Frequently Asked Questions

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We have been a family music education business serving the Atlanta area since 1989!

We teach beginners of all ages!

Convenient appointment times
7 days a week!

Why is Courtnay and Rowe considered the best In-Home teaching service in Atlanta?

We do extensive interviewing and client placement to ensure that you receive the right teacher for you and your child. And we guarantee that you will love your teacher – or we will make it right.

We have carefully screened teachers and insist on reliability, consistency, accountability and positive attitude.

Our teachers go through continuing education and teaching methodologies.
We have an extensive lending library for our teachers to ensure that they have access to the latest music and best teaching tools.

To have such fine teachers associated with us, we pay above-market salaries to get the very best.
And, we only have teachers that love to teach, will do what it takes and wants their students to succeed!

Who are the Courtnay and Rowe teachers?

We pride ourselves on having the best talent in town! The teachers associated with Courtnay and Rowe Corporation are all professionally trained musicians and educators who have been selected for their talents, personal integrity, positive attitude and teaching skills. Most hold college degrees and include graduates of the nation’s top music schools, or are in process of completing their music degree at fine colleges of music here in Atlanta. Most of our teachers are active performers and many are recording artists. Every one of our teachers is carefully screened and is subject to a comprehensive background check. And because we have approximately 40 experienced teachers on our roster, you can be assured we will match the perfect teacher with you or your child.

What if I do not like the instructor?

We do our very best to match the instructor to the student using many different criteria such as teacher forte, location of the student, and type of music the student is interested in, among others. If for any reason you are unhappy with your teacher, please call us and we will make a teacher change immediately, in a discreet and professional manner. We will do what it takes to make the student happy, as a happy student is a learning student!

Do you have recitals? Are they mandatory?

We currently have one recital a year at the end of March. Recitals not mandatory, but encouraged as it is in a fun, relaxed atmosphere that’s very family friendly. We mix up all levels of the students as well as the instruments and encourage costuming, choreography, and teacher participation when necessary to enhance the performance of the child or music selection. It’s a great show and fun for all involved! If you prefer not to, or are not able to participate in the recital, you may come participate anytime in our C&R Open Mic Nights, held twice a year at St. Angelo’s Pizza in Vinings.

Do you have a location?

Our service is all about convenience and the best use of your time. The greatest part is our wonderful, qualified teachers come to you! However, if you would prefer to go to a location or if it is just as convenient to come to us, please check out our fabulous location at 4895 S. Atlanta Rd. Atlanta 30339, The Music Studio at Vinings. We offer private and group lessons, as well as Intro to Music for four and five year olds, and Music Together Family music for children three to infant.

Do you accept credit cards?

We do accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards, Bank Drafts and checks (can be mailed to our office address).

What do we do about lessons over the holidays or Spring Break?

We devised our program to run the school year just as you do (August to May), so we start a couple weeks early to allow for the necessary missed lessons during the Christmas week and Spring Break week (either public or private school week). Because we start these couple weeks early in August, these holiday lessons are “made up” in advance, relieving any pressure to later have to make the lessons up.

We don’t have a piano - is a keyboard OK to start with?

Yes it is, and especially for a beginner where you are testing for commitment level. We like to say just because your child is interested in riding lessons, you don’t rush out and buy a horse! Ideally, the keyboard needs to be one with weighted keys and that is full-sized. We are happy to help you with recommendations on an appropriate keyboard to fit your needs and budget.

What length lessons do you offer and recommend?

We have available 45-min lessons, 1hour lessons (for music – two or more children), 1 ½ hour lessons (2 to 3 children) and 2-hour lessons (3 to 4 children) or whatever suits your needs. Initially, we recommend a 45-min lesson as a starting point, and if you feel you need more time (or have more than one instrument studied, i.e. piano/voice, piano/guitar, etc.), the lesson length can be adjusted accordingly. Because many of our talented teachers play more than one instrument, we can many times provide one teacher that can teach several subjects all within the same lesson time, therefore saving you money and time.

What age should I start my child and which instrument?

We get this question quite often, and because children are all so different, there is no real pat answer. And it also depends on the instrument or offering you are interested in – some instruments require hand size and/or dexterity. We generally say that if the child is extremely interested in starting music lessons, the best starting point is piano (or keyboards), which is the “gateway” to the other instruments. The piano is a great instrument for learning all aspects of music and it’s easy to transfer that information later to all other instruments. If your child is interested in a stringed instrument, ukulele is a great choice for small hands, and can be immediately rewarding musically. Another good choice for interested young beginners is our Intro to Music group music class for four and five year old children, which involves voice, instrument experimentation, percussion and rhythm, or Miss Jennifer’s Family Music Together program (adult and child together Infant to three) which are both held at The Music Studio at Vinings.