Frequently Asked Questions

How much do lessons cost?


Private lessons: 30 minutes = $25.00 45 minutes = $37.50 60 minutes = $50.00 Annual student registration fee = $25.00 Music books average $25.00 to $50.00, dependent upon curriculum and student goals.




How does the lesson program work?


We offer weekly lessons from September through to June. Lessons are available as private 30 minute, 45 minute, or 60 minute sessions depending upon availability.




How do I register for lessons?


You can contact the Academy in 4 ways: 1. Direct email info.wkam@gmail.com 2. Though the Contact page 3. Using our Chat app (click on red smiley face in bottom right corner of page) 4. Or, call our office at 250-768-5059 and leave a message with inquiry and contact details.




What is the monthly cost for the ten month program?


Depending on the length of your chosen lesson time, September fees consist of 3 lessons plus a $25.00 registration fee. For easy budgeting, October through June fees are averaged by multiplying the number of scheduled lessons with individual cost of desired lesson time, divided by 9 months. Monthly fees are due on the first day of each month. Late fees are applied by the second week owing.




How old does my child have to be to take lessons?


We take children ages 4 or 5, depending on desired instrument and child's attention span. Special music and singing programs for children younger than 4 are being planned for the 2020 fall season.




What happens if I have to cancel my lessons?


As per standard music academy/school policies, a full month's notice is required in order to cancel lessons during the 10 month program. Please note that after Spring Break, however, no refund is provided.




Can adults take lessons?


Absolutely! Studying music improves brain function at every age and brings great joy to the musician. See our Adult Music Lessons page for just some of the exciting benefits for adult music study!




What happens if I miss a lesson?


Missed lessons are the sole responsibility of the student. Should the teacher need to cancel, a replacement lesson will be scheduled at teacher and client's combined earliest convenience. Please see our Policies for further details.




Can I rent an instrument from the Academy?


Instrument rental programs are available at Wentworth Music and Keystone Music in Kelowna.




How much practice is required between lessons?


Just as in sports and dance, music skills need to be practiced. As a general rule, depending on age, level of study, and attention span of student, most elementary-level students should schedule 15-30 minutes, five days a week for intentional practice. Playing favourite pieces, exploring sound, and learning pieces from youtube, etc.. are not included in the intentional practice time but should be welcomed as these activities also nurture student interest. Instrumental success requires encouragment from parents and grandparents, spouses, family, etc. Talk with your teacher to ensure affective practice. Practice advice for families is detailed on our Parent Information page.




Are there any performance opportunities at the Academy?


Yes! We offer a generous number of in-house and community performance opportunities as well as our annual Christmas Ensemble Concert (an ideal family performance event!) and our year end Student Showcase Concert. See our Calendar for listings.





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WEST KELOWNA ACADEMY OF MUSIC
2372 Dobbin Road
West Kelowna, BC  V4T 2H6
Canada