Lucky Dog Music

Guitar & Bass Lessons
Derry, NH

Q: Can I start lessons if I'm a beginner?
A: Yes. We offer lessons for beginners, intermediate and advanced students

Q: Do I need an instrument at home to take lessons?
A: Yes. Without regular practice at home, achievement on the instrument is impossible.
Q: How long does it take to learn an instrument?
A: There is no set answer of how long it takes to learn an instrument. With regular practice a basic level of playing can be accomplished in a few months. Most of our students take lessons on a long term basis because they want to be constantly improving and because they find the lessons enjoyable.

Q: How much should I practice?
A: Establish practicing as part of a daily routine. Children generally do not consider doing homework as an option so I recommend adding practice time to the homework routine.

Music is generally learned with repetition. This goes for learning technique, songs, reading,or terminology used to communicate musical ideas between teacher and student. A practice session is not intended as a musical performance and as a result may not be as aesthetically pleasing. Patience, tolerance, and understanding are necessary for anyone at home during practice time.

Q: I don't have any musical background or ability; can I still help my child practice?
A: Yes. Even if you don't have a musical background you can ask the teacher for advice on how to help your child practice. By simply monitoring that they are doing exercises a certain number of times per day the student will progress. Many parents occasionally sit in on their child's music lesson to get an idea of the proper way a song should sound or how the student should be positioning their hands.

Q: What if my child starts the lessons and does not like the instrument?
A: Usually students have "begged" to start music lessons on a particular instrument, so we suggest that the student sticks with their instrument choice for several months before switching to another instrument or voice lessons. If this situation occurs, the parent should contact us right away and discuss ways to generate more interest. Students can switch to another instrument at any time during the year.

Q: Can I sit in on my child's private music lesson?
A: Yes - we have an open door policy. It is your choice when to sit in.

Q: Can we take lessons every other week instead of every week?
A: At first this might seem like a good idea, but we have tried this in the past and we do not recommend it (if you miss a lesson, it would be an entire month before you saw your teacher again!). It is really important that the teacher checks your progress and corrects your form every week. Also, attending weekly lessons will continue the learning momentum and generate mastering a skill more quickly.Please feel free to call us to discuss this issue further.

Q: Can I just take one month of lessons?
A: We think that one month does not give the student an accurate indication of lessons. We typically think that two months gives the student a better indication of what the lessons will be like on a long term basis. If after the two months, the student still has a lack of interest they are free to quit or try another instrument.

Q: Can I schedule lessons at the same time for multiple members of the same family?
A: Yes. It s possible to have lessons scheduled at the same time, whether they are for the same instrument or different instruments.

Q: What is your makeup policy?
A: Students are expected to attend their weekly lessons promptly with their lesson materials unless there is a sickness, incliment weather, etc. We do appreciate at least 24-hours notice. We do however offer a makeup class for any student who has missed a lesson. Makeup classes are scheduled  quarterly.