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Frequently Asked Questions
- Where are you?
- How much do lessons cost?
- What times are you open?
- What is your cancellation/refund policy?
- I’ve never played music before, can you help me?
- I’m a professional player, can you help me?
- I just want to play music for fun, can you help me?
- Is it too late for me to take up an instrument?
- What instruments do you teach?
- What styles of music can you teach?
- What will I learn at IMA?
- How do I sign up for lessons?
- Do I need my own instrument?
- Where is your Windsor store?
- Where is your Ashgrove store?
- Do you teach AMEB?
- Can you teach theory?
- How long will it take me to be able to play?
- How good can I get?
- Do you teach children?
- Do you offer group classes?
- Why not regular group lessons?
- What if I don’t have the time or discipline to practice every day?
- Do I need to bring my own instrument to lessons?
- How do I choose a teacher?
- What kind of instrument/guitar should I get?
Lessons are $40 per half hour over a 12 week block. If you can't commit for 12 weeks - no problems, we offer a 9, 6 and 3 week block as well (the cost per lesson rises slightly for the shorter blocks).
If finding a regular time is hard, we can also do one off lessons for $48 per half hour.What times are you open?
From 9am till 9pm, but available lesson times depend on our current volume.What is your cancellation/refund policy?
Read our policies here.I’ve never played music before, can you help me?
Of course we can, everyone can play music, including you. Start today!I’m a professional player, how can you help me?
Our mentoring staff are professional players, and have received specific training from IMA to ensure they are well rounded instrumentalists and musicians. If you have a professional problem, we can help you.I just want to play music for fun, can you help me?
Yes! Playing music should be fun! Have a free, no obligation lesson!Is it too late for me to take up an instrument?
Definitely not. In fact, studies have shown that as you age, studying music can help stave off dementia. Just by having music lessons, you’ll be improving your general quality of life in endless ways. For that reason alone you should be playing music. Start right now!What instruments do you teach?
We offer Guitar, Piano/Keyboard, Male/Female Voice, Bass Guitar, Double Bass, Sax, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Trumpet and Drums. Double Bass, Cello, Trumpet and Drums are currently only available at our Windsor Store.What styles of music can you teach?
Pretty much all of them, including Pop, Rock, Jazz, Classical, Folk and Blues. We may struggle with very specific styles like Flamenco Guitar or Macedonian Dance Music(!), but we can point you to specialist teachers if we can’t help you.What will I learn at IMA?
At IMA we cover all aspects of music making. This can be the techniques that you need to play metal or jazz, or to be a great karaoke singer! We are also unique in that we offer improvisation and writing lessons as standard and pay special attention to the mental techniques that will help you progress faster right from your first lesson.How do I sign up for lessons?
Just click here or call us on 07 3852 1116 to begin. Our friendly admin staff will book in your first free lesson.Do I need my own instrument?
Yes. It’s very difficult for you to improve and progress if you don’t have access to your own instrument at home. If you are a beginner and unsure what to buy, call us on 3852 1116, we can help you.Where is your Windsor store?
Our Windsor store is at 186 Albion Road Windsor, not far from the Windsor bus station and within 700 meters of the Albion train station. This store services North Brisbane and the Inner City, from Kangaroo Point to West End, Auchenflower to Ashgrove, Newmarket to Woolowin, Hendra, Ascot and Eagle Farm. It’s a great location if you’d like to have a lesson on the way home from work in the City. Here is a complete list of the suburbs where our Clients live.Where is your Ashgrove store?
Our Ashgrove store is at Shop 16 Ashgrove Central 219-223 Waterworks Road. This store services North Brisbane, from Ashgrove to The Gap, Ferny Hills and Bridgeman Downs, McDowall, Stafford and Enoggera. Perfect for a lesson on the way home to Samford! Here is a complete list of the suburbs where our Clients live.Do you teach AMEB?
Yes we do, but only if specifically requested by you.Can you teach theory?
Yes we can.How long will it take me to be able to play?
Everyone can play, how long it takes depends on you! Don’t worry, we’ll help make it as quick as it can be!How good can I get?
How long is a piece of string? Music is simple and you don’t need to be "musically gifted" to play music well. But even though music is simple it will take you time and regular playing to realise your potential. You can become a fantastic player, it’s all up to you. Book in your first free lesson now!Do you teach children?
We certainly do. We will also be offering Kinder Music classes in the future for children under 5.Do you offer group classes?
We offer group introductory, improvisation and ensemble lessons but not regular group classes for instruments or voice.Why not regular group lessons?
In a group lesson situation you will not receive the specialist attention that you need to realise your musical potential. A group lesson might seem cheaper but ultimately it will cost you more when you don’t receive the individual attention that you need and your progress is slow. This is a philosophy that we maintain in spite of the fact that group lessons would generate more income for our company. We believe that your needs come first.What if I don’t have the time or discipline to practice regularly?
You won’t progress as fast as you could, but that won’t stop you having a productive half hour lesson once a week. We can also help you with time management and the focus to help you enjoy (and make time for) practice.Do I need to bring my own instrument to lessons?
Yes, but we do have options for using an IMA instrument for some lessons.How do I choose a teacher?
We’ll place you for a first free lesson with a Mentor that we feel will be able to help you best. If you are unsure about your first lesson, we’re more than happy to place you with another Mentor (where they are available).What kind of instrument/guitar should I get?
Ask when you make your first appointment and one of our Mentors will make time to give you a call and help you out. As a general rule, pick an instrument with a good brand reputation (check the internet for reviews) as this will give you your best chance of quality and of a high resale value, which will be important if you want to upgrade later.