Recorder Lessons (Ages 5+)
Recorder is a great instrument for young kids because they are relatively inexpensive, and it does not require much initial skill to make noise using a recorder. The skill comes as students are taught new fingerings, rhythms and other music basics. From recorder, which can give students a great musical foundation, they can branch off to many other instruments. Meet our recorder teachers below or scroll down for our frequently asked questions about recorder lessons.
Julliette is a Western University graduate with a Bachelor of Music, Honours in Music Education. In this program, the clarinet was her primary instrument and she has been playing both piano and clarinet for 13 years. Julliette has been teaching private Piano Lessons and Clarinet Lessons for 5 years and also teaches Saxophone Lessons and recorder lessons. Julliette is a passionate musician and educator. She is currently in her second year at Althouse Faculty of Education at Western University, working to complete her Bachelor of Education. Julliette believes that music should be fun and accessible for all, and a student's interests should drive musical learning.
Jen holds a Bachelor of Arts with a Music Major, Bachelor of Education and a Masters of Music in Music Education from UWO and is currently pursuing her PhD in Music Education at UWO. She has been teaching Piano Lessons and recorder lessons for 27 years. Her students have been accepted to university music programs across North America including Juliard and gone on to professional music careers. They have also won festivals & competitions and received top marks on conservatory exams. Jen believes that music education is as much about effective collaboration between pupils, teachers and parents as it is about inspiration, discovery and above all, enjoyment.
Ivy began studying piano at the age of 6 and has continued her intensive study of music acquiring a Bachelor of Music from Queen's University, a Master's of Music in Performance from Memorial University of Newfoundland, a Bachelor of Education from St. Thomas University, and is now studying another Master's of Music at Western University. She received her RCM Grade 8 in piano and flute as a teenager and began teaching piano in her final year of high school. She is a certified school teacher in 3 provinces and holds teaching certificates through the British Association of Teachers of Dance as well as receiving the Royal Conservatory of Music gold medal for flute grade 10 in Atlantic Canada. Besides teaching Piano Lessons, Flute Lessons and recorder lessons, she is also an active performer and continues to develop her own skills. She believes that music should be fun and accessible and tailored to each student and strives to help each student achieve their musical goals.
What Are Your Rates?
We've learned that every music teacher is different, and each has different skills. Some have Masters degrees, while others are still students themselves. For this reason, we've given the teachers the ability to set their own rates when they are hired based on their skills. The rate for recorder lessons start at $23.00 for a 30 minute lesson.
Is 30 Minutes Enough?
For beginners the answer is definitely yes. When you are first learning, you're getting a lot of new, and in some cases, confusing information given to you. The amount of information given in one 30 minute lesson will give you a lot to work on as you practice throughout the week. Practicing is absolutely essential to learning music. As you get to more advanced skills, more time may be necessary if and when your teacher recommends it.
How Long Will It Take To Learn?
We get asked this question a lot. There is no specific date, or number of lessons. It depends on a few things including how often students practice. Although the songs may be very simple, we know we can have students playing at least one short song within 30 days. If you are hoping to play Mozart, it will take more time. But anyone can do it if they want it enough or work hard enough.
What Do I Need To Start?
Students will need a recorder to learn on. We do not provide recorders for rental because of their inexpensive cost, but we can provide students with a recorder to purchase. Other accessories may be recommended by the teacher, but are not required for learning to play. The teacher will also provide a lesson book to be purchased at the first lesson. We recommend not buying a book before the lessons begin in case the teacher recommends a specific book that may be different from what students have already purchased.