Frequently Asked Questions

What instruments do you offer lessons on?
Piano, Voice, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Clarinet, Saxophone

Where are the lessons held? 
In your home! Kathryn Leigh Music offers comfortable, convenient lessons in the privacy of your own home. Scheduling is based on the availability we have in your neighborhood.

At what age should my child begin lessons?
This varies, depending on the instrument, as well as the child. All students learn at different paces and some are ready for music instruction earlier than others. Typically, age 5 is when children can begin to explore the piano or singing. With guitars or wind instruments, it is age 8 or older, because of the size of the instruments and lung capacity. We usually will try one lesson and the teacher will be able to decide if the student is ready to begin regular lessons. This will depend on the child's physical size (for instruments needing to be held), dexterity in their fingers, as well as their attention span.

My child loves singing, how do I know if they're ready for lessons?
It's important to know that children under the age of 13 should not be taking serious voice lessons. By "serious", we mean opera, or highly competitive Broadway - type singing (or "belting", as musicians will say). This is simply because children's voices are not fully developed until their teen years, and this type of singing is difficult and unhealthy for them at a younger age. We do offer basic, age-appropriate voice lessons for children ages 5-13, once assessed by our instructors. These lessons are focused on pitch recognition, memorization, breathing and how to sing "properly". Voice lessons are tailored for the students' ages and voice part. It's important for children under the age of 13 to be singing music that matches the maturity level of their voice. It is best to take one lesson to see if your child is ready, both musically and vocally, for voice lessons.

My child just started guitar lessons and says their fingers hurt. Why is that?
When first learning the guitar, it takes time to get accustomed to pushing your fingertips down on thin, steel strings (nylon, if playing classical guitar). After a short time, with regular practice, the student will develop calluses on their fingertips, which will ease their discomfort. This is a process; be patient!

I sent an inquiry about lessons and there are no openings. What now?
We do have a waiting list for music lessons. When lesson spots become available in your area, we will contact you to schedule an introductory lesson!

Will the students be able to perform?
Yes! We have bi-annual recitals. You can find more information about them here.

Who should I contact with a question about my invoice?
We have a billing department! Send an email to billing@kathrynleighmusic.com, or more conveniently, you can reply directly to your most recent emailed invoice. Our billing coordinator will get back to you as soon as possible.

I need to cancel a lesson last minute. Who should I contact?
With last minute cancelations, it is best to send a text to 732.567.5184. This will reach Kate, the operator of the studio, and she will inform your instructor.

Do you teach adults?
Yes! Learning an instrument as an adult is a very rewarding experience. Our approach to adult music education is a bit more relaxed, and lessons are worked around your busy calendar.