Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a piano at home to take piano lessons?
Yes! For students taking weekly lessons, they will need a piano or keyboard to practice on at home. A student’s musical progress is integral to their practice time outside of their studio lesson. A basic, affordable keyboard is sufficient or students can purchase an upright piano or weighted keyboard.
Do I need a full drum set to take drum lessons?
For a beginner drum student, initially they will not need to purchase a full drum set. Typically beginners start with a drum pad and drum sticks. But as they progress, eventually they will need a drum set. Also available are fully electronic drum sets that can utilize headphones - it is much more compact and noise controlled than a standard drum set.
How long does it take to learn an instrument?
The length of time it takes to learn an instrument varies widely depending on the age of a student, the dedication and time they put into their practice time and the personal music goals they have.
I don't have any musical background or ability, can I still help my child practice?
We highly encourage and welcome parent involvement in our student’s music lessons! Even if the parent does not have musical background, our teachers debrief with the parent after each lesson, reviewing what was taught and what assignments the student should work on during the week. Parental involvement, especially in helping students keep accountable to their assigned practice times, help tremendously to the student’s progress.
Can I interview a teacher before I begin lessons?
Our trial lessons are a great way to get to know the teacher before committing or registering to weekly lessons. A trial lesson is where you book and pay for one lesson a la carte and is a great first step to see if he or she is a good fit for you. Additionally, we have detailed biographies for each of our teachers on our website that can be previewed before scheduling a lesson.
Are the teachers qualified?
All of the teachers on Zayas Studios’ teaching team are highly experienced musicians and instructors. They either have a formal music education and/or extensive professional training and experience in their instrument.
What if the student and teacher’s personalities don’t work well together or the student is dissatisfied?
We understand that a successful music lesson is comprised not just of quality lesson content but also a good student/teacher connection. We are intentional to place students with teachers we think would be the best fit for them. If at any time, that connection isn’t a good fit, we are happy to help the student switch teachers to find the best learning scenario.
What if my child starts out in the lessons and genuinely hates the instrument?
If a student becomes disinterested in a particular instrument, they have the option to try a different one and switch instructors if needed.
Can I just take one month of lessons?
Students are able to take one month of lessons, however, we typically recommend ongoing weekly lessons in order to see significant progress.
Can I sit in on my child’s music lesson?
At Zayas Studios, we have an open-door policy. We welcome parental involvement - parents can sit in the classroom with the student if they like. Our classrooms also have viewing windows if parents prefer to sit in the waiting area.
Can we take lessons every other week instead of every week?
A: Our teachers' standard schedules for lessons are weekly lessons. This creates learning consistency that is necessary to a student’s progress. Bi-weekly lessons are not offered at our music school. However, we alternately have fill-in student lessons. Fill in lessons can be booked as needed but will not have a dedicated, recurring time slot and will be subject to availability which often changes.
Is half an hour long enough of a lesson time for beginners?
Yes, 30 minute lessons once a week is perfect for beginner students and is what we recommend! They will be taught fundamentals and given assignments from that week’s lesson to work on and master at home.