What is Mobile Music Teacher?
Mobile Music Teacher is a premium quality music instruction service. MMT strives to bridge the gap between effective, professional music classes and affordability and the time saving convenience of a mobile teacher that comes to you!
What is the advantage of Lessons through MMT versus a private instructor?
Becoming an instructor with Mobile Music Teacher is no easy task. Instructors are qualified by MMT to have a thorough understanding of music and their specific instrument. Many of our teachers have music degrees, extensive performance and recording experience, and success as musicians aside from their teaching careers. MMT only staffs teachers that can balance their musical skill with a healthy dose of professionalism, reliability, friendliness, and positivity. Lastly, MMT instructors are screened with a thorough background check to prove their good intentions and a trouble free past.
Where are lessons held?
The majority of our lessons are provided at our customers homes. But, we will travel to any location of your choosing. We teach lessons at your office, the park, grandma’s house, or any other suitable location. Some of our instructors have studio locations that they can teach from, but the majority of our customers prefer the incredibly convenient time saving value of lessons at their home.
How long are lessons?
Lessons are typically an hour in length to allow students to really make progress. Many musical concepts cannot be thoroughly examined, explained, and put to use in shorter lesson duration. Hour lessons can be split between two students at one location if desired. Longer lessons are available also. Occasionally, we are able to fulfill 30 minute lesson requests, but this is up to the teacher to accept.
Do you offer group lessons?
Lessons can be shared by two students upon request, but we strongly advise against this. Almost every time, the quicker student gets bored or the slower student gets frustrated. It is near impossible to find two people that learn the same way at the same rate. We find it more effective to split a lesson than doing it as a group lesson. The one on one experience of private music instruction is really a great benefit and the quickest path to improvement.
Some teachers may be open to teaching a group, if you have a situation needing group classes, give us a call to discuss rates and terms.
How often should I take lessons?
The majority of our students take weekly lessons. The consistency of seeing a teacher every week really helps to ingrain the concepts presented in lessons. Checking in regularly on a student’s progress keeps the student on track and allows the teacher to work through problems before the student can get frustrated.
Although weekly is the most effective, we understand everyone has different budgets, so we offer an every-other weekly frequency. Teachers adapt lessons plans to suit this frequency and will often give more homework to last the span of two weeks for self motivated students.
Mobile Music Teacher is based out of San Diego, CA but offers mobile lessons throughout San Diego County and the Inland Empire (Temecula, Murrieta, Elsinore, Wildomar, etc.)
What age is good to start music lessons?
There is really no correct answer. It basically boils down to a few things: the student’s interest and ability to focus, the complexity of the instrument sought, and the students ability to stay focused and interested.
Typically, 5 is the youngest that we suggest to start lessons. We have had amazing results with younger students, though. For very young musicians, we recommend instruments that are easy to execute the playing motions. Drums, piano, and voice can all be a great introduction to music because of the ability to teach simple concepts in an easy to learn format.
Instruments like the guitar, advanced piano, and violin take incredible dexterity that young musicians may not have the capacity to develop. Bottom line, if you are curious about getting your child started with music, we certainly have a teacher who can help to develop the basic skills. Give us a call to find out more!
What kind of practice routine is expected of students?
Like any activity, a great teacher is an important tool, but the vast majority of the work is to be done by the student. No one has ever been handed a musical skill. All musicians must work hard to attain their goals. Our job is to make that work fun.
Most teachers will require at least 30 mins of practice everyday. An hour is a desirable amount of time. More motivated students practice for hours and the results are proof of their efforts!
A metronome is a critical part of learning music. Rhythm is 50% of music, so do not forgo this incredible tool. Digital metronomes are affordable and can be plugged into headphones or amplifiers for quieter or louder practice.
A chromatic tuner is an incredible tool for stringed instruments like the guitar, bass, or violin. Digital units are very affordable and can be found in combination metronome/tuner units.
A music stand is essential to viewing lesson materials and practice comfort. Stands are inexpensive and can range from lightweight folding stand to sturdy robust units. Any professional musician will attest to the irritation of working with folding stands. Solid backed units are much better at holding up books.
A private, quiet location is an often overlooked, but important aspect of effective music study. Being able to isolate the sounds that you make helps to develop a musician’s ear. A space devoid of distractions is important for keeping focus and making practice effective.
A recording device can be quite helpful, as well. Tape recorders, smartphone apps, computer based recording setups, and multi-track recording units are all great ways to record yourself and listen back. Observing your own playing from an outside is a very telling experience for a musician and can drastically aid in improvement.
What is the cost of lessons?
Lesson rates vary depending on your location, teacher, frequency, and lesson duration. We do our best to provide a high quality experience at very competitive rates. Give us a call for a quote! We can suit your music instruction needs!
How are lessons billed?
Lessons are billed in advance to reserve a regular time with our teachers. We send out invoices on the 15th for the next month and payment is due on the first of the month being billed. We do offer one off lessons, but a time is not reserved beyond the booked lesson and payment is still due in advance.
Yes, we have some rental equipment. Full size and 3/4 size guitars and amplifiers, electronic drum kits, and electronic keyboards.
Quality instruments and reasonable rent rates. Rental Agreement Contract required for instrument rental.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept Visa, MasterCard, Venmo, PayPal, and Check. Please make checks payable to "Rock Band School of Music"
My child/student is not practicing. They seem to have lost interest. Should we take a break from lessons?
While inquiring about music lessons, we often hear parents say, "I really wish my parents would have made me stick with it" or
"I should have kept doing music when I was younger."
Students who "take a break" or quit music lessons very rarely return to playing music. Nearly every student of music will go through times of "lost interest". It is important during these times to remember not to give in when your child refuses to practice or has lost their steam. Many studies have shown that a music education is very beneficial to a child's life, instilling positive values that will last a lifetime. This often means persevering when the going gets rough and practice time seems to be a battle.
Instead of allowing a student to quit (giving them what they want) it is better to work through the difficulties in order to instill good discipline and hard work. Remember to consult with your instructor. Develop a "game plan" toward positivity and reinforcement. Try withholding video games, television, or other distractions when practice time is not at its optimum. Rewarding them for progress on their instrument is also a good way to support good habits.
Spending time as a family listening to music together is not only great for bonding, it is amazing for music lessons. Take your child to a concert, opera, play, or other live event to get them amped up about music.