Frequently Asked Questions

Regarding Music Lessons at Music Collection

What are the rates for lessons? 

Our rates vary by each instructor’s individual experience and level of education.   Prices range from $18, $22, to $24 per half hour and are HST exempt.

How old does my child need to be to start Music Lessons?

This varies typically by the physical requirements to play each type of instrument.   4 and up can often start with Piano or Ukulele.  5 years old is a good age to start Voice,  Violin or Drums.  For Guitar our instructors recommend it’s best to wait until 7 years old, but sometimes will take 6 year olds after an assessment.  For most Band Instruments such as Trumpet, Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone it’s best to wait till age 10 or Grade 5.  A child’s lungs are typically not strong enough for these instruments until then.

Do you offer lessons to Adults?

Yes! It’s never too late to start to learn music or even get back to playing again after years away from your instrument.  We have had students right up to their nineties enjoy lessons at Music Collection.  Learning materials more geared towards adults are available.  We even offer lessons on select instruments during weekday mornings and lunch hours in addition to our usual afternoon/evenings and weekends.

When can I start lessons?

At any time! The great thing about private music lessons is you can start pretty well any week of the year.  You only need to choose an available time, then register to begin lessons. All we ask is you fully register at least one day before your first lesson so we have time to properly inform your instructor you will be attending.

Do I need to own an instrument to take lessons?

To get the most out of your lessons you should practice between sessions.  So yes you will need an instrument to use at home and for your own use in the lesson. The exceptions are Piano and Drums which are provided at the Studio.  The staff and instructors at Music Collection can help you choose the right instrument at the right size to suit you right in our store.    Not sure about making a long term investment yet?  Music Collection also offers excellent rental instruments at a great monthly rate.   We also offer payment plans on purchases.  Piano students without a Piano at home could purchase or rent a Keyboard or Digital Piano with at least 61 touch-sensitive keys.

How long does it take to learn to play an instrument?

Everyone progresses differently when learning an instrument.   While everyone wants quick results, but learning music should be looked at as a long term process that can lead to a lifetime of enjoyment.  Music can be rewarding and fun yet admittedly will require some patience from time to time.  Students who practice regularly will see results more quickly, so it’s important for parents of students to encourage regular practice and recognize there has to be a level of commitment to learning music.

Do you offer Recitals? Do students have to take part in Recitals, Festivals or Exams?

Music Collection offers two sets of recitals and other performance opportunities for students throughout the year.   Participation in recitals is encouraged and open to all students regardless of age and skill level, but is still completely optional.   Preparation for Festivals such as the Kiwanis festival or Royal Conservatory of Music Exams are also completely optional yet very much available.  Royal Conservatory of Music Exams at the higher levels can be used towards Newfoundland and Labrador high school credits.

Why do you charge a registration fee?

The registration fee is used to cover various up front administrative and setup expenses. We feel it’s better charge the same up front cost no matter which date you start lessons during the year. If we added this charge to the regular lesson rate you would end up paying more than someone that signs up for less lessons than yourself. So it’s simply meant to keep our lesson rates as low and as fair as possible. The fee is per person, so if you sign the same person up for two instruments, for example Piano and Guitar, you will be only charged one fee for the year, even if you add the additional instrument or group session later on in the year. For families we only charge up to a maximum of two fees per year, so if three or more members of a household signing up you pay no more than the equivalent of two fees.

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How to reach us:
St. John's, Torbay Road 738-2982
Mount Pearl 368-0789

Private Music Lessons

Private Music Lessons

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