Brass instruments require strength. Most students will do well at the age where they would be able to lift weights. That's usually around 11 or 12 years old, but not too much before. Students who wish to study a brass instrument at an earlier age may take trumpet lessons, after consultation with the trumpet instructor. We suggest that a younger student may start on a trumpet and switch to horn in a year or two. It will be easier to pick up and handle at that time and trumpet study will set up most of the basics needed for horn.
Band rehearsal is not practice time. Lessons at Southern Park are designed to allow students to reach their true potential. Regular, daily practice (outside of school) on the assigned materials is necessary in order to improve. However, we would be happy to work on band music with your son or daughter during the lesson.
Music & Arts with various locations in the Charlotte area has an excellent “rent to own” program. You may even switch to a different instrument throughout your contract.
Yes, Southern Park will provide an accompanist for the recital, dress rehearsal, and one private rehearsal. The student may contract privately with an accompanist for additional rehearsals.
We do offer Chamber Music Ensembles for small groups.
It is possible to have an interview lesson without a horn, but a student would need to at least have a horn mouthpiece.