Q. Why learn music at Christensen’s
A. Christensen’s are very innovative and not ‘stuck in the old’ when it comes to teaching music. We produce much of our learning material ourselves which has developed from years of experience .. everything from fun and creative quiz material to song books with play-along accompaniments which helps develop a students natural ‘ear’, rhythm and improvisation abilities. When we teach music reading we explain the music theory thoroughly so students fully understand music signs, symbols and words (unlike most schools and many private teachers).
Q. What is the duration and approximate times of the lessons.
A. Each lesson is 30 minutes duration which is ideal for allowing a student to learn and absorb new material and skills without it being too much. Lessons and classes are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons and evenings between 3pm and 7pm (approx) . This can vary depending on class scheduling for the current term.
Q. Do Christensen’s teach instruments for all levels.
A. Yes .. we teach beginners right through to more advanced players who wish to progress even further with their playing skills.
Q. At what age can a child start learning a musical instrument
Instruments such as keyboard, guitar, ukulele and violin are suited for most children from 6yrs (violin preferably from 7yrs as it can be quite a challenging instrument for younger children). Parents please note .. learning an instrument is a very challenging skill and it can be detrimental to a child if they start too young on an instrument and they can even become discouraged from music altogether. This is why we offer our exclusive Music Discovery Classes which are an ideal way for children up to 7yrs to make their first start with music.
Q. Does it matter what musical instrument a younger child learns.
A. It’s important that a child learns an instrument that they like and are personally connected with, so long as it’s within their physical capabilities. From 8yrs most children may also consider learning a wind or brass instrument such as saxophone, clarinet, flute or trumpet. (trombone from 10yrs).
Q. Which is better for children .. group or individual lessons.
A. For children we recommend our group classes as children can only absorb so much in a lesson and they also enjoy the interaction with other children in a group class. There is also a synergy effect with group tuition (children feed off each other), so long as there are not too many participants in a class. Our Music Discovery classes are 4 maximum per class, and instrument classes are 2 to 3 maximum per class.
Q. Can a children’s group instrument class consist of students learning different musical instruments.
A. Yes we do mix different instruments sometimes within the same class as most of our learning material is compatible with varying instruments. Rod (the teacher) is a multi-instrumentalist and very experienced at teaching different instruments within the same group class.
Q. Can parents see and observe their children at the lessons.
A. Yes .. chairs are positioned just outside the studio for parents. However it is not possible for parents to come into the studio during lessons unless arrangements have been made because of special circumstances.
Q. Can more than one family member learn in the same group class.
A. Quite often yes but this can depend on circumstances such as instrument, level and age of family members.
Q. Are individual lessons better for adults.
A. Yes .. we find adults are more comfortable with and progress better having individual lessons.
Q. Can you be too old to learn to play a musical instrument.
A. Absolutely not. So long as a person is physically and mentally capable, you are never too old to learn to play a musical instrument. It can even be a very positive activity for an older person’s well being.
Q. Can we rent or buy an instrument through Christensen’s.
A. Yes .. we have most musical instruments available for rental for our own students enrolled on a term basis. We do also sell instruments although for beginners we suggest renting initially.
Q. Do Christensen’s repair and service musical instruments.
A. Yes. We offer service and repairs on most musical instruments, wind and brass being our speciality.
Keryn looks after all enquiries, bookings, student scheduling and invoicing. To contact her we recommend phoning (not texting) as it’s always easier to discuss lesson days, times and other factors in person, but you are welcome to email if you prefer.
Office: 5494 7502 Mobile: 0418 159408