I do not have any experience. Can I join?
Yes, of course! In fact, most of our participants are complete beginners with no musical experience at all.
How much is the course fee?
Course fees can be found on the pages for the respective courses, under MUSIC PROGRAMMES.
Will replacement classes be provided for absentees?
For Group classes:
Unfortunately, we are generally not able to offer replacement classes, as different classes/time-slots are likely to be on different lesson schedules.
What we usually do is that we recap the previous lesson during each new session, and will also pass the previous notes/handouts to the absentees to ensure that they are able to keep up with the pace.
For Individual students:
You can reschedule your lessons if you inform us early. Kindly cancel at least 72 hours in advance, or you will be charged for the missed lesson. Cancelling in advance allows us to re-schedule another student to take up your slot. Otherwise, we have no way of utilising the slot.
What if it is not my fault that I had to cancel/reschedule the lesson last minute (due to work, family matters, etc)? Will I still be charged?
Sorry, but yes. We did a lot of soul-searching about this, but finally decided that a consistent policy where everybody assumes their own risk is fairer than for us to raise our prices overall to offset cancellation losses, which can be very high without such a policy.
There is an article which explains the rationale much better than we can articulate. Check out Make-up Lessons From An Economist’s Point Of View.
What is the size of a GROUP class?
Class size varies between different courses.
Ukulele classes: 5-6 participants
Guitar classes: 4-5 participants
Piano classes: 4-5 participants
Vocal classes: 4-5 participants
Violin classes: Currently only individual 1-to-1 classes available
Are there any prerequisites or age requirement?
There are no prerequisites on musical abilities.
However, we do have a minimum age requirement for participation. At this point, we are unable to accept participants who are younger than 16 years of age.
Very occasionally, participants may be grouped according to different age categories if our pool of registrants are from very varied age groups. We believe this will improve the efficacy of learning in general.
Do you offer trial lessons?
Yes, kind of.
You are welcome to take up a session of Ad Hoc lesson to experience our method of teaching. But instead of calling it a ‘trial’ lesson, we prefer to treat it as an actual lesson.
A general note for beginners taking up ‘trial’ lessons:
Like many art forms, it may take a while before you acquire any functional basic skills. Therefore, it is important that you set realistic expectations on your learning progress.
Being responsible music educators, we pride ourselves on bringing out the best in every student. It is unlikely for anyone to unplug the true potential in a single trial lesson, and hence you should not be writing yourself off after one session either.
Group Classes vs. Individual Classes
For participants without any musical experiences, we usually recommend taking up group classes instead of individual (private 1-to-1), because the course fees are more accessibly priced. At the same time, you get to mingle and observe how other participants learn, which improves the efficacy of learning.
Individual classes are primarily intended for participants who:
1. prefer individual attention
2. have targeted/specific areas to work on
3. too slow/fast for group classes
4. unable to fit into our regular group schedules
5. prefer to start immediately (subjected to availability)