How long do lessons go for?
Instrumental Music Lessons and singing lessons go for 30minutes in duration, once a week, during school hours. For primary school lessons, our qualified teachers always collect students from their classes and return each student back to their classes. For secondary school lessons, students are given a copy of their rotating timetable in advance for the term and it is their responsibility to be present for their music lesson and attend on time (if a secondary school student misses their lesson, the lesson is forfeited as per our policies. If the student is late, it is up to the teacher if they're able to extend the lesson to accommodate the full 30mins).
What type of lessons do you offer?
We offer both individual 30min lessons and shared 30min lessons (2 students in a group of a similar age and ability level).
How much should my child be practicing? And what duration?
All students should be aiming for a minimum of 15-20min practice sessions, 4 times a week (ideally 30 minutes, 4 times a week)
Does my child need an instrument to practice on at home?
Your child will need their own instrument to practice on between lessons if they learn piano, guitar or drums, as well as a dedicated practice area at home without distractions if possible. We are happy to assist you with providing advice for purchasing instruments through our music shop partners. We can also assist if you are interested in hiring an instrument.
Can I keep in touch with my child's music teacher?
Absolutely. Apart from delivering the best quality music lessons and hiring the best music teachers, our main focus is to encourage parents to stay connected to their child's music education.
Parents can email the music teacher via Melbourne Music Academy
Parents can also write to the music teacher in the student's Home Playing Diary
A phone call can be organised from the music teacher
Does my child miss out on specialist classes?
For the schools that we work with where the students have set timetables in place, we work very closely with the school to ensure that students are not coming out of Specialist classes, or Literacy, Maths etc. If there is a rotating timetable in place, the student will miss out on classes; however it should only be around once or twice per term as the class rotates.
Does the teacher have a Working With Children Card and does Melbourne Music Academy check that all teacher's WWC are constantly up to date?
Absolutely. A copy of the teacher’s Working With Children Card is presented to the school to keep on file, and is also presented to parents if requested. Melbourne Music Academy constantly checks the validity of teacher's Working with Children Cards too.
Are teachers trained and up to date with Victoria’s Child Safe Standards?
Yes. Teachers are trained and updated by Melbourne Music Academy on Victoria’s Child Safe Standards as found on www.ccyp.vic.gov.au
Melbourne Music Academy teachers also participate in each school's particular induction processes and Child Safe policies too.