Frequently Asked Questions
Many quesitons that are asked regarding music lessons are detailed here.
Please contact us for any further information and we would be happy to assist.
When are lessons held?
Lessons are conducted at different times and days throughout the various locations. Majority of lessons are after school hours on weeknights, and some teachers offer weekend lesson times.
Where are lessons held?
Depending on the teacher, depends on the location of lessons. Some teachers will provide in-house lessons (at your premises - conditions and small additional fee applies) and others are in a position to teach at their own premises. This allows our music school to cover a large area of metropolitan Adelaide and provide quality lessons to many students.
How long is each lesson?
Standard lesson times are 30 minutes each, although 45 and 60 minute lessons are available for more advanced students and when exam preparation is required (subject to current timetabling).
What are the term arrangements?
Lessons are paid by the term, in conjunction with the South Australian Public School term. Invoices are issued based upon the lesson dates (usually excluding public holidays) and it is expected that students attend every lesson for the term.
What happens if I miss a lesson?
If enough notice is given, every attempt will be made to "make-up" the missed lesson throughout the current term. If however the lesson has been unable to be made up during the term, this missed lesson will be forfeited. If lack of notice or no notice is given this lesson is unable to be made up at a later date. Full terms and conditions are available upon request from Hallmark Music Studio.
How do I make payment?
Cash, money order or direct bank deposit (internet or bank branch deposit) payments are all accepted. We apologise that we are not able to take personal cheques or credit card payments.
How long should I practice?
This question is just like "how long is a piece of string?". The length of practice depends on the individual. As a young beginner, it is often difficult to find a regular practice routine, however 10 - 15 minutes a day is an adequate start. As with everything, the more you put in, the more you receive in return. Older students and basic intermediate levels require a minimum of 30 minutes a day, and ranging up to advanced students involved in exams require a minimum of 45 - 60 minutes a day.
What age can I start learning?
We take students from 5 years minimum with no maximum age. The average starting age is around 7 - 9 years old, but you are never too old to start.
I am an adult - can I learn to play an instrument?
The simple answer is "Yes". Many adults start learning when their lifestyle changes - either as a young adult entering a new routine after studying finishes, or as a mature age adult who suddenly finds they have some time on their hand and take up the opportunity of learning when they weren't able to as a child. Many adults also return to music having learnt as a child and taking a break. Each student is treated as an individual and lessons are tailored to each person to ensure full understanding and learning at your own pace.
Can I learn to read music?
Hallmark Music Studio teachers take the necessary time to ensure that a student's musical ability is supplemented with correct music reading and understanding. Some students will have a natural talent to "play by ear" which is also encouraged in particular for those students, but music understanding and knowledge is a priority.
Do I need to have an instrument at home?
Yes. It is a requirement that the student have daily access to an instrument in a "comfortable" environment (eg, preferably not in the garage). Without easy access to a suitable instrument, students become disheartened and do not progress with their music. Frustration can occur and inturn students often do not continue with lessons. Hallmark Music Studio is able to provide information about purchase or renting instruments with various instrument suppliers in Adelaide.
What instrument is suggested for a beginner to practice on?
This depends on the instrument being learnt. As a piano student, we strongly recommend that a quality piano be purchased or rented. Weekly rental options are available from selected music stores and we are able to provide you with further details of where to obtain a rental instrument if you contact us. When learning piano there are many options, especially when it comes to keyboards. We recommend that keyboards are an alternate option and should only be used in the very beginning stages of learning as they will interfere with correct technique, finger strength and overall understanding of the piano. Digital pianos are another good option. Be careful if looking into second hand older style pianos as many variables can lead to problems with pianos. Purchasing through a dealer should provide guarantee options which is for your peace of mind.
I have been learning with another teacher, can I transfer to Hallmark Music Studio?
We are able to take on students who have learnt from other teachers. We just ask that you understand that every teacher teaches in a slightly different way, and often it takes a few weeks to adjust to the way a new teacher explains information. We pride ourselves on students feeling like they can relate to the teacher and therefore feel comfortable in a student / teacher environment.
Can I participate in exams?
As a teacher, once we feel a student is at a minimum level to start working towards exams, we will discuss this option with you. Exams are not for everyone, but are encouraged for those who we feel are suited to this structure.
I just want to have fun and enjoy music - is that ok?
We believe that the key to playing music is enjoying what you are doing. Therefore if your aim is to learn songs and feel a sense of achievement without the pressure of exams or performances, we will provide you with the knowledge, tools and encouragement to enjoy what you are learning.
I have only been learning for a short time - can I participate in the student concerts?
Our student concerts are open for any student of Hallmark Music Studio. It is a time when all students can come together from all teachers, plus the schools in which we teach and show your family, friends and other students the music you have been working on. There is a vast range of ages and levels perform at the concerts and everyone is there to support the students no matter how long they have been learning.
What style music do you teach?
We feel that as soon as a student is able to play the genre of music they can relate to, the more confident they feel and the faster their progress is. As a beginner students are typically taught from tutorial books, and as their musical understanding and ability increases the amount of music available to them also becomes greater. We teach styles from Classical, pop, jazz, musical theatre and broadway / tv / movie themes, golden oldies and rags.