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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions.  If your question is not here, please feel free to contact Chelsea with your question here.

How long have you been teaching lessons?

I have been teaching lessons since 2010.  I currently teach privately and at  Red House Guitar Studio in Point Pleasant.  I have also been teaching preschool music at Long Valley Christian Nursery School since 2014.  In the past, I taught at Valley Music Center for over eight years, School of Rock in Randolph NJ, substitute taught at School of Rock in Somerville NJ, and taught Vocal Lab at Hunterdon Preparatory School in the 2017-18 school year.

How long is the typical lesson?

I suggest that all students ages seven and older start with a 30 minute lesson.  Once students are accustomed to their instrument, we can consider extending the lesson to 45 minutes or an hour should the schedule allow.  Students who are taking lessons in multiple instruments (or voice and an instrument) should aim to take hour lessons so we can spend sufficient time on each.  Students under the age of seven may be asked to start with a 20 minute lesson, and can increase to 30 minutes on an individual basis.

Where do you teach?

Mondays and Thursdays I teach at Red House Music & Rehearsal Studio in Point Pleasant, NJ.  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I am available for in-home lessons near Brick NJ and for virtual lessons anywhere.

Is there any age limit on who you will teach?

Generally, the majority of my students are between the ages of 6 and 19, although exceptions can be made for children younger than 6 on an individual basis depending on the instrument.  I will not teach voice lessons to anyone who is not yet able to read.  I am available to work with adults as well.  

What are your rates?

I strive to offer quality lessons at an affordable price.  Please contact me to discuss rates.

Do you only teach girls, or do you teach boys too?

While most of my students currently are girls, I do teach boy too!  My lessons are tailored to fit each students' needs.  My entire lesson curriculum is just as useful to boys as it is to girls.

Is it extra money to receive lessons in songwriting, performance, etc.?

No!  I incorporate songwriting, performance, artistic development, audition preparation, etc. into your regular lesson time as we see fit.  It is up to the student how much he or she wants to proceed with these topics, however they are of no extra cost.

How do I get to perform with you at real shows?

Students who perform with me at my own shows do so only by invitation.  Typically, these students are older and have had some previous performance experience.  However, there are plenty of performance opportunities open to all of my students, such as the Annual Fall Concert and Christmas caroling.

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