FAQ - Music

Q: Does you have music programs for young children?

A: Childhood is the perfect time to begin exploring the arts, and programs for children start was early as 18 months. Early classes in music and creative movement enhance children's natural creative impulses, helping them to develop the skills they need to concentrate, communicate, coordinate, cooperate and express themselves fully. Our program provides a fun, activity-oriented, and nurturing environment in which children explore, listen, move, imitate, sing, imagine, and create using the rich musical heritage of many cultures in rhyme, song, stories and games.

Q: Does you have guitar lessons for children?

A: The Ballet and Music Company's unique program takes children from first notes to solo and ensemble performances. Musicianship skills including singing and note reading, as well as guitar technique, are built through a child-friendly repertoire.

Q: Are there opportunities for performing in a large ensemble at The Ballet and Music Company?

A: Our Large Ensembles Program include two full orchestras (strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion) the Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonic, and two string orchestras, Sinfonia and String Ensemble, which meet monthly throughout the school year.

Q: Are there opportunities for performing in a small ensemble at The Ballet and Music Company?

A: Our Small Ensembles Program offers a wide variety of options, levels and repertoire for the vocalist and instrumentalist. In addition to chamber trios, quartets and quintets, there are opportunities to participate in clarinet, flute and trombone choirs, and jazz, string, guitar, brass and percussion ensembles. Chorale singing opportunities are available for all ages.

Q: Does The Ballet and Music Company's music curriculum include music theory, music history, or composition?

A: A knowledge of music theory is an essential tool for musicians and gives both performers and listeners valuable insights into a composer's creative thoughts and technical methods.

Q. Can you help us to choose an instrument?

A. Yes, we can help you to choose an appropriate instrument and will recommend several reputable music stores in the event that we don’t have them in stock.

Q. Can my two children have a music lesson together, or both myself and my child?

A. We only do private instruction. Even people from the same family may learn at a different pace. People must master skills at their individual pace . If you are looking for convenience, we suggest that you try to take both lessons at the same time or book them back to back.

Q. Can I sit in on my child's private music lesson?

A. Yes – we encourage parents to actively participate in child’s music education or as and when requested by the teacher.

Q. We don’t know if our child would like music lessons. Can we take just one lesson?

A. Our experience shows that only two months of lessons can really show if a child wants to study music and enjoys it.

Q. How long and how frequent are the lessons?

A. Beginning children (4 to 5 years of age) should start with 30 minute lessons once a week. Beginning children (6 to 8 years of age) can start with either 30 or 45 minute lessons depending on experience and developmental readiness. All other beginning students including adults should start with 45 minutes. Because teaching process is tailored to each student, your teacher may recommend a longer lesson as the student improves or multiple lessons within the same week. It is also recommended that students practice the same amount of time daily as the length of their lesson.