Treble Strings

Treble Strings

2 employees
7 years in business

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Treble Strings provides online music education services for children and adults. Lessons are online, which allows you to learn where you are most comfortable. If we believed online lessons were less effective than the traditional studio setting, we wouldn't provide them. We embrace the benefits of technology, rather than treating it as an inferior, inconvenient form of education, and we believe that there are many reasons that online is a better (or perhaps the only) choice for our clients.

We are currently offering cello and piano lessons for beginners as well as beginner and intermediate violin (classical or fiddle with classical foundation) and viola lessons. We provide instruction in technique, theory, and ear training; help students prepare for auditions and performances; and encourage our more advanced students to arrange their own music. But first and foremost, we believe in nurturing a love of music in our students and providing life lessons that extend beyond the study of their chosen instrument.

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Weatherby Lake, MO 64152
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Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Fortnightly 15-minute lessons: $25/month

Weekly 15-minute lessons or fortnightly 30-minute lessons: $45/month

Fortnightly 45-minute lessons: $70/month

Weekly 30-minute lessons or fortnightly 60-minute lessons: $85/month

Weekly 45-minute lessons: $130/month

Weekly 60-minute lessons: $170/month

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Ask about training and experience, not education and licenses. Most learning to play an instrument happens in the decade before college, and a lot of "licenses" or "certificates" are really just association memberships that mean absolutely nothing except that the teacher pays dues to an organization. So many teachers claim to be Suzuki-certified, but the Suzuki Association of the Americas has a statement on their website that they do not offer certification. Such statements are misleading and don't tell you anything about training or experience. 

What you really want to know is if the teacher took private music lessons for most of their childhood. They need to know what that involves from the student's perspective. Ask about success stories, assuming they have been teaching long enough to have students who have made significant achievements. Ask about performance experience. Then ask about school, because it deserves some weight if the teacher has a degree, but it's only four years out of a lifetime of learning and should be considered accordingly.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

None. Well, maybe consider how much you can set aside each month for lessons and instrument rental. But my preference is that students ask me questions before they buy anything or watch any tutorial videos or read any books or blogs or post questions in discussion forums. Opinions vary. Some variation is due to differences in training and tradition. There is more than one "right" way. But you'll get the most value out of taking lessons from me if you let me show you how I do things, rather than complicating the learning process by trying to sort through good information, bad information, and just-a-different-way information. 

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