Music Lessons

All About Our Music Lessons

Classic Studios offers the best music lessons in Sherwood Park and Edmonton, Alberta. We provide quality instruction in Piano, Guitar, Drums, Bass, and Trumpet. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions below to learn more!

Piano Lessons

Frequently Asked General Music Lessons Questions

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What Do You Learn in Your Music Lessons?

That question is often asked by prospective students. Our teachers make it a priority to get to know you on a personal level and to become familiar with your personal musical needs and goals.

We do not treat every student the same in terms of what and how we teach.
A six-year-old having their first piano lesson will have very different needs than a fifty seven year old taking up piano for the 2nd time after having had lessons as a child.

The main reason to choose Classic Studios as your music lesson provider, is that we are sensitive to the fact that every student is an individual. We also have our own work books and audio programs for ear training, not too many schools can say that.

If you enroll here for lessons, we will work with you to make a plan that will fit your needs and musical preferences. At the first lesson your teacher will ask you about your favorite type of music, and set goals to help accomplish whatever musical aspirations you have for yourself or your child.

We teach all styles from classical, jazz, pop, country, blues and rock.

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Are Your Instructors Qualified?

You bet. Our teachers have received their education from prestigious institutions such as Humber, University of Saskatchewan, University of Alberta, Macewan University Indiana University, SFU University. Many of our instructors have gone on performance tours of the US and Europe and have over 25 years of professional performance and teaching experience. In addition to their teaching credentials, our teachers have warm personalities, are extremely friendly and strive to get to know each student and their parent on a personal level.

We find the best teachers in Edmonton and Sherwood Park, so you don’t have to.

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How Long Does it Take to Learn an Instrument?

There is no set answer of how long it takes to learn an instrument. With regular practice a basic level of playing can be accomplished in a few months. Most of our students take lessons on a long-term basis because they want to be constantly improving and they find the lessons enjoyable. Think of it compared to hockey.  Toddlers can learn to skate, pass and learn the principles of the game in a short time. They then continue on to get a deeper knowledge, love and appreciation for the game, the same applies in music.

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I Don’t Have Any Musical Background or Ability. Can I Still Help My Child Practice?

Absolutely! Even if you don’t have a musical background you can ask the teacher for advice on how to help your child practice. A lot of your child’s success in the beginning years does depend on you. By simply monitoring that they are doing exercises a certain number of times per day the student will progress. Parents will occasionally sit and are welcome to stay in on their child’s music lesson to get an idea of the proper way a song should sound or how the student should be positioning their hands.

Frequently Asked Piano Lessons Questions

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What Do You Learn In Your Piano Lesson?

That question is often asked by prospective students. Our teachers make it a priority to get to know you on a personal level and to become familiar with your personal musical needs and goals.

We do not treat every piano student the same in terms of what and how we teach.

A seven year old having their first piano lesson will have very different needs than a fifty seven year old taking up piano for the 2nd time after having had lessons as a child.

The main reason to choose Classic Studios as your music lesson provider, is that we are sensitive to the fact that every piano student is an individual.

If you enroll here for piano lessons, we will work with you to make a plan that will fit your needs and musical preferences. At the first piano lesson your piano teacher will ask you about your favorite type of piano music, and set goals to help accomplish whatever musical aspirations you have for yourself or your child.

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What Styles of Piano Music Do You Teach?

We teach all styles from rock, pop, jazz, country, blues and classical.

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Are Your Piano Instructors Qualified?

Our piano instructors have received their education from prestigious institutions such as Humber, SFU University, University of Alberta, and University of Saskatchewan. Many of our instructors have gone on performance tours of the US and Europe and have over 25 years of professional performance and teaching experience. In addition to their teaching credentials, our teachers have warm personalities, are extremely friendly, and strive to get to know each student and their parent on a personal level.

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Do I Have to Know How to Read Piano Music?

No! Child and adult beginner piano students are all welcome!

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Are There Piano Recitals?

Absolutely, and much more. Classic Studios prides itself on giving more performance opportunities than any other school.  Every December and May we provide recitals in world class recital halls with Steinway and Yamaha pianos for our students to perform on. We get to perform at venues like the Yardbird Suite, Edmonton Moravian Church, The Piano Centre, Muttart Hall at Alberta College, and the Commonground Cafe. Unlike most of our competitors we do not charge a ‘participation fee’ for our students to perform. There are also no admission fees so you can invite as many family members and friends as you want to attend the recital for free.

Types of Lessons We Offer

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Piano Lessons

(for ages five and up or earlier with the approval of an instructor)

Our piano teachers teach a variety of styles from classical to popular music. Whether you want to learn Bach or Elton John or Nina Simone, our teachers are happy to help you become the pianist you want to be. Our piano faculty will show you the fundamentals of technique, sight reading and theory, but they will also incorporate your favourite songs into your lessons. You do not have to have a piano at home to take lessons. A simple full size electronic keyboard will suffice for the initial stages. Our piano teachers have warm and charismatic personalities and enjoy sharing their love for the piano with you.

It is ideal if you do have a piano at home before starting lessons, but you can start lessons with our piano teachers by using an electric keyboard to practice on. Most of our students rent or buy small electric keyboards practice on at home. We recommend a keyboard that has regular sized keys and a touch sensitive response. The term you are looking for is called a “weighted action” or graded hammer action. A touch sensitive keyboard means if you press a key harder it will play louder and if you press a key softer it will play quieter.

One great resource is Costco, located in Sherwood Park. They have an excellent return policy and we can help you find the right model.

Kijiji is a good resource and you can find a piano for around $200 or free. Be careful with pianos that are over 100 years old. Some of them are impossible to tune. Also see if there is any moisture damage in the piano. If you can start to see coffee rings develop at the back of the piano or inside, run away. Also if there is a any crack in the sound board, run away. It can be expensive to pay a piano mover (around $450), but worth it unless you have a lot of people, moving straps and a truck! (Which can be done!)

To have the best success, look for the following things in a keyboard:

  1. 88 keys
  2. Sustain Pedal (when you hold it down, the sound rings out)
  3. Weighted action or “graded hammer action” sometimes known as touch sensitive as well. (when you play harder, it sounds louder; when you play softly, it sounds quieter)

RENT A KEYBOARD

Not ready to purchase a piano? You may rent a keyboard from us for only $30 per month.

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Guitar Lessons

(for ages five and up or earlier with the approval of an instructor)

Our guitar teachers teach rock, blues, metal, country and classical guitar lessons on electric and acoustic guitars. Beginner students can expect to work on chords, simple songs and melodies, sight reading and theory. We balance musicianship and fun by making sure that in each lesson you are challenged with a new technical or theory concept, but always end with something fun such as your favorite riff or song. We use a variety of guitar method books to accomplish this and encourage students to bring CDs or their iPod to their lesson to learn their favorite tunes.

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Drum Lessons

(for ages six and up or earlier with the approval of an instructor)

Our drum instructors teach rock, metal, jazz, funk, blues and many other styles. Drum language can be complex and our instructors will challenge any drummer with a wide variety of technical exercises designed to improve your speed and comfort. All drummers bring in their favorite drum parts to learn in their lessons and theory is encouraged. We have many drum students who play in local bands be it in rock clubs or their local churches. You do not have to purchase a drum kit to take lessons. Beginning students can learn with a drum pad and sticks. Students use our drum set at their lessons and do not have to bring anything except their drum sticks and a notebook.

Rates

$35.00 per 30 minute private lesson held once a week.

Offering quality piano, guitar, bass, drums, and trumpet lessons in Sherwood Park and Edmonton. Also serving the communities of Ardrossan, Josephburg, and Fort Saskatchewan.

Hours

Lessons are available:

Monday – Thursday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Fridays 2:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturdays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sundays 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

It’s easy to take the next step:

Lessons are first come, first serve so contact us today to arrange your first lesson!