Frequently Asked Questions & Instrument Reccomendations

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 cary@richmusicschool.com or call/text us at 919-589-2721

Do you offer a trial lesson?

We do not offer free trial lessons, but you can always sign up for just one or two lessons if you're not ready to commit to weekly lessons and monthly billing.

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?​

YES!!!!

Shopping for an Instrument

Check out MUSIC GO ROUND in Cary off Harrison Ave by Bass Pro Shops!  They have all kinds of quality used instruments for sale for great prices! They also have a guitar tech that will do restrings and repairs for very reasonable prices.  

Pianos/Keyboards

Piano or Electronic Keyboard? 

Either is fine, however keyboards are going to be much easier to control volume levels, and allowing completely silent practice any time of day or night using headphones.  Acoustic pianos also require tuning every year or so which is an added expense.  

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.  

Guitars

Coming Soon

Drums

Coming Soon

Vocalists

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.  

Band/Orchestra Instruments

Coming soon

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Rich Music School

Call or Text 919-589-2721 

Email - CARY@RICHMUSICSCHOOL.COM

6911 CARPENTER FIRE STATION ROAD, CARY, NC 27519