Here are some frequently asked question that will hopefully give you a bit of clarity, as it pertains to the culture, mandate and functionality of Elevation Music Studio. Feel free to contact us for more info, or, if you are ready to sign up please click HERE
What are the cost of lessons?
Lessons fees are as follows:
What methods of payment do you accept?
We accept Cash, Major Credit Cards, Email Transfers, Personal Cheques
(bounce personal cheques incur a penalty fee of $50.00)
Is there a registration fee?
No. We do not require a registration fee.
Do I have to sign a contract?
Yes. There is a standard agreement simply stating that after the trial period of one month, we require three week prior notice before canceling the agreement.
Where are you located?
We are located on the west end of Kingston at 754 Grouse Crescent, Kingston Ontario, K7P 1A2.
When can we start?
Let us get you started immediately; why wait?
Is there an on-line Registration Form?
Yes you can find the on-line registration from by clicking HERE.
How old do you recommend me enrolling my child into lessons?
Some like to put a big blanket out and sit on it; we at Elevation Music prefer to keep an open individualistic mind. That being said, each child develops at a different rate and would like to encourage you to trust your 'gut' instinct.
What time frame do you recommend?
For children, six years and younger, or with a shorter attention span, we recommend a half hour lesson. As they mature into the lesson you have the option of increasing the lesson to 45 minutes. For adults we recommend an hour lesson; the consensus is that a half hour is not enough time to satisfy the curiosity of the mature mind.
What do you teach?
We currently offer Voice, Guitar (electric & acoustic), Bass Guitar, Piano, Drums/Percussion and Audio Production.
What are your instructors' credentials?
Our instructors are active musicians with over 15 years of industry experience, respectively, which consisted of a considerable amount of live, studio and touring performance experience. Each instructor have also made teaching a big part of their career and care very much about their students and their achievements. Feel free to take a look at their ARTIST RESUMES HERE.
How often are lessons taught, on a per week basis?
We recommend lessons occur once per week. In some cases, where there is an availability, some students may have multiple sessions per week to prepare for things like studio sessions, live performances, auditions and similar instances which the student would require a bit more preparation time.
Do you do make-up lessons?
Yes. Your investment is important!! Make-up lessons are mostly done on Saturdays; however, we try to be flexible when possible.
How flexible is your schedule?
We try to be as flexible and as accommodating as possible. Each instructor aims to fill a maximum of four days which allows for even more flexibility.
How long do we commit to lessons?
Lessons can be a life-time commitment or seasonal. It boils down to a personal preference.
How long does it take to become a competent musician/vocalist?
There are no short cuts to competence; however, the more consistently practice occurs the more one's level of competence increases.
Should I be concerned about theory/music notation/reading music?
Not at all. In fact, we focus more on playing music by ear. History has proven that the chicken did in fact come before the egg - theory actually came long after musicians were already playing music and creating and developing musical instruments. So that being said, let's get you having some fun first and take it from there.
Should my child/ I study Classical music first?
Classical music is a genre and not necessarily a rudimentary or starting point. Classical music is a music style and can impair one's ability to adapt to another music style. We believe that individuals should learn their instruments and become competent before thinking about a specific genre, unless there is already a level of commitment to a specific genre.
How do you develop the teaching curriculum?
The curriculum is usually created through the consultation process. Each curriculum is tailored to fit each individual's requirements and personal goals.
Do you have recitals or any type of wrap up activity?
Yes we do. We try to keep it interesting by offering live performance and studio recording opportunities.
Do you offer Summer Lessons?
Yes. We offer lessons through the summer periods.
Can you explain the method of playing by ear?
Playing by ear is simply the process of learning an instrument bi-passing the element of notation. This process allows the individual to connect with a deeper part of their emotions.
Can Students learn the type of music they like?
Do you offer group lessons?
Yes we do, and we do offer a discount for groups of 5 and more.
How often should I practice?
Practice should be consistent and done with precision. Five - ten minutes daily is better than five hours once per week.
Why should my child or anyone learn an instrument or to play music?
Playing music makes areas of the brain develop faster. Research by Rauscher and her colleagues in 1994 showed that after eight months of keyboard lessons, preschoolers demonstrated a 46% boost in their spatial reasoning IQ, a skill important for certain types of mathematical reasoning.
In particular, it is early music training that appears to most strengthen the connections between brain neurons and perhaps even leads to the establishment of new pathways. But research shows music training has more than a casual relationship to the long-term development of specific parts of the brain too. see the video below.
Do we need to own an instrument?
Yes, you need to be able to practice at home.
Does Elevation Music Studio sell musical instruments?
Yes we do retail musical instruments.
How can parents be more involved in the process?
Parents should be active but not too pushy. They should know how their learner is progressing. Parents these days are more involved in general in their child’s activities. We are concerned that this is often overbearing. For out of home lessons, parents should almost always accompany their child or children to the lessons and even sit in. Parents need to be encouraging guides.
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