Guitar Lessons for Ages 15-17
Now that you have decided what instrument you would like to play, it's time to discuss the details of taking guitar lessons with Treble Strings. We offer three options, so read below to find out more about each. Because you are under the age of 18, you will not be able to sign the lesson agreement or rent an instrument. However, if you would like to take responsibility for learning to play an instrument, we can send all communication to you instead of through your parents.
This is the traditional way to learn to play an instrument. The student visits the studio once a week and practices daily between lessons. Some students request two or three lessons a week. We recommend beginners start with no more or less than one half-hour lesson per week except in special circumstances. Our studio is located at 203 W Main St in Smithville, MO. Students who are able to drive themselves to lessons or are close enough to walk may come to the studio without a parent. However, if you do not have your own transportation, a parent must accompany you to the studio and remain on site (the waiting room or the car is fine) in case there is an emergency. If you are providing your own transportation, make sure your instructor knows who to contact in case of an emergency.
The main difference between studio and home lessons is that the instructor travels to the student rather than holding lessons at the studio. Some students find they learn better in their own home, and it is more convenient not only because you don't have to travel but because your instrument will stay in tune longer if it is never transported. Home lessons are currently available in the KC Northland. Instructors are not permitted to be in your home if an adult is not present. Also, your lesson will need to be in a common area of your home (not a bedroom).
Video Chat Lessons
Taking lessons via Skype allows you to have home lessons at the studio lesson price. There are some disadvantages we want you to be aware of. Your instructor will do his or her best to demonstrate from different angles and will ask you to turn around or move your camera in order to see different angles, and that really isn't any different than walking around you in the studio. However, because your instructor cannot touch you to adjust the position of your hands or instrument, there is time lost in giving detailed verbal instructions that would not be necessary in the studio. We recommend tuning and setting up several minutes before your lesson begins, in order to make the most of your time. Video chat lessons are available to anyone in the continental United States.