In-home music lessons. Manhattan and Brooklyn. Any age. Any instrument.

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Manhattan and Brooklyn In-Home Music Lessons: Your Questions Answered Here!

Most of the things new and potential clients ask us are listed below. But if you need any further information that is not included in the FAQ, don’t hesitate to contact us!

  • Your company’s name, Hey Joe Guitar, suggests that you only offer guitar lessons. Is this correct?

    Actually, guitar is only one of many instruments we teach. Others are the piano, drums, trumpet, trombone, brass, reeds, saxophone, clarinet flute, violin, viola, cello, strings, accordion, ukulele, banjo, recorder, and mandolin. And, we also give voice lessons.

  • What prompted you to start a music school?

    Founder Joe Berger, a NYC father and professional musician, was asked by many people to recommend experienced, reliable teachers who would come to their homes for lesson. In 2007, he founded Hey Joe Guitar, with the purpose of “connecting” students with teachers who match their learning style.

  • Why did you decide in-home music lessons rather than have students come to you?

    There are several reasons for that. Many of our students are kids and we know that their parents would prefer to have lessons in the comfort of their own homes. As far as adults are concerned, people are so busy nowadays and have such hectic schedules, that they don’t want to waste valuable time commuting to and from lessons. Our teachers, whom we screen very carefully, will not waste a student’s time. And there is also a matter of an often extreme NYC weather – very cold winters and very humid summers, when people prefer to stay indoors. So three of the major reasons we make house calls is for the customer’s comfort, convenience, and time efficiency. After all, if restaurants can have a home delivery, so can music schools!

  • Who are the music teachers associated with Hey Joe Guitar?

    They are such a diverse group, it’s impossible to put a label on them. One thing they do have in common are their excellent credentials and qualifications – they are all graduates of top music schools and conservatories, and the majority hold master’s degrees in music and/or teaching. All of them have at least five years’ teaching experience, so we will send only the very best teachers to our customers’ homes.

  • Are you selective in what kind of people you hire?

    Absolutely. This is very important because many so-called music teachers are not properly trained and their teaching techniques are questionable. If they impart these techniques to students, it would be very difficult to undo the damage later. Needless to say, our teachers are carefully vetted before they are sent out to people’s homes.

  • Can I choose the gender of my teacher?

    Yes. When you call the office to set up your first lesson, be sure to specify a gender preference, if any.

  • How often do students take lessons?

    Generally, we recommend students have a session once per week. We offer 30-, 40-, and 60-minute weekly plans.

  • What are the lesson packages?

    We offer two simple plans: membership and a 5-pack of lessons. Memberships are the least expensive option. You pay in advance for one month – whether four or five weeks – and you receive a lesson each week of 30-, 40-, or 60-minutes. There are no set up fees, no minimum requirements, or any obligation longer than one month. Five-packs allow you to purchase five lessons in advance: 30-minutes, 45-minutes, or 60-minutes. You may take the lessons at any time within three months of date of purchase.

  • What is your cancellation and rescheduling policy?

    Cancel lessons directly with your teacher more than 24 hours in advance and that teaching time is yours to keep. Also, contact your teacher directly to reschedule.

  • Do you offer free trial lessons?

    We do not offer a free trial lesson. That said, if you are unhappy with your assigned instructor we will not charge for that lesson and will send another teacher. If you chose to simply not continue after a first lesson, you will only be charged a one-time lesson fee.

  • How far in advance do I schedule my first lesson?

    We generally require three business days to schedule a first lesson.

  • Do I need my own instrument?

    Yes. Teachers do not loan their instruments.

  • If I need to buy an instrument, can you help me?

    Yes. We are available to consult with you about instrument purchases. Generally, we recommend the following beginning instruments:?guitar: nylon string (not steel – ouch!), Spanish or acoustic guitar. Guitar for kids: children ages seven and up should have a three-quarter guitar, Spanish or acoustic, with nylon strings. Under age seven, the best guitar is a half-guitar, Spanish or acoustic, also with nylon strings. Keep in mind that Spanish or acoustic guitars with nylon strings, regardless of size, are a timeless instrument. Even advanced guitar players continue to use this instrument for life. We’ll be happy to advise you on other instruments as well.

  • Do you offer gift certificates?

    Yes! We offer gift certificates via regular mail or through email. You pay purchase a 5-pack of lessons or a monthly membership.

  • Do I pay my teacher directly?

    No. Teachers do no handle any transactions – whether it’s payment, changes to your membership, or teaching packages. Please call our office to pay for your lessons or to find out our rates. We accept all debit and credit cards. You may also pay by check for three or six months in advance.

  • Why is it important to take music lessons rather than learning to play online?

    Mastering any instrument takes more than just strumming or hitting the keys. It is also about good posture, correct body position, and the right way to hold an instrument. We are not denigrating online courses, but from our own experience, as well as from experiences of other people, we know that individual lessons, adapted to each student’s age, level, and speed of progress – as well as to specificities of each instrument – are much better. It’s the difference between personal and generic.

  • Who are your customers and where do they live?

    Our customers are people of all ages and levels. We have children as young as two years old. Our clients live in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

  • What is the best age to start music training?

    There is a body of evidence suggesting that developing a musical sensibility should start in childhood – as long, of course, as parents don’t drag their kids to music lessons kicking and screaming! In my experience, however, that rarely happens – children are naturally curious and eager to learn new things. Now, that doesn’t mean that there’s such a thing as “too old” or “too late” to start music training. Absolutely not! Adults of all ages can learn to play an instrument. As the saying goes – “if there’s a will, there’s a way!”

  • What is the most important thing to keep in mind while learning to play an instrument?

    Practice! Even if you can dedicate only an hour a week to play with your teacher, that’s already enough to keep the momentum going – of course, if you can manage to do it more frequently, all the better. Many people think that learning to play is very time-consuming, so they don’t even start. But this is a case of “every little bit counts,” as long as it’s regular and continuous.

  • What, in your expert opinion, are the most significant benefits of music training?

    There are so many! In children, music can improve their learning ability, memory, motor skills, hearing, and even emotional responses. In adults, music is one of the best, all-natural de-stressors. Since it releases some powerful “feel happy” hormones like endorphin and serotonin, exposure to music can reduce chronic stress and anxiety. In fact, many hospitals use music therapy to help their patients recover. All these are compelling reasons to start music training, but let’s not overlook another important one – it’s a fun and enjoyable activity for people of all ages.