General Studio & Events FAQ
- Why should I choose Clear Lake Music Lessons?
At Clear Lake Music Lessons, we provide high quality music education. All of our teachers are interviewed and accepted to our faculty based on their dedication to teaching, experience, and educational background. We work with your specifications to give you the teacher that best fits you or your child’s needs. All of our teachers are professional musicians, which means they have years of experience playing with professional bands in all types of venue's and styles.
- Can I schedule a tour of your studio?
Of course, we don't mind at all. Please call the main office or call our main lesson coordinator Marcus Stroud at (281) 415-0765. We can schedule a time for someone to be available to show you around and answer any and all questions you may have.
- Are your instructors qualified?
All instructors at Clear Lake Music Lessons Inc. are hand-picked & tested by both David Wolfe & Marcus Stroud. Both of which have 20+ years each in professional playing and music instruction. We know what it takes to be a well rounded musician that is both a great player and a great teacher and can test new teachers accordingly. Those that have been selected are some of the best of the best. Many of our teachers enjoy a great reputation from years of teaching students at CLML and are referred frequently. Try us out. We really believe we have a teacher that will fit you or your children’s needs best.
- Do you offer in-home lessons or classes?
No, we do not offer any in-home lessons or classes. All lessons and classes take place at our studio. Nor can we suggest any business or other private teachers for that kind of service.
- What ages do you teach and what about special needs?
We would say that we teach all ages and levels. However, children at the age of 4 or less typically do not take to professional instruction well. Exceptions do occur. We ordinarily will not attempt to teach children at 3 or younger. Children at those ages are generally better suited to a group music class with children of similar age. We will try out lessons for children at age 4, but usually they are too young for private instruction.
Many of our teachers have taught children with special needs and we are happy to try and accommodate all students who require a different style of teaching. In most cases, we have done well with almost all special needs children. The best idea is to take a couple of lessons since we have no long term contract, and see if they respond to the lessons positively. It doesn't always work, but we are happy to try.
- How long have you been in business?
We have been in business since 2007 and have no plans on going away any time soon.
- Is parking and a waiting area available at the studio?
Yes, we have quite a decent size parking lot in front of our studio. We have two waiting rooms with couches, water, two bathrooms, and a large enough area to accommodate many parents and children at once.
- Do you teach or teach a lot of adults?
Yes. About 25-35% of CLML students at any time are composed of adults with prior training and many with no musical background at all. Several of our teachers are well equipped to teach kids as well as adults. For adults, music can be a great way to help improve the brain to keep it healthy. Talent and/or previous experience is not required. Only consistent practice is required, yet can be the hardest part for adults in our modern busy lives.
- Are all students required to play at the recitals?
Beginners who do not have a substantial recital level piece are not usually encouraged to participate in their first year. After their first year, all students are welcome to perform in recitals if they or their parents wish them too. Student recital participation is handled by the student’s teacher. Since each student is different, teachers can approve recital performance sooner if a student progresses at a faster rate and is able to work up a recital piece. We do not require students to participate in the recitals, although we will encourage them to do so as performance playing can help build musical talent and confidence.
- Do I or my child need an instrument for lessons or classes?
In most cases yes. You need an instrument to practice on at home and usually you will bring that instrument to your lesson. Some instrument are not required to bring to your lesson. Those include Piano, Drums, Xylophone, or Steel Drums. We have these instruments on hand at our studio as they would usually be too large to transport back and forth from your house or apartment.
If you need help or information about purchasing or renting an instrument, we can direct you to other businesses for purchasing or renting. We can also just provide information on the general cost and quality one should be looking for when getting a particular instrument.
Private Lessons & Classes FAQ
- How do I schedule lessons?
You can schedule lessons throughout the year. Call our studio during business hours at (281) 486-8742. For Non-business hours call (281) 415-0765 and please be sure to leave a message. You can also send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, use our contact form, or sign-up online. We will get back to you within one business day. During our first phone call, we’ll discuss the instrument to study, the experience of the student (i.e. beginner, etc.), the time availability for lessons, and other particulars so we can choose a teacher that best suits your needs.
- Do you offer free introductory lessons?
We do not offer free introductory lessons. However, if you do not wish to continue lessons after registration, your registration fee* can be refunded to you upon request if lessons cease before your third week.
Even though we do not offer free introductory lessons in general, we do offer specials on lessons from time to time. These may include a free trial lesson, waived registration fee, or other such offers. These offers are always only for a limited time. Check our specials page for any and all current CLML specials.
$15.00 Registration fee - Only paid once per family.This is only required once per family; there are no additional fees for other family members that wish to take lessons. The registration fee is refundable upon request if you do not wish to continue lessons after the first two weeks.
- How long are the lessons?
Lessons are available in 30 & 60 minute sessions. 30 minute lessons are suitable for younger and/or beginners while 60 minute lessons are appropriate for older children and adults. Lessons are given once a week.
- Is the lesson always on the same day?
In terms of scheduling for our teachers, the lesson time and day should be kept consistent. If you have to change the day on an occasion, please consult with your teacher.
- Do you have lesson cancellation policy?
We have a 24 hour/One day lesson cancellation policy. If you inform the teacher at least 24 hours/One day before the scheduled lesson, you won’t be charged for the lesson and will be eligible for a make-up. You will be charged for a lesson if you cancel in less than 24 hours/One Day.
- What about Holidays, bad weather, or illness?
Speak with the teacher in advance to schedule lessons around vacations and holidays if you notice they interfere with your lesson times. The 24 hour cancellation policy will understandably not apply if weather conditions are hazardous. If the student is ill or there is an emergency, call your teacher as soon as possible. You may be able to negotiate the cancellation fee if this applies to you. If your teacher is sick or has an emergency, you will not be charged for a lesson they cancelled. If a teacher does not show, contact a CLML supervisor immediately.
- How much do lessons cost?
Currently lesson rates are $30 per 1/2 hour + a one-time $15.00 registration fee per family.
- Can I help my child even if I have no musical background?
Yes. Even if you don’t have a musical background you can ask the teacher for advice on how to help your child practice. By simply monitoring that they are doing exercises a certain number of times per day the student will progress. Many parents occasionally sit in on their child’s music lesson to get an idea of the proper way a song should sound or how the student should be positioning their hands.
- How good do you have to be to play in a group band class?
If a student has taken at least one year of private lessons on an instrument, they are probably ready to play in a group band. Not that it is always easy to play in a band, but our teachers will be there to help guide students and teach them what it’s all about. We make sure students are placed together in a band where the other members are of a similar age and skill-level. They will learn how to be a team player, listen and play with others, and how to effectively communicate with their new band mates.
- What instruments do you offer private lessons on?
We teach all 'Popular' instrument and many of the less popular instruments and vocations.
Here is a list in no particular order: Piano, Violin, Guitar (Electric, Acoustic, & Classical), Bass Guitar, Voice, Cello, Upright Bass, Drum Set, Percussion, Clarinet, Trumpet, Saxophone (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, & Bass), Flute, Harp, Banjo, Ukulele, Bassoon, Euphonium, Steel Drums, Tuba, Viola, Recorder.
We update this list from time to time. So please call if you do not see your instrument listed here as it may be available or we may be able to find an additional teacher for that instrument.