When is my child able to begin music lessons?
This depends on the instrument your child is interested in, as well as the age and maturity of the child. At Creative Music Center, girls as young as 4 ½ and boys as young as 5 or 6 may begin piano lessons. The determining factor is whether or not a child is ready to sit for the 30-minute lesson. The goal at Creative Music is to be sure each child has a positive experience. Many of our teachers are experienced teaching younger beginners.
When can my child begin guitar lessons?
Guitar can be a tricky instrument to start at a very early age since it requires more manual dexterity than other instruments. Many of our younger students begin on ukulele, which is a great way to get the hang of a fretted instrument without such a long neck and so many strings to navigate. Otherwise, we usually recommend that children between the ages of 4 ½ and 7 years begin with piano or violin.
Do you teach adults?
Yes. We have many adult students of all ages studying music. Music has tremendous benefits for the brain at any age. Whether you’re trying an instrument for the first time or picking up where you left off, it’s never too late to make music!
How much and how often should my child practice?
To get the most out of private lessons, it is important your child practices between lessons. Children under 7 years may not be able to sit at the piano for long, so practicing five to 10 minutes a day (four to five days a week) is fine. It is more valuable to practice 10 minutes a day several days a week than to practice an hour just one day a week. As hard as it is, we always advise parents to resist pestering younger children to practice more. That said, it is also important for students of all ages to understand that it is important to practice.
We recommend making practice time – no matter the number of minutes – a part of a student’s daily routine, just like homework time and soccer practice. You may also want to consider a practice routine that involves more minutes on the weekend than during the week when children are more tired.
How can I get my child to practice more?
For younger musicians, consider stickers and other small rewards for a good week of practicing. Make a chart with a practice goal for the week. For older children age eight and up, a practice timer may help so there is a specific beginning and end to the practice time. It is also helpful to make practicing a part of their daily routine, just like homework and sports. If you’re looking for more ideas on encouraging your child to practice, ask your teacher or any member of our staff.
How long are lessons?
We offer 30-, 45- and 60-minute lessons. Most beginners start with 30-minute lessons. More advanced and advanced students may take 45- or even 60-minute lessons. Adult students generally begin with 45-minute lessons. Lessons are taken on a weekly basis.
Why can’t I cancel and make up lessons when I feel like it?
In order to get the most out of lessons it is important to come regularly and consistently. It is nearly impossible for any student to progress on his or her instrument if he or she comes to class irregularly.
In addition, Creative Music Center attracts some of the best, most committed music instructors in Connecticut because we acknowledge and understand that teaching music is how they earn a living. Teachers only get paid when they teach. Therefore, a studio that promises refunds for all missed lessons is giving the message to students that it isn’t important to come to lessons, at the same time it’s telling its teachers that they may or may not be paid during any given week. It is nearly impossible to retain a committed, professional teaching staff under those conditions.
What is your lesson cancellation policy?
Consistency and commitment are the keys to developing and mastering any pursuit, including playing a musical instrument. Therefore, students are encouraged to attend every lesson in order to advance their skills. If your student misses a lesson, we ask that you please call the studio a minimum of 24 hours in advance of the lesson day that will be missed. We do not issue refunds for missed lessons and missed lessons are not made up. However, each student will receive one floating credit per semester block. The blocks are as follows: Sept 1 – Jan 31 (Fall/Winter) and Feb 1 – June 30 (Winter/Spring). This floating credit becomes available to new students after four lessons. To utilize your floating credit, the studio must be notified in advance and no later than 12 noon on the same day the lesson will be missed.
What if my teacher is absent?
If your teacher is absent, a substitute may replace the teacher for that week. There are no credits for lessons missed if a substitute has been provided. Should the teacher be absent for more than two weeks, you will be notified by phone call or e-mail. Students will not be charged for studio holidays or teacher absences if we are unable to provide a substitute. Creative Music Center studio holidays are listed below.
- Labor Day
- Christmas Day **
- New Year’s Day **
- Memorial Day
- July 4th
**There are no lessons between 12/24/17 and 1/1/18 for the Winter Holiday.
NOTE: Creative Music Center does not follow the public or private school holiday calendar.
What about snow days?
You will receive a text or email if lessons are cancelled due to inclement weather. Lesson cancellations due to inclement weather will also be posted on our website TheCreativeMusicCenter.com and Facebook page. If you are not sure whether or not your lesson is cancelled, please call the studio (203-261-7301).
Are lessons cancelled if school is cancelled or if there is an early dismissal?
School delays or cancellations do not necessarily mean lessons are cancelled. Very often storms are predicted and school is cancelled but by the afternoon the roads are clear. If we do cancel lessons, you will receive a text or email from the studio. Weather related issues will also be posted on our website and Facebook page. We typically decide whether or not lessons will take place no later than 12:00 noon of the day lessons are scheduled.
What are my payment options?
Creative Music Center accepts check, cash or credit card (Visa/MasterCard, American Express and Discover). An active credit card is required at the time of registration regardless of whether you choose auto pay. If you choose auto pay, this card will be used to charge tuition and any outstanding lesson book/accessory charges on your account. If you do not choose auto pay, this credit card is used only in the case of a past due lesson payment and open account balances for the purchase of music or accessories. All credit card numbers are confidential and secure. Auto pay customers will be charged on the 28th of the month prior to lessons. Customers are required to keep their credit card information updated. A $20 late fee per month will be applied to past due accounts. There is a grace period of 10 days before the late charges are applied. In the case of non-payment, lessons may be suspended until the account is current.
When are payments due?
Lesson payments are due by the 28th of each month prior to lessons being given. For example, October lesson payments are due by September 28th; November lesson payments are due October 28th, etc. The number of lessons billed is based solely on the number of lessons for your given day in the next month. (e.g., If your lesson day is Monday and there are four Mondays in a month, you will be billed for four lessons; if there are five Mondays in the month, you will be billed for five.) Lessons are pro-rated for new students according to their start date. Below please find a payment reference chart that lists the number of lesson days per month for the 2017-2018 academic year:
Are music books included in the lesson fee?
No. Sheet music and accessories are separate. When teachers give students music books or accessories, students are requested to pay at the store’s front desk immediately following their lesson. If the store is closed at the time, the item(s) will be added to the student’s account for follow up payment.
Do you rent instruments?
Yes. Creative Music offers a full line of student band and orchestral instrument rentals, including keyboards, guitars and drum sets. For more information, stop by the front desk or go to our our rentals page.
Do you sell professional instruments?
Yes. Creative Music Center carries all of the best brands of intermediate and professional instruments at competitive prices. Stop in or call for further information. (203) 261-7301.