When are lessons offered?
Kids ages 3-18 sign up for a semester-based lesson package. We reserve a time slot in a teacher’s schedule for your child based on school year semesters. We definitely can get students started mid-semester and most students continue semester after semester. Lessons are usually after school or on weekends. Depending on age and other factors, lessons can be either 45 or 60 minutes once or twice a week.
Adults usually do a 1-hour lesson once or twice per week on weeknights after work or on weekends. Weekday daytimes are also a possibility for those who have a flexible work schedule.
Why songwriting vs. regular music lessons?
Children are full of whimsical ideas, non-sequitors and brilliant little thoughts that we parents often skim over as we struggle to get them bathed, dressed, clothed and out the door (“It’s 20 degrees outside, yes you have to wear a coat!”). Songwriting lessons are an opportunity to take a step back and listen to the children’s thoughts and ideas and craft them into songs that can be recorded and preserved for years to come. Songwriting lessons incorporate the benefits of traditional music lessons with the added elements of creativity, self-exploration and building self confidence.
Is 3 years old too young for lessons?
Not at all! When people say that 3 is too young, they are referring to traditional music lessons that are too boring to keep the attention of a young child. Our teachers have lots of experience working with little ones. We even work with babies and 2-year olds sometimes! Our lessons are play based and child-led because we know that children learn best when they don't even realize they are learning. This brings out their playful, creative, and musical side. We turn your child’s everyday activities into something super fun and educational. Positive early exposure to music is extremely important and valuable for kids!
How to choose an instrument?
Is there a particular instrument your child is drawn to? If it’s possible to take their lead on this, we highly recommend it. In general, we recommend 3 and 4 year olds start on the ukulele, piano or drums. Our 5-10 year olds can learn any instrument, but we can help recommend specific instruments that are age and size appropriate.
Do I need to buy an instrument?
We live in NYC too and understand that space is at a premium! We can recommend starter instruments for around $150 (ukuleles cost around $50-$75), so you don’t have to break the bank to get started. We can help recommend specific items from Amazon or other retailers once the first lesson is confirmed.
Does Blue Balloon have a studio?
No, we come to you! The emotional comfort of home-based lessons works especially well for children 10 and under. If your apartment is small, don’t worry! We will make it work. Most parents love the convenience of our home lessons but if you would like to have lessons in an instructor’s home studio or a rehearsal space, just let us know and we can make the arrangements.
Will I have the same teacher every week?
Yes. We want your child to have a consistent experience and develop a strong bond with their teacher. In the rare event that you need to reschedule with more than 48 hours’ notice or if a teacher is sick, we’ll always be sure to have another teacher available to keep the momentum of your child’s lessons going. We put a very big focus on hiring superb teachers. All teachers are put through a rigorous interview process and background checks are done on every single one of them. Rest assured that we will be sending a really great teacher as a substitute should the need for one arise.