Frequently Asked Questions & Instrument Recomendations
Why Rich Music School?
You have plenty of options for music teachers, and most importantly we hope that you choose a local musician or school. When you shop at a large corporation or franchise they are sending at least 10% of your money to corporate executives instead of supporting local musicians. We buy most of our supplies from other local businesses and pay our teachers livable wages. In addition to the economics of #shoplocal, most music teachers teach exclusively from one or two books, or one genre based on their own experience, but at Rich Music School we have musically diverse teachers and curriculum that is custom made for each student. We strive to be truly student-centered and song-oriented which we've found to be much more engaging and motivating for students. We also offer opportunities to perform and make music videos that you won't find anywhere else!
How do I sign up?
You register yourself online through our scheduling app. Just click the button at the top of this page that says "Register" and click through the menus to find what class type and time you would like.
If you're interested in booking a party or DJ send us a message using the "Contact" button at the top of this page, email us at email@example.com or call/text us at 919-589-2721
How do you charge for lessons?
When you register online you will enter a credit card that will be stored with our credit card processing company, and we will automatically charge that card for all lessons scheduled in the current month when you register, and again on the 1st of each month if you decide to enroll in weekly lessons.
Do I have to commit to a certain amount of lessons or sign a contract?
No, we don't have long term contracts, and you can cancel at any time. If you decide to enroll weekly we will automatically enroll you each month, billing on the 1st of each month until you decide to cancel.
What is your reschedule make-up policy?
We need at least 6 hours notice to cancel or reschedule a lesson. No make-up lesson or refund will be given if we do not receive proper notice.
How old does my child need to be to start learning?
We start group classes and private lessons at 5 years old, but we can start private lessons younger if a parent or caretaker is willing to stay for the duration of the lesson to help. This is also necessary so the adult can help them practice at home.
What Instruments do you teach?
We teach all common instruments - piano, guitar, bass guitar, voice, drums, mandolin, violin, viola, cello, double bass, as well as common band instruments - trumpet, trombone, tuba, clarinet, flute, and sax. We also teach DJ, beat-making, music production, and song writing and recording. Please contact us if your instrument is not listed here.
What if I don't know what instrument my child wants to play?
Most of our teachers play multiple instruments, so we can try up to two instruments in a 30 minute lesson. If this is the case, please sign up for the private lesson labeled "Music Exploration" in our registration page.
Do you teach students with special needs?
Yes! Owner and director Brandon Rich has a music education degree and studied inclusive teaching methods for students with disabilities, and has extensive experience teaching students with wide varieties of disabilities. Your teacher will work with you to communicate specific goals and strategies to assure a great experience.
Do you teach adults?
Shopping for an Instrument
Piano or Electronic Keyboard?
Either is fine, however keyboards are going to be much easier to control volume levels, and allowing completely silent practice using headphones. Acoustic pianos also require tuning every year or so which is an added expense. Generally we recommend keyboards for beginners.
General Keyboard Info
A great keyboard that I recommend, and the one we use in our studio is the YAMAHA NP-12 which sells for about $200. It is indestructible, has great built in speakers and sounds, and not too many extra features or sounds to get distracted with.
The only brand I would recommend against is Casio. The only one I've used broke 4 or 5 times within two years while the 10 other Yamaha keyboards I had didn't have a single problem.
Weighted, semi-weighted, or non-weighted keys?
Weighted keys are made to feel like a real piano - feeling as if they have a little resistance, or "weight". Non-weighted keys are on electronic keyboards and organs, and have little to no resistance when you press the keys.
We do not believe having one or the other makes much of a difference at all to beginners, and non-weighted keys will not hold back your progress unless you are working on VERY advanced, nuanced classical pieces. Many professional keyboardists prefer non-weighted keys, it is more about personal preference and style of music you play.
A basic speaker or guitar amp with a microphone is great to help students practice microphone technique and to help them hear themselves more clearly when practicing. I recommend buying a "Dynamic Microphone" from www.monoprice.com which range from $15-100.