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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Why should I choose Musician Makers?

MMM has been established for over 10 years and currently has around 180 students and 12 staff. MMM is run by Mark Angel and his wife Alison. Mark has spent many years teaching guitar and as a gigging and recording guitar player in the UK before coming to New Zealand.

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Where and when are lessons held?

We run the majority of our lessons from Freyberg High School's Music Block that we rent from them during after-school hours. This means that the majority of our lessons take place between 3pm and 8pm on Monday to Thursday, although for people with different working patterns, or children who are home-schooled, we do run lessons at other times and locations by arrangement. Lessons are usually 30 minutes long and are either one-on-one or in a small group with other students of a similar standard.

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When can I start?

Our lessons run during school term times but you can enrol and start at any time. No need to wait until start of a term!

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What will I learn?

Your lesson plan will be designed around your current skill levels, preferred style of playing, and your ultimate goal. For example, if you want to play songs around the camp fire with your friends what you learn will be very different to if you are studying NCEA music at school with an aim to go onto jazz school. We are happy to work towards formal qualifications (like Rockschool and Trinity College exams) but if you would prefer not to do that, then that's fine too.

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Why can't I just teach myself from the internet or get a friend to show me how to play?

Of course, you can do that, but if you are serious about learning then you'll want to learn to play properly. An internet video can't talk back to you if you don't understand, or correct your technique if you are doing something wrong. Also, we know what you don't know. If you don't know that a particular scale or technique exists, how are you going to know to look for it? If you want to read more on this subject then have a look at this article: Should I get lessons?

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Can I choose my own lesson time?

We appreciate the importance of finding a lesson time that works for you and your family. To that end we will work with you to find a vacancy in our timetables that suits.

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What instruments do you teach?

At present we teach guitar (Classical, electric & acoustic), bass guitar, vocals (singing), keyboards, drums and ukulele. We also run training sessions for bands, sound equipment (eg PA) as well as guitar maintenance workshops.

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Are there possibilities to perform?

Most certainly - if you want to. We hold around 4 or 5 concerts/performances each year and everyone is given an opportunity to perform in one of those concerts. At Christmas we run a large Showcase event at which we encourage everyone to play. In 2011 our showcase was at the Regent Theatre in Palmerson North, where approximately 200 students performed to around 750 people. We hold regular events at venues like the Globe Theatre.

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How much do lessons cost?

As we have 12 tutors at the studio we can select a tutor to match your skill level, style and budget. A 30 minute one-on-one lesson will cost between $22.50-$35.00 (inc GST) depending upon the tutor. We also offer some group lessons that are cheaper. Fees are normally paid at the beginning of each term. On top of that there is a small additional yearly fee of around $25 to cover administration (eg postage, photocopying, etc).

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My school do lessons - what do you do that is different?

In our lessons we can tailor the programme to suit you, and we teach one-one-one or in small groups. In the school system where teaching is in larger groups then the group can only move at the speed of the slowest learner, whereas we can go at your speed. School lessons are usually placed second to other school activities (eg sports days, tests, class photos, camps), and that means that learning can be slow progress, and of course, the school students miss a subject class so have to catch up with school work. Our programme is designed to take your playing to where you want to go. In high schools the guitar program is designed to teach only what is required for NCEA music and, indeed, after level 1 many high schools expect their music students to be having private lessons.

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What levels and ability do you teach??

We can teach from absolute beginner through to advanced players in all styles. We support students who are also taking NCEA music at school and encourage our students to take the Rockschool grades and the Trinity College exams. On top of all that we also run our own grading system that students can follow. If, however, grading is not your thing then that's fine too.

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How do I find out more?

If you have a question that isn't answered here then please head over to our contact page and drop us a line. We are also on Facebook. Take a look around our page and remember to 'like' it so you can drop back if you need to. If you think you are interested and would like to take things further, please fill in the enrolment form found on this site. We will then get in contact with you to arrange a chat.

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