You walk into a music school. The sounds of violins screech in the background, a different version of Twinkle Twinkle each time. Children are running around, parents are engaged in social hour and you think to yourself, how does anyone actually learn here? You have always loved pop tunes but when you go to register you realize that the only option you have is to learn classical music with a teacher who may have gone to high school with Mozart. They teach a method you are all too familiar with, it is the reason you left your last school and you are forced to sign a contract that says if you miss a lesson it will be made up with a group. But aren’t you paying for private lessons? The reality is that times have changed. We are a part of the digital age that recognizes that not everyone has the same needs and music should not be exempt from that. The reason why I opened up a home music studio was to offer to my students what I was unable to offer them while teaching at a traditional music school. 

Here are 4 benefits of studying at a home studio:

1. More flexibility:

One of the biggest downsides to large music schools are their lack of flexibility. In fact, it is the number 1 reason why parents withdraw their children from most of these institutions. Very few music schools are open late on weekends and do not allow students to make up lessons with their teachers if they miss them. I understand how busy life can be and as a result, I offer extended weeknight hours (until 11pm) and extended weekend hours (Saturday and Sunday from 8 am till 8 pm). I also will do everything I can to schedule makeup lessons as long as I hear from you within 24 hours of the scheduled lesson!

2. More affordable

Music schools have way more overhead than a home music studio! They also are responsible for paying staff members to work regardless of the student showing up for their lessons. This drives up their prices. My rates are 30% lower than local music schools. 

3. Environment more conducive to learning

Every music school I have taught at had simultaneous lessons happening in adjacent rooms. I once taught at a school where there were drum lessons happening to my right, and a large hip-hop dance class to my left. My students and I had to scream to hear each other! At my studio, I only teach one lesson at a time.  A quiet, calm lesson room makes learning a breeze! 

4. Ability to cater to individual needs

Since I do not have the pressures of an institution that requires their teachers to teach a certain method, I am free to tailor each lesson towards the needs of the individual. I always take the time to carefully asses each student, and respond with appropriate teaching methods.

Andrew Lima