Frequently Asked Questions

Enrollment is on-going! It is never too late to join our music or dance lessons and classes. Call us to find a class time!

HOW DO I START LESSONS OR CLASSES?

The way we determine how we can best help your child is to invite you and your child to attend a one-time trial lesson with one of our teachers. This is an opportunity for you to meet with the teacher, get a sense of their teaching style and see how your child responses to their personality and teaching methods. This also gives the teacher a chance to evaluate the student’s learning style (and their skills if they have had lessons before) and determine what the best course of action is for future lessons (or classes).
If you are attending a Chorus/Glee Rehearsal or a Piano Team Class, you may observe the class as our guest.. For these ensemble classes, your child will not be required to participate immediately in the first visit. Just come and relax and watch the class in action. We know all children can succeed in these classes, provided they can focus in a group setting and can adjust to the format of the class. Call 650 574 2844 to schedule your one-time trial lesson / class.

MUSIC LESSONS AND CLASSES

We started this music school with the goal of providing the most quality, supportive and caring music experience for our students. Private Lessons, Piano Teams & Guitar Teams offer the most specialized, focused instruction at Myriad Music School. A year-round curriculum will help our students learn and progress in the best way possible. This format optimizes the membership process, and maintains the schedule that works best for students and their families. No more repeated re-registrations year after year, summer after summer. At Myriad, we are providing a quality year-round program, offering consistency for everyone in our community ~ students & families, teachers and staff alike.

Private Lessons, Piano Team & Guitar Team Classes are 12-month, year-round programs. Summer classes for Private Lessons and Team Classes are included in your 12 month membership. Your reserved lesson times carry into our 6-week summer term.

No separate registration will be necessary.

Your lesson time will not change for the following school year, unless you wish to change it. Make-up opportunities carry over year to year for actively registered students.

Make-up opportunities do not expire for these students.

Foundations Classes (Larger Group) will be 10 month-programs, August -June. This includes Music for the Young Child, Chorus & Glee, Kids’ Ukulele Band, Preschool & Toddler Music. As before, these classes will have special Summer Themes to choose from and will register separately for summer.

MUSIC LESSONS AND CLASSES

What does “Year-Round School mean for private lessons?

We started this music school with the goal of providing the most quality, supportive and caring music experience for our students. Private Lessons, Piano Teams & Guitar Teams offer the most specialized, focused instruction at Myriad Music School. A year-round curriculum will help our students learn and progress in the best way possible. This format optimizes the membership process, and maintains the schedule that works best for students and their families. No more repeated re-registrations year after year, summer after summer. At Myriad, we are providing a quality year-round program, offering consistency for everyone in our community ~ students & families, teachers and staff alike.

Private Lessons, Piano Team & Guitar Team Classes are 12-month, year-round programs. Summer classes for Private Lessons and Team Classes are included in your 12 month membership. Your reserved lesson times carry into our 6-week summer term.

No separate registration will be necessary.

Your lesson time will not change for the following school year, unless you wish to change it.

Our make-up courtesy is generous, surpassing industry standards in the Bay Area. Students enrolled in our Year-Round program have the opportunity to enjoy 8 make-up courtesies within a 12 month period per student, provided advance notice is given prior to each absence. Our registration policies contain more details.

Foundations Classes (Larger Group) will be 10 month-programs, August -June. This includes Music for the Young Child, Chorus & Glee, Kids’ Ukulele Band, Preschool & Toddler Music. As before, these classes will have special Summer Themes to choose from and will register separately for summer.

My child doesn’t like to perform. Does he have to do the recitals?

No, we never ask a child to perform in a school concert if they are not comfortable performing in public. They will be encouraged to perform in the small group settings of Workshop Week. There are no parents at these events, just other students and their teachers. This still gives our students a goal that they are working towards throughout the year. We also have the Playing Parties held twice a year as well. These are small classes on the weekends, with parents attending the last 25 minutes of our cozy music sharing time. Children play for each other in an informal, friendly atmosphere. Playing Parties are for our younger children, ages 6-9. Our pre-teen & teen students have the option to attend our low-key Teen Master Class. We have observed over many years of teaching children of all ages, that these smaller nurturing settings often provide the experience necessary for our younger or shyer students. They then can be promoted, if they feel ready, to our Concert Events.

Does your school offer performance opportunities?

Yes, we have many Performance options for our students, depending on the students’ ages and the program in which they are enrolled. Your teacher and the Director will invite your child to the performance event that will provide your child with the best experience. Please see our Performance Events page for more information about performance opportunities we create especially for our students.

Does your school offer any music certificate programs or exams?

Yes, we offer a national certificate and evaluation event for qualifying students each spring through the Music Teachers National Association. National evaluations and certificates are more recognized across the country and internationally than state-wide programs. Student must have been enrolled with us for 2 years to qualify, and exemplify consistent practice habits.

What books/methods do your teachers use?

We do not use any one method. We research the best methods out there and then match the material that works best with that students’ learning style. We also use a variety of fun teaching aids during the lesson to help students understand the more challenging abstract musical concepts. Students really enjoy the variety in their lessons.

How much do you expect the student to practice?

We recommend that beginners practice about 10-15 minutes per day, 5 days a week. We believe in the 5 days a week format as it allows the student to make choices and they take ownership over their own practicing. Intermediate and Advanced students make that decision with their teacher. We help our students set practice goals that ensure progress each week and balance with the student’s other weekly time commitments.

How does the parent know what the student is to practice each week?

Private Lessons and Team Classes have the most involved home practice assignments. For these programs, each student receives a Myriad School Binder. Your child’s teacher creates personalized, weekly action steps on customized assignment sheets that outline the student’s practice goals. Here, parent and child can find clear and detailed instructions for success-based pratice. We specialize in providing clear attainable goals, taking the student several steps closer to amazing accomplishments each week. We know the key to retention and on-going music lessons is making sure our students feel confident with the projects they take home with them, clearly understanding their role in the process. Our other programs have Homework cards, song folders, Myriad’s YouTube Pratice Channel, and digital music lists to use at home. Our teachers are excellent at communicating what parents can use at home to support their child’s music and dance education.

If we miss a lesson, can we make it up?

There are no refunds for missed lessons, and no guaranteed make-up lessons. Your lesson time is reserved exclusively for you. The Music & Dance School does not assume any responsibility for missed lessons for any reason. Maximum number of make-up opportunities allowed per student is 8 total, per 12-month period, from June 15 to June 15 of the following calendar year. If you schedule a make-up class and then miss that make-up for any reason, it still counts as a make-up lesson. You will only be eligible for a make-up opportunity if you have given the Music School & Dance Academy advance notice, by contacting us by 12:00 noon on the day of the lesson. Make-up opportunities are provided on the terms of the Music School & Dance School’s availability and convenience. The Music & Dance School provides make-ups strictly as a courtesy. Make-up lessons are a courtesy for registered/active students only.

How long has the school been in the community?

The Myriad Music School has been in San Mateo since 1996 and has been in its current, expanded location since 2005.

How qualified are your teachers?

All of our teachers have Degrees in Music from accredited Universities and have great interpersonal skills with children and adults alike. We only hire teachers who have these qualifications. The directors offer year-round supplementarly workshops for the teachers at Myriad Music School. Our teachers are always working on perfecting their craft.

Can we come in and try a trial lesson with more than one teacher?

All of our teachers are excellent and they meet frequently as a teaching team to discuss motivational teaching techniques and the latest methods. Our students benefit from the knowledge of the whole staff here, as well as their own private teacher. If after your first trial lesson, you would like to meet another teacher, you may schedule another trial lesson with the front desk staff. Each trial lesson is a separate payment.

What if we want to stop lessons?

If you need a lesson time change, let our front desk staff know and we will put you on a priority wait list for a new lesson time.

For any reason, if you feel that this school is not right for you, you may withdraw. Request a Myriad Music Withdrawal Form. Using this form, provide us with 30 days written notice effective from the date we receive it.

What about summer lessons?

Private Lessons, Piano Team and Guitar Team are year-round enrollment. These are specializedinstruction classes. Summer lessons are included in your membership and tuition. Summer lessons are held for 6 weeks during the summer (end of June – beginning of August). We do close for 5 weeks during the summer.

Our Foundations Classes (Kindermusik, Music for the Young Child, Kids’ Uke Band, Chorus and Glee) have a separate Summer session registration. For these classes, we have special themes and arts camps. Summer registration form are available in March. You can get these online at our registration page in the spring.

What is the best month to start lessons?

Our enrollment is on-going, year round. Call our front desk staff anytime to get started and have your first trial lesson or class.

How often are the lessons?

All private lessons are once a week.

How long are the private lessons?

Lessons range in length from:

  • 30 min for Beginners/Elementary Level students in their first 1 – 3 years of lessons.
  • 45 min for Late-Elementary – Intermediate students in their third year of lessons
  • 60 min for Intermediate – Advanced Level students beyond their fifth year of lessons. Students in our national exam program are taking 1 hour long lessons.

PRESCHOOL MUSIC

I’ve heard that Kindermusik’s specialty is age-specific classes. What does this mean?

The Myriad Music School Directors and certified Kindermusik Preschool Teachers firmly believe that children learn best when presented with learning objectives that are designed with the age of the child in mind. This is the best way for a child to gain confidence and self-esteem. Too much information presented too soon just causes confusion and frustration. We want this experience to be positive and to foster musical confidence in each child. Each curriculum level is designed to best suit the stages and goals of the age range they address. The child at the bottom of the age bracket will be ready to flourish in the environment, and will be looking to the older children to provide them with a model of new ways to move, create, and explore concepts. The child in the upper end of the bracket benefits from the ability to fully involve themselves with the imaginative aspects of the lesson, the ability to take a leadership role in developing the ideas presented, and the chance to have true mastery before moving on to a new challenge. It is a true strength of the program that we are privileged to see many stages of concept development going on simultaneously, rather than requiring only one “acceptable” outcome. A well-matched age grouping can understand the strategies needed to play and create together at their level, have a natural spontaneity while still maintaining the structure of the activities, and is stimulated by the varied abilities and perspectives of its members. What can happen in such a group is enriching musically, socially, and developmentally.

Singing and rhymes are used to develop language skills, encourage expressive vocal use, nurture the development of pitch, and increase awareness of the sounds and rhythms in speech. Pattern recognition in speech is a key element of good musicianship later on.

Instrumental play nurtures awareness of sound quality or timbre, allows individual exploration of ways sound is produced and how that sound can be modified, develops steady beat, and is the beginning of ensemble play (how people make music together).

Children are primarily kinesthetic learners, which means that they learn best and more quickly through movement-related activities. Movement, including free dance, patterned movement, and musical movement-stories, provides the physical experience which children need to explore and understand abstract concepts, allows expression of emotion in self and in the music, builds coordination, and assists in growing social skills.

Early literacy is developed through active involvement in storytelling, both from books and storyboards.

As a parent/caregiver, how do I participate in the class?

Our Pre-school Music “ABC Music & Me ” (Ages 3 – 4½ years old ) and school -aged “Music for the Young Child” (ages 4 ½ – 7) classes are what we call “independent child classes”. All parents are invited to stay for the first class of each semester, and then we invite you to enjoy the class from the video monitor in the waiting area, to keep distractions to a minimum during class time for the remainder of the semester. Young children do best in class if they can focus on just their teacher and their classmates.

For all ages, it is not uncommon for a child to attend several classes before feeling comfortable in class. Don’t be discouraged – what a child is absorbing in class is often evidenced in the comfort of the home environment rather than in a certain level of participation in class. Remember that all children learn at different paces. While it may seem as if your child is not “getting into the class” at first, you’d be surprised at what they are actually learning. Let your child have the time he/she needs to adjust, adapt, and absorb the class environment. The understanding and consistency of the parent or caregiver in class and at home are key to facilitating musical learning and growth.

Since my child and I have never attended a Preschool Class, is it possible to observe one before we decide whether or not to enroll?

Come visit a one-time trial class anytime! To reserve a space please call (650) 574-2844 or email lessons@myriadmusic.net. It usually takes 2-3 classes for children to find their comfort zone in a new class. By participating in the lesson and watching the enrolled children who are more familiar with the activities, you will be able to get an idea as to how the children’s skills develop throughout the semester.

I just found out about your Kindermusik classes and the class has already started. is it too late to join?

Enrollment is ongoing, so you can join anytime! You may still register even if the start date has passed. Tuition will be pro-rated.

HOW DOES PRORATED TUITION WORK?

Tuition is received monthly (on, or the nearest weekday following,the 24th of every month) and is prorated equally throughout the school year, August – June.

Here is an example of a tuition breakdown:

TUITION CALCULATION PIANO TEAM

Total Lessons Remaining: 28
Start Date: 12/15/15
x Tuition $50
Total Due: $1,288
Monthly Prorated Tuition: $183.33 Next Billing: 12/24/15
Number of Payments Left: 7
Total Remaining Tuition Payments: $1,283.31

Single Payment Due Today: $4.69 plus Annual Membership Fee of $65: $69.69