Frequently Asked Questions

Music Lessons and Repairs

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about my music lesson program here at Chris K Music.  

Teaching Experience:   Extensive,  with over 25 years experience.  This includes countless performances, recording, worship leading, drum corps, cruise ships, music  judging, school clinics, and the list goes on.  Chris K Music Lessons and Repair Studio became an official business in 2009,  adding instrument repair and other services throughout the years.  Chris K is also the founder and director for two community programs called Legacy Performing Arts of Central Illinois and the Central Illinois Home School Winds and Brass Class/Ensemble. Both ensembles are programs provided by Chris K Music. Other titles include Band Director for Maranatha Christian School located in Mattoon, IL. For more information please read the about Chris K page.

Do You teach beginner musicians?:  YES, beginners are welcome and preferred.  This is ideal to learn Chris K Music’s method of teaching (customized for each musician) and start with good habits.   Experienced players don’t worry!  You will catch on to this proven method quickly. Music lessons are customized to achieve your goals as a beginner or experienced musician.

What age do students start?:  A mature 6, but age can vary.  Many younger musicians (ages 6 – 10) like to play or experience multiple instruments including piano, drums and ukulele. “Exploration Lessons” are also available for students to try out different instruments.

Studio Size:  Chris K Music teaches an average of 100 students a week through in-person, online, and video music lessonsMusic Lessons is the top priority and  main focus here at Chris K Music.   Teaching spots are limited, and at various times during the year there is a waiting list.   

Do You accept online (remote) students?:   Yes, 40% of Chris K Music students enrolled in music lessons online (remote),  and about half of those students are outside the Mattoon area or out of state.  Students travel as far as 60 miles for lessons with me including larger cities including Decatur, Champaign, Terre Haute, Effingham and all across Coles County.

Most popular instruments:  Most of my students learn piano, drums or guitar,  but often see many wood winds, brass,  and strings from the list below.  Many of my students become multi-instrumentalists and take on several instruments. Students also have the opportunity to explore and try out various instruments. Full list of instruments offered available here.

Check out the Chris K Music 2020 Student Virtual Ensemble ” A Christmas Medley.”

How does Chris K Music stand out from other teachers?   There are many qualities that sets Chris K Music apart from other private teachers or institutions. 1.) To train “Functional Musicians” musicians that are capable of performing in any musical environment. 2.) Create and nurture a love for music that will last 3.) Guide students toward their musical goals by using customized methods or printed materials. This includes custom arrangements and often goal or lesson reminder pages. Here are some examples.

Music Example – Jingle Bells With Chords

Music Lesson Reminder Example

How would you describe your teaching style:  Patient, Understanding, and Goal Oriented are a few words to describe Chris K Music’s teaching style.   Many students are successful in their school program, found places in cover bands or praise teams, or find enjoyment creating music at home. Some students also have a fulfilling career as music performers, educators or leaders.   Check out testimonials to see what families say about the Chris K Music lesson program.

What to expect on a first lesson:  Conversations, getting to know students and understanding why you picked the instrument. First lessons include examining your choice of instrument  (usually tuning it if its a string instrument,  air leaks for wood winds etc.).  Then we get right to work!  For most it’s starting with exercises to build strength or  talking about what to expect.   For more seasoned players we go over goals and come up with a plan based on personal musical experience.  Most students leave knowing a short song or two.

Instruments currently offered:   The best thing about Chris K Music is…  you don’t have to switch teachers if you or a family member wants to change instruments (or for most of my students add on an instrument!).

Click here to explore my list of instruments taught at Chris K Music!

Current Music Lesson Prices: Prices can vary depending on availability, season and number of family members interested in music lessons. It is common for families of 3-6 to take music lessons at Chris K Music. Video lessons also very depending on commitment. Please fill out this form to find out more about current music lesson rates/prices.

Standard rates for In-Person Music lessons and Online Music Lessons:

30 minute lessons (once a week, 4 lessons) – $75.00 a month

60 minute lessons (once a week, 4 lessons) – $150.00 a month

30 minute lessons (twice a week, 8 lessons) – $150.00 a month

Video or Video Critique Lesson Prices very. Please check over at the Video Lessons Page for more information.