FAQ

How are lessons conducted?
During COVID-19, lessons will be done online over Zoom. They offer a basic free version.
How often should I take music lessons and for how long?
Keeping music lessons on a regular schedule leads to a consistent growth rate. Many students are on different schedules. Some take lessons once a week, others twice a week, or some custom variation that works for them. In terms of lesson duration, I offer 30 minutes, 45 minutes and 60 minutes lessons. The most common is 30 minutes once a week. Each student should decide for themselves what feels best for their goals, weekly schedules, and budgets. Keeping a regular and consistent schedule is the key to growth.
How many lessons will I need to learn how to play an instrument?
There are no two students that have exactly the same learning style, musical interests, and growth rate. Music comes up differently in everyone. It is impossible to predict how many lessons will be necessary to achieve your musical goals, there are too many variables at play.
The more you put in, the more you get out. If you are looking for an increased rate of progress you will need to increase the amount of time you spend on your instrument each week. You can achieve anything you put your mind to!
What type of payment do you accept?
For Canadian residents, please email money transfer to (howardgoldbach@gmail.com). For outside of Canada, please use PayPal. Don’t forget current exchange rates.
How long should I be practicing per week?
There is no magic number to reach each week. Music is similar to most rewarding things in life, the more you put in, the more you get out. There is no limit to how deep you can venture into music. However practicing as regularly as possible is recommended, as this will increase the rate of improvement that we are all seeking. Each person has to decide what level of commitment feels right for themselves.
Hopefully lessons will make you feel inspired and full of numerous musical ideas to entertain yourself each time you pick up your instrument.
What level am I playing at?
The answer to this question is subjective and it depends on who you ask, or what criteria you employ. It’s better to be more concerned about building a unique bond with music, and a deep love and appreciation for the process of studying.
Each day, and every time we sit down with our instruments we can deepen our understanding, execute musical passages more confidently, with a better technique, and build a deeper emotional connection. When you are studying music, in some ways, you are delving into the infinite.
All that being said, for the more goal oriented people, who like noticing self improvement, following a method book series, or keeping track of all the music you learn in a musical journal can be a great way to look back and track results.
Do I need my own instrument?
You’ll need an instrument at home to take lessons and practice with. If committing to a purchase doesn’t feel comfortable yet, there are a few places in town that will rent instruments monthly.
Am I too old to start music lessons?
You are never too old. The process of learning music begins as soon as you decide you want it to. Nike had it right when they said “Just Do It”.
I teach many adult beginners studying and improving from week to week, and been told countless times how thankful they are for bringing music into their lives.
What age should my child begin taking music lessons?
There are many different opinions about when to begin a child’s journey into music. One-on-one online/offline private lessons can begin whenever the parent feels the child is ready.
The most important question to ask is if your child has the ability to maintain their focus for a few minutes at a time, and can take direction for the duration of the class so that the lessons are productive.
As soon as you see your child is ready, feel free to contact me to book your first lesson.
What is the best way to help your child learn and appreciate music?
The best way to enhance the process of learning and appreciating music is to positively encourage as much home practice in-between lessons. I’ll provide suggestions on what to practice each week so you can help remind them of the concepts and songs to play. As well, you can introduce more and more music to them through listening. Play your favourite recordings, and encourage them to discover what music inspires them. There are numerous avenues for this exploration today, from recordings, films, television shows, youtube and even on the radio driving in the car. Some students love to explore music that they have just seen in their favourite new animated feature film or video game. I am always learning new music because of them!
How long should my child be practicing per week?
Try to encourage as much practice each week as possible. This can be tricky for a parent with a young child studying music. Most children have homework, and other activities, so finding time can be difficult. I often suggest dedicating a small amount of time each day to practicing music. I always witness success with children who have built a regular practice routine. Hopefully, the child will eventually build a love of music that is truly their own, and then no encouragement will be needed. They will want to spend time immersed in the wonderful world of music.
Why are your lessons different from others?
I tailor music lessons to the student’s musical interests, goals and learning style. I approach each lesson creatively, allowing the spontaneity of the moment to balance a well thought-out and organized lesson plan.
Lesson content and methodology are catered specifically to the individual, with the enjoyment of music as the constant theme. Students receive an abundance of rich and practical ideas towards achieving their musical goals. A logical, organic path is drawn out for each student in accordance with their listening preferences, and personal ambitions.
My goal is to identify, enrich and develop the student’s unique relationship with music
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