Student Policy

The Headwaters School of Music & the Arts charges a per-session fee to all participants in private lessons. The fee for a session of private lessons will be computed by multiplying the number of possible weeks in a session by the fee of $22 for a half-hour lesson or $44 for a one-hour lesson. Each participant will fill out a Registration Form that includes an agreement to pay for the services rendered in that session.

Realizing that we serve many children and that it is not uncommon for a child to become ill, a makeup session will be arranged for the first missed lesson time with the instructor during the week of the missed time. If you know that you will not be able to attend your regularly scheduled lesson time due to a planned vacation, during each semester, at registration time, we will calculate the remaining number of lessons taking into consideration your absence.

Additionally, should an instructor not be able to perform his/her duties, the students will be given a makeup session or a credit. If an instructor must be absent for an extended period of time, a substitute instructor will be hired to perform the duties necessary to keep students on task.

In keeping with the past practice of allowing students to become involved in private lesson instruction after a session has started or having lessons on an every other week basis, the fee for the session will be determined by counting the possible number of weeks in the session times the fee of $22 for a half-hour lesson or $44 for a one-hour lesson.

 

What’s the right age to start an instrument?

For children, starting lessons at the right age is a key element of success. If a child begins lessons too soon, they may feel overwhelmed and frustrated and want to stop. Sometimes children progress more quickly if the child waits a year after the minimal recommended age to start lessons. Children who are older than the suggested earliest starting age usually perform very well. The following are guidelines we have found to be successful in determining how young a child can start taking music lessons.

3-5 year olds

If a pre-school child has a keen desire and wants to start music, a group pre-school music class will build a good foundation in  music basics, which will be helpful in later private lessons.

Piano/Keyboard

5 years is the youngest age at which we start children in private piano lessons. At this age, they have begun to develop longer attention spans and can retain material with ease.

Guitar—Acoustic, Electric or Bass

8 years is the earliest age we recommend for guitar lessons, partially because guitar playing requires a fair amount of pressure on the fingertips. Children under 8 generally have small hands and may find playing guitar/bass uncomfortable. Bass guitar students are generally 10 or older.

Voice Lessons

13 years is recommended as the youngest age for private vocal lessons. Due to the physical nature of voice lessons (proper breathing
techniques, development of the vocal chords and lung capacity), a younger body is generally not ready for the rigors of vocal technique. We suggest the younger ages start piano first so they can learn to read music in preparation for voice lessons as they enter their teen years.

Violin Lessons

We accept violin students from the age of 4. Some teachers will start children as young as 3, but experience has shown us the most productive learning occurs when the beginner is 5 or older.