Q & A

Commonly Asked Questions

Q:  What is your studio calendar?  Do we have lessons on teacher workdays?  

A:  Minds On Music® follows the Santa Rosa County school calendar.   We do, however, offer lessons on all single day holidays (Labor Day, Veterans Day, etc.) and teacher workdays.  

Q:  Do you offer Makeup Options for a missed lesson?

A:  Yes.  As stated in our Studio Policies, Your spot on our schedule is reserved for you upon tuition payment. We do not offer reimbursement for missed lessons, however, we do offer a makeup option. Video Submission Lesson is the only form of makeup option at Minds On Music®. We will not reschedule a lesson at another time or day in the week. Video Submission Lesson will include list of videos for student to record (scales/warm-ups, songs), as well as MusicIQ™ Assignment for the week.

Q:  My child just started basketball/football/baseball/soccer/lacrosse/etc. and their practice is the same as our lesson time.  Can I change to a new time until the season is over?

A:  We make every attempt to accommodate the needs of each family’s unique schedule when a lesson day/time is chosen for you.  We cannot then accommodate a new sport schedule every few months.  The best path is to write your request to info@mindsonmusic.net and we will see if an alternate time is available.  Please allow 2 weeks for your request to be answered.  Because of the influx of new students, if your lesson day/time is moved, it may be a permanent change.  

Q:  How do I know if my child is ready to move from Pre-Piano to MusIQ®

A: We have a delightful level-up Badge System that, when completed, show rge readiness for MusIQ®.  We generally say that if the child can read and work in a self-directed manner for 20+ minutes they are ready for MusIQ.  

Q:  My student doesn’t like the MusicIQ Time.  Can we remove it and add a new instrument instead?

A:  No.  Just like learning a foreign language, our MusIQ program is designed to strengthen music-reading skills, thereby deepening the security of our students as they play their instrument.  It’s often a stretch for our students and sometimes it’s uncomfortable.  If your student is repeatedly complaining about the MusIQ component, please let your teacher know.  We can occasionally develop a customized “bridge” MusIQ program that will alleviate the complaints.  

Q:  What is included in the Minds On Music® Membership?

A: Membership includes tuition, materials fee, level test fees, and recital fees.  In addition, Minds On Music® members have first invitation to Masterclasses, Special Events, Music Ambassadors and Competitions.  This is a package that has a value of approximately $440.

Q:  I’d like to add an instrument to my lessons.  How do I add a lesson and how much does it cost?  

A:  That’s fantastic!  As our students become more comfortable as musicians, they often want to explore the musical world and try a new instrument.   Every attempt will be made to have the new lesson time coincide with the current lesson time.  Please send your request for an add-instrument lesson to:  info@mindsonmusic.net.  Please allow 2 weeks for your request to be answered.  

Q:  Is there a return check fee or credit card denial fee?

A:  Yes.  Our return check fee is $35.  If a family has repeated returned checks and/or credit card denials, a cash payment may be required.

Q:  What is Music Therapy?  Can I add it to our lessons?

A:  Our Music Therapy program is designed to use music as a therapeutic tool, rather than instruction.  Our Board Certified Music Therapist will give your student a detailed assessment and then write a personalized Treatment Plan based on that assessment.  This will be in addition to any lessons they are taking.  Music Therapy prices are $75/45 minute session for assessment and treatment.  You may qualify for financial reimbursement for our Music Therapy services.  Minds On Music is Gardiner Scholarship and Medacaid Provider.

Q:  Why did you develop the curriculum?

A:  The curriculum and structure of lessons at Minds On Music® was created in 2010 because of the extremely high drop-out rate in piano lessons nationwide (90% of students drop out within 1 year).  We wanted to create an environment that fostered learning in an engaging and dynamic way.  Our retention rate is currently 87% over a 1 year period and we have many students who have been with us 5-10 years.  Everything we created here is based on what we wanted for our own son and his music education.

Q:  What happens in each level of the curriculum?

A:  Our curriculum is based on 3 aspects that must be performed in the recording studio to pass to the next level.  The first aspect demonstrated is scales/technique, next is a repertoire piece, and third is a free choice piece.  We’ve found that students enjoy picking their own free choice piece at each level, and we are able to work with them on classical/traditional material as well as scales and exercises.  Additionally, each level has a sight reading segment that the student must play in the recording studio.  Finally, each student’s understanding of specific theory concepts are assessed in the Level Test.

Q:  What is MusIQ® and how is theory taught?

A:  Our MusIQ® program includes 3 main components:  1) a music history/appreciation video & worksheet, 2) a learning video with corresponding worksheet, and 3) a game/app that reinforces concepts.  The 5 main themes we cover are:  Note Identification, Rhythm, Music Theory, Ear Training, and Creativity.  Each month we have a different theme and each week a different composer.  Most students begin with Piano Maestro for several weeks as the first app they learn.  Piano Maestro is Apple’s #1 education app and it is our wonderful workhorse for new or transfer students.  We have a delightful menu of apps for each theme and students are rarely bored during the MusIQ® time.  All videos, worksheets and apps are age and level appropriate.

Q:  Why are there 2 students scheduled within the hour?

A:  We schedule 2 students at a time for several reasons.  First, private lessons can be a bit daunting and we’ve found that having a pair of students in the studio is usually engaging and enjoyable for all.  In addition, we have the possibilities for duets or group activities when we have 2 in the lesson.  The chance for siblings to take lessons together is another benefit of scheduling 2 lessons within an hour.

Q:  How do you assess transfer students?

A:  When we have a new student come to Minds On Music®, we use a Transfer Assessment tool to determine a student’s placement within our curriculum.  Our motto is always:  Connect first, then teach.  Sometimes it takes several weeks before a student will be comfortable enough to play their current pieces for the teacher.  The assessment tool has a student play a small segment of a piece, then they determine if it was too hard, too easy, or just right.  After we determine the just-right level, we will usually begin with material a bit easier than the just-right material.  This is designed for maximum comfort and success with a new teacher and environment.  We find that students progress quicker when they’re not stressed, and feel more confident in the new surroundings.