FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Below are some of Rudd School of Rock's most Frequently Asked Questions. Please contact us if your question is not answered here.
What age should my child start to learn a musical instrument?
We have successfully taught students from age 5 to 75. It is never too early or too late to learn, but for the younger student, attitude and focus is important. Some 5 year olds are passionate about music and able to concentrate for half-hour lessons plus spend time practicing each week. Please call our office and we can discuss your child's age and suitability for lessons.
Why are only individual lessons available with Rudd School Of Rock?
If you are serious about wanting to learn a musical instrument, our extensive experience shows that individual lessons are the way to go. Group lessons, learning from Youtube, DVDs or books have their place, but are not effective in developing life-skills and the correct technique on a musical instrument.
We tailor our teaching programme and materials to the individual student. In doing this, we create the best environment for you to learn, develop and thrive as a true musician.
We offer small group Ukulele classes as an introduction to learning a musical instrument. These classes are designed as a stepping-stone to learning a more advanced technical instrument such as guitar, drums, bass, or piano.
What times/days are lessons available?
Most of our music lessons for school-age children are held after school from 3:00pm-6:30pm Monday-Friday. We also teach on-site at selected Auckland primary and secondary schools before school from 7:30am-9:00am and during school hours.
Adult lessons are offered Monday to Friday during the day and evenings.
Please note that our teaching timetable is often over-subscribed and we operate a wait-list system for lesson times.
What is the lesson format?
Enrolments are on a term basis. A teaching term includes nine weeks of intensive but fairly paced lessons. Terms align closely with NZ primary school terms. Lessons are once per week. Children’s lessons are ½ hour in duration, which allows enough time to review previous week’s assigned songs/exercises and then move onto new songs/exercises.
Adult lessons are 1 hour in duration to allow for more in-depth tuition.
How often will I need to practice?
Ideally, at least 15 minutes practice every other day (3-4 times per week) is recommended to get the most out of lessons and maximise progress/results.
What kind of music and songs will I learn?
We are Rudd School of Rock, but we don't limit the style of music we teach to just 'rock' music. We teach across a range of styles and musical genres including pop, rock, blues, jazz and classical covering the works of both modern and historical artists. This enables students to build solid and well-rounded musical foundations. On a given week a student could expect to learn a song from an artist such as Black Eyed Peas or Taylor Swift through to Beethoven or Bach. Once fundamentals are covered, we are able to try and cater for a student’s particular musical interests, e.g. traditional blues, modern pop, etc.
Where are lessons held?
Rudd School Of Rock has teaching facilities in Eastern Bays (East Auckland), Ponsonby (Auckland City) and East Coast Bays (North Shore City) in Auckland. We also teach at selected primary and secondary schools across Auckland.
How much do music lessons cost?
Rudd School Of Rock offers affordable term fees for individual and group music lessons. Fees cover tuition and all printed music.
Do I need a guitar, drumkit, bass guitar, ukulele or keyboard?
Short answer: Yes.
In order to maximise the benefit of professional lessons and be able to practice at home, we highly recommend you invest in a beginner guitar, ukulele, keyboard or drumkit. Purchasing your own musical instrument represents a small investment over the lifetime of the instrument. Instrument hireage is also an option.
Where should I buy a guitar, keyboard, ukulele or set of drums and what do I look for?
It is important to get good advice when choosing an instrument. For example, size is an important factor with a beginner instrument for a child and knowledgeable sales staff will help you select the right instrument for your child e.g. a 7 year old may be more suited to a ½ or ¾ size guitar as their first instrument.
Rudd School of Rock can highly recommend Rockshop. Rockshop has stores nationwide and carries an impressive range of instruments and brands with expert sales staff on hand to assist you with your purchase. All new Rudd School of Rock students receive a Rockshop V.I.P. Card that entitles our students to 10% discount off RRP on musical instruments.
Acoustic or electric?
In general, for guitar we recommend starting on acoustic strings (nylon or steel strings). Once basic fundamentals are achieved, students could look to upgrade to a more professional acoustic or electric guitar.
Today, electric drums are very popular with students. They are more transportable and have the benefit of being able to be played at low volume or with headphones in noise-conscious residential suburbs.
Keyboards are increasingly popular over traditional piano as they can be easily transported to rehearsals, school, lessons etc.
What will I need to bring for my weekly lesson?
All guitar students will need their guitar and music folder (for filing music).
All drum students will need their favourite pair of drumsticks and music folder.
All keyboard and singing students will need to bring their music folder.
All ukulele students will need their ukulele and music folder.
How do we track our students' learning progress?
The key indicators for determining a student's ability and progress is their playing technique and the sound they are producing from their instrument. Are songs and exercises played in the way that they are meant to sound? All assigned learning material is stored in a student’s music folder, so it is easy to see student progress through songs and exercises of increasing difficulty.
We also conduct Rudd School Of Rock student Exams in Term 2 (mid-year) and Term 4 (end of year) and deliver progress Reports to students and parents.
External examinations are also available with Trinity College London. Please note, additional fees are associated with external examinations.
Can parents sit in on student lessons?
We find most young students learn best without parents perched over their shoulder; however, parents and caregivers are welcome to sit-in on music lessons occasionally to check how their child is progressing and receive an update from their respective teacher.
For new young students, sometimes it helps for mum or dad to sit in on the first couple of lessons to calm the nerves!
Are there opportunities for performing live on stage in front of an audience?
We encourage all our students to seize opportunities for performing in front of friends, family and live audiences. Many of our students have formed school bands or adult bands or joined the school orchestra, symphonic, rock or jazz band.
Rudd School Of Rock also provides the following live music performance opportunities for students:
- Rock Band Programme is a great way for more experienced students to learn the dynamics of rehearsing and performing as a live band on stage.
- Annual Showcase & Prizegiving is our end of year concert and the perfect opportunity for all of our music students to display talents developed over the year(s) to their family, friends and peers.
All of our music teachers are experienced live performers so it is only natural that we encourage our music students to follow in our footsteps and take up opportunities to perform. Talent should be heard not hidden!
Why should I learn with Rudd School Of Rock rather than another music school?
Rudd School Of Rock has successfully taught hundreds of students from ages 5 to 75. Many of our students have been learning with us for several years, so we must be doing something right!
Rudd School of Rock was established in 2005 with the mission of 'Building Future Music Leaders'. We are serious about delivering music tuition of the highest quality because among today’s music students are the budding music stars of tomorrow. We differ considerably from most other music schools in that we offer:
- Individual and customised lessons for students, because we recognize that no individual is the same and therefore individual customised lessons is the only true method for learning a musical instrument effectively;
- Expert music teachers with relevant, up-to-date real world music industry experience, because we want to inspire you to become a musician by learning with one.
Don’t just take our word for it. Please read what some of our students have to say about us on our Testimonials page.