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New Students

How do Heidari Music Lessons’ prices compare to other studios?

When we do have a price increase it is usually minimal and is generally in line with increases found elsewhere. Our prices recently increased in 2017 and will not rise again in the near future.

What are our teacher’s credentials?

Our teachers have varying credentials. Many prospective teachers apply to us every year. Only a small fraction come on to teach for us. Our teachers have to be great with kids and people in general. Our teachers are trained in all kinds of musical styles and are flexible to teach whatever music styles and different learning approaches students want.

How often are lessons?

We offer three different schedules to our students, which can vary depending on the teacher. The most typical schedules are half-hour weekly, one-hour bi-weekly or our new forty-five-minute “triplet” schedule. We highly recommend the latter as it is a very nice balance between a half-hour and one-hour lessons, plus students get a week off every month that coincides with a stat holiday. This is great for families that travel during school breaks as they have fewer lessons to make-up throughout the year.

How long are we committed to have lessons?

New students are committed for the duration of their chosen registration package. This could be 3-, 6- or 10-months. After this, they are considered “returning students”. Returning students are not committed as long as they have given proper notice of 30 days or have canceled prior to August 25 of the current year.

How long does it take to get competent on the instrument?

Usually, it takes between 1-3 years depending on the background of the student. For young guitar students, they usually take longer.

Should I be worried about reading music notation?

No, you should not, at least not right away. For popular music, the notation is rarely used. When students have command of the instrument and can play music, they can begin to learn theory and notation. Otherwise, focusing on notation can take away from fun and enjoyment. Eventually, once they’re comfortable with the instrument, they can then focus on notation. Think of it as a language. We first learn to speak before learning to read and write.

Should my child study classical music?

Some students want to learn classical music but most children do not like or appreciate it. Classical music is usually an acquired taste and when students are sufficiently competent, sometimes they develop an interest in it. Caution is needed here. Many young students are forced into the RCM (Royal Conservatory Method with the classical repertoire) but feel resentment and develop a dislike for music and the instrument as such.

Why should lessons be fun?

Students learn better and faster when lessons are fun. There is a great chance that they will develop a life-long interest in music also. When lessons or a canon or music is forced upon a student, there is a greater chance of developing a major resistance to it.

How do you develop the curriculum?

This is done in consultation with the instructor. We encourage students to be active in making demands on teachers and determining what, how and at what pace they learn.

When can we start lessons?

Students can begin soon after they register. If we have them registered and we have a registration deposit and payment information, they can start within days of registering.

How old does the student have to be to start?

This depends on the instrument. Students can start on the piano as young as 3 ½ but with the guitar, students need to be at least 6 years old in most cases. For voice lessons, students usually have to be 6 and for drums, students can start as early as 5. Some students are physically and mentally advanced for their age and may be able to start earlier.

General Inquiries 

How do Heidari Music Lessons’ prices compare to other studios?

When we do have a price increase it is usually minimal and is generally in line with increases found elsewhere. Our prices recently increased in 2017 and will not rise again in the near future.

What are our teacher’s credentials?

Our teachers have varying credentials. Many prospective teachers apply to us every year. Only a small fraction come on to teach for us. Our teachers have to be great with kids and people in general. Our teachers are trained in all kinds of musical styles and are flexible to teach whatever music styles and different learning approaches students want.

How often are lessons?

We offer three different schedules to our students, which can vary depending on the teacher. The most typical schedules are half-hour weekly, one-hour bi-weekly or our new forty-five-minute “triplet” schedule. We highly recommend the latter as it is a very nice balance between a half-hour and one-hour lessons, plus students get a week off every month that coincides with a stat holiday. This is great for families that travel during school breaks as they have fewer lessons to make-up throughout the year.

Do you do make-up lessons?

Our official policy states that in-studio students are allowed five (5) make-up lessons per year. Due to the complexity of travel schedules, make-up lessons are not allowed for in-home students. However, all of our teachers are encouraged to make-up lessons where possible. Our policy is simply in place to prevent abuse of the system.

Where are you located?

We are located in the heart of North York, just on Subway line. Which makes our location prime and easy to access for all students and parents. 

Do you hold recitals at the end of the year?

Not routinely. Some teachers will do this but we do not recommend this. One recital per year does not help students learn to perform. It is usually a way to impress parents. If parents do not know how their learner is doing, a recital is not a good way to learn this. Parents should be involved in their child’s learning. Also, recitals take away from learning, like standardized testing. Teachers are often reduced to test coaches.

Do our teachers follow the RCM method and prepare students for the examinations?

Yes, some of our teachers do. Students must inquire about this with the respective teacher.

How flexible are the scheduled meetings?

There is usually much flexibility. Some students require a lot of make-up lessons. Some students work shifts and need a very flexible schedule. Flexibility is dependent on several factors, including how booked the teacher is, whether the lessons are in-home and time of year.

Can students learn the music they like?

Yes, they can and they are encouraged to take music they want to learn from their teachers. However, some teachers integrate only so much of this into their lessons.

What is learning to play by ear?

Opposed to learning to play by notation or notes on a manuscript, playing by ear is a process of listening to music on any instrument and picking out the notes this way. Typically this involves hearing the notes and then finding them and playing them in the correct time frame. It also means being capable of picking out the instrument from the arrangement. Playing this way always musicians to learn how to play and reproduce the dynamics of the part and develop a feel for HOW to play the notes. Most professional musicians in popular and contemporary music have this technique mastered.

How satisfied are your students?

Very satisfied because we tailor lessons to each student. We have many students back year after year and most of our new students are references from other students.

Do you have any student testimonials?

Yes, we do. There are student testimonials on our website.

At what age should a child start to learn?

Guitar: 6 years old.
Piano: As early as 3 and a half.
Voice: 6 years old.

Absence and Missed classes

Do you do make-up lessons?

Our official policy states that in-studio students are allowed five (5) make-up lessons per year. Due to the complexity of travel schedules, make-up lessons are not allowed for in-home students. However, all of our teachers are encouraged to make-up lessons where possible. Our policy is simply in place to prevent abuse of the system.

Payments Policy 

How do we pay?

The most popular ways of paying are by post-dated cheque or pre-authorized debit. We also accept Visa or MasterCard. Since September 2017, we have been offering a $1.00 per half-hour discount to clients who use post-dated cheques or pre-authorized debit. We do this because we save money on credit card fees, so we pass those savings on to our clients. Some folks pay by Bank Note or Money Order as well. Under no circumstances can we accept cash payments and our teachers are not permitted to accept payments of any sort.

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