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Q1: Where is Southern Park Music School?
Answer: Southern Park Music School is located at 4805 Park Road, Suite 230, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Southern Park is located in the same building as McAlister’s Deli at the corner of Park Road and Seneca Place. Park behind the building and enter the double doors between the two round columns. Once inside, follow signs to the second floor by using the elevator or the stairs. Please visit our Contact Information section for more details, maps, driving directions, etc.

Q2: Do you teach music lessons to beginners?
A: Yes, Southern Park Music School offers lessons at all levels. For the youngest beginners, we offer Musikgarten classes.

Q3: Where are the music lessons taught?
A: Lessons are given at the Southern Park Music School located at 4805 Park Road, Suite 230 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Please visit our Contact Information page for more details, maps, driving directions, etc.

Q4: What happens in the event of "bad weather"?
A: Southern Park Music School will NOT cancel lesson due to bad weather. If lessons must be rescheduled by an individual teacher, they will be made up according to the guidelines under the "Missed Lessons" section below.

Q5: What is your policy about missed music lessons?"
A: Registration for a term of private lessons entitles the student to 18 lessons at a specific time each week. The teacher is under no obligation to make up lessons missed by the student. Lessons postponed by the teacher will be made up before the end of the term. If a teacher has scheduled a make-up lesson and the time has been agreed upon by the student and parent (if applicable), the teacher is under no obligation to make up this lesson, should the student be absent.

Q6: Do students at Southern Park have the opportunity to participate in festivals and competitions?
A: Yes, students may enter competitions and festivals such as North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs, North Carolina Music Teachers Association, Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum, and the Charlotte Symphony Young Artist Competition. The teacher will assist the student in selecting appropriate repertoire.

Q7: Does Southern Park have student recitals?
A. Yes, during the school year there are one or two recitals per month on Sunday afternoons in the recital hall at the school. There is a mandatory rehearsal on the preceding Saturday. Rehearsals and recitals are at 2:00 p.m.; if a second program is needed, it will be at 3:30 p.m.

Q8: Does the student need an instrument at home?
A: All students taking private lessons need an instrument at home for daily practice. For piano lessons, a real piano is best; a quality electric keyboard may be used the first year. For stringed instruments, the student needs to meet with the instructor in order to determine the size of instrument needed.

Q8a.  What size violin do I need? 
A.  A reputable store will know how to measure a student to determine the appropriate sized instrument.  Some violin stores where you may rent a violin include Howren Music (Park Road Shopping Center) and Music & Arts (several locations in the metro area.)

Q9: Can you recommend a piano tuner?
A: Yes. James Baker tunes the pianos at Southern Park Music School, the Blumenthal Perfroming Arts Center, and many other Charlotte venues and private homes. His phone number is 704-517-6674.

Q10. Is Southern Park Music School on Facebook?
A. Yes! We welcome all students and friends of Southern Park Music School to our Facebook business page!

Q11. Regarding Musikgarten, where can I find more information about the philosophy and curriculum of the this unique music program?
A. musikgarten.org

Q12. Where can I buy tickets to the Charlotte Symphony?
A. charlottesymphony.org

Q13. Do you have anyone who can come to our school and demonstrate musical instruments?
A. Yes, we have several teachers who would love to come to your school or organization to demonstrate instruments (free of charge) such as flute, guitar, violin, saxophone, and piano. Give us a call for more information: 704-676-1022.

Q14. Do you offer a sample music lesson?
A. Yes, we offer a 30-minute interview lesson for $26. Then if you wish, you may sign up for lessons of 30, 45, or 60 minutes in length at the recommendation of the teacher.  All interview lessons must be pre-paid before scheduling.  You may pay by mailing a check to Southern Park Music School, bringing check or cash in person, or via PayPal (click "Enroll" on the home page).

Q15. Are music lessons taught in groups?
A. Lessons are taught individually with one teacher and one student. We do offer Chamber Music Ensemble for strings and other instruments in small groups with one teacher.

Q16. How much do music lessons cost?
A. Our lessons cost $26 for a half hour lesson, $39 for a 45-minute lesson, and $52 for a
full hour lesson.

Q17. Is it possible to begin taking music lessons in the middle of the semester?
A. Yes, we will pro-rate our fees depending on the number of weeks remaining in the semester.

Q18. What is the Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum?
A. The Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum is a group of piano teachers in the Charlotte metro region whose purpose is to encourage an exchange of ideas and strategies pertinent to piano teaching; to elevate the standards of teaching by the recognition of training, experience and challenge for professional growth; and to contribute to and to enhance the cultural life of the community. For more information, » CharlottePiano.org

Q19. What is the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs?
A. The NC Federation of Music Clubs is part of the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC). Since its founding in 1898, the NFMC has grown into one of the world's largest music organizations with club and individual members of all ages. The NFMC is chartered by the Congress of the United States, and is the only music organization member of the United Nations. For more information, see NFMC-music.org

Q20 . What is the North Carolina Music Teachers Association?
A. The North Carolina Music Teachers Association is part of the the organization caled Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). MTNA is a nonprofit organization of 24,000 independent and collegiate music teachers committed to furthering the art of music through programs that encourage and support teaching, performance, composition and scholarly research.
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Q21. Is it necessary for me to have a piano in order to take piano lessons?
A. It is essential to have a piano accessible for practicing on a daily basis. An electronic keyboard does not provide the same touch as a piano and is often limited in the number of keys it contains. There are many places where you can buy a used piano or you may wish to practice at a nearby church or a neighbor's home until you can buy your own piano.

Q22. Where can I buy a used piano?
A. charlottepiano.org/announcements.html

Q23. Where can I buy a new piano?
A. There are several stores in our area where you may buy a new piano: a few we like include....  PiedmontMusicCenterNC.com, MillerPiano.com and MashallPiano.com

Q24. Where can I purchase a guitar?
A. We recommend Sam Ash Music Store, 5533 Westpark Drive, Charlotte 28217. Phone: 704-522-9253 » Website Link

Q25. Where can I buy sheet music for my instrument?
A.
Choirboy Inc. can supply anything you might need.  Either call 704-821-5578 or » click here to send email.
Music & Arts has a few locations in and around Charlotte (Arboretum, University City and Huntersville)

Q26. Do you know a string quartet to recommend to play for my wedding or event?
A. Our violin teacher, Vasily Gorkovoy, is a member of Quartet del Mondo. » click here to learn more

Q27. Where can I develop a greater awareness of moving freely as I play, finding comfort and pain free approaches in myself to increase my sensitivity as well as ease and enhance my music-making?
A. Movement Dialogues (Suite 200, across from Southern Park Music School), under the leadership of Brenda Sorkin, teaches the Feldenkrais Method, Bones for Life and the Trager Approach. Study of these disciplines fosters body awareness, better posture and ease of movement at one's instrument and in everyday life. » click here for more information

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