Before you take your first lesson, your enrollment director will assess your needs and goals, and team you up with the teacher best suited for your interests, abilities, and personality. During each lesson, the four essential elements of our method are delivered: Music Theory, Vocabulary & Reading, Hands-On Technique, and Fun Stuff. The Fun Stuff section is when you can learn your favorite songs, develop your own playing styles, improvise with your instructor, write original music, and whatever else motivates and excites you!
BEFORE YOU START
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Chinese proverb
Even before you take your first lesson at Axis, your Enrollment Director will assess your needs and goals, and team you up with the teacher best suited for your interests, abilities, and personality. Our Compatibility Guarantee ensures you have a great match – if ever you are not satisfied for any reason, we will transfer you to a teacher to better meet your goals.
“Anything worth doing is worth doing well.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Axis Music classes are designed by an expert team to deliver specific content to a group of 3 or more students. The material and songs meet our basic private lesson format, but the classroom experience is not customized for each student as private lessons are. During each Axis Music private lesson, the four essential elements of the Axis Method are covered
- Theory: become familiar with time signatures, song structures, musical modes, and instrumentation.
- Vocabulary: learn essential music terms, read notation, tablature, and chords, and identify symbols and signs.
- Technique: get your hands on your instrument, play solo or with accompaniment, master the metronome, and develop a repertoire of chords and tunes.
- Fun Stuff: learn your favorite songs, develop your own playing style, improvise with your instructor, write original music, and whatever else motivates and excites you!
WHAT TO BRING / WHAT WE PROVIDE
“Be prepared.” – Boy Scouts Of America motto
Bring your guitar or bass and an extra pick, or your drumsticks, to every lesson or class. If you know you will be working from a book, sheet music, recording, etc. make sure you and/or your teacher have the correct materials. At your first lesson, we will provide you with your first Axis Music Custom Book, so be sure to keep it with you during lessons and practice times. Each lesson studio is outfitted with all the quality equipment necessary to make your learning experience smooth and easy. Everything is set up for your success, from music stands, CD players, and notation paper to keyboards, drum pads, and amplifiers.
“Practice does not make perfect… practice makes permanent.” – Tim Antone
Your instructor will provide you with clear directions on what and how to practice at home, which is extremely important! We make practicing music fun by including songs by your favorite artists as well as other inspiring material. Recommended practice times vary from student to student, but as a simple rule, do your best to pick up your instrument every day, and follow the instructions of your teachers and staff. The more you practice the RIGHT WAY, the better you will become!
“No one just wants to take lessons…everyone wants to
learn to play!” – Tim Antone
One of the best ways to improve, build confidence, and stay motivated is to perform music in front of others, or play with others in a group setting, such as a duet, singing group, or rock band. We provide many opportunities for you to show off your growing talent in a safe, encouraging, positive environment. Student Showcases, Studio Recitals, and Competitions are just a few of the ways we can get you on stage, whether it’s for the first time or the hundredth. Lower pressure performing can be done right in a classroom, during Organized Practice, or in one of our weekly Ensembles. You’ll also find unique settings to play on your own, like campfires, family gatherings, and special occasions. Whatever you do, remember playing music should always be fun and interactive. Music doesn’t exist until it is shared!