F.A.Q

What are the benefits of learning a musical instrument?

Playing music is a way to stimulate the brain in a way that helps with memory retention and also helps you to learn new things. The music makes you feel calm and relaxed. Being able to flawlessly play a piece of music will make you swell with pride and in turn it will make you feel happier. One of the biggest things that can be a benefit in your life is more creativity. Creativity is essential for many parts of life and you might find yourself being able to extend this idea to other parts of life.

Which musical instrument lesson offer at Classic Music & Arts Institute?

Classic Music & Arts Institute offer the following musical instrument lessons:

  1. Music for kids (group lesson)

  2. Early learner (group lesson)

  3. Violin (string instrument) 

  4. Recorder (woodwind instrument)

  5. Clarinet (woodwind instrument) 

  6. Saxophone (woodwind instrument)

  7. Venova (woodwind instrument)

  8. Ukulele (string instrument)

  9. Guitar (string instrument)

  10. Electric bass (string instrument)

  11. Drums

  12. Piano

  13. Keyboard

  14. Music Theory (group and private lesson)

Which activities do you offer to toddlers that don’t have enough age to mastery a musical instrument?

Toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary students alike will be delighted by music lessons that are tailored exactly for them. If your child isn’t quite ready to start either musical instrument lessons, you can still introduce them to the music through our musical activities’ programs.

 Music for kids and Early learner group lessons are two programs offered by Classic Music & Arts Institute, completely inclusive for children of all abilities.  The lessons include fun songs to engaging instruction activities for exploring sounds, voices, instruments, understanding rhythmic patterns and performing together. Introduction to some instruments like piano, recorder and ukulele and musical theory.

What Certificate Programs do you offer?

At Classic Music & Arts Institute we have all sorts of students from those who want to play ‘just for fun’ as well as students who want to pursue the music instrument professionally. We teach young kids as well as mature adults. Our teaching style changes based on the student and their specific goals.

 Whether you want to be plugged into a system that gives them the opportunity to perform and earn rewards for their progress we offer certificate programs. At Classic Music & Arts Institute you can receive focused instruction leading to the following certificates: London College of Music, Trinity and ABRSM.

What instrument should I start with?

What instrument should I start with?

What instrument should I start with?

In general, start with the instrument that you find yourself most drawn to. Maybe it’s the one you have at home already, or the one that you hear most clearly in your favorite music? If you’re looking for lessons for a child under 10, piano or drums/percussion are our general recommendations. Since you do not need to hold up a piano or drums in order to play them, the learning curve is much gentler than on string and wood instruments, which need to be held up and played with both hands. However, the ukulele and recorder are relatively simple musical instruments to mastery.

Particular questions

1-Which age the student can start to learn violin?

We considered that the earlies age that your child could start violin is 6 or 7 years old. One factor to keep in mind is the child’s strength in their hands and fingers regarding the strings and in using the violin bow.

2-Do they need the instrument for the lesson?

Yes, they do. For the first class you need your own instrument with the measurement corresponding to the size of the child. The teacher indicates before to the first lesson the size of the violin that corresponds to each student.  

 

3-Which age the student can start to learn woodwind musical instrument?

For the clarinet and saxophone, the age is around 9 years old. Because this instrument needs a lot of pressure with the diaphragm and the fingers need to be longer and the teeth need to be stronger.

4-Do they need the instrument for the lesson?

For the assessment the teacher provides an instrument for checking if they can cover properly the hole and reach the keys.   

 

5-Which age the student can start to learn drums?

The best age to start drum lessons is generally between ages 7 to 8, as this is the age where most students gain the mental focus needed to learn an instrument. Those ages are considered the best age to learn the drums, there are always exceptions, and it ultimately comes down to your child’s willingness to learn & practice.

 

 

6-Do they need the instrument for the lesson?

During the first 2 months of classes, it is not necessary to have your own drums, however, you need to have a practice pad and drumsticks to develop the first rhythms and coordination skills.  It’s advisable an electric drum because the student can practice whenever and wherever without disturbing anyone.

7-Which other musical instrument percussion do you teach?

If you wish you can learn also Latin percussion instruments like Congas, Timbal, Bongo.

 

8-At which age the student can start to learn guitar, electric bass, or ukulele?

While every child is different, it's generally a good idea to wait until your child is at least 8 years old before starting guitar lessons, at least 10 years old for the Electric Bass. However, they can start the Ukulele lesson at only 6 years old. In order to read the musical notes, require that the students know the alphabet.

9-Do they need the instrument for the lesson?

Yes, they do.  For the assessment, the teacher will try different instrument sizes and we’ll decide which one it’s the appropriate size. Once the student starts the lessons, they need their own instrument so they can practice at home.

 

10-Which age the student can start to learn piano or keyboard?

The best age to start piano or keyboard lessons is typically between the ages of 6 and 9-years-old. While older students may have an easier time learning to play, students as young as 6-years-old can also learn since the keys of the piano are easy to operate.

11-What is the difference between piano and keyboard?

The main differences between a piano and a keyboard are a 'piano' is an acoustic instrument with weighted keys whereas a 'keyboard' is an electric instrument (requiring a power source) with unweighted (lighter) keys than a piano. Each instrument has its own unique benefits and features. 

When you play a note or notes on a piano, the neighboring piano strings vibrate in harmony with the notes/s you have just played) give a richness to the sound that is unique to the piano. On a keyboard, you can change the sounds and instruments which adds great variety to your practice (many keyboards have hundreds of sounds you can choose from). Also, on a keyboard, you can play along with backing tracks. Plus playing with backing tracks is very good for developing your ability to play precisely in time.

Many of these electric keyboards can be played with headphones, which means that no one but the musician can hear the music. Accordingly, it’s possible for the student to practice whenever and wherever they want without disturbing anyone.

12-What is the difference between piano lessons and keyboard lessons?

The keyboard lessons often, refer to lessons or courses in which the student is taught to read the Right Hand (melody) notes while the Left-Hand plays simple block chords. Additionally, improvisation frequently is more emphasized in keyboard lessons while piano lessons are geared more toward reading and playing music as it was notated by the composer.

 

13-Should you be having piano lessons or keyboard lessons?

This will help you and your child to decide which instrument they want to play. Consider these fundamental questions:

Is your child interested in playing classical music or is your child primarily interested in playing pop music?

 

Frequently, pianos are associated with playing classical music, but they also sound fantastic with jazz and blues compositions. Similarly, keyboards are more often associated with pop music or even hard rock and heavy metal.

Whether you want to play classical music we recommend acoustic piano because the piano’s weighted keys will develop more strength in the fingers, which enables greater finesse when playing.

 

14-Why the Music theory is an important part of the foundation for any musician?

Music theory allows music education majors to read the score. It's helpful for every kind of music major and allows the musician to analyze the work of other composers so they can improve the performance and their musical knowledge. Performers must understand the structure of every piece they perform and this is impossible without a solid music theory background.