FREE 30 Minute Lesson
Here at Certain Sparks Music, we’ve been offering a FREE 30 minute lesson to prospective students for more than a decade. It’s always enjoyable to watch someone try out a new instrument for the first time, & become aware, in real-time, of the world of musical possibilities that lie ahead!
The purpose of our FREE lesson offer is to provide the opportunity to explore our space, meet our wonderful teachers, and feel out an instrument, in a no risk situation, before committing to a paid lessons.
Occasionally, customers seem reluctant to take up our offer, like they expect there to be a trick or a catch.
Just this weekend, a father brought his son into the shop to look for his first guitar. He was hesitant to spend money on an instrument that his son might not stick with. We suggested he sign his son up for a FREE 30 minute lesson before making the purchase. The father eyed me suspiciously and asked, “Yeah, but what if he doesn’t enjoy the lesson? Then I have to pay you guys for it?”
No, bro. The lesson is still FREE.
I was reminded of a time when my own father was similarly hesitant to buy my first guitar, the way that a parent might hesitate to get their kid a puppy, fearing that they might only feed it for a week before their interests change.
I understand this apprehension — kids can be incredibly fickle — but in this case it’s important to remember what they’re really asking for. Learning to play an instrument takes a lot of time, a lot of practice, and it stimulates and creates new pathways in the brain, which is why it’s so rewarding!
Yes, some kids just want an instrument so they can bang on it for a week, show it off to their friends, and then stuff it under their bed until they go away to college, but many, in fact most, continue lessons long after that first class, and benefit from the experiences, relationships & opportunities that we create for students of all ages.
If you’re not sure which category your student is in, then consider signing them up for a FREE lesson, so you can gauge their response before you invest your hard-earned money!