Guitar: The Guitar Department offers instruction in all levels in group and private settings. The recommended age to begin guitar instruction is six. Any students younger than six will have an interview with the instructor before acceptance. Lessons encompass all styles of music from classical, jazz, blues, country to rock. Instruction is offered on either acoustic or electric guitars, privately or in groups. Bass guitar students generally begin at the age of ten. During the semester folk, classical and rock ensembles are often formed.
Instrumental: (Bass, Woodwind and Percussion) The Instrumental Department is a vital, integrated component of Stubbs' Music Center. The recommended age for beginning an instrument is nine. All instructional materials used are standard literature based on the following criteria: ability, variety, and the individual's school assignments. We work closely with the area Band Directors to assist in preparing students for band requirements. Solos are selected from the Florida Bandmasters Association required listings.
- Group instruction is highly recommended for all beginning students and meets one hour per week plus a theory class. Group lessons encompass interaction among students by performance, games, rhythmic movement, ensembles and private time with instructor. Group instruction provides a positive learning environment. Group instruction usually motivates students in a positive and fun manner. Also, group instruction has many benefits for the shy student's development in self-esteem and self- confidence. Group students often add biweekly private lessons. Our philosophy is for students to be placed in their best learning environment. If the student, parent or teacher is not pleased with group instruction, the student may change to partner or private lessons. A 45- minute partner lesson is offered when two students are not able to fit in a group lesson with the payment being the same as a 30 minute private lesson.
- Private instruction is offered for student's beginning at four years of age. The beginning student has a thirty-minute lesson per week and a 30-minute theory class. Depending upon the commitment, ability and level students are encouraged to extend their weekly lesson time to 45 to 60 minute lessons.
- Group and Private combinations are offered for those students desiring to have multiple lessons per week, a 60-minute group lesson, a 30-minute private lesson and 30-minute theory classes are taken each week.
- 4-5 year old group classes meet one hour per week with 3-5 students per class.
Strings: (Cello. Viola, and Violin): The Suzuki, Traditional and Fiddle Methods are taught at Stubbs' Music Center. We accept string students at the age of five in group or private lessons. Potential students younger than five will be interviewed. After the interview enrollment will be based upon the decision of the instructor. Parents are encouraged to attend lessons of students younger than 3rd grade. It has been demonstrated that students' progress at a faster rate when they have a practice partner at home.
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