Frequently asked questions

What forms of payment do you accept?


We currently accept cash, check, Venmo, and Google Pay.




When is payment due?


Payment for private and group lessons is due on or before the first lesson of each term. Payment for youth choirs is due at the first rehearsal of each month.




Do you offer a sibling discount?


A 10% discount is applied for siblings. While one student pays full price, each subsequent sibilng receives a $2 per lesson/class discount. Similarly, if a student enrolls for more than one lesson or class, he or she will receive a 10% discount on each additional course.




When does the Fall term start?


The fall term for lessons and classes begins the week of September 13, 2021, and continues for seven weeks through the week of October 25th. There will be a scheduled break during the first week of November in order for our instructors to attend the Winterset high school musical rehearsals and productions, with which they are highly involved. Lessons and classes will resume the following week on November 8th and continue through the week of December 13th. No lessons or classes will be held the week of Thanksgiving or between December 20th and January 8th.




Will there be lessons on holidays?


There will be no lessons on major holidays, such as New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. There will be no lessons on days when school is cancelled for inclimate weather. If there is a day off of school for teacher development, lessons will still be held.




Will there be lessons when the weather is bad?


If the Winterset school district cancels or dismisses early due to bad weather, lessons for that day are also cancelled.




Do I have to pay for lesson books?


In most cases, no, you can borrow lesson books from your teacher. However, in some cases lesson books will need to be purchased by the student/family. Your teacher will advise you in this case.




How often should I practice?


Excellent question! The answer varies. Some people need more practice than others. However, it is best to practice at least 30 minutes per day. Regular practice in short intervals is better than practicing for a long period in one sitting. Regardless of how much practice is needed, your teacher will expect you to be prepared to demonstrate progress at each lesson.




Do you offer lessons online?


In some cases and circumstances, yes. However, online lessons are not ideal for beginning students who usually need more hands-on instruction.




Do you offer private or group lessons?


We offer group lessons for guitar and ukulele (through the Winterset Public Library). We also offer a youth choir program as a satellite of Heartland Youth Choir, and First Steps in Music (through the Winterset Public Library). We offer private lessons in piano, flute, guitar, and voice are are actively working on being able to provide private violin, viola and cello lessons.




Do I need to re-register every term?


No, current students do not need to re-register each term. Your teacher will contact you prior to the beginning of the fall term in order to schedule your lesson time for the school year. Summer lessons are typically have a different schedule than the during the school year.




How much do lessons cost?


Costs vary depending on the class or lesson type. Visit the individual pages about different lesson types for more information.