A&G Music Center
Our accomplished staff has over 20 years of professional experience in the music industry and they are sure to help you find the right instructor for you! We staff experienced, professional teachers, offering music lessons for guitar, bass, piano, brass, woodwinds, music theory, composition, drums, & percussion for beginners to professionals. Here at A&G, you will learn in a private, comfortable environment.
Our mission is to bring back the personalized feel to music lesson programs and the music retail industry that has been taken away by corporate superstores.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
Our approach is not rigid like one would find in many other places. We prefer to teach the student what they would like to learn. The ages of our students range from 5 to 75 years old, so we approach all of our students on an individual basis. The first lesson is more of an evaluation of skill level and what the end goal is. If it is a child, or a total beginner, we approach it like most places - with a Grade 1 lesson book to build a solid foundation.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Our teaching staff are all highly accomplished studio and live musicians. All of our teachers have degrees in music and have been teaching anywhere from 5 to 40 years. One of our instructors has worked with Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, and a host of other R&B musicians out of Philadelphia. Four of our instructors have recently released records and are currently on mini-tours promoting their new album. A brief bio on each of our instructors can be found on our website: http://agmusiccenter.com/music-instructors/
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Our typical lesson package includes 4 lessons per month. Most often the lesson length is 30 minutes. This breaks down to $30 a lesson, however, students pay monthly (or bi-weekly) for their lesson package. We have a 45 minute, as well as an hour long, lesson package. The one hour lessons (at four lessons a month) break down to be $55 a lesson each week which is $220 for the month. We are flexible here at A&G, and so students have the option of taking an hour lesson every other week, which would be two lessons a month. With this option, the lesson package works out to be $120 a month. Please give us a call or stop by for more information.
How did you get started teaching?
I have been in the music retail industry for 20 years as well as playing in several bands over the years. I started teaching simply by being approached by people who saw me play. I do not personally like to teach, which is why I opened my own shop and hired several accomplished instructors in order to supply the community with a quality music education experience.
What types of students have you worked with?
Our students range in age from 5 - 75 years old. We have worked with absolute beginners to accomplished players looking to up their game in theory and technique. We have taught guitar players, bass players, drummers, piano/keyboardists, vocalists, brass and woodwind students, as well as ukulele students. Several of our instructors offer instruction on music composition and music theory.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
We have a 5 year old student who has been taking guitar lessons for about 6 months. We already have her strumming and changing chords in time. On average, once a month, myself and her instructor work on a 10-minute jam session with her on guitar, myself on drums, and Stephen on the piano. The look on her and her mother's face makes it all worthwhile.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
We feel that all of our instructors are fully capable to teach anyone. However, we also believe that chemistry is important which is why after the first lesson we speak to the student and give them the option to try a different instructor the following week. In other words, if there is any level of discomfort we recommend simply trying a different instructor.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Students should know what their level of dedication is before even signing up for lessons. Unfortunately, 30-40% of new students quit within the first two months. One should realize that without at least 20 minutes (or more) of practice a day, the results will be minimimal. Learning any instrument requires dedication and practice.