The reasons for learning to play music are numerous and varied but the best reason should be for Enjoyment! Playing an instrument has many health and social benefits in addition to just being Fun and Rewarding. For a complete list of the benefits of taking music lessons see The Top Reasons for Learning Music section.
There is no "right age" to start learning an instrument. The Studios at Erie Music have taught students ranging in age from 4 years to 84 years old. A general starting guideline is--please remember this is a general guideline, there are always exceptions due to attention spans and physical size;
Violin 5 yrs old
Guitar 6yrs old
most Woodwinds - Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute etc. 8 yrs old due to needing a somewhat developed lung capacity
most Brass instruments - Trumpet, Trombone etc. 8 yrs old due to needing a somewhat developed lung capacity
Vocal 6 yrs old
Drums 7 yrs old but can vary depending on physical size, arms & legs need to reach pedals and cymbals
Piano 5 yrs old
Music lessons at The Studios at Erie Music cost $26.00 per lesson. Each standard lesson is 1/2 hr and 1 hr lessons are available in certain cases as deemed acceptable by the instructor. Lessons are private to ensure each student recieves the best instruction but we do also offer Online Lessons with some of our teachers. Please inquire for more information about our Online Lessons. Beginning students will most likely have to purchase a book or possibly two, with the average cost for introductory books being less than $15.00. More advanced students will have to purchase more books as required and again, most books will range from $10-$25.00 on average.
The Studios at Erie Music hours:
Monday-Thursday.....2 pm - 9 pm
Fridays........4 pm - 9 pm
Saturdays..................10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Our standard lesson year starts September 4 and ends June 21. Summer lessons start in July and go until the end of August.
We ensure a professional teaching environment and your weekly lesson time is reserved for you. Your teacher is contracted to be there for you, so if you need to cancel, you are required to inform The Studios at Erie Music at least 24 hrs in advance at which time an alternate "make-up lesson" may be arranged. One "make-up lesson" is allowed per semester. Should you cancel without notice you will still be charged the normal cost for that lesson. In the case of inclement weather please call us for closures or cancellations.
All of our teachers carry various forms and combinations of qualifications and experience. For more information on our music instructors see Our Teachers section.
Yes, we will do our best to accomodate multiple lessons simultaneously. For people/families requiring multiple lessons at the same time please contact us to arrange the best times available.
Absolutely! If the student wishes, we have opportunities to participate in "Celebration of Music" and Recitals. These are chances to perform in front of a live audience and feel the sense of accomplishment and excitement of Live Performance!