FAQ

What do you teach?

We offer private lessons and small-group classes on a variety of musical instruments in a wide range of music styles.

Instrument
Piano
Guitar
Flute
Violin
Viola
Ukulele
Banjo
Mandolin
Voice

If you do not see the instrument you are looking for, please inquire. We are often able to match you with a teacher outside our school.

When can I enroll?

We welcome new private lesson students at any time.  Students are also welcome to join classes that are already in progress with the consent of the teacher.  New classes are offered regularly.

Are you open all year?

Yes.  From September through June we only close when the public schools of San Anselmo and Fairfax close.  During July and August we are open with a break the week of July 4th.

Session NameWeeks of InstructionStart DateEnd DateNo Classes
Summer106/18/179/04/2017Week of 7/2/2017
9/4 Labor Day
Fall129/5/201712/2/201711/10 Veterans Day
Week of 11/19/2017
Winter1212/3/20173/17/201812/22 & 12/23/17
Week of 12/24/2017, 12/31/2017
1/15 - MLK Day
Week of 2/18/2018
Spring123/18/20186/16/2018Week of 4/8/2018
May 28 Memorial Day
Summer106/17/20189/3/2018Week of 7/1/2018

Why do you divide the year into four Sessions?

Dividing the year into four Sessions gives our students and teachers the opportunity to set short-term goals and prepare music and songs for public performance.  Each Session ends with a day of student recitals in a local church or other performance space.  There is no need for private lesson students to re-enroll or re-register at the send of each Session; we reserve each student’s day and time as long as they are continuously enrolled.

Do you require students to perform?

Performance is strongly encouraged but not required. Here is the best explanation we’ve ever seen of why it’s great for students to perform.

How much does it cost to attend?

Instruction Options & Fees      
Description30 minutes45 minutes60 minutes90 minutes120 minutes
Private lessonOne student, one teacher, weekly lesson.$45$60$75n/an/a
Semi-private lessonTwo students, one teacher, weekly lesson.$30$40$51n/an/a
Class lessonThree or four students, one teacher, weekly lesson.$20$28$36$52n/a
Coached workshop or ensembleThree to six students, one coach, one or more meetings.n/an/a$25n/a$25 (60 minutes of coaching, 60 without coach)
Guest artist workshopUp to eight students, one guest instructor, one meeting.n/an/an/a$60$80

What classes and workshops are currently available?

Please visit the Calendar to see current and upcoming classes and events. When you see something that interests you, click on the “Learn more” link for a full description.

How do I sign up for a class?

Each Event on the Calendar has its own sign-up form. Please fill out the form and our Program Coordinator will contact you to confirm your details and complete your registration.

How do I sign up for private lessons?

Start by filling out this registration form. Our Program Coordinator will arrange a free consultation for you or your child with a member of our faculty.

At what age should my child start music lessons?

There’s no one single answer to this question.  Every child develops at a unique pace, physically, temperamentally, intellectually, artistically.  Very young children can (and should) learn music through singing and movement.  In general, children can start learning to play instruments such as hand drums, keyboards, recorders, and ukuleles as young as five or six.  Eight is usually the earliest age to start on guitar or an orchestral instrument.

Can family members study together?

Many of our students register with a sibling or parent (or both) for semi-private lessons or small group classes. Our teachers love to teach families, especially when family members want to make music together at home.

What is a free consultation and how many can one person have?

Before enrolling, you should schedule a free consultation with a member of our teaching staff.  At this meeting, you can discuss your musical interests and goals and learn more about our school.  You are welcome to bring an instrument and get a taste of our approach to teaching.  We ask that you make your enrollment decision after just one such consultation.

What the school’s policies regarding absences, payments, scheduling, and so forth?

Please refer to our complete Student Handbook.

 

Instruction, coaching, and performance for students of all ages.