There are lots of things people wonder about when considering taking up music lessons. Here are some of the most common questions we get asked……….
Why should I choose Harmony Music School, what makes you so special 🙂 ?
At Harmony Music School we have one focus and that’s you. Learning to play an instrument is not a one size fits all approach. People’s reasons for wanting to learn are varied, so simply following one syllabus wouldn’t help you or us! You tell us why and what you want to learn and our experienced team will help you reach your goals. Our goal is to help you become a good musician, whatever your reason.
When are you open?
We offer lessons Monday – Saturday. We are open for lessons Monday – Thursday 3.30pm-9.30pm, Friday 3.30pm-8.00pm and Saturday 10.30pm-4.00pm.
Do you teach set instruments on set days?
Yes, we teach Piano, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Singing, Ukulele, Drums, Saxophone and Music Technology & Production. We have 5 teaching studios at Harmony so please give us a call on 0114 2576780 to find out what days we teach your preferred instrument.
How do I book a lesson?
The easiest way is to call 0114 2576780, in order to book any lesson we need to take payment whether you are a new or existing student. We can do this via a card payment, so give us a call so that you can book your preferred time.
How much are your lessons?
Lesson are £15 per 30 minutes or £30 per hour.
How long will it take me to play a song?
The true and most irritating answer here is how long is a piece of string? It depends on the song and the complexity of it, your skill level and how much you are willing to practice. Having said that we have had students come in for their first ever guitar lesson and three weeks later they are playing Wonderwall. But remember it’s down to you and how much time you can commit to practicing, the more you practice the quicker you will learn. There is no better feeling than being able to play a song you love and we will help you get there.
Do I have to take exams?
No way….. Only if you want to, we will ensure that you are ready to take and pass them but its your choice not ours. Our approach is that if you are wanting to say ‘take grade 3 piano’ then we want you be able to pick up any piece of music that is of that standard and play it. We have a number of students that are taking exams so if you want to go down this path we are very well prepared to help you pass.
How long will I need to learn to pass grade 8?
Again this is dependent on the student. There are many theories out there that say the average is about a year a grade or 5,000 hours of practice, then another 5,000 hours to become a pro! It may all sound daunting but we recommend that you practice an hour ever day to progress at a reasonable rate, you may have time to practice more or less but remember it’s not an exact science. Some people find the process easier than others. Our job is to help you along the way and find the best way for you to develop your skills. Be assured that whilst you will learn to pass your grade, here you will learn how to play the instrument well as a priority and this is what will aid you to pass exams.
Can you teach anyone to sing?
Now this is a difficult one, yes you can teach anyone to sing technically well, in tune and to extend their vocal range. Anyone can be improve their vocals skills with the right coaching but can you be taught to sing like Whitney Houston or Bruno Mars?….. Everyone has their own sound and to a degree you can only work with what you are born with. You can make this better but if your natural sound is more like Bob Dylan you’re not likely to change into Stevie Wonder. We can help you pick a style that suits your natural voice and work with you to make you the best you can be.
I work shifts and I can’t come every week does that matter?
We book your lesson in two ways. Either you can have the same lesson slot each week or you can book on an ad-hoc basis depending on what we have available and what suits your schedule.
Do I need to spend a lot of money on my instrument?
No you don’t…especially not in the first place. Instruments can be very expensive and when you first start your lessons you don’t know how well you are going to get on. You can buy perfectly adequate instruments second hand either online or at music shops. Remember in the beginning you just need something to practice on so don’t spend too much. After you have been having lessons for a little while you can look at upgrading your instrument and selling on the original. The school can give you advice on the instruments when you are looking to purchase them.
I want to start a band I just don’t know where to start?
OK so you need to answer a few questions first, can you play, sing or write? If you have answered yes to any of these questions then you are off to a good start. We can help you develop these skills so that you are ready to start a band and then go on to perform. If you answered no to all these questions then we can still work with you to help you reach this goal but it will just take a little longer for you to get there.
I need to cancel my lesson?
If you’d to cancel your lesson the easiest way if to email us at email@example.com. You can also call the school on 0114 2576780, if we are not open please leave a voicemail message so that we can process your request. We operate a 48 hours cancellation policy so if your request is made with less notice you run the risk of losing the fee that you have paid for the lesson.
We are sure you have more questions so give us a call on 0114 2576780