FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Before starting to take music lessons there often are quite a lot of basic questions both parents and students have. We've gone ahead and tried to put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions that will hopefully help you find some answers when we are not directly available for you to ask.

Please browse through the most common questions we are asked about beginning music lessons. In case the specific question you have isn't addressed below, please don't hesitate to contact us directly.

**Please click on the questions below to read more about the following topics:

+ WHAT INSTRUMENTS DO YOU TEACH?

We offer private lessons in guitar, piano, bass (upright and electric), drums, voice, saxophone, mandolin, banjo, violin, cello, flute and clarinet for ages 5 and up. We are continually expanding our school programs to include different and new instruments - if you don’t see something listed, feel free to ask us!

+IS MY CHILD TOO YOUNG TO BEGIN MUSIC LESSONS?

We usually recommend starting at age 7, although if a student is expressing a strong and serious interest in a certain instrument, we will teach children as young as age 5.

+DO YOU TEACH ADULT STUDENTS?

Absolutely. It is never too late to begin taking lessons, and we accept adult students at all levels, whether complete beginners or seasoned players. In addition, our band program matches adults of similar skills and tastes into adult groups. Click here for more on our band program.

+DO I NEED A PIANO/KEYBOARD AT HOME TO TAKE PIANO LESSONS?

Yes. Students enrolled in piano lessons will be given assignments each week to practice at home. We expect students to be able to put in consistent practice time throughout the week, so having a piano at home is essential. For beginners, we’d be happy to recommend inexpensive options, including basic keyboards, that may be suitable to start.

+WHAT DO I NEED TO START GUITAR LESSONS? ACOUSTIC OR ELECTRIC?

You will need a guitar to practice with at home. If you do not already have an instrument, we recommend talking to the instructor at the first lesson about what to purchase. If a student wants to study electric guitar, you will also need to purchase an amp and guitar cables. There are many reasonably priced options - we will be happy to provide recommendations.

+DO I NEED A FULL DRUM SET TO TAKE DRUM LESSONS?

Not at first. Beginning students will only need to purchase a practice pad. We recommend coming to the first lesson and talking to the instructor before purchasing.

+CAN YOU COME TO MY HOUSE FOR LESSONS?

While in-home lessons can be convenient, there are distractions at home - siblings, pets, TV. With in-home lessons there is limited oversight on lesson plans. There is no opportunity to interact with other students, or to benefit from our band program. We believe that in-studio lessons are simply the best way to maximize a 30 minute session and to also receive the additional benefits of our studio.

+HOW MANY LESSONS CAN I SIGN UP FOR?

Lessons run from September through June, and we also have summer sessions in July and August. You may register at any time, and payments will be automatically deducted on the first of each month. Once you are enrolled in the automatic payment system you may keep your lesson time for as long as you wish. Our program is not set up to allow students to pay for one lesson at a time.

+CAN I SIT IN ON LESSONS? FROM TIME TO TIME?

Parents are encouraged to sit in on lessons - family involvement greatly impacts a student’s progress. Your teacher will be able to tell you a suitable time to observe. After every lesson, teachers will always meet with the parents in the studio lobby to explain what was covered that day, and what the student should be practicing at home during the coming week.

+DO YOU OFFER GROUP LESSONS?

Our lessons are strictly one-on-one, but we do offer a band program and group classes. Individualized training is essential to learning any instrument. Group classes are a great way to supplement the private lesson experience. Click here to learn more about all of our different music programs.

+CAN I HAVE MORE THAN ONE CHILD IN THE SAME LESSONS?

All lessons are one-on-one. Our instructors prepare each lesson to cover an appropriate amount of material for an individual student. Every one progresses at their own pace while learning an instrument, and every student will have different questions and needs. By splitting a teacher’s attention between two students, neither student will receive the undivided attention they deserve.

+WHAT IF I HAVE MULTIPLE KIDS WHO WOULD LIKE LESSONS ON DIFFERENT INSTRUMENTS AT THE SAME TIME?

We are usually able to accommodate families who want to schedule lessons at the same time. In some cases, the lessons will be back-to-back, but we will always attempt to schedule lessons as conveniently as possible.

+I WANT TO SIGN UP, BUT I AM NOT READY TO COMMIT LONG-TERM. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

There is no commitment beyond the first month of lessons if you should decide the experience isn't for you. After the first month, you can request to come off the schedule at any point, by letting the office know in writing on or before the first of the month in the last month you wish to take lessons.

+WHEN ARE THE LESSON TIMES?

Our studio is open six days a week. Monday through Friday from 3:00-8:00pm as well as Saturdays from 10:00am-3:00pm

+WHAT IF I WANT TO STOP MY LESSONS?

If you wish to discontinue lessons for any reason we require 15 days notice. Simply email us at info@markmurphysmusic.com 15 days before the last lesson you plan to attend, and if needed we will adjust your last month payment accordingly.

+HOW CAN I CONTACT THE STUDIO?

You can call us at 973-378-2540. Please leave a message if you are directed to our voicemail. Any questions can also be sent to our studio manager by using our contact form.

+HOW DO I REGISTER FOR LESSONS?

To register, contact us by email or phone to find a time slot that will be convenient for you every week. We will then set you up with a registration appointment/studio tour to complete the process. You can also find our Information Request Form by clicking here.