Are you running around town from activity to activity? We bring the lessons to you. All lessons are held in your Home, unless you request to meet at one of our studios.
Will your child proudly say they are seventh generation students of Beethoven? Purple Nest students can trace our tutelage and lineage all the way from Beethoven who taught Czerny, Czerny taught Leschetizky, Leschetizky taught DeJahn, DeJahn taught Neville Rae Barnett, Barnett taught Lisa Muratore, who started our program! Seven generations later, your child can be in the pedagogical lineage of Beethoven!View our year-round schedule here
What is the best age to begin?
Entering 1st grade and older.
Can a child younger than 6 years old take lessons?
You don’t want your child to experience unnecessary frustrations from starting too soon. This means waiting until completion of Kindergarten, an age where a few key developmental pieces come together so learning is more natural and effortless. Exceptions are sometimes made, but generally there are few advantages to starting earlier. Preschoolers will get the best possible preparation for lessons in an age-appropriate Kindermusik class.
Where are lessons held?
We come to you: in your Home, at Our Redeemer Lutheran, or Skillman Church Of Christ. There is an additional fee for in-home lessons. All lessons will be scheduled according to our teachers’ schedules. In-home locations must be in one of the following areas of Dallas: Lakewood, Lake Highlands, Park Cities, Preston Hollow, North Dallas-south of LBJ, or Richardson.
Are there any prerequisites?
There are no prerequisites for taking Piano and Guitar lessons from us. You know your child best. Many of our students have taken Kindermusik for the Young Child first, but this is not a prerequisite. Children should begin to play an instrument when they’re developmentally ready.
How long are the lessons?
Lessons are 30 minutes, once a week. Enrollment is for a term of one year (September-August), although we will accept prorated late enrollment after September pending availability. You may withdraw anytime with 30 days advance notice.
How much does it cost?
Please use the lesson request form for details on all fees including sibling discounts, optional in-home fees, and general tuition.
Do we need a piano/guitar at home?
For piano students: A piano or keyboard at home is required. A piano is ideal, but a keyboard with standard full-size keys will suffice for the first 2 years of lessons. In this case, we recommend attending lessons at one of the churches so the child has the opportunity to play an acoustic piano regularly. Not sure what to buy? Here’s a rundown of piano/keyboard options.
For guitar students: A guitar with nylon strings is required. We can offer recommendations of inexpensive guitars for purchase.
What will my child learn?
Your child will play, read, write, and create music. Children enjoy and excel with the Faber and Alfred method curricula we use. This is the real deal–fingering, theory, counting, technique. With a Classical foundation, a child can easily learn popular music and improvise.
Will there be recitals?
Children will learn all of these when they prepare and present a holiday program and an end of the year recital. We ask each student to prepare 1-2 pieces for the programs and attend the two events, but the child may choose not to perform at the event. The holiday program is held at an area retirement home. The end-of-year recital is held at Greenland Hills UMC.
Who will our teacher be?
We have a variety of teachers and their teaching schedule and students are determined by their availability, which may change from year to year. All teachers are experienced in teaching and have been on-boarded with the Purple Nest team. Their qualifications vary, but all have played piano for more than 10 years, some for hobby, some professionally.
All our teachers undergo background checks and safe environment training annually.
Does the parent need to be present for lessons?
Children learn best when parents are involved. We strongly recommend a parent observe occasional lessons in order to take an active role as your child practices between lessons.
In-home lessons: A responsible adult must be at home during all home lessons.
Lessons at studios: Parent/adult must remain on campus during lessons.