Patterson Music Studio
Areas of service:Greensboro, High Point and Kernersville
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Music Lessons, Piano Tuning
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Patterson Music Studio - Greensboro, NC
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About Patterson Music Studio
Jonathan and Ainsley Patterson have been living and teaching music in Greensboro, NC since 2010.
Jonathan holds a Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance and has performed and competed in accordion tournaments his whole life. He is currently working on his Masters in Music Theory at UNCG. Jonathan is a piano tuner and technician in the Piedmont Triad area.
Ainsley has studied piano all her life and has taught for several years. She enjoys the challenges of teaching students of all ages, abilities, and experience levels. Ainsley is studying vocal performance at UNC-Greensboro.
The Pattersons believe in discovering the best approach to achieving each student's goals.
Jonathan has tuned pianos in Illinois, Missouri, Virginia and North Carolina, and is a student of the American School of Piano Tuning.
Questions and answers
- What brands or products do you work with?
Ainsley loves to teach children using Faber and Faber's piano book series. If a student comes in with no books, she will have them order the basic set ($15). Adult students typically already have books they have been working from, or pieces of music they would like to learn. nnWe always prefer to start lessons by evaluating what music a student already owns, and using what will be profitable.n
- What would you recommend customers looking to save money?
A dedicated music teacher will care just as much about providing musical opportunities as making a living. If you don't think you can swing a particular teacher's lesson price, consider taking lessons biweekly, or asking for a combination rate. Some teachers offer a slightly lower rate to families with more than one child taking lessons, or to a student who pays ahead of time by the quarter or semester.
- What questions should a customer ask before hiring a professional in your trade?
When speaking with a potential music instructor for the first time, be sure to ask for a trial lesson. This gives you and the teacher the chance to get to know each other and determine if you will work well together. nnAlso, be sure to confirm prices and do not be hesitant to ask if the teacher accepts payment weekly, monthly, or by semester. Many teachers are excited to work with a student (or parent of a student) who will consider a lesson plan that will most benefit the student: will you have lessons twice weekly, weekly, biweekly or monthly? nnWe want to know how we can help you best enrich your life with your studies. So be sure to tell the teacher what you want to get out of music lessons.
- What do you wish customers knew about your profession or trade?
A student wishing to learn music is going to need an instrument, 98% of the time! We are always interested in helping our students find an instrument that will work for them, whether through accordion rental with Moore Music, or helping you find and evaluate an inexpensive piano on craigslist, or through a music store.
- What are the most frequent questions you get from customers? What are the answers?
1. What do you charge for lessons? nn$18 for a half hour is our base rate. nn2. I only really have time to take lessons every other week. Can you work with me? nnAny time you are in for a lesson is time we can make progress musically!nn3. Where do you teach? nnAinsley teaches piano from home, on our Boston grand. Jonathan teaches accordion at home and at Moore Music on Battleground Avenue.nn4. I haven't taken lesson since I was eleven. Is there any point? nnOf course! Everyone begins at the beginning, and studying music is mentally, psychologically as well as physically beneficial at any age.nn5. Where can I get an instrument? nnThere are several stores in Greensboro which sell quality electric pianos, and there are always a few pianos for grabs in the FREE section on Craigslist - provided you have the means to move one to your home. Jonathan will rent an accordion to you from his collection temporarily and advise you on choosing one of your own to buy.nn6. Will you teach my four year old? nnMost likely, though she might need two fifteen-minute lessons a week, to accommodate a shorter attention span.nn
- How many projects do you average in a year?
Students come and go, just like teachers, but generally we have a steady studio throughout the school year, which tapers off over the summer. nnWe like to teach year round, for consistent improvement and because we believe that incorporating music should be seen as a healthy lifestyle choice, not a seasonal burden.n