Lessons at The Music Box

A music school provides an environment where students study with professionally trained instructors. Often there is more than one instructor for each instrument, so students and parents can choose a teacher that best fits their child's personality and learning style. Students will often 'move-up' to the next teacher and/or have an increase in lesson time, especially if they are on a path towards making a career of music. Our instructors teach the fundamentals, including artistry, and writing music, while exposing the student to many styles of music. A child's experience includes special enrichment programs that build discipline and confidence. Students are recognized when they obtain their goals by receiving praise and rewards.

Students in a school environment are motivated by hearing peers who are at different levels and by being exposed to a variety of musical instruments. An opportunity to learn in small bands or ensembles is also beneficial and fun. Performance in an ensemble or Master Class teaches kids to work together toward a goal. The Music Box encourages all students to participate in a yearly recital for the experience of performing, and to demonstrate their growing talents to family and friends. Throughout the year, there are other performing opportunities offered to students.

PRACTICING AT HOME

HOW TO MAKE MUSIC FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

All parents want their children to enjoy and excel at music, but no one wants to scream (or be screamed at) to practice everyday. Although ideal, students (adults included) rarely practice every day. Everyone’s learning style is different. Often people will play for an hour or two one day and then not again for 3 days. Some will play for 5 minutes several times a day. Try to establish a routine, but don’t worry if it doesn’t work out as planned.

Be sure the instrument is in good playing condition and the student is able practice anytime they can. A piano should be in tune and in a place where it won’t interfere with other family members’ television viewing or studying. A clarinet, for example, should be checked out professionally and the student provided with plenty of reeds. Wherever the student is practicing, be sure they have a stand for the music and a chair/bench that promotes proper posture while playing. Try to make practicing an assumed part of the student’s day, like homework, showering, etc. The house rule can be no television, computer games, internet, etc, until homework, practicing, etc. is done. (See also “How to Get the Most out of Lessons”)

Rewarding practicing is always best. For young students, parent involvement is often necessary during practice time. When the child is able to practice on their own, it’s good for the parent to make positive comments. (Leave corrections for the teacher.) Perhaps have a home ‘concert’ once a month if the child is willing. A positive reward system, like putting a sticker on the calendar for each day of practice without being reminded, then a special reward for every ten or so stickers works well.

SCHEDULING

LESSON LENGTH

Lessons are usually scheduled once a week at either 30, 45, or 60 minutes in length. (See Individual Registration form for current prices.) Young students and beginning instrumentalists and singers usually choose the 30 minute lesson. Beginning students often need to build up certain muscle groups and young children often have shorter attention spans. Adults, teenagers, intermediate and advanced students often benefit more from the 45 or 60 minute lessons.

There are ways to determine if a longer lesson is needed. The student and teacher will generally spend the first part of the lesson going over material that was practiced during the previous week. (See How to Get the Most Out of Lessons.) After improvements, technique development, etc, new material will be introduced. If the student finds that s/he has either mastered or had trouble with the new material after a few days of practice, s/he will likely need a longer lesson to have time to get either more material to play, or more repetition during the lesson to facilitate easier practice. Often the teacher will suggest to the student/parent that a longer lesson is needed, but the parent should listen when the student practices to gage when and if the student is mastering the material.

LESSON DAYS AND TIMES

The Music Box is open Tuesdays through Fridays early afternoon through evenings and Saturdays 10:00-2:00. See below for current hours and session dates. Lessons are generally scheduled the same time each week although arrangements can be made for students or parents with changing work schedules. Many of our teachers work multiple days, so it is easy to schedule make up lessons. Some teachers teach only one or two days per week. We do all that we can to accommodate the needs of busy families and families with multiple students who want lessons at the same time. Although lessons can start any time of the year, families with multiple students or limited availability should be among the first to register for a new registration period. (See Calendar.)

REGISTRATION

Because registering for lessons is multi-faceted, we do not offer online registration at this time. You can send a non time-sensitive note to us on the Contact Us page, but registration is best done by phone. Calls are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. This is especially important at new registration periods. Although calls will be returned in the order they are received, if we leave a message or if you need time to decide, the opening(s) will be offered to subsequent callers. There is currently no fee for registration.

Please call 845-724-5867. You can leave a message at any time. Leave specific information: i.e. the age of the student, the instrument or voice, phone number and times your call can be returned. Please note that the Music Box has two phone lines. One is used for outgoing calls only. If this number shows up on your caller ID, please do not return the call to that number. Please note: If your phone number is blocked from private callers your call may not be returned, or your call will lose priority.

CANCELLATIONS AND MAKE UP LESSONS

We know that people get sick, issues come up, accidents happen, etc. Because The Music Box has a comparatively liberal cancellation policy, the cancellation times below are absolute. It is always preferred to make up a lesson. If you know of another obligation on a lesson day, contact us early in the week and we will do our best to reschedule the lesson. If the cancellation is due to illness, we can try to reschedule to when the student is no longer contagious, or if available, a longer lesson at another date. Teachers expect payment for late cancellations or for when the student doesn't show up.

If you need to cancel or reschedule a lesson, call 845-724-5867. Please do not use email. Leave a message if we are closed.

For weekday lessons after 2:00pm, call before 8:00am of that day.

For lessons before 2:00pm or for all Saturday lessons, call before 8:00pm the night before.

MUSIC BOX HOURS

Sunday and Monday: closed
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 2:30-7:30
Wednesday: 2:00-6:00
Saturday: 10:00-2:00
 

Yearly CALENDAR

End of June: Recital week
July - August: Summer Session
Mid July: Registration for Fall session begins
September - June: Fall session
November: MB closed for Thanksgiving, Thursday & Friday
December: MB closed for Christmas thru New Year. Happy Holidays!
 

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