We understand that you may have some FAQs on whether learning music is right for your child. Hence, on this page we will try to answer as many of the most common questions that you have. We answer questions from whether your child has the ability to learn music to our policies for replacement of lessons.
For individual lessons, you may start anytime depending on the availability of teachers. Should you start your course in the middle or end of the month, fees will be pro-rated accordingly for that month. Thereafter, fees should be paid monthly at the beginning of the month/term before the 15th. For group classes, please enquire from the school.
Yes. You can arrange for a trial lesson which has to be paid for at a a minimum of 24 hours in advance. There is no guarantee of a placement after the trial lesson. The trial lesson fee is non-refundable. Should you decide to continue lessons with the same teacher, your 2nd month’s fees will be given a 1-Lesson Credit (varies with the monthly fees).
You may use the school’s instrument for the trial lesson at no extra cost. However, for woodwind & brass instruments, students must have their own instruments ready due to hygiene purposes.
We have courses available from childbirth, namely our Mandeville Baby Stars Course, and from 2 ½ years old, there is the Preschooler course available. We also conduct violin & piano classes for 3.5 years old up till 5/6 years old (depending on group class). Students are grouped according to age and maturity. For more information on the Mandeville Junior classes, click here to go to the Mandeville Junior site.
All children skillfully nurtured reach a high educational level but such nurturing must start from the day of birth. – Dr Shinichi Suzuki
Every newborn baby comes into the world with potential abilities far exceeding those of any other creature on earth.
Man is the product of his environment. A child who grows up listening to music daily and has large exposure to musical activities like concerts will improve at a faster pace. Supportive and understanding parents who are actively involved in their children’s practice will also accelerate the child’s progress.
Students who wish to go for examinations will be subject to the ABRSM syllabus. It is not necessary to take exams yearly nor under every grade. Students may discuss with their respective teachers on planning for exams.
Our teachers are mostly graduates with a degree or a diploma in music. Moreover, all our teachers have undergone a stringent audition and interview for their performing abilities, teaching skills and interactive personality.
Yes. Many of our students study 2 instruments concurrently. However, the number of instruments a student should learn should depend on his interests, schedule, available practice times and parental support.
You would have to give the school 4 weeks advanced written notice. You may send in an email or fill up a termination form available at the school’s front counter.
Yes. You will have 45 lessons in a year no matter which day your lesson falls on. Therefore, fees are to be paid monthly (by the 15th) regardless of holidays. Please refer to our Academic Calendar for more details.
No. However, if a lesson is missed by the teacher, there will be a replacement lesson or a relief teacher will be arranged.
In the event of absence from lessons, you are advised to terminate your course by giving 4 weeks written notice to the school. If not, you will be required to pay for all current or outstanding fees.
It is crucial to have an instrument right from the start as the progress of the student depends entirely on practice. It is also important to invest in an acceptable quality instrument right from the start as it helps to encourage the student’s practice and therefore help sustain the child’s interest. Parents’ involvement and enthusiasm towards their child’s music education is another factor that greatly affects the sustenance of the child’s interest.