MUSIC SERVICES

FROM BEGINNER TO MASTER WE DO IT ALL

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MAIN COURSES

  • Courses offered extend from beginner to higher levels
  • No obligation to purchase an instrument
  • Lessons are 45-minutes ($30 per lesson) and are pre-scheduled
    in sets of 4-lessons (a module) at the rate of $120 per module.
  • 45-minute time slots or segments (defined as one Lesson)
  • Non-refundable, one-time registration fee of $50
  • Client pays the cost of an instructional method/practice books
  • Client pays cost of essential accessories (reeds, mouthpiece, etc.)
  • Lessons may be taken consecutively on a daily basis or weekly

 

 MODULES (defined)

A  Module  is a group (or set) of four private lesson segments of 45 minutes each, face-to-face with a coach.  This is about two hours of instruction time.  Cost is $120 per module.

Completing the first Module marks the client’s first step in the journey to become a musician.  Helping the client to achieve musicianship is crucial.  It is a deliberative process requiring several hours of practice and tutoring.

The first module for all beginners is a prerequisite two-hour course on reading music notations.  It lays the building blocks for learning to play every musical instrument taught at M3S.  By the way, There is no obligation to purchase an instrument in order to receive musical training on it.  However, each student must purchase their own individual mouthpiece (if appropriate) in order to play their instrument of choice as well as the associated method book.  In the case of certain instruments, such as piano and guitar, M3Sprovides the keyboard or guitar on site, at no additional cost. The real fun begins when a client realizes that he or she gets to learn to play a variety of musical instruments without ever having to purchase any of them.

Achieving musicianship on piano, guitar, or banjo will require additional practice times away from the studio.   These instruments demand greater levels of proficiency, improved execution, and extensive command of the fundamentals, techniques, timing, and coordination skills relative to their mastery. Therefore, piano, guitar, or banjo certificates are issued solely at the discretion of the client’s coach.

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MUSICIANSHIP LEVELS

M3S issues course certificates that validate the level of musicianship or degree of proficiency on a specified instrument.  Each level consists of a minimum of four lessons.

  • Novice          Level 0         (inexperienced)
  • Minimum     Level 1         (beginning musician)
  • Minor            Level 2         (apprentice musician)
  • Median         Level 3         (intermediate musician)
  • Major            Level 4         (accomplished musician)
  • Master          Level 5         (advanced soloist/virtuoso)

Clients can skip the novice level and go straight into the next higher level by demonstrating an ability to read music.  By successfully completing level 5, the client is eligible to receive a certificate as a Master musician.

We have coaches for a variety of instruments

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Piano

Three piano coaches are available to help you learn piano at the basic level, grand piano intermediate level, and master level in modern, classical, jazz, and gospel genres. Our beginner textbook is Easiest Piano Course (Parts 1-6) by John Thompson. It is by far the most thorough and easiest piano training manual in print and equips the student to master all six piano levels in the shortest time possible. Supplemental music at the appropriate level is introduced and integrated into the curriculum as the student progresses. Lessons are paid in advance at a cost of $120 for four 45-minute classes or eight 20-minute classes (for children ages nine and below).

Violin

Three violin coaches, two of which are Baylor University graduate students, serve as a Violin private violin tutors. Their textbook of preference is the world renowned Suzuki Violin School series, volumes 1 through 6. Younger students are trained in beginner violin by the owner and are immediately passed on to the studio’s Baylor coaches as they advance. A fourth violin/fiddle coach applies unconventional violin techniques that help his students play Bluegrass classics and sentimental favorites. Lessons are paid in advance at a cost of $120 for four 45-minute classes or eight 20-minute classes (for children ages nine and below).

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Drums

Three professionally trained drum-kit coaches help orient beginning drummers as on Drum Kit well as train experienced students how to master a full drum set in a wide variety of styles of music. Because of the drum kit's cumbersome size, it is impractical and inconvenient to transport drums for training. Therefore, the studio maintains three to four different drum kits in-house solely for training purposes. Lessons are paid in advance at a cost of $120 for four 45-minute classes or eight 20-minute classes (for children ages nine and below).

Guitar

Another popular class available at Music & Math Masters is the one-on- one private guitar (acoustic or electric) classes taught by either Frank Exum or Charlie Perkins. Both coaches have enjoyed much success teaching students how to play lead and rhythm guitar using Hal Leonard’s Guitar Method Books (1-3), which include play-along CD and online audio access. Playing chords, strumming patterns, reading music, and playing classical, folk, jazz, country, and contemporary styles of music make up the bulk of most guitar lessons. Lessons are paid in advance at a cost of $120 for four 45-minute classes or eight 20-minute classes (for children ages nine
and below).

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Trumpet

A common practice is to hire prominent trumpet performers as coaches over the Trumpet years. With a good trumpet coach, most of our clients quickly grasp the ability to play extended tones and ranges, utilize overlapping breathing techniques, and learn to master syncopation and complex rhythmic styles of play. The standard trumpet resource that we use is the Jean Baptiste Arban Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet. Most clients are prepared to enter any band's trumpet section after three to four months of our intense trumpet lessons. Lessons are paid in advance at a cost of $120 for four 45-minute classes or eight 20-minute classes (for children ages nine and below).

Ukulele

One of the most popular, inexpensive, and easiest instrument to learn is the
ukulele, or uke. "If you need to buy a ukulele, it is usually safer to purchase your first instrument from a reputable music store." This quote by Bert Casey is an excerpt from his Watch & Learn Ukulele Primer with DVD, which happens to be among several excellent introductory uke method books available for purchase at the studio. The studio owner highly recommends this primer for beginners who are learning to play a uke with or without the aid of a ukulele coach. Lessons are paid in advance at a cost of $120 for four 45-minute classes or eight 20-minute classes (for children ages nine and below).

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Saxophone

Clients interested in learning to play saxophone, in the shortest time possible,
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prominent saxmen, who jointly have more than 60 years of experience between them, serve as saxophone coaches for beginner, intermediate, and master levels. The textbook used for training beginners is generally based on the method book approved by the student's band director. However, Burbank Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced series method books are normally the primary supplement coupled with any school-approved method book. Both coaches prefer to play right along with their clients in duet sessions as well as prepare them to master customized musical manuscripts written in the style of music that each client loves to play. Lessons are paid in advance at a cost of $120 for four 45-minute classes or eight 20-minute classes (children ages nine and below).

Clarinet / Flute

Woodwind training on the clarinet is another popular class. Mr. Perkins and one
Clarinet/Flute other coach will help clients begin an exciting adventure of playing one of the earliest woodwind instruments. Practice, which is the key to excellence performance, is enjoyable with our studio coaches who emphasize good embouchure, excellent sight reading skills, and playing in a style that is pleasing to the ears. The client has an option of using one of two band method books, Standard of Excellence or Essential Elements 2000. Clients at advanced levels will use Burbank Intermediate and Advanced Series method books. Lessons are paid in advance at a cost of $120 for four 45-minute classes or eight 20-minute classes (children ages nine and below).

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Low Brass

Low brass instruments are not as difficult to play as some imagine. They include Low Brass trombone, baritone, euphonium, and tuba (or sousaphone). Several low brass coaches are available to provide training on these instruments using studio in-house instruments whether the client rents one or not. As in the case of other training sessions, the client generally learns how to read music notation proficiently, play long tones, improve playing and articulation techniques, and to skillfully play the entire range of their instrument with optimal intonation and balance. Band method books typically used at the studio include Foundations for Superior Performance, Standard of Excellence, Essential Elements 2000, and Burbank Intermediate and Burbank
Advanced series. Lessons are paid in advance at a cost of $120 for four 45-minute classes.

Viola, Cello, String Bass

Besides the violin, this studio provides training for viola, cello, as well as the double String Bass bass or string bass. Clients are encouraged to maintain the larger instruments at home for daily practice sessions and to rely on the studio’s in-house instruments for training purposes. This has been the standard practice employed at this studio from its outset. Clients are therefore relieved of transit burdens and inconvenience of carrying their instrument and can in turn concentrate on learning their craft. Several excellent method books are available for training at the studio. They include Suzuki Cello School series and Hal Leonard Essential Elements 2000. A significant advantage is the availability of competent and reliable coaches for both short-term and long-term training programs. Lessons are paid in advance at a cost of $120 for four 45-minute classes or eight 20-minute classes (children ages nine and below).

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Vocal Training

Voice training is for children (ages 3 and above) and adults as well. The studio has Training hired several vocal coaches since it opened its doors in 2013. Training is generally offered upon demand in direct response to the client’s needs and is suitable for anyone who wants to learn to sing. No previous musical knowledge or experience is necessary. Voice training offers the basics of singing and reading music, essential information on correct breathing and posture, valuable tips on performing in public, and how to develop a good sense of timing. Most of the great popular singers have learned a lot of their music by listening to their favorite CDs and albums that they admire or wish to emulate. The most popular method book on learning singing principles is Peter Gelling’s Learn to Sing in 10 Easy Lessons. Lessons are paid in advance at a cost of $120 for four 45-minute classes or eight 20-minute classes (children ages nine and below).