FAQ

WHAT DOES THE AVERAGE LESSON LOOK LIKE?

Most 45 minute lessons will consist of a combination of activities that all revolve around development and improvement. Lessons usually consist of a beginning warm-up period, technical studies out of a method book, solo or performance repertoire, and other activities like music theory lessons and music listening. While specific content will vary by instructor and instrument, the goal remains the same: provide quality and engaging content that young musicians can appreciate and enjoy working on.

WHAT DOES THE AVERAGE GROUP LESSON LOOK LIKE?

Monthly group sessions will primarily happen online through a virtual zoom classroom. Taught by a variety of instructors, the goal of these lessons is to provide music lessons on broader concepts that will improve the overall musicality of our students. The topics for each group lesson will be communicated ahead of time and will appeal to students of all ages and ability levels.

WHAT DOES THE LESSON FORMAT LOOK LIKE?

Due to current safety suggestions, we're offering a choice between in-person and online lessons. Our hope is that current restrictions won't limit the ability of students to take lessons. We're committed to working with parents and students to find a solution that works.

HOW DO ONLINE LESSONS WORK?

Online lessons will take place through video conferencing software, such as Facetime, Zoom, or Skype. Lessons will consist of the exact same material, except through virtual means. Resources, such as excerpts, worksheets, and other materials will be transferred through a shared Google Drive folder. Please note that a good internet connection and a distraction-free environment is preferred.

HOW DO IN-PERSON LESSONS WORK?

We are committed to providing a safe and secure way for every student to take lessons this summer. This means that all in-person lessons will adhere to social distancing requirements while they are suggested by the relevant authorities. In-person lessons take place at the instructor's residence which is set up as a distraction-free and dedicated learning environment. All surfaces will also be cleaned after each lesson to ensure there is no contact between any student. In-person lessons are not a requirement by any means and quality lessons can still be enjoyed online. However, in-person lessons do offer some benefits that private lessons don't, such as duet playing, the lack of technical issues (like delay and sound quality), and hard copy materials.

WHAT IF MY STUDENT IS A BEGINNER?

While most of our programs are focused on musicians with about one school year of experience, we also welcome beginners. Specifically, if your student is a guitar, piano, or bass player, we are offering beginner lessons due to the fact that these instruments are not offered in schools.


If your student plays a standard band instrument, we are happy to teach them but we recommend that they also join their school band program if possible in order to ensure that they receive a well-rounded musical education.

HOW OFTEN WILL MY STUDENT NEED TO PRACTICE?

While practice times vary by instructor and level of experience, we generally recommend students practice every day for 20-40 minutes. Instructors will be assigning material for students to be working on throughout the week with specific goals in mind. When practicing, it's important for students to not overwork themselves and take breaks.

HOW DO I PAY FOR LESSONS?

Currently, we are offering Venmo and PayPal support for all lessons as well as check and cash for in-person lessons. Please be sure to communicate with your instructor on the best method of payment. Payment is collected monthly.

If we missed anything and you still have questions, please reach out to us at contact@menlomusicmentors.com. We'll be sure to respond as soon as we can.

 

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