We are professional music teachers who love playing and teaching music. If you are interested in our bio please click here.
Below we’ll try to answer commonly asked questions. However, if you didn't find an answer to your question or would like more information, please feel free to contact us.
What instruments do you teach?
We teach piano, voice, keyboard, guitar (electric and acoustic), bass guitar, drums and ukulele. We also give theory and harmony lessons.
What teaching qualifications do you have?
We both hold bachelors degrees in Music Education from the University of Western Ontario. Please click here to read our full bio. Also check out the benefits of studying with a Registered Music Teacher :).
How much do you charge?
We charge $18 per half an hour lesson, $36 per one hour lesson. We recommend starting with half an hour lesson once a week for a beginner. As students advance on their instrument or want to learn more than one instrument an hour lessons are encouraged.
Tuition is charged on "per term" basis, based on a number of weeks/lessons in a given term. Fall term is September to December and Winter/Spring Term is January to May. We encourage students to pay in full for each term. However, if a family finds it financially hard to pay in one lump sum, we accept post-dated checks dated for the first of the month (I.e. Fall term is 4 months, so there will be four equal payment post-dated checks: September, October, November, December).
We accept cash, checks or e-transfers.
Note: Tuition does not include lesson books, examination and festival fees.
How do I know if my child is ready to start music lessons?
There are a variety of factors that determine when a child is ready for music lessons. Child's ability to read, ability to concentrate and stay on task (at least 5 min at a time), fine motor skills development, and willingness and desire to learn are all key to a child's success in learning how to play an instrument.
Parental support and involvement are also very important, particularly for the success of younger students. We encourage parents of the young students (ages 4 to 6) to be present at their lessons, so that they get a better idea of what and how their child needs to practice at home. Parents of older students are also welcome to sit in the lessons if they wish.
Here is a great article on what parents can do to prepare their child for piano lessons.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Our teaching philosophy can probably be best summarised by this saying by Ignacio Estrada "If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn".
We believe that every person is capable of learning and it is the job of a teacher to teach them in a way that they can learn. Since no two students are alike, we provide an individualized approach to teaching our students that builds on each student's strength.
We incorporate wide variety of materials into our lessons, including technology. We try to make music learning fun and exciting for our students.
What performing opportunities do your students have?
Our students will have ample opportunities to perform. We host two studio recitals a year – one in December and one in May. Also, piano and voice students will be able to participate in the recitals hosted by the London branch of ORMTA, as well as in St Thomas Rotary Festival and possibly in the Kiwanis Festival in London.
We also encourage students who take ‘band’ instruments (i.e. drums, guitars, keyboard, etc.) join their local bands or be a part of a worship team at the church they attend.
What about exams?
We are happy to help your child to prepare for voice, piano, theory or harmony examination.