FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions

The follow is a list of FAQs (frequently asked questions) from students and parents.  While the FAQs on this page are specific to Louise Catherine Music Studio, you can find other questions and answers on Quora.  

If you have a question that isn’t listed, please reach out so that I may answer it for you.  Some boxes have links to other resources to help you.  Don’t forget to check the resources page for additional information.

Do you offer payment plans?
To keep my rates affordable and I offer discounts on packages and cheaper rates for online lessons.

At this time, I do not offer payment plans.
Do you offer refunds?
While I strive for the complete happiness of all my students, you may decide you no longer wish to participate in music lessons.

If you do choose to end our relationship, I will refund the money that you have paid. No refunds will be given, however, for past lessons.
How far in advance do I need to schedule my lessons?
I require a minimum of 24 hours.

You can change or cancel your music lessons within 24 hours of the original lesson.
What if I need to change or cancel an appointment and it is past the 24 hour window?
You are allowed 3 last-minute cancellations with no penalty per year (from the time you register). You can reschedule those lessons. The fourth and subsequent lessons will be forfeited.
What happens if I am late?
Your lesson starts at the scheduled appointment time. If you are late, I cannot extend the time slot.

For example, if you have a 30-minute appointment at 3:00 pm and you arrive online at 3:15 pm, the lesson will end at 3:30 pm. I do not refund the time you miss if you are late.
What happens if you are late?
If I am late, that time will be added onto subsequent lessons.

I will not issue a refund for the time the instructor missed.
How old do you have to be take lessons?
I teach students 6 years old and adults of all ages.

For students that are 10 years old and younger, I recommend the 30-minute music session.
Do you teach children and adults with different abilities?
I welcome all students who want to learn music, regardless of their abilities or disabilities. I have experience working with people with different abilities, including those with activity limitations and/or participation restrictions.

We will develop a plan together that will help the student to grow.
Do I need to know how to read music?
No, part of taking lessons is learning how to read music.

I can teach any person, on any skill level, whether you know what a C# is or don’t have a clue.
Can I earn more than one instrument?
Yes. I have students that take piano one week, piano and vocals, and work on songwriting the next. It is possible, but I don’t recommend it for beginners.

It is easier for students who already know of one of the three before starting to learn a second instrument.
I've heard of piano and voice lessons, but songwriting? What would I learn?
I teach students to understand why songs sound the way they do, common chord progression, and how to write music that invokes a particular emotion.

For those writing lyrics, we focus on how to write words that fit with the melody and that the singer is comfortable singing them.
Do I need books for lessons?
If a student is coming from another studio, he/she may already have books.

If not, I will recommend books based on the needs of the students.I will try my best to find free resources. I will also suggest books to purchase so you will have multiple options.

You can find free blank sheet music if you are taking songwriting lessons.
What type of music will I learn?
You tell me what type of music you like, and I design our lessons around that genre.

I have experience learning, performing, and/or writing a variety of music, including pop, rock, blues, jazz, old standards, country, religious, and gospel pieces.
Do I have to practice everyday?
Practice makes perfect. And while most professionals say practicing daily is necessary, it’s sometimes unrealistic.

I don’t want my students to be discouraged or feel like practicing is a chore. I recommend practicing at least four days of the week if you are unable to practice every day for at least 30 minutes.
How can I encourage my child to practice more?
Until your child can develop good practice habits on their own, it is important for you to set those guidelines.

It is encouraged that you and your child develop a practicing schedule that may or may not include rewards, depending on your parenting style.
Can I sit in on my child's lesson?
While some students need parental guidance or help during a lesson, I strongly recommend that parents allow their children some independence for their music lessons.

A student may feel shy or intimidated while performing in front of their parents.
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