Frequently Asked Questions
What if I have to miss a lesson?
We respectfully ask that you email or call us directly to report an absence at least 2 hours in advance of your regular lesson time. All make up lessons are coordinated directly with the instructor at a time convenient for both the instructor and the student. Scheduling for a make up lesson must take place within 30 days of the original date of the missed lesson. In the event of an unresolved scheduling conflict, please contact the director for further assistance.
Can I receive a refund for a missed lesson?
We do not offer refunds. You have the option to coordinate a make up lesson at a time convenient to both the instructor and student within 30 days of the original date of the missed lesson. Our instructors are professionals, therefore, they must be paid for the time slots in which their time has been reserved regardless of student attendance. This helps attract the best teachers to the academy, which all of our students and families benefit from.
Do you offer trial lessons?
Yes, we offer FREE trial lessons and other promotions for new students and/or beginners. Please see our Schedule & Pricing page.
What age is best for my child to begin private music lessons?
It really depends on the temperament and personality of the child, however, typically around age 5 or 6 is the earliest age to begin. It is important for a young child to understand that although playing music is a fun activity, progress will require practice and patience. At this age, it is best to sign up for a trial lesson first, then our instructors will give the parent/caregiver an honest assessment on if they believe the child is ready for further private instruction.
What if I do not want to learn how to read music? I just want to play.
There many different approaches to learning an instrument which include ear training and sight reading. Our instructors can identify the best approach for each student and customize their methodology to achieve the best success for each individual. Some form of sight reading is likely to be included, but if a student is struggling in that area, another approach will be attempted.
What are the accepted forms of payment?
Payment is due at least three (3) days before the first lesson for that pay period. We accept cash, check and major credit/debit cards.
How is invoicing handled?
For monthly payments, you will receive an invoice emailed to you around the 15th of the month for the following month's lessons. Please follow instructions in the email to pay via credit/debit card. If you wish to pay your invoice via check, please let the director know in advance of the first lesson of that pay period.
For week-to-week students, payment is due within three (3) days after scheduling the lesson, or one (1) day in advance of the lesson (whichever comes first).
How much do you charge for a weekly (no monthly commitment) lesson?
Please see the Schedule & Pricing page for this info.
I see that the monthly tuition price is $125 per month, however what if there are 5 weeks in the month? Will the price be raised for those months?
Yes, for 5-week months, the monthly rate is $145. This is discounted from the normal 4-week month rate.
Where is the academy located?
We are currently only offering virtual lessons on Zoom or similar web based video conference platforms. We hope to re-open an in-person studio as soon as possible.
What are your instructor's requirements for teaching at Bright Lights Music Academy?
All instructors have passed criminal background checks and child abuse clearances. Our instructors possess university degrees or have years of experience as a professional performing musician or music educator. Our instructors are passionate about sharing their musical experience and skills with others and are active members of the Manayunk and surrounding communities.
On which instruments do you currently offer lessons?
We are currently enrolling for piano, voice / musical theater, guitar, drum set, snare drum, saxophone, clarinet, flute.
Do you enroll adult students?
YES! All ages and levels are welcome.
Which styles of music do your instructors teach?
Pop/rock, musical theater, jazz, blues, funk, r&b, classical.
Do you sell or rent instruments?
No, however check with your instructor. We highly recommend purchasing name brand second-hand gear due to it's affordability and availability. Contact the director for more recommendations in this area. There are music stores in the area which offer rental packages for woodwind instruments.
How much practice time is needed to learn a musical instrument?
At a minimum, we recommend 15 minutes of practice every few days. This approach is more effective than cramming 90 minutes of practice into one day. For quickest results, daily practice of 15 minutes is recommended.
Additionally, if finding time to practice is turning out to be difficult, simply looking at the musical piece or your instructor's notes and going over in your mind what you would be playing can be an effective exercise in the absence of actual time with the instrument.
For drum set students, "air drumming" or practicing on a practice pad can also be very effective practice tools.
How long does it typically take to start playing songs?
This will depend on a few things, practice time, age, natural rhythm. Simplified versions of songs are introduced very early, and usually within a couple of months song playing will begin to sound more natural.