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“I’m a complete beginner. Am I ready to take music lessons?”

Absolutely! We have teachers for all levels of music education. Whether you are brand new to playing music or have been playing for 30 years, we can find a teacher who will fit your needs and your schedule!

“Do you offer group lessons or two people at one time?”

Short answer: Yes! Long answer: Depending on the instrument, we can offer lessons for two students at one time with several of our teachers. We do offer a Guitar for the Absolute Beginner class beginning January 2017. See Group Lessons for more information. 

“I’m a very busy adult and don’t always have time each week to take a lesson or practice. Can I still take music lessons?”

Absolutely! We understand that you have a busy schedule and can’t always make it for a weekly lesson. Our Lesson Coordinator can work with you to pre-schedule a floating lesson when it looks like your schedule can fit it in. Cancellation and attendance policy will still apply, but you can schedule single lessons when it best fits your schedule!

“How much does it cost to take music lessons?”

Each teacher charges their own rates for music lessons depending on if they have 30 minute, 45 minute, or hour long lessons each week. The Lesson Coordinator can go over each teacher’s rates with you and help you find one that fits your schedule and your budget!

“Where are your music lessons held?”

All of our music lessons are held at our Bananas at Large location in San Rafael. Our Santa Rosa location currently has lesson rooms being constructed. If you would like to be placed on a wait list for lessons at the Santa Rosa location, please contact us and we would be happy to let you know when they are nearing completion and ready to schedule.

"What if I can’t make my regular lesson time? What do I do?”

Bananas requires a 24 hour notice to cancel and reschedule a music lesson. This allows us to let the teachers know that you won’t be here. If you don’t give adequate notice that you are missing a lesson, we won’t be able to reschedule that lesson. The only exception to this would be illness: if you or your child wakes up the morning of their lesson with illness, please let us know.

If your regularly scheduled time is difficult to maintain because your schedule changed, let the Lesson Coordinator know. They can work with you to find a better day and time for your lessons.

“Are my books and materials included in the cost of tuition?”

Unfortunately, no. Books and materials are the responsibility of the student and/or parent to purchase. Fortunately, most of the lesson books and supplementary supplies the teachers require are generally not hard to get. A Bananas staff member can work with you to get exactly what you need.

“I want to take lessons, but I don’t have an instrument to practice on at home. What can I do?”

No problem! Bananas at Large is the North Bay’s best music store! We have everything you need from guitars, basses, keyboards, drums, microphones, and more! Just ask our Lesson Coordinator to get you set up with one of our friendly sales associates who can help you pick out an instrument that fits your needs and your budget!

"I need help logging into my Booker account to update my information. How do I do that?"

You can request your login information from the Lessons Coordinator and use the Booker Account Login Instructions PDF to help navigate you. If you need additional help, contact the Lessons Coordinator. 

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