Frequently Asked Questions
Starting music lessons can be a daunting task. Check out the answers to some frequently asked questions to help you on your musical journey! If there is a specific question you need answered, please contact us!
We currently offer lessons for piano, voice, guitar, clarinet, saxophone, flute and trumpet.
Most students take 30-minute lessons once a week. As students progress in their musical skills, we also offer 45-minute and 1-hour lessons.
Monthly tuition charges are based on the length of your lesson. We do not charge a separate travel fee and therefore do not offer a sibling discount at this time. Your tuition remains the same whether there are four or five weeks in a month. Your monthly tuition is all-inclusive of the many opportunities that we offer at Pineapple Music Studio but does vary slightly according to your teacher.
30-minute lessons: $120 a month
45-minute lessons: $180 a month
1-hour lessons: $240 a month
We offer music lessons in the Chicago West Suburbs, Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Lombard, Villa Park, Elmhurst, Winfield, West Chicago, Carol Stream
Our studio operates on a monthly tuition basis. This means that your tuition covers more than just weekly lessons and that you are charged the same amount each month whether there are four or five weeks in a month. This makes it easy for you to budget for lessons each month! Weekly lessons, recitals, community events and more are all included in your tuition.
The summer months of June, July and August are pro-rated per week to give our families more flexibility!
New Song Music uses an online billing system called Freshbooks. You can log into this system at any time to track payments, make payments and access your account. Auto-pay is set up through our secure system during the registration process, and your monthly tuition is charged to you on the 1st of each month.
There is no contract. Tuition is paid on a monthly basis and we ask that if you need to cancel lessons, you simply give the studio and your teacher a month’s notice.
For most students, we suggest starting when a student is learning to read, usually around the end of kindergarten. Students are able to grasp concepts of reading music on a page and have usually developed the finger dexterity necessary. We generally suggest starting the piano as a first instrument for young students. This provides a great introduction to music that easily translates to other instruments if they choose to switch!
When you set up a trial lesson, your prospective teacher comes to your home, usually at the time your regular lesson would be scheduled, so you can experience exactly what a lesson would be like. The teacher will spend about 15-20 minutes working with the student depending on their level of experience to evaluate their level, learning style, musical goals and what materials are needed. New students will learn a few short songs, play a musical game and learn a little about their instrument.
Parents are welcome to observe during the lesson and ask any questions you may have after the lesson. This is a great opportunity to get a feel for a music lesson, meet the teacher, and evaluate how the teacher and student work together. The director will follow-up after the lesson to see if you are ready to move forward with regular lessons!
No, many students start piano lessons on a keyboard. We are happy to help advise you on things to look for when purchasing an instrument, and let you know of special sales going on in the area. Down the road, your teacher can help you decide when it’s time to invest in a better instrument as your student progresses on their musical journey.
As of right now we hold one large recital a year and. Our recitals are a special event that students look forward to! Each one is held at a special venue, has a theme, prizes, food and a take home gift for each student. These are open to all New Song Music students, but are not mandatory.
We do! Chris LaBarre of CJ’s Pianos in Phoenixville, PA is our first recommendation! Don’t forget to mention our name for our studio discount!
New Song Music specializes in providing families with quality in-home lessons. Our teachers are excellent musicians and have a passion for teaching music. You can rest assured that students will receive a balanced music education and enjoy their learning in the process! Individual tastes, preferences and learning styles are carefully considered for each student as the teacher prepares their lessons. We provide a multitude of opportunities for every kind of learner and performer.