Frequently Asked Questions
Does The Ballet & Music Company offer dance instruction for children or teens?
We offer a full range of sequential, guided instruction focusing on the joy, and enjoyment, of the art of dance. With an emphasis on nurturing the whole dancer, our professional faculty works with each student to develop confidence and creativity as well as technical and performance skills.
Does The Ballet & Music Company offer dance instruction for adults?
A program designed for adult students at all levels, who have an interest in dance and movement, as well as an interest in increasing conditioning, flexibility and muscular strength. Regardless of age or style of dance pursued, the benefits of dance training include improving posture, gracefulness and overall body awareness. Dancing is as easy as walking once you are taught properly. Hundreds of thousands have been successfully trained. There is no age limit.
Will it take long?
You will be able to see how easy it is after your first lesson. The length of your training depends on how many dances you would like to learn and how proficient you would like to become in each dance.
Is your system of teaching difficult?
Not at all. Dance Classes are meant for making learning fun and easy. We teach basic movements, from which the new combinations are derived.
Can I take the lessons at any time convenient to me?
Take lessons any time you wish. Our studio is open from 10:00am to 9:00pm Tuesday to Fridays, 9:00am to 6:00pm Saturday and Sunday. Schedule each lesson whenever it is convenient for you.
What sets our classes apart from others?
In addition to having a pool of vigorously trained teachers that you can choose from, you will be learning in a warm, friendly environment. With extensive teaching experience behind us, we've proven that students learn best following our combination of Individual Private Lessons, Group Lessons and Practice Parties.
What types of dance lessons other than ballet do you offer students?
We are primarily a ballet and music technique school; however, we do offer Jazz and Hip Hop classes etc for students ages 6 and up.
Do you have performance opportunities?
Students have the opportunity to perform in our various concerts and performances.
Do you have music programs for young children?
Childhood is the perfect time to begin exploring the arts, and programs for children start was early as 18 months. Early classes in music and creative movement enhance children's natural creative impulses, helping them to develop the skills they need to concentrate, communicate, coordinate, cooperate and express themselves fully. Our program provides a fun, activity-oriented, and nurturing environment in which children explore, listen, move, imitate, sing, imagine, and create using the rich musical heritage of many cultures in rhyme, song, stories and games.
Does you have guitar lessons for children?
The Ballet & Music Company's unique program takes children from first notes to solo and ensemble performances. Musicianship skills including singing and note reading, as well as guitar technique, are built through a child-friendly repertoire.
Are there opportunities for performing in a large ensemble at The Ballet & Music Company?
Our Large Ensembles Program include two full orchestras (strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion) the Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonic, and two string orchestras, Sinfonia and String Ensemble, which meet monthly throughout the school year.
Are there opportunities for performing in a small ensemble at The Ballet & Music Company?
Our Small Ensembles Program offers a wide variety of options, levels and repertoire for the vocalist and instrumentalist. In addition to chamber trios, quartets and quintets, there are opportunities to participate in clarinet, flute and trombone choirs, and jazz, string, guitar, brass and percussion ensembles. Chorale singing opportunities are available for all ages.
Does The Ballet & Music Company's music curriculum include music theory, music history, or composition?
A knowledge of music theory is an essential tool for musicians and gives both performers and listeners valuable insights into a composer's creative thoughts and technical methods.
Can you help us to choose an instrument?
Yes, we can help you to choose an appropriate instrument and will recommend several reputable music stores in the event that we don’t have them in stock.
Can my two children have a music lesson together, or both myself and my child?
We only do private instruction. Even people from the same family may learn at a different pace. People must master skills at their individual pace . If you are looking for convenience, we suggest that you try to take both lessons at the same time or book them back to back. However, we do have ensemble classes that are in groups. So it depends on what is your objective of the lesson and we can tailor it accordingly.
Can I sit in on my child's private music lesson?
Yes – we encourage parents to actively participate in child’s music education or as and when requested by the teacher.
We don’t know if our child would like music lessons. Can we take just one lesson?
Our experience shows that only two months of lessons can really show if a child wants to study music and enjoys it.
How long and how frequent are the lessons?
Beginning children (4 to 5 years of age) should start with 30 minute lessons once a week. Beginning children (6 to 8 years of age) can start with 45 minute lessons depending on experience and developmental readiness. All other beginning students including adults should start with 45 minutes. Because teaching process is tailored to each student, your teacher may recommend a longer lesson as the student improves or multiple lessons within the same week. It is also recommended that students practice the same amount of time daily as the length of their lesson.
What should I look for in a voice teacher?
Someone with a thorough understanding of the core principles of vocal training and how to apply them to any vocal style.
How do I determine my style?
Style is the overall result of your natural tone production, your innate vocal behavior, the kind of song material you gravitate towards, your musicianship, personality, physical talent, intellectual talent, and emotional talent.
How do I prepare for a vocal audition?
Preparation means maximizing all talents prior to the audition. What you bring to an audition is the sum total of your vocal, intellectual, physical, and emotional talent. You should have a ready repertoire of songs in all styles that communicate you at your best.
Why do I feel as though I never have enough breath?
The vocal cords act like a valve. If the valve leaks, if your vocal cords do not function properly, you will have poor breath control. If you inhale too much breath, you will be tormented by a persistent sensation of suffocation. Whatever you inhale, you must exhale. Breath volume cannot improve your ability to sing long phrases, for the point is not how much breath you take, but how skillfully you manage the breath. Excessive abdominal contraction always induces a sensation of suffocation. Take a breath. Let the breath escape from the body effortlessly. Take another breath, but squeeze your abdominal muscles while exhaling. The mere act of contraction induces a sensation of suffocation.
Why is my voice breathy?
Your vocal cords do not function properly. To produce clear tone, the vocal cords must function efficiently. Breathy singing can be effective when stylizing, but it is disastrous if it is the basis of your technique.
Why does my singing voice become tired?
You are probably trying to sing too high with too much vocal thickness - in which case, your larynx is overloaded. Or, you may be employing an unnatural breathing method. All modern breath support methods induce over-compression, which fatigues the voice.
Other causes of vocal fatigue include: (1) low larynx singing (the persistent act of yawning involves muscular antagonism), (2) high larynx singing (the involuntary rising of the larynx causes throat constriction), (3) vocal abuse caused by singing too long without rest, and (4) breathy singing, which causes the vocal cords to work harder to remain together.
Why does my throat become dry when I sing?
You are dehydrating your throat because you breathe awkwardly. When you breathe noisily through the mouth, you are constricting your throat. The mucous membranes in your throat dry rapidly because moisture is forcefully evaporated - the same way an ink spot dries faster when you blow air upon it. The solution is to breathe quietly through the mouth with a still throat.