The Fine Arts Center of Easley chooses the best teachers in the Upstate and brings them all together under one roof. No more worries about sending your child into a stranger's home for lessons. Our facility is completely secure and has comfortable waiting areas for parents, clean restrooms, free coffee and wifi. WE offer recitals twice a year and other performance opportunities in the community. We even have our own music store on site!
I love listening to our students as they advance in their musical abilities. Seeing progress from one recital to the next is very rewarding. Some of our students have been with us since we opened in 2011!
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Each teacher is different, but our teachers typically use the first lesson to get to know the student, evaulate their playing skills if they've had previous lessons, find out their interests and goals for lessons and get them started playing. If its a new student or new books are needed, the teacher will walk with the student into our music store and recommend the curriculum or methods course they feel will be the best choice for that student.
We are music educators We have many years of experience teaching music as well as developing our own skills. Many of our teachers are state certified educators, some are professional musicians, all are experienced at teaching their instruments. Many have degrees in music, some with Masters-level training.
Lessons are typically paid for by the month, at the first lesson of each month, regardless of the number of lessons in that month. There will be a few months where you may get 5 lessons, but there may also be a month or two where you only get 3, but it all averages out. Recitals also count as lessons, whether you perform or not, because it is all part of your musical training. Keeping income consistent is what enables us to recruit and keep great teachers!
We have students from a variety of backgrounds and ages. Piano lessons can begin as early as age 5. We have many students who are school-aged, but we also have adult students, even a few who are grandparents or great-grandparents. There is no age limit on the ability of the human mind to learn music!
We recently celebrated our first 5 years in business! The local Chamber of Commerce came out and presented us with a Milestone Anniversary Certificate and all of our students and teachers signed a big card that they were part of the celebration. We love what we do and look forward to building on what we have established here.
We also recently purchased a building where we will have our music store, a recital hall and eventually a recording studio. We are excited to offer the ability for students to complete a full cycle in their music, from purchasing an instrument, to lessons, to recitals, to recording (even if its just a special cd for grandma)!
Ask questions. Establish a connection with them. Tell them about yourself and your interests and find out about theirs. Students who have connection with their teacher are more likely to stick with it.
Don't always go for the cheapest price. There's a reason why good people cost more - they're worth it! But don't assume that the highest price means the best teacher. Do your research, ask for their credentials and recommendations from other students/parents. Read their facebook reviews.
What are your goals for lessons? Do you just want to learn to play for personal enjoyment or do you want to be a professional musician? The answer to that question can make a huge difference in curriculum choice, amount of work assigned each week, and pace of the lessons. If you're looking to play from a chord chart for a band or worship team, you need to find a teacher who teaches that style.
Are you willing to perform in public? If a teacher requires all their students to play in big public recitals, you may run into a conflict if you're deathly afraid of performing in front of an audience. On the other hand, playing in a recital is good for you, even if you're a bit nervous.
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