Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How does Batavia Studios choose teachers?

Our standards for teachers are very high. The interview process is lengthy and extensive, consisting of several face to face meetings and sample lessons. A majority of our successful applicants have a degree in music, with prior teaching and/or performance experience. Some have had professional recording experience as well. In addition, each applicant is thoroughly screened through state and federal background checks. All of our teachers have a reputation for making music fun as well as providing a great learning experience. We will find the right teacher to fit your child’s skill level and personality.

At what age can my child begin music lessons?

It largely depends on the child, their temperament, interest, and attention span. Most children can start certain types of lessons at 4 years of age. However, some can start very early piano as young as 3, whereas some should wait until 5. Some instruments such as guitar, woodwinds, and brass are tailored more towards beginning at 6-8 years of age. This is mostly because of the size of the instrument and physical development of the child. The best way to find out if a child is ready for a particular instrument is to call and talk to us, and to set up a free trial lesson. We can quickly evaluate whether your child is ready, or should wait a bit.

Can I come in to meet the teachers and see the studio before I commit?

Absolutely! We love for students and parents to come and see the studio and meet us. We always like to schedule a free trial lesson. This is a full 30 minute lesson where we do everything that we normally would on a first lesson. This gives the student and teacher to see how they work with each other.

Do we have to sign a contract?

No! We have no formal contract or long term obligation. We do require 30 days notice if you are going to leave the studio, but that is it. That means if you want to stop lessons on April 1, we require notice by March 1.

How long and how frequent are your music lessons?

New students and beginners at 4-5 years of age should typically start with 30 minute weekly lessons. Older children can start with 30 or 45 minute weekly lessons. Adults should start with 45 to 60 minute weekly lessons. This is because adults have a long attention span, but also can take longer to pick up the various techniques and skills required to become proficient with an instrument. However, these are just guidelines. We will work with you to develop a lesson strategy that matches your availability, schedule, and goals.

If my teacher and I aren’t a good match, can I switch teachers?

Yes. While we typically have a very good success rate at matching students to teachers, and our students develop a rapport with their teachers that will last for years, sometimes the match doesn’t work out. You may need a different teacher for a variety of reasons, and we will work with you to find the right match among our group of highly talented teachers. Our goal is to provide you or your child with the highest possible quality music education, and if you feel you are not getting that, we ask that you let us know.

Do you have recitals?

Yes. We have two recitals per year. A spring recital which is typically held in May or June. We also have a Christmas recital, held in December. Students of all skill levels are able to play in front of their friends and family. This is not required, but everyone has a good time and this has always been a great experience for the children (and adults!).

What is the Federation Competition?

We participate in a yearly national music festival. Our studio belongs to the Western PA regional , and we hold it right at our studio. This festival rates students on how they perform.  Batavia Studios students have a 12 year history of performing extremely well at this event. Our studio sends more students to Federation than any other studio in the area. While this is not required, we strongly recommend that students participate, since it is a great experience for everyone involved.