FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What styles do you teach?
Classical, Jazz and Contemporary: Pop, Rock, Worship, Gospel.
What methods do you use to teach?
The curriculum of New Song Music Academy teaches begins all students with reading the grand staff, rhythmic values and harmony from the very first lesson. Once students have a handle on these fundamentals they can choose any style of music they would like to study. Although all students are required to study classical repertoire, they are not limited to only that era of music. If they accomplish their classical assignments then they can add on music that they enjoy.
What are the frequency of the lessons?
Lessons are typically provided once a week but many students who are beginners can benefit from lessons twice a week.
What is your Reschedule Policy?
Make sure that your weekly lesson time is a commitment you can make for one semester. If for any reason you need to reschedule your lesson time, you must give a 24-hour notice and a new time may be offered by the instructor depending on availability but is not guaranteed. Lessons that are missed with less than a 24-hour notice will not be rescheduled or refunded. Another faculty member may substitute a lesson if your weekly instructor is sick or has a performing engagement.
Can we just sign up for one lesson?
New Song Music Academy does offer one-time lessons when the instructor has availability, though it is not recommended. As with all things, consistency is key. If you have only one lesson and your teacher assigns the student something, there is no follow-up to see how the student did with the tasks given in the first. You can book single lessons directly on the website and availability is limited.
Do we have to sign up for a year?
No, but we do have a One Semester Commitment.
Students enrolled in weekly lessons are committed to completing the current semester in its entirety. Because you are reserving a time slot each week for a private lesson, should you decide to withdraw for any reason, no lessons will be refunded or rolled over into another semester and any outstanding balances must be paid.
Semesters are as follows:
Spring Semester January - May
Summer Semester June - August
Fall Semester September – December
Within a single semester, students and teachers can develop a good rapport with one another and determine if their instrument of study is a good fit. Students can enter at any time during a semester but are still required to finish it out. For instance, if you begin lessons in October then you are committed through the end of December (Fall Session) and your package will be pro-rated.
We have a keyboard, will that work for piano lessons?
An acoustic piano is always best. However, a student can begin on a keyboard. A fully weighted keyboard is the best and can be used for practice with headphones on. A keyboard (even a fully weighted one) will never replace the true touch of a real acoustic piano. If they can start on an acoustic piano, they will progress more quickly and develop skills they could not otherwise. Some people spend thousands on a keyboard when they could get a great acoustic piano for the same price. Music with Miriam is an Educational Partner with Steinway & Sons. You may email Casey Saliba for any help purchasing a piano. Mention that you are a New Song Music Academy student to get the best specials and promotions.