Q. What is the tuition fee at Five Star School for Music?
A. Lessons are generally one-hour long and the tuition fee is $60.00. Half-an-hour lessons can be arranged for $30.00. Tuition fee is typically paid by the month for $240 in advance for one-hour lessons and $120 for half-an-hour lessons. Lessons are also offered by appointment if you cannot commit to a weekly schedule. If you have a hectic schedule, you can call in advance for an appointment. The half-an- hour lessons are usually for children due to their attention span. Teenagers and adults usually will get the most benefit from one-hour lessons. In order to maintain consistency and focus we recommend taking a lesson once a week. If you take too long in between lessons you will find yourself using valuable time making-up what you may have forgotten.
Q. When do the lessons start at your school?
A. Classes are continuous and run year round. You can start any time. Our typical hours are from 9am to 8pm, Monday through Friday and from 9am to 6pm on Saturday. Private off time appointments may be arranged.
Q. What age and skill level do you teach?
A. The age ranges from as young as 4 years old (depending on the child) to senior citizens. We have something for everyone. Our 5 Star Method was created as a means for beginners to get-up and play quickly and we teach all skill levels from complete beginners to experienced musicians.
Q. I have a 5 year old child that would like to take music lessons, is this too early to start lessons?
A. No. We have a special curriculum and teach children as young as 4 years old. The best time to enroll your child in a music program is when they're interested. From our experience as instructors we have been successful working with students as young as four years old. At our school we encourage music as a form of exploration. We let the children try instruments that they are attracted to such as the guitar, bass, piano, hand held percussion, and the drum set. We also teach voice at our school too! There are many different ways for a child to learn. But the key to success and an enjoyable start to instrumental and voice lessons is to make it FUN your child.
Q. I am new at this and do not own an instrument yet but want to take lessons. I am also not sure what kind of instrument to buy. Will you help guide me?
A. Yes. At our school we created a One-Stop Shopping Store to help you select instruments and accessories that best suit your needs. You can borrow or rent an instrument from us when you are just starting out. This will allow you to get a feel for different instruments and find the one that fits you the best. We offer a full line of instruments and accessories for both electric and acoustic guitar as well as bass guitars.
Q. Are your lessons private or by group?
A. Lessons are private, self-paced and one on one with the instructor. We do offer various group workshops that will be discussed further in this document.
Q. Is there a registration fee?
A. There is no registration fee to start in our program however you will need our award winning Five Star Music course material. The fee for the materials is $150. The materials consist of 6 books and 4 CDs from our Five Star Method. The course will be custom tailored to each student’s needs and musical interests.
Q. Where are the lessons conducted?
A. Lessons are taught in one of our spacious, state-of- the-art studio facilities. You will find that most places will put you in a tiny practice room with barely enough room to move around. Our facility is a beautiful, professional recording studio environment. The studios are very spacious and well-equipped with everything you could possibly want to play, learn, perform and record. Both studios have a PA system for vocal lessons and band practice with microphones, stands, music stands, amplifiers, drums and recording equipment. This is a full professional working musical environment. You will be impressed. The studios are soundproof as well, which creates an environment that is conducive to learning and creativity.
Q. What about group lessons or workshops? Tell me more
A. Playing with other musicians is what it is all about. We offer rhythm and improvising workshops in small groups of 5-7 people. This allows students to enhance their performance skills, technique and talent. We also offer performance workshops designed for students that ultimately want to learn to perform live in a full band setting. If you are interested, please ask us for more information and fees for these workshops.
Q. Do you offer Vocal and Singing lessons?
A. Yes we do. Karen Ruth is our Vocal coach and comes with years of experience in working with singers from all skill levels. Karen offers vocal instruction in almost all major styles of singing except for opera and formal classical type vocals. Vocal lessons can be combined with guitar and bass instruction as well.
Q. What style of music do you teach for guitar and bass?
A. We instruct in all major styles and genres of music including Rock, Blues, Jazz, Reggae, Funk, Country, R&B, Pop and Folk. We also teach music theory, reading and writing music, improvising, Rhythm studies, Harmony studies and song writing. We do it all.
Q. I’m not sure if this is for me. Do I have to make a commitment immediately?
A. Absolutely not. Come-in and take one lesson from us and see how it feels. Please feel free to call us to meet and tour our facility before you commit to any programs. We know this is the very best program available in the best facility and we are eager to share that with you.
Q. I have been taking lessons from another teacher. Is that a problem?
A. No, Come in and play with one of our teachers to see where you are on your instrument and we will pick up your training from your present skill level. All of our programs are self paced. This means that you move along at a pace that is comfortable for you and the way you learn. There is never any pressure.
Q. Do you offer Gift Certificates? My boyfriend is very fond of playing electric guitar and keeps saying that he would like to take some lessons. Can you help me? I would love to give him guitar lessons from your school for Christmas.
A. Yes we do have gift certificates. Gift certificates for lessons, Five Star method books/CDs, or equipment are a great way to share the joy of music. Gift certificates can be used for Christmas stocking stuffers, Birthdays, or just a random surprise.