Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Here are a few tips to get your child started on a musical path:
1. Let Your Child Decide - Let your child decide what instrument they are interested in. The benefits of music lessons aren't limited to a few instruments. The choices are tremendous and no matter what they choose they will reap the rewards.
2. Lead By Example - Try playing an instrument yourself. Kids mimic their parents and seeing you might inspire and motivate them.
3. Employ a Professional - Don't just take lessons from anyone. Just because your neighbor's nephew can play the guitar doesn't mean he's qualified to teach it. Look for private music schools in your area that employ professional musicians.
4. You Don't Have To Spend a Lot - No need to buy a new instrument, try renting first to test the waters and give yourself time to get educated on what to buy. Your instructor can give you advice on what to look for.
5. Have Fun - Most importantly don't forget that even though music studies help with academics it still should be fun. Music is a social hobby and builds self esteem so enjoy it and have a good time while you learn.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Unfortunately, parents often make some simple mistakes when looking for music teachers for their kids. We have a free checklist as well many great tips for parents that will help them avoid the mistakes and put their child on the right track. Any parent that is interested in a free guide that covers everything you need to know is welcome to email our office.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. With more than 100,000 lessons taught the award winning Key Music Center offers experience, fun, and results. We are the only teaching studio in Atlanta to offer a free music assessment for children under 15 years old. This allows us to put the student on the best path based on their test results and saves parents money and increases the the students chances of success.
"There is a difference between a great musician and a great teacher," explains the studio's music director Bill Realbuto, "and we only hire instructors that are both."
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Our teachers have a passion for what they do. That inspires the students and makes teaching so much fun.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Do I need to purchase an instrument before taking my first lesson?
We can work with a student who does not have their instrument by their 1st lesson. Our staff will offer advice on the purchase of an instrument. We also offer rentals on some instruments including keyboard, guitar, violin, trumpet, clarinet.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. Mary called me about the struggle her granddaughter Madeline was having learning the guitar at a competors studio. Before allowing Madeline to quit, Mary thought she would try a new teacher and see if that would help. I suggested that we schedule a Key Music Assessment before we start lessons. During the assessment I tested her in 5 key areas of musical aptitude and discovered that her fine motor skills would be a huge challenge at learning guitar right now. She did however score well in other areas that indicated that piano would make the most use for her current skills. As a result, Madeline is excelling at piano. She is excited and motivated by her progress, and can always make the transition back to guitar once her fine motor skills develop. The Key Music Assessment made the difference between Madeline being fustrated and dragging her feet into lessons each week, to a happy child using her natural skills to learn the piano and build her self confidance.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I wish parents knew that there is a difference between a great musician and a great teacher. With the internet, the barrier to teaching has lowered and many mediocre "teachers" have set up shop. Most of them will do more harm than good with their lack of teaching skills. Please be sure to only trust a professional teacher or you may be wasting your time and money.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I have had many teachers along the way. Some good and some not so good. I noticed that the most teachers and teaching studios were using the same methods that have been used for the past 200 years. I knew that students deserved better results for the practice time they put in and studies the differences between average students and the most successful. It wasn't talent that separated them, but other simple factors. With that study and experience over the past 20 years, I was able to increase student success rates and progress to above average levels.