Frequently Asked Questions
What Do You Learn in Music Lessons?
Music, of course!
The needs of a student can vary tremendously, so our teachers make it a priority to get to know each student and become familiar with their personal needs and goals to best prepare students for the musical setting they are striving for.
Where some want to know a few ukulele chords to play by the campfire, others are preparing for music oriented colleges and a life in professional music.
Music is only a small part of what music lessons can offer. Learning songs, scales, and arpeggios make a better player; whereas it is honesty, patience, discipline, and good listening that make a great musician. These skills transfer out of the lesson room and into the rest of a student's life.
Here are some facts found on DoSomething.org
- Children with learning disabilities or dyslexia who tend to lose focus with more noise could benefit greatly from music lessons.
- Music programs are constantly in danger of being cut from shrinking school budgets even though they're proven to improve academics.
- Children who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in all of their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school, and pursue further education.
- In the past, secondary students who participated in a music group at school reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs).
- Schools with music programs have an estimated 90.2% graduation rate and 93.9% attendance rate compared to schools without music education, which average 72.9% graduation and 84.9% attendance.
- Regardless of socioeconomic status or school district, students (3rd graders) who participate in high-quality music programs score higher on reading and spelling tests.
- A Stanford study shows that music engages areas of the brain which are involved with paying attention, making predictions and updating events in our memory.
- Much like expert technical skills, mastery in arts and humanities is closely correlated to a greater understanding of language components.
- Young children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year, compared to children who do not receive musical training.
How Much Do Lessons Cost and When Can I Take Them?
Lessons are $35 per half hour and are charged after every fourth lesson.
We have teaching staff available 12pm-8pm Monday through Thursday and 10am-5pm on Saturday. Every teacher has a unique schedule, so it is best to contact us at (847) 432-6350 or MusicGalleryAcademy@gmail.com to find the best time and teacher for you.
Is My Child Too Young To Take Lessons?
The short answer is no.
We recommend a child be about six years old to get the most out of the lesson to focus on a specific instrument, but no child is too young to experience music in positive way. Learning to play music is a lot like learning a language and children start to speak because they are exposed to strong speakers. Children younger than six can still get their hands on different instruments, experience musical concepts, and discover the musical language by playing and communicating with strong musicians.
Instruments are also made in different sizes to accommodate some of the physical limits of young children.
What Styles of Music Do You Teach?
We can teach almost any style of music!
The Music Gallery employs an eclectic teaching staff with experience in a huge range of musical settings. We are here to prepare our students to play in a band, audition for a drum line or orchestra, sing songs you love, or nearly anything else you or your child want to achieve in music.
What If I Don't Have a Guitar?
We keep a stock of high-quality acoustic and electric guitars, basses, and amplifiers available for rental until you decide whether or not to make the investment.
Each instrument is set up by our talented repair technicians with the same attention and care as every instrument that comes through our doors.
Are Your Instructors Qualified?
Our teachers have been consistently raising the bar since we first opened in 1974. While most lesson programs are filled with full time musicians who subsidize their income by teaching, The Music Gallery employs dedicated, full time instructors who go out and play because they still love doing it.
Not only have our teachers been degreed and certified through notable schools like Berklee College of Music, Columbia, and The New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program; and performed at major venues across the country; but they communicate and challenge each other on a regular basis.