Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the questions we are asked most frequently about our dance classes and music lessons. If you have a question that is not listed below, please feel free to email us at sharonsdanceandmusic123@gmail.com or call us at 973-386-0259.

Dance

 

Q: How young do you start children in dance lessons?

A: Our youngest dance class is our magical Twinkling Twos! This is a movement class consisting of ballet, singing, and tumbling. We incorporate musical instruments and dance games in a ½ hour class without mommy. Normally, it is best to wait until your child is three years old for our combination class. However, we can do a trial lesson if he/she is older than 2 ½.

Q: What if my child won’t go into the class without me?

A: The teachers are experienced with this issue. This is not uncommon for a younger child.  The teacher will ask you to join her in the room. After a couple of lessons, the child usually is fine going in without you.

Q: My child is 2 ½. Can she take the Preschool class for 3 ½ - 5 year olds?

A: Our dance classes are designed with each specific age group in mind. A trial class would be recommended. It is most important that the children have fun. If a class is too structured, the student could lose interest. The teacher would then make a recommendation for you to try again when he/she is a little older.

Q: Do you have dance classes for boys?

A: Yes! We offer Hippity Hop or the combo tap, ballet and tumbling class for 3-5 year olds. For boys ages 6 and up, we offer Hip-Hop, Hip Hop/Gymnastics combo and Break dancing.

Q: Do I go into the class or is there a place for me to watch?

A: We have a waiting room with a closed circuit TV. Most parents stay the first few weeks and after that sometimes wind up doing errands or going for coffee.

Q: May I do a trial class?

A: Yes! We encourage you to come into the studio and bring your child to experience the class.  Availability in the class can change because of online registration. Classes fill quickly, but waiting lists are available.

Q: What should my child wear for the class?

A: Your child can were comfortable, easy to move in clothes and sneakers for a trial class. Please click here for a full description of required dance class attire and dance shoes.

Q: Where can I purchase the dance wear and shoes?

A: We have shoes and dance wear at the studio.  If we don’t have your child’s size, we place an order and the shoes are generally in within a week. Our prices are equal or better than the stores.

Q: Do you offer discounts?

A: Yes, discounts are given to students taking multiple classes and family members. Please click here for our tuition.

Music

 

Q: Do I need a piano, keyboard, drums, guitar or ukulele at home to take music lessons?
A: It is ideal if you have a piano or keyboard, a practice drum pad, guitar and ukulele at home. We recommend a small electric keyboard with regular sized keys and a touch sensitive response. A touch sensitive keyboard will react to the pressure you place on the keys, meaning the harder you press, the louder it plays. We also recommend beginner guitars or ukuleles and a drum pad to practice at home.

Q: How long does it take to learn an instrument?
A: There is no set answer for how long it takes to learn an instrument. With regular practice, a basic level of learning can be accomplished in a few months. Most of our students take piano, guitar, drum and voice lessons on a long term basis so as to constantly improve.

Q: I don't have any musical background or ability. Can I still help my child practice?
A: Yes. Even if you don't have a musical background, you can ask the teacher for advice on how to help your child practice. By simply monitoring that they are doing exercises a certain number of times per day, you are helping your child progress.

Q: At what age should I consider private music lessons for my child?
A: We recommend beginning piano and voice lessons at the age of 5 and guitar, ukulele and drum lessons at the age of 7.

Q: Can we try out a music lesson to see if my child will like it?

A: Yes. A trial lesson may be scheduled.

Q: Does my child have to practice?

A: Yes. We recommend practicing a minimum of 15 minutes a day.

Q: Can my child perform in a recital?
A:  Yes! We offer our annual recital in June. It is not mandatory to perform in the recital, however, most students enjoy being in the show. We keep the recitals inviting, low-pressure and encouraging.

Q: What instrument should my child start with?
A: If your child is showing an interest in a certain instrument, it is always a good idea to start on that instrument as long as there are no physical barriers. Most instruments can physically be played by 7 years of age. Certain instruments have been adapted for younger children or are less physically demanding. If you are unsure, we are happy to set up a meeting with one of our instructors to discuss your specific needs.

Q: Do we have to start on piano?
A: Absolutely not! You can learn music on any instrument. We offer guitar, ukulele and drum lessons as well.

Q: Can my two (or more) children take music lessons and dance classes at the same time?
A: Yes! When registering early for music lessons and dance classes, families have the best choice of the days and times available. We always do our best to make your lessons as convenient for you as possible. Registration for fall lessons begins in April.

Q: Can my two children share a lesson?
A: This is possible, but discouraged. Each child progresses at his/her own rate and will have his/her own breakthroughs and challenges. Having a private lesson will make learning more focused and more individual.

Q: Do you teach adults?
A: YES! Absolutely! Adult lessons are available. There are specially designed methods for adults, beginners through advanced. They will get you through the basics quickly and have you playing familiar songs within a few short lessons.

Q: What is your inclement weather policy?
A: Please call the studio prior to your class time to see if we are closed.

Q: What is the fee for private music lessons?

A: All half hour private music lessons are $118.50 per month.

Sharon's Studio of Dance and Music is conveniently located in Whippany, just minutes from Morristown, Morris Plains, Hanover Township, Florham Park, East Hanover, Cedar Knolls, Parsippany, Lake Hiawatha, Pine Brook, Convent Station, Towaco, Denville, Randolph, Boonton, located in Morris County and Livingston located in Essex County.

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