FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

 

FAQ's

What ages do you accept for instruction?
What is Suzuki Guitar?
How will I know if the guitar is the right instrument for my child?
Should I insist that my child learn the instrument of my choice?
Can we try guitar for a short term to see if my child likes it?
Should my child take private or group lessons?
Do you accept adult students?
How are classes scheduled?
Is there an enrollment cuttoff date?
Is there a waiting list?
What other instruments or subjects are taught?


General FAQs

What ages do you accept for instruction?
Generally all children between the ages of 5 through 19 are eligible for enrollment, however 3 1/2 and 4 year olds have been accepted. Whether a child is ready for instruction would be determined during the interview. Back to Top

What is Suzuki Guitar?
The term refers to the method and philosophy of teaching music founded by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. In his words, "- - - the mother tongue approach - - -", or simply stated, all children speak the language of their mothers. This approach to learning the Classical Guitar directly involves the parent/coach, usually the mother, in the learning process. It is this approach that makes teaching music to the very young possible. Back to Top

How will I know if the guitar is the right instrument for my child?
Children, like all people, have preferences that cannot be explained. We all like particular colors, prefer certain foods and, where music is concerned, we each take to the sound of a particular instrument. That a child likes the sound, shape and feel of a given instrument over another is an excellent indicator that it is the right choice. Back to Top

Should I insist that my child learn the instrument of my choice?
This will more than likely produced less than desirable results. At best a child will pursue the instrument to please the parent, however it is unlikely that they would find any real joy in the endeavor. 

Many parents have made attempts to live their music lives through their children only to have the child quit music all together. I would strongly discourage this approach. Back to Top

Can we try guitar for a short term to see if my child likes it?
Experience has shown that approaching music from this mindset leads to repetitive quiting. The child will more often than not quit when they find there is more effort required that meets the eye. If allowed to do so, they will more that likely quit the next instrument as well, and so on until the parent stops buying them. The end result is multiple starts with little or no results. The real tragedy is the child has inadvertently been taught to quit. 

The best approach to learning guitar, or any musical instrument is by way of commitment. The combination of a child that wants to learn, a committed parent, and a competent teacher who loves teaching is one that consistently produces results that brings smiles to the faces of all.Back to Top

Enrollment FAQs

Should my child take private or group lessons?
The program for children offered at Soundboard Studios consists of both private and group lessons. All students receive weekly private lessons, and are required (except adults) to participate in group and ensemble play as scheduled. 

The classical guitar is a solo instrument not normally associated with band or orchestral groups. Because children need to learn to play in a group setting the group and ensemble experience is imperative. Back to Top

Do you accept adult students?
Although children are the primary focus at Soundboard Studios, a limited number of adult students are accepted. Back to Top

Howare classes scheduled? 
The studio operates on a semester schedule that coincides very close to local schools. During each calendar year there is a fall, summer, and spring semester. The fall and spring semesters are 18 weeks long while the summer session is 9 weeks. Back to Top

Is there an enrollment cuttoff date? 
No! While we prefer each new student enroll at the beginning of the semester during the specified week, we know that this is not always practical or possible. Therefore new students are accepted at almost any time during a term. If enrollment is sought very late in a given term it may be suggested that the student start is the next term. Late enrollment costs are prorated to some extent. Back to Top

Is there a waiting list?
Yes! If the studio is filled to capacity and you still wish to enroll you will be placed on a waiting list. You will be kept informed of your place on the list periodically or as change occur 

The Fayetteville NC community, because of its close connection to the military at Ft Bragg and Pope AFB, experiences a greater turnover of residents than most communities. As such it is not likely that you would remain on a waiting list for a long period. Back to Top

What other instruments or subjects are taught?
Soundboard Studios prides itself on doing one thing and doing it well. As such the classical guitar is the only instrument offered. 

Because we believe in providing a sound music education pursuant to the students projected goals, music theory is also taught. Several different computer based programs are used to enhance the instruction. Additionally, those students aspiring to enter collegiate schools of music are taught keyboard skills.Back to Top

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