FAQS

At what age is it suggested to start learning a musical instrument?

The age suggested to undertake the learning of a musical instrument varies in function of the chosen instrument. In addition, everyone learns at a different speed, it is therefore essential to consider the abilities of your children. Here is an overview of the age suggested depending on the instruments offered.

  • Piano lessons- 5 years old
  • Singing lessons - 6 years old
  • Guitar lessons - 6 years old
  • Violin lessons - 5 years old
  • Clarinet lessons - 9 years old
  • Drum lessons - 6 years old 

For children of 3 to 5 years of age, musical awakening courses are also offered. This course is an introduction to the music and allows you to learn the musical bases (for example: the sounds, the rhythms, different instruments of music, and more) while having fun.

Parents-children courses may also be suggested if you want to learn at the same time as your child while accompanying them in their path.

How can I encourage my child to take interest into learning a musical instrument?

To encourage your children to take interest and attend music classes, you can start by making them listen to music regularly. In addition, you can bring your children to family concerts to give them the desire to learn. If your children are between the ages of 3 and 5 years, you can also enroll them in the musical awakening class to allow them to touch the various musical instruments and to make them react to sounds.

How do I choose I musical instrument?

Depending on the interest of the child and the knowledge already acquired, interest in instruments vary widely. However, it is important to choose an instrument that will feed our interests throughout out musical journey.

How can a student prepare for the first music lesson?

For he first class, students must bring a pocket or notebook that will allow them to insert the sheets delivered by the teacher and take notes about the homework. We ask all students to wash their hands before starting their class.

  • Piano lessons: If a student has already played this instrument, we ask them to bring the books that were already used. During the winter season, we ask that you bring a pair of indoor shoes.
  • Singing lessons: We ask the student to bring a digital music player if one is available. It is also strongly recommended to bring a bottle of water.
  • Guitar lessons: In order to be able to practice, the student must bring a guitar. The acquisition of this guitar can be advised by a teacher. If the student has already practiced this instrument, we ask them to bring the books that were used.
  • Violin lessons: In order to be able to practice, the student must bring a violin which can be advised by a teacher. If the student has already practiced this instrument, we ask them to bring the books used.
  • Clarinet lessons: In order to be able to practice, the student must bring a clarinet. If the student has already practiced this instrument, we ask them to bring the books that were used.
  • Drum lessons: If a student has already practiced this instrument, we ask to bring the books that were used. During the winter season, we ask that you bring a pair of indoor shoes.
How do I supervise practice sessions of a musical intrument?

Learning a musical instrument requires no doubt a lot of repetition, even outside the music lessons. These must be taken seriously to ensure the success and motivation through the journey of learning. The key to success is to facilitare each session. It is therefore important to choose the right time for rehearsals to ensure its integration into everyday life. We invite you to start with small periods of frequent practices. This way, you will learn the basics right and have fun doing it. This will teach you self-discipline that will be useful throughout your journey. When some confidence is gained, give yourself goals that will make you want new challenges.

As a parent you need to be listening to your child's needs without putting too much pressure. It is recommended to invite your child as often as possible to practice to develop his desire. You can also associate the ptactice of the instrument to small rewards that may bring more encouragement. 

As a parent do I need to be present at a lesson?

The presence of parents during a lesson is not mandatory. Instead, we suggest to be present only in the last five (5) minutes to allow the student to focus his full potential with the instructions of the teacher. The teacher will be able to summerize the lesson and provide information on the homework and practice to do at home.

How much time should I allocate to practice outside of class?

In order to properly assimilate the information, practicing is strongly recommended. Generally, the time allotted for practices represents three times the time of your lesson per week. For example, if you are enrolled in a 30-minute leson, allow 90 minutes or 15 minutes per day for practice. It is also interesting to schedule time to explore your instrument and have fun.

We invite you to start with small periods of frequent practices. This way, you will learn the basics right and have fun doing it. This will teach you self-discipline that will be useful throughout your journey. When some confidence is gained, give yourself goals that will make you want new challenges.

As a parent you need to be listening to your child's needs without putting too much pressure. It is recommended to invite your child as often as possible to practice to develop his desire. You can also associate the ptactice of the instrument to small rewards that may bring more encouragement. 

What is the appropriate duration of a lesson?

It is very rare that we would suggest 60-minute lessons for children of less than 13 years old. In these rare cases, the suggestion comes from the teacher according to the abilities and skills of the students. For students older than 13 years old, we determine the duration of the lesson depending on the time available and allocation to individual practice.

What is the importance of private lessons?

Our philosophy is to offer everyone the tools necessary for to accomplish your musical goals while having fun. Sonart proposes a teaching method adapted to the pace, level and age of each student.