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 special 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 60-minute appointment at 3:00 pm and you arrive online at 3:15 pm, the lesson will end at 4:00 pm. I do not refund the time you miss if you are late.
What happens if you are late?
I avoid booking back-to-back lessons so if I am a little late, students still get the full lesson.
How old do you have to be take lessons?
I work with students over the age of 5
Do you teach 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 learn 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 provide all necessary material for every lesson.
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 for at least 15 minutes.
Do you teach children, anyone under the age of 18?
Absolutely, I teach all ages.
Can I have guest sit in on my lesson?
I strongly recommend that individuals take lessons on their own. Students who need assistance are more than welcome to have someone with them.
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