Frequently Asked Questions
What is covered during lessons?
A typical lesson may include: Technical warm ups, performance of existing repertoire, aural games or improvisation, new repertoire, theory games, composition, improvisation, sight reading and solo performance.
How are fees structured?
All fees are based on a school term. Fees are payable within two weeks of the receipt of the account. Please contact us directly to enquire about lesson cost.
PLEASE NOTE: there is a minimum notice of five weeks for lesson withdrawal.
Where do you teach music lessons in Adelaide?
We teach south of the city at Calvary Lutheran Primary School. This is in school hours and only open to CLPS students.
We teach west of the city at Immanuel College in Novar Gardens.
We teach north/north east of the city in Campbelltown.
We teach east of the city in Kensington Gardens, this is our home studio location.
Lessons are held Monday-Friday.
You can see our exact locations here.
Do you offer drum lessons in Adelaide?
Not at the moment, but we have a great network of teachers we are happy to refer people to.
Do you offer group lessons?
We provide a one-on-one bespoke teaching environment, and this is what we pride ourselves on.
We do offer a very limited duo opportunity, but it’s very much on an individual basis. For example, duo lessons may be offered to two siblings who are close in age, and close in ability on the same instrument.
We do this to ensure that each student is getting the attention they need, and a personalised learning program which is just right for them.
Can I have my lesson in my home?
We currently provide lessons in our five convenient locations around metropolitan Adelaide. Unfortunately we are unable to offer lessons in homes.
Am I required to have my own instrument?
We suggest instruments are purchased prior to commencing studies. We always recommend that students buy the best they can afford as the higher the quality of the instrument the more beautiful
If you look for an instrument in the right place, it’s possible to find a real gem for a good price. If you need help, ask us and we can point you in the right direction.
Is homework required?
Yes. Regular, focused practice at home will make for very productive learning and excellent music making!!
We look at it from a neuroscientific perspective: when your brain practises a task effectively and with the right amount of repetition, the task will be performed with increasing efficiency and finesse. In music, this translates to heightened skill and control, and more comfortable music-making. We recommend that students practise five or six days a week.
The amount of practice required depends on the length and number of pieces a student is playing. We suggest that a beginning student who’s five or six years old should be practising 15 minutes a day, five days a week. While the duration of each practice is important, it is even more vital to be consistent with a daily routine.
Our students are most successful with multiple regular practises between lessons. Setting up a morning routine before school, where they do 15 minutes practice, is ideal. As they get older and their skills advance, they do more.
How much are music lessons?
Lessons vary depending on the location and length of session.
45-minute and 1-hour classes for older or more advanced students are available on request. Fees are invoiced each term, not lesson by lesson.
Lessons align with the school terms and tuition is due in advance before the term begins. If there are any challenges with paying the fees please get in touch and we can make arrangements.
Are there additional materials that will need to be purchased throughout the year?
Yes, we would suggest to the parents that they put aside $200 a year for other things, eg. music books, metronomes and music apps.
If your child learns at an average rate, $200 a year for new repertoire would be more than adequate. If they’re very studious, they’ll go through a bit more.
There is also a $60 annual enrolment fee. It pays for their music diary and all of their performance opportunities throughout the year. That’s payable upon enrolment, and then annually in term one.
What if I can't make a session or if I'm sick?
Just like schools don’t refund missed days at school it’s the same with us. In reserving your lesson time we are keeping that time especially for you. Obviously, we would love for you to let us know that you can’t make it. If a student is unwell they may be able to Skype with their teacher during their lesson time to discuss what to continue with for the week.
If a student is absent, the teacher will make use of the allocated time to develop the student’s learning program and further planning. It is never wasted. It’s also important that our teachers don’t become unwell so please keep this in mind when deciding to send your child or not.
In exceptional circumstances and emergencies, we’re flexible so please let us know and we can see what can be done.
Do I need to be able to read music before I can start lessons?
We teach you how to read music as part of our program.
I’m ‘tone deaf’ can you still help me make beautiful music?
Making beautiful music is always our goal!
We have wonderful vocal teachers that are great at helping students to develop their sound.
You might just surprise yourself.
As an adult, is it too late to start music lessons?
No, some of our retired adult students have come to us as complete beginners.
We have quite a few adult students wanting to do something in their retirement that keeps their brain active. There are studies that suggest that the more active you keep your brain as you age, the more you can stave off illnesses such as Alzheimer’s.
Older students tend to have different expectations of themselves, but it can be extremely rewarding. They approach learning music from a different perspective to children because they’re choosing to do it for themselves.
Is there a minimum age?
Piano and violin are the instruments we suggest for our younger students. These instruments and their programs can be modified for tuition from 5 years of age.
Singing lessons are offered to children from the age of 8 or 9. We always have the child’s health and wellbeing as our first priority and the voice at this age is a fragile instrument. We would suggest joining a choir prior to that or starting piano lessons as this helps develop well-rounded musicianship skills prior to commencing individual vocal lessons.
Guitar and woodwind lessons are offered from 8 years of age.
As a parent, do I need to stay throughout the lesson with my child?
Not at all. We would suggest for students that they have their parents with them perhaps for the first couple of lessons just so that they can get used to the teacher, and the teacher can get to know the parent. It’s also handy initially for the parent to see what the teacher would like to be happening at home.
Then we really suggest that parents come in and watch the last part of the last lesson of the term like a little mini concert so they can see the progress that they’ve made. We also encourage parents to come to all our performance opportunities to support their child.
From our experience, we have found that the younger the student, the more parent input is required. A great relationship between teacher and parent is important to us as it helps create the best learning experience for the child.
After the term of lessons, do I have to perform?
Performance is optional. We always offer performance options, but it’s entirely up to each student whether they choose to. Through a variety of different types of performance, we aim to develop our students’ confidence and stage skills so they can not only do great performance, but enjoy them too!
It’s exactly the same for examinations. We offer all of our students the opportunity to sit examinations through the AMEB so if that’s something they want to do, that’s great. If not, also completely fine.
Exams and performance are optional learning tools we offer here at Novar Music.
Can students sit for examinations?
At Novar Music, we offer students the opportunity to sit Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) Exams in their chosen instrument.
We also offer tuition and preparation for Music Theory and Music Craft examinations, Trinity College and ABRSM.
Do students receive certificates?
For beginner students, a certificate is awarded when the student successfully completes repertoire list of forty pieces.
I would really like to become a music teacher in Adelaide, is there an opportunity within Novar for me to do this?
Absolutely. We’re really interested in teachers who are engaged, well trained and particularly enjoy professional development for themselves.
If you think this sounds like you, please contact us.
What do I do next?
If you’re ready to enrol in music lessons in Adelaide, then head over to our Enrolment page. There you will find all the information you need to get started. We look forward to seeing you soon!