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The Pittsburgh Music Academy

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is our teaching philosophy?

Our philosophy is grounded in the idea that all children have unlimited potential and when nurtured, this potential gives rise to talent. These principles are based on the teachings of Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki . The ideas of parent involvement, loving encouragement, and constant repetition are just a few of the special features of this approach, facilitating a love for music that lasts a lifetime. All of our teachers are trained in the Suzuki method.

We also offer traditional music lessons for our families who prefer that approach.

How often are private lessons?

Lessons are taken weekly in 30, 45, or 60 minute time slots. Your teacher will discuss with you which lesson length is best for your child. On occasion, for very young students, a 15 minute time slot will be most appropriate. For busy high school students and adults, we offer a Flex Plan which includes 10 lessons. Our year is divided into three teaching sessions: two 18-week semesters and one a-la-carte summer session.

How much do private lessons cost?

The cost of lessons depends on the lesson length. This price is for your private lessons, plus you’ll also be able to attend group class, performance class, and recitals at no cost. To speak to us in more detail about the cost and what it includes, please let us know when it’s best to reach you by emailing us .

What is group class?

Group classes are an integral part of the Suzuki method and they are instrumental in helping a child to improve their repertoire. Group classes are offered weekly (or monthly if your student is advanced) and are included in your tuition. The teacher will focus on music goals by playing music games and reviewing repertoire as a group. This is a wonderful time for the children to build lasting friendships with their musical peers. It is also a time to rehearse for concerts together.

What is performance class?

This weekly class is comprised of students of different instruments and different playing levels. Students take turns playing a solo piece for the group. We also use this time for music education and to focus on our semester project. The children make friends with other music students and learn to support one another in their musical endeavors.

Do you have recitals?

Yes, we offer about 35 opportunities to perform each year. We believe that it is important for your child to begin performing as soon as possible so that they become comfortable in front of people and feel a sense of pride in their musical accomplishments. These recitals range from group performances (formal recitals held in different venues throughout Pittsburgh), solo performances, “run-out” performances (concerts held for the community like a nursing home), and more!

I'm interested in taking lessons. What's the next step?

Great! You’ve decided to give your child the gift of music. There are a number of ways to get started at PMA. Visit our Getting Started tab by clicking here.

What if my child has taken instrumental lessons elsewhere?

A trial lesson would be most appropriate. Simply call the office and we will schedule you with a teacher. After the lesson, you can speak to your teacher about the best way to move forward with lessons.

How am I billed for lessons?

We accept personal checks, Visa, Mastercard, Discover and PayPal. Discounts are available for multiple children or a child taking more than one instrument. There are 2 ways to pay for lessons:

            Prepay by semester or for the year and receive a discount.
            Pay monthly. We can automatically charge your credit card each month or mail an invoice.

Can we participate in group class and recitals if we take lessons from a non-PMA teacher?

Yes! That is called an Associate Membership and we welcome you. By registering as an associate member, you can participate in group class, performance class, and you are welcome to play in any of our group recitals.

At what age do lessons begin?

Children and adults may begin lessons at any age and at any level. We begin children as young as 4 years old. If able to sit for a 15-minute lesson, a 3 year old may be ready. Please speak to us directly if you have questions about your child’s readiness.

When will my child learn to read music?

Our qualified Suzuki teachers will teach students how to read music in sequence with their normal reading development and ability.

Where are you located?

Our office and main school is located in Green Tree. We also have two satellite locations for teaching: Squirrel Hill (at the Church of the Redeemer on Forbes Avenue) and Upper St. Clair (on Rte 19). Visit our Locations page for more information.

Upcoming Events
Saturday, February 8 through Sunday, February 9 - Collaborative Piano and Concerto Workshops
Monday, August 3 through Friday, August 7 - Chamber Music Intensive Camp
Why choose PMA?

The cornerstone of our school is the conviction that every child can,with careful teaching and parental support, become a successful musician able to make music a part of his or her life. We believe music study will enrich their lives through appreciation of beauty, development of disciplined work habits, and increased self-esteem.