Frequently Asked Questions


HOW DO I KNOW WHICH PACKAGE IS RIGHT FOR ME?

All our packages have been thoughtfully curated with our clients learning and scheduling needs in mind! All packages have fewer lessons than there are weeks which means you have built-in flexibility for life to happen- hooray!

We encourage you to schedule an introductory call with our founder, Laura, to learn more about Blue Feather, discuss musical goals and teacher matches, and learn what package might be right for you or your child.

I'VE SELECTED THE BEST PACKAGE FOR ME BUT HOW DO I BOOK IT?

Give us a call at 571.305.2532 or email us at lessons@bluefeathermusic.org. If you’re a current student you can schedule directly with your teacher. All scheduling is through Acuity and you should receive a direct link to purchase your package and then book. A la carte lessons can be booked anytime.

I PURCHASED A PACKAGE, NOW WHAT?

Upon purchasing a package, you should be able to reserve all the lessons in your package immediately.

Be sure you've talked to your teacher first to decide the day and time and any necessary flex weeks in advance. If you are already aware of certain weeks you need off, you can reschedule upfront accordingly.

If you end up being present for all the lessons with no reschedules needed, you finish the term early and have two options: schedule a la carte lessons (at the same rate) or have some extra time off before the recital and spring semester.

There are no additional reschedules beyond scheduled flex weeks- any additional cancellations are forfeited.

Do you only work with children? Do you take adult students?

We teach students of all ages! In fact, we have a rapidly growing roster of adult students. All our instructors have at least one music degree, which means they are more than qualified to work with students of all ages and ability levels. We absolutely love working with adult students! If you’re an adult student, schedule a Discovery Call today to learn how to get started.

WHAT Materials do I NEED FOR LESSONS?

piano and voice students

Students should have regular access to an acoustic piano or an 88-key modern digital piano with a weighted hammer action. 

Acoustic pianos should be kept in good working order and should be tuned at least once a year. We highly recommend Clyde Allen with Capitol Pianos. He can be contacted via email: clyde@capitolpiano.com.

Other helpful resources:

Drums students

All students should consult their teacher on what instruments and/or supplies they should regularly have access to.

Guitar and Bass students

All students should have regular access to an acoustic, electric or bass guitar depending on the style of guitar lessons they are taking as well as a tuner, picks and guitar strap if desired. 

Books and other supplemental materials will be recommended individually by the teacher.

HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO PRACTICE?

If there is a lack of progress, there is probably a lack of practice! A student’s progress is determined by dedicated practice, not by simply attending lessons. Ideally, students should practice at least 4-5 days a week. 

Remember: QUALITY over QUANTITY. Students should practice long enough to complete their weekly tasks as assigned by their teacher.

AS A PARENT, HOW CAN I SUPPORT MY CHILD'S MUSICAL GROWTH?

We're glad you asked! Parental support is an extremely important factor in musical training, especially for young beginners. Students whose parents take an active role in their progress tend to be more enthusiastic and productive.

Create a quiet space where the student can practice, and schedule a time for practice each day. Parents know their children the best, so find a system that motivates your student to practice and be sure to let your teacher in on it, too! Your teacher can be a part of the system and encourage practice time.

AT WHAT AGE SHOULD YOU START TAKING PRIVATE LESSONS? 

It's never too early for little ones to discover a love of music and the arts! It can vary by instrument but for piano and voice we recommend students be able to understand number 1-5 and letters A-G to begin lessons.

The private lesson setting requires more focus and attention than a group class, so keep that in mind as well. If you're not sure if your child is ready, give us a call and we'd be happy to make a recommendation! 

BUT REALLY, NO MAKE-UP LESSONS??

Like other professional services, we have reserved this spot especially for you and your instructor cannot be fill it with another student. Because specific times are set aside for specific students, a student who does not attend a lesson will simply miss the benefit of that lesson, regardless of the situation.

If you are concerned you are paying for lessons you did not receive, rest assured your tuition payment is always working for you.

SO, WHERE DOES MY TUITION GO?

You are not only paying for the reservation of time with your teacher, but also their expertise, guidance and investment in the overall musical journey of your student. If we truly billed by the hour, the bill would be astronomical!

Blue Feather Music teachers and staff devote countless hours to be the best they can be for your students:

  • Welcome goodie bag sent directly to your door upon registering

  • All teachers have minimum one music degree

  • travel time to your home

  • travel related expenses

  • individualized lesson plans

  • researching new repertoire

  • purchasing books and resources

  • memberships with related professional associations

  • pursuing continued education and professional development opportunities

  • growing their skill sets

  • recital prep

  • helping students with audition prep

  • lessons for themselves

  • traveling and preparing for gigs

  • instrument maintenance

  • administrative on-boarding time

  • innovative website design and systems management

  • additional administrative tasks and planning

  • and SO much more!

So, take comfort in knowing that you are receiving the best private, in-home music instruction available with the best value possible.