FAQ’s

Lessons

How often do your students take lessons?

Generally lessons are once per week. If you would like lessons more often, we will provide them.

What is the duration of a lesson?

Lessons are 30, 45, and 60 minutes long.

What age may students begin lessons?

We accept students at 3 years old.

Can a young student take a shorter lesson?

Young students may take a 15-20 minute lesson provided it is scheduled in the same home back to back with another student.

What about scheduling?

We schedule our lessons to fit your schedule.

When may I start lessons?

You may begin lessons at any time of year.

Do you allow your students study on electronic instruments?

Yes. Often it is more economical for our students to begin learning on a keyboard rather than a piano. We also teach electric and bass guitar.

Do we have the same teacher every week?

Yes. Your teacher will not change unless you request a new teacher.

What styles of music do you teach?

We teach classical, jazz, and popular music including Broadway.

What level of music do you teach?

We teach all levels from pre-reading to concert.

Do you prepare students for NYSSMA and college auditions?

Yes. Our teachers have experience in preparation both for NYSSMA and for College auditions.

How do I know if I or my child has talent?

Talent varies from student to student. It is a complicated topic as there are so many facets to music, and one student may excel at one facet but not another. If you yearn to play a specific instrument or if you love to sing, then that is a sure sign. If you observe that your child is drawn to the piano or other instrument or if s/he loves to sing, then that is also a sign. If there is a desire to learn then most likely there is talent. Accomplishment in music is achieved more through practice than through raw talent. An adult should practice a minimum of 20 minutes per day. Children may practice a few minutes at 4 years old and from 10-30 minutes or even more as they grow older and develop musically.

I am a beginner. How long will it take before I can play?

This depends on how much you practice, but if you practice 20 minutes a day 5 – 6 days a week for a few months, you’ll be able to play some nice tunes for the enjoyment of yourself and others.

Do you offer recitals?

We offer on-line virtual recitals. A student can perform and have their performance evaluated by a former certified NYSSMA judge. Kathryn Brickell Music will mail the student an achievement certificate upon completion of their performance. This opportunity is available upon the student’s request.

Why choose private lessons?

There are many courses of self-study to be found on the web and in music stores. However, there is no substitute for learning under the guidance of an experienced teacher. If you are considering self-study, I strongly urge you to try a lesson with a private teacher before committing to either method. I’m confident that you will be convinced after the first lesson!

There are many benefits to private lessons, which include:

  • A private teacher gives a more personal approach to learning music.
  • A private teacher develops an awareness of the student’s unique personality and can therefore assign the correct repertoire and technical exercises that are appropriate for the student emotionally as well as physically.
  • A private teacher has the knowledge to draw from when it comes to finding just the right pieces (songs) and technical exercises for the student.
  • A private teacher has experience that will benefit the student in choosing correct fingerings and the correct pieces to move the student ahead properly.
  • A private teacher can help with interpretation of the music, presenting it as an emotional language to be presented in a meaningful fashion.
  • A private teacher knows their student and can help them to refine his/her musical ability.
  • A private teacher helps by sharing an awareness and joy of music and will therefore be a great motivator. A private teacher helps the student with presentation of music in front of an audience, whether in a recital or in front of friends or relatives at home.
  • A private teacher gives the student motivation by being supportive and helpful. A private teacher offers a personable approach, which humanizes the experience of learning music, making it real for the study.

Who is the founder and CEO of Kathryn Brickell Music?

I am from Brookville, Long Island. I studied clarinet, recorder, guitar and piano as a child. Later I attended the State University of Old Westbury where I obtained my B.A. In my second year of college, I began to study at the Guitar Workshop in Roslyn.

I studied classical guitar under the late Kent Sidon and under Jerry Willard. I also studied traditional finger picking styles with several well-known current artists. I studied music composition, theory, piano and guitar for fourteen years in college.

I was hired as a student teacher soon after beginning my studies. I subsequently returned to college and attended the State University of Stony Brook where I studied piano and piano pedagogy (the art of teaching), as well as music theory, history, and composition at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

In addition, I taught piano through the advanced level for over 25 years. During this time, I developed the highly individualized approach that I promote at Kathryn Brickell Music.

More recently, I have studied violin, voice, and flute as well as studio recording and jazz improvisation. In the course of my studies, I encountered many, many teachers, good, mediocre, and bad. It was this experience that led me to develop such a profound desire to offer quality lessons.

I created Kathryn Brickell Music to provide high quality music instruction to students of all ages and levels. In recent years, I have developed special programs for ages 3 -6 years. My school currently offers instruction in all instruments, including voice, orchestra, and band. We have enjoyed great success and we are still growing.

Business

What is the enrollment process?

Simply call us at 800-285-5732 to register, or you can register online at our website. We will contact you to make the necessary arrangements. You may begin lessons the following week.

Do you have a registration fee?

No. There is no registration fee, but we do take a one lesson refundable deposit to use in the case of an untimely cancellation (see under policies).

How much do lessons cost?

Lesson prices vary according to the teacher and the market. Please contact us about pricing.

Can I have an introductory lesson?

You may have an introductory lesson and if you are unhappy with your teacher, you may have more single lessons with a new teacher until you feel comfortable with your teacher.

What should I do if I’d like to refer a friend or relative?

Please call the company with your referral. If your referral commits to 8 lessons then we will give you a free lesson!

Do you offer lessons on weekends?

Yes

Do you offer gift certificates?

Yes. You may purchase a block of lessons online or by mail. Your gift is valid for one year after the date of purchase. We will send you a gift letter to give to the recipient.

What is your privacy policy?

We do not release or sell ANY details or student information to third parties under any circumstances. This includes all information provided to us by our students via phone, internet and/or in person.

Is your website secure?

Yes, our website is secure and all financial data is encrypted for your protection.

Teachers

How do I know the quality of my teacher?

Our teachers are carefully screened (including a background check) for their integrity and experience. We ask questions and more questions. We see how we feel about the teacher. We look for personality, warmth, professionalism and proficiency on their instrument as well as their teaching background and ability to get along with others. We search for a patient teacher who has the desire to make the lessons enjoyable for students of all ages.

What are your teacher’s backgrounds?

Our teachers vary in background and experience. Most have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in music. Many have graduate and doctoral degrees from the country’s finest conservatories.

Do you give teacher references?

Yes, upon request.

Are your teachers under contract?

Our teachers are under contract. Any students who come to the teacher as a result of their association with Kathryn Brickell Music must study through our company. *All teachers for KBM are thoroughly investigated and must pass our strict rules to gain approval to teach our students.