Private Lessons vs. Group Classes & Ensembles:
Private Lessons offer students one-to-one individualized instruction for 30, 45, or 60 minutes once weekly. We recommend that younger beginning students start with a 30 minute private lesson once a week. As they become older and more technically advanced, a 45 minute or 1 hour lesson may be more beneficial. Older students are invited to begin with a longer weekly lesson if they would like to move at a faster pace.
Suggested beginning ages for Private Lessons: Violin: 4 years old; Piano: 1st grade; Guitar: 2nd grade; Drums: 2nd grade; Voice Class: 3rd grade; Viola: 3rd grade; Voice: 4th grade; Cello and Bass: 5th grade.
Group Classes and Ensembles (due to COVID-19 classes and ensembles are currently suspended) also meet weekly with their instructor but in a small group of 2-4 students. These types of classes offer an interactive learning setting that fosters peer interaction and communication, which encourages teamwork. In order for children to understand their individual part in a larger ensemble, and to give students an opportunity to be inspired and encouraged by their peers in a small-group learning environment, we offer small group classes and ensembles as schedules allow.
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For Pre-K students, we ask you to bring your child for a 30-minute Assessment Lesson with one of our qualified instructors. The purpose of the Assessment Lesson is to determine whether the student is physically and emotionally ready to begin taking a regular weekly music lesson. After the Assessment Lesson, the instructor may either recommend the student start lessons right away or wait a few months for further cognitive development. There is a one-time fee of $40 for the Assessment Lesson.
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ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
When children and younger teens begin to express an interest in music, the wise parent is the one who listens to their expressed desires. These parents know that the earlier a student begins learning an instrument the quicker they grasp the musical concepts and excel at the skills needed to play with musicality.
The Benefits of Music Lessons for Elementary & Middle School Students at RSM Include:
- Weekly one-to-one individualized instruction with one of our university-trained music teachers.
- Weekly practice, drills, and lessons custom designed to maximize a student’s learning process.
- Assistance with audition and performance preparation.
- Performance opportunities, including Recitals, Festivals, and competitions. (Working toward an achievable goal can help incentivize a student’s musical studies.)
- Music Theory and Composition Instruction.
HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE STUDENTS
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
High school students can have many demands on their time and attention. Our goal is to help these students achieve their highest level of musical mastery as well as to help prepare them for a lifetime of musical study. Private music lessons can be an important addition to an orchestral, band, or choir student’s weekly schedule. Our teachers can provide guidance with audition and performance materials and assist students in mastering new skills and playing techniques.
Students interested in a career in music can also incorporate musical theory studies into their weekly music lessons. For these students, it is imperative that they begin taking lessons as early as possible to prepare adequately for the audition into the college music program of their choice.
COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENTS AND MUSIC MAJORS
College music majors must pass the Piano Proficiency Exam in order to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree. Our qualified instructors can help take the stress out of this exam by offering weekly coaching as well as Music Theory instruction.
The Benefits of Music Lessons at RSM for High School & College students Include:
- Weekly one-to-one individualized instruction with one of our university-trained music teachers. Longer 45 or 60 minute lessons can help more advanced students cover more ground.
- Weekly practice, drills, and lessons custom designed for more advanced students to maximize their learning process.
Assistance with audition and performance preparation.
- Multiple performance opportunities, including Recitals, Festivals, and competitions. (Working toward an achievable goal can incentivize a student’s musical studies.)
- College-prep Music Theory and Composition Instruction.
ADULTS & SENIORS
We offer an early-day lesson rate for students who can schedule a lesson at 3:00 pm or before Mondays-Fridays.
Adult students need a special type of teacher who can customize lessons to their unique needs and goals. Some adults have taken music lessons earlier in life and would like to pick back up where they left off. Others may want to fulfill a life-long dream and will be starting from scratch by learning to play an instrument or sing. Most adult students choose to take music lessons for their own personal enjoyment. They often report a decrease in tension and stress, better mental capacity, and better sleeping patterns when they add music to their daily routine. Overall, these students seem to benefit the most from a patient and caring teacher who is sensitive to their individual musical goals.
Senior students have their own unique challenges when studying a musical instrument. Senior students can also benefit a great deal from adding music to their weekly routine. Our amazing and patient teachers have experience teaching senior students as well as adapting the lessons to their particular needs and goals.
Some of the Benefits of Music Lessons at Rockwall School of Music for Senior Adults can include:
- A happier outlook on life
- Bettered social interaction
- Enhanced moods
- Improved interest levels
- Increased self-esteem
- Reduced tension and anxiety
- Better nights of sleep
- Increased positive emotions
- Increased relaxation
- Increased communication in dementia and Alzheimer’s patients
- Improved memory and recall
- Increased ability to concentrate
- Increased mobility and coordination
- Increased overall cognitive abilities