What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
We ask families to come and observe. We are not your typical music school. We'll tell you all about our program to see if it will work for you. Each child receives a private lesson, one on one with a teacher each week but can stay as long as desired to work with teaching assistants and hone their craft.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a Masters degree in education and a world title in Irish music.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Yes, our lessons are $20 per half hour per lesson (some kids take multiple instruments). Students can stay all day, if they wish and have lunch (provided). There is no additional charge for this.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I always wanted to play Irish music. It's my passion. I love to share it with kids.
My husband and son also teach. Several of our current teachers are current or former students.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Genius musicians, struggling musicians, kids with no problems, kids with the gamut of problems from developmental disabilities to autism and Asperger's to ADHD/ADD.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
We are currently planning to host the 2017 North American convention of Irish Musicians. Approximately 2000 musicians from all over the world will come to the Chicago area for a weekend of music and dance. It's the best weekend of the year, if you are an Irish musician.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Vet teachers carefully. There are a lot of teachers/music programs that will not motivate your child to practice. They are often careless about posture, which can cause lifelong problems. If you have to drive a little further to get to a good teacher, your reward for that time investment will be great.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Is your program fun? How do I know which instrument is right for my child? Are you able to loan me an instrument? Can I hear some of your students play?