WHERE IS MIND BODY MUSIC ACADEMY LOCATED? Mind Body Music Academy is located in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Jamaica Plain (Boston). We are accessible by public transportation via the Orange Line or any MBTA bus that stops at Forest Hills Station. Free street parking is available for students who choose to drive.
WHAT SERVICES DO YOU OFFER? We offer flute lessons for beginner through advanced students. We also offer wellness coaching and workshops for students, music teachers, and professional musicians. WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO START MUSIC LESSONS? Mind Body Music Academy welcomes students ages 6 through adults. Students may start at any age; it's never too late to learn! Young students are required to demonstrate developmental readiness before beginning lessons. Our pre-lesson readiness assessment includes consideration of physical stature, fine and gross motor skills, and ability to listen and follow instructions. Please schedule a free consultation to discuss your child's developmental readiness for lessons.
HOW OFTEN AND HOW LONG ARE LESSONS? Mind Body Music Academy uses a holistic music education model, which goes above and beyond traditional music lessons. Our curriculum includes learning activities related to wellness, effective practice, goal-setting, creativity, and more! Because we have so much exciting material to cover, all lessons are one hour in duration, with a frequency of once a week. Abbreviated half hour lessons are available only for new students ages 6-8 in their first year of lessons. Adult students may choose to enroll in weekly lessons or drop-in lessons for more flexible scheduling options.
HOW DOES THE LESSON SCHEDULE WORK? The year is split into three lesson terms: term 1 (September - January), term 2 (February - June), and term 3 (July - August). By registering for music lessons at Mind Body Music Academy, students commit to the entire term of lessons. The lesson schedule typically follows the Boston Public Schools schedule, and we generally don't have lessons during holiday weeks. A detailed schedule is outlined at the start of each term.
HOW MUCH PRACTICE IS REQUIRED? Effective, deliberate practice is the foremost predictor of student success in music. Playing an instrument is a highly technical skill that can only be gained through consistent deliberate practice. In other words, students who do not practice will not progress. Students and parents who choose to enroll in music lessons are making a commitment to regular at-home practice at least 5 days per week.
WHAT DO PARENTS DO DURING LESSONS? Parents of young students (typically ages 8 or below) are required to sit in on lessons, take notes, and function as the official "at-home practice coach." Young students need help understanding how and what to practice at home and are much more successful when they have this support from a parent who actively sits in on lessons. Parents of older children are welcome to drop their child off or to wait in another room during the lesson.
ARE MUSIC LESSONS FUN? Absolutely! We have a lot of fun during lessons with engaging activities designed to encourage creativity, emphasize wellness, spark excitement for music, and promote learning. However, it's important to understand that music lessons are very different from other "extra-curricular" activities. Learning an instrument is hard work and requires lesson participation, daily at-home practice, and parent support. The more a student practices, the more they will improve, and the more fun they will have!
WHAT IF MY CHILD LOSES INTEREST IN THEIR INSTRUMENT? Learning an instrument is difficult, and it is common for children to experience frustration in the beginning. However, with time and practice, most children overcome these minor setbacks and increasingly enjoy playing. If you are dedicated to your child's music education, please think twice before letting them quit! Many children do not have the maturity to see the bigger picture when they're frustrated by the difficulties of learning a new skill. Talk to your child's teacher for suggestions about practice and musical engagement.
WHAT MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT WILL I NEED? Students are responsible for renting or purchasing an instrument.* Additionally, students are responsible for obtaining sheet music and method books, instrument accessories, practice aids, and other miscellaneous materials as directed by the teacher.
*Quality instruments are necessary for students to be successful, so it's best to purchase an instrument with the guidance of a teacher. It's never a good idea to purchase an instrument from Amazon, Walmart, or other stores or websites that are not legitimate musical instrument dealers. While these items may be advertised as musical instruments, they are actually toys and are not suitable for lessons.
HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION? Please contact us with additional questions or to schedule a free consultation!