Definitely YES! We understand that, at times, a change is necessary. When you feel you need a different teacher, or want to study a different instrument, please approach the course coordinator for a transfer form. We will definitely work with parents to accommodate matches in terms of personality, and style of teaching. At DCMA, we encourage the student and teacher to develop a rapport that will continue for years.
Choosing an instrument for your child to learn is an important decision. Many children do not have strong feelings about one instrument over another. However, if your child does have a particular interest in an instrument, do give them a chance! The more passionate they are, the more motivated they will be to learn and practice. For starters, the Piano would be a great instrument to start with. Since the piano keyboard is laid out like the musical staff, it makes learning notes and understanding classical music theory easier, If still in doubt, sign up for our 3-week Instrument Sampler Course which gives children hands-on experience with the various instruments guided by our experienced instructors.
Every individual instructor has his or her own set of teaching approach. Guided by an extensive and flexible curriculum, each instructor adapts their approach towards the individual goals and capabilities of the student.
It is important to have an instrument once you have started lessons because your progress is determined by regular practice. A good instrument is a good investment. In most cases should you decide to sell your instrument, it retains much of its value hence there will be less cost in the long run. Moreover, a good instrument motivates students to practice and the improvement made will sustain one’s interest. For brass and woodwind instrumentalists, investing in a reasonably quality instrument is worth its higher price, because they are constructed with consistency and better intonation. A poorly made instrument is often more difficult to play and has an inferior sound. It would be an unfair test of a student’s talent if one has to overcome problems with an instrument during the initial learning stage.
If the teacher misses a lesson, there will be a replacement lesson or a relief teacher will be arranged.
Depending on availability of teachers, you can start your course anytime. Your fees will be pro-rated accordingly. Thereafter, fees should be paid monthly at the beginning of the month before the 15th or by term. Otherwise, a penalty fee of $5 will be charged
Students will be sent for examinations at the instructor’s discretion. It is not necessary to enroll for examinations yearly and at every grade.
Yes, preparing for recitals is an invaluable experience as it serves as great motivation and opportunity for you to experience performing in front of an audience. Parents, relatives and friends are all welcome. If your child is nervous about recitals, we would recommend he/she attend in the audience.
Having lessons in a formal school environment not only gives you a distraction-free and disciplined setting, but also exposes you to students of various levels in a variety of instruments. There are many opportunities for students to attend masterclasses and solo lessons conducted by international visiting artists or professors. Besides this, students will have the opportunity to play for their families and friends during the DCMA annual recital.
The minimum age indication is 7 years old. There are always exceptions according to the child’s physique and interest in the instrument that your child would like to learn. Woodwind instruments such as the flute, saxophone or clarinet can be a good choice for a young beginner because the instrument is smaller, lighter and are adapted for smaller hands. For brass instruments such as the trumpet, it would be much preferred to wait until the child has regained their two front teeth before they start learning since playing the trumpet requires a much tighter mouth shape. The lack of teeth and change to the mouth can be difficult for children to adapt to.
It is NEVER too late to start! We have guided many successful adult students who have never played an instrument before to be able to play and enjoy music within the first 3 months of learning with us. Our individualized lessons for adults emphasizes on learning music as a recreation and to share the joy of music education with every student. Studies have shown that music does have many health benefits, join us to experience it first-hand!
There is no fixed period of time to learn to play an instrument. With proper guidance of a good instructor, a beginner will be able to produce a decent sound on the instrument almost immediately. However, to play an instrument with a good tone and technique, attending lessons regularly and daily practice is essential. With daily practice, a basic level of playing can be accomplished within a few months. Some students who are more natural at playing the instrument than others will take a shorter time, but you won’t know until you have tried.
To determine a suitable instructor student match, your initial conversation with our course coordinator, age, skill level, expectations and schedule availability will be taken into account. We believe that each student has their own unique pace of learning; hence our programs are designed to meet individual abilities and needs. Once you meet your instructor you can discuss grade placement, your direction of study and goals for the year ahead.
You can request for a trial lesson with an instructor, however there is no guarantee of a placement after the trial lesson. If the student is accepted and signs up immediately with the same teacher, the trial lesson fee can be used to offset the month’s fee. Please note that although every effort is made to accommodate new students, spaces are sometimes limited and instructors may not have immediate openings. In that case we would be happy to put your name on our waiting list if you wish.
You can choose to use the school’s instrument for the trial lesson at no cost; however, it is advisable to own one for to hygiene reasons. If you require information on purchase of instruments, please approach our counter staff for details
Our instructors have undergone an extensive interview process consisting of reference checks, face-to-face meetings and an audition to ensure that the instructors not only have performing abilities, but are also nurturing and imaginative educators. Our faculties are mostly diploma and degree graduates, ranging to professional musicians.
Depending on age, experience and musical maturity, it is best for the instructor to recommend. The guideline would be: a. Beginners (Foundation – Grade 1): 30 minute lesson once a week b. Intermediate students (Grade 2-5): 45 minutes once a week c. Advanced students (Grade 6-diploma): 60 minutes once a week. d. To get the most out of their lesson, it is recommended that students practice regularly.