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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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HOW DO ONLINE MUSIC LESSONS WORK?

Our online lesson will be streamed by Zoom (a secure video conferencing tool call).

You can use a computer or a phone but please make sure your device also has a microphone, camera, and stable internet connection. To avoid interruptions during your online lesson we strongly recommend that you turn on "High Fidelity Audio mode," which can be found within the advanced audio settings for Zoom.

The day before your lesson we will send you a Zoom meeting ID and a code to access the video conference lesson. 

WHERE WILL THE IN-PERSON MUSIC LESSON BE TAKEN? 

Patrick will come to your location for one-on-one lessons.

Group lessons can also be provided. Please contact us to discuss how to conduct these types of lessons.

DO PARENTS/GUARDIANS NEED TO REMAIN IN THE ROOM? 

We understand and accept that parents may want to be present during lessons but after the first lessons, we recommend that we have the room to ourselves because often times younger students are shy or distracted while their parents are around, and we achieve better results when we feel comfortable and build a rapport with one another.

WHAT KIND OF EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED? 

Only the instrument you want to learn and its accessories, a pencil and a notebook.

In case you need more equipment we will let you know within your lessons.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY FIRST LESSONS? 

An assessment of your student abilities and your skill level. Set your goals and how to achieve them in short-term and long-term.

 

DOES MY INSTRUMENT NEED TO BE TUNNED? 

In order to use our time most efficiently, your instrument needs to be properly tuned before your lesson begins. In case you need some help tunning your instrument, don’t worry we will address that in your first lesson.

 

HOW MUCH TIME WILL I HAVE TO PRACTICE BETWEEN LESSONS?

For beginners is usually 15 to 20 minutes five out of seven days & For advanced players is usually about an hour every day.

 

WHAT OTHER STRINGED INSTRUMENTS DO YOU TEACH?

Upright bass and Cello.

HOW DO I SCHEDULE MY LESSONS?

Please email us and then we will reply or give you a call if you prefer within 48 hours to confirm the booking of your lesson.

WHAT IF I NEED TO RESCHEDULE A LESSON?

Please contact us the day before by 6 pm and we will try to make an accommodation. Please keep in mind that Patrick may be busy and not have the ability to fit you in at a different time, in which case we will cancel and refund the lesson.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY LESSON?

Simply contact us, email is preferred, the day before your lesson by 6 pm and we will refund the lesson.

Our time is valuable, therefore same-day cancellations will not be refunded.

 

HOW CAN I PAY FOR MY LESSONS?

Lessons will always be paid in advance. Payment requests will appear on the 26th of each month, or at least one day before you start your lessons.

Please make your payment by the end of the month or your lessons may be canceled for the upcoming month.

 

HOW DOES BILLING WORK?

We ask for payment based on a monthly cycle starting on the 27th of each month. On a case-by-case basis, we may consider one-off lessons, such as professionals with hectic schedules and first-time trial lessons. If beginning your lessons after the beginning of the month, we will simply charge for the remainder of the month.

HOW OFTEN DO I HAVE TO TAKE LESSONS?

Lessons are offered weekly at a regularly scheduled time. This is usually enough to keep you busy with practice and repertoire until the next lesson.

WHAT IF I WANT TO TAKE LESSONS EVERY TWO WEEKS? 

This is not our preference because most students benefit greater from a weekly schedule however, based on student ability we may consider bimonthly lessons at our discretion.

WHAT IF I WANT TO TAKE MORE THAN  ONE LESSON IN A WEEK? 

Bi-weekly lessons may be considered at our discretion.

WHAT IF I WANT TO SWITCH INSTRUMENTS?

No problem, Patrick can accommodate but learning one instrument at a time yields the best results.

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