General Lesson Information for New Students and Parents


Note that the information below is a basic guide. The details will vary by and be specific to the teacher you select.

Lesson Duration:
Lessons typically are offered in 1/2 hour or full hour duration.

Lesson Prices:

Lessons prices vary greatly by teacher, although at the low end lessons can cost $40 or more per hour. Namta does not add any additional fees to the price offered by the teachers.

Cancellation Policy:

Although these vary by teacher, a typical policy is that if lessons are not cancelled 24 hours beforehand, then the student is responsible for paying for the missed lesson.

Teaching Locations:

Depending upon the teacher, lessons may be offered at the teachers studio, the students home, or possibly remotely via a video conference session.

Teaching Elements:

In general, teaching an instrument is comprised of the following activities:

1). Music Theory:

This is where the student is taught about the concepts of note intervals, keys, scales, chords, time signatures, and dynamics.

2). Reading Music:

This is where the student is taught to read sheet music. For some instruments, such as guitar, the teacher may elect to use "tab" notation rather than or in addition to sheet music.

3). Performing:

This is where the student is taught how to actually play the scales, chords and other concepts on their instrument. Typically the teacher will have the student work on a specific piece of music. Once the student has attained proficiency at a level, the teacher may then elect to introduce more complex pieces of music to play.

4). improvisation (optional):

Some students may wish to learn how to improvise on their instrument, meaning that they create their own solos and/or chord progressions for a piece of music. This tends to apply primarily to rock and jazz genres, but can apply to any music genre.

5). Composition (optional):

Some students may wish to learn techniques to assist them in writing their own music. As with any creative process, the teacher will provide basic tools to assist with this, but it ultimately comes down to the ability/creativity of the student as to their proficiency at this.