received on a monthly basis.
How long are lessons?
Lessons are available in lengths of 30 minutes, 45 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes, or custom-tailored to the length you need. We divide lessons into three segments to cover the following skills: warm-up routine and muscle memory skills, rhythm and music reading exercises, musical expression, and performing entire songs. In order for students to gain the most from all three segments, 45 - 60 minute lessons are strongly encouraged.
What materials do I need?
Music lessons do not generally require a lot of materials. You will need the instrument that you or your child is learning, a music stand (unless studying piano or voice), the lesson books your teacher recommends, a pencil, two chairs (except for piano lessons), and a metronome/tuner. All of these supplies are obtainable through your local music store.
What if we miss a lesson or need to reschedule?
You can reschedule lessons any time you need to. We only respectfully request 24 hours notice unless it's a case of emergency or illness, in which case, we ask that you contact your teacher as soon as possible.
Why are in-home lessons an advantage over studio lessons?
Most people find in-home lessons to be an advantage over traveling to a music studio for lessons for a couple of reasons. First, research by Dr. Sheryl Reinisch of Concordia University - Portland shows that students learn better when they are in a comfortable environment that feels familiar to them.
Secondly, people find the flexibility of in-home lessons to be convenient. There's no need to battle traffic, take time out from a busy schedule to run kids to lessons, entertain the younger children in a waiting area, or spend gas money. Instead, dinner can be in the oven, laundry in the washer, and younger children playing nearby.
Does my child need private lessons?
Private lessons allow for direct teacher-student interaction. Unfortunately, due to time and budget constraints, most music classes in schools are quite short and involve a group of students who are playing at varying levels. The personal attention, enthusiasm, and apprenticeship-style learning that the David Thomas School of Music teachers provide is invaluable in ensuring that your child develops the correct skills, a love for music, and the confidence needed to become a leader in both music and life.