Private lessons involve 30, 45 or 60 minute instruction with the teacher, one on one. The method used will be tailored to fit the student. A sample of methods frequently used are listed below. Other activities include games to reinforce theory concepts, solfege and composing. Practice incentives are on-going throughout the year to encourage and motivate students!
Methods used are tailored to the student's individual needs. Below is a list of some of the more common methods used in the studio:
For students wishing to take exams, the following are two examination systems that are used in the studio:
Once a month, a group class will be held. The classes are age and level appropriate, and will include a study on a composer, rhythm instrument ensembles (including duets), games and a chance to perform in a low-pressure environment. In the advanced levels, these classes become Master Classes where students have an opportunity to discuss repertoire styles, composer styles, perform in a low-pressure environment and learn to express their opinion and share their experiences. Students will also be given the opportunity to play duets, trios and ensembles with other students.
These classes are a lot of fun for everyone, and are often followed with refreshments.
The studio has two recitals a year, at Christmas and at the end of the year. At the end of the year we have a family day, where the entire family is invited to come out to attend our Musical Carnival. Each year we have a different theme, for example, Mexican Fiesta and American Ball Park. An hour is spent with students rotating to different musical station games and then the event is followed by a family potluck style barbeque.