Adapted music lessons
Musical Bridges offers adapted lessons on piano, guitar, drums, and voice for individuals with disabilities. We adapt the instruments to help each person develop independence. Examples include color-coding, different hand positions, modified chords and strumming techniques, etc. Learning a musical instrument provides a leisure skill as well as a foundation for the development of fine motor skills, following directions, tracking, attention, and general music knowledge.
Traditional music lessons
Traditional music lessons are available for children and adults beginning at age 4. We offer both traditional and Suzuki (play by ear) methods. Beginning to intermediate students are accepted for piano, guitar, violin, and voice. We incorporate music theory, sight-reading, rhythm and technique exercises, chord progressions, and the Nashville number system to aid in transposition and improvisation.
NEW! Skype online lessons
Musical Bridges is now teaching online music lessons using Skype! With their FREE video calling, we can work together – at a day and time that is convenient for you. When you join our online studio, you’ll be one of the growing number of students who choose to learn from a professional Music Educator without having to leave your home or office!
Do I need an instrument at home in order to take lessons?
Yes. For piano players, an acoustic piano is the best choice but digital keyboards are also fine for beginners. You should find a keyboard with at least 66 keys and up to the full size 88 notes. The most important things to look for are full size and touch-sensitive keys. For guitar students, there are many affordable instruments for beginners. Any music store can help you and We’d be happy to help you research as well.
My child is only four years old, but is already showing an interest in music. Is he/she old enough to start lessons?
Over the years, We’ve had many students start at this age, however there is no “magic age” for when a child is ready to start lessons. It is helpful if they are able to follow basic instructions, sit through and concentrate for 20-30 minutes, and have a desire to learn to play.
Can you come to my home?
We teach lessons in your home, in our private studio, or online via Skype.
What time are you usually available for teaching?
We teach in some morning and early evenings during weekdays, and on Saturdays. If you are interested in signing up for lessons, please contact us for any open time slots.
Can you tell me about your teaching experience?
Melissa started taking piano lessons when she was four years old and has played ever since. She has taught students of various levels for ten years . For students who started their music lessons with Melissa, they often show that they are making fast and solid progress. For teaching experience of other instructors with Musical Bridges please contact Melissa.
How long is a lesson?
Weekly lessons can be 30, 45 or 60 minutes each time. Very young beginning students can start with 20 minutes weekly lessons, and then move onto 30 minutes lessons. Hour long lessons are suitable for intermediate students.
Should a parent attend the lesson with the student?
For beginning students, we recommend one parent attend the lesson with the student, so that you can be a coach at home however this is not a necessity. If parents take active roles at home, students are more motivated in daily practice. Attentive and encouraging parents will help students develop early self-discipline.
How much is the tuition?
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If I start taking lessons and later decide that it is not for me, could I have the option to withdraw at anytime?
If you decide that you do not want to continue music lessons, all that is required is that you give a two-week advance notice from the day you would like to withdraw.
I have two children and was wondering if we could get a family discount.
One person is charged at the regular rate and all additional siblings receive a 20% discount.