Frequently Asked Questions

Why should you study music? You are making an important decision when you make music a priority in the life of your family.
  • Music is enjoyable.
  • Music is a vocation for some and an avocation for all.
  • Music develops discipline. Beginning students rely on parents to discipline them. Over the course of years of musical study, students move towards self-discipline. This discipline crosses over into other areas of life.
  • Music gives students who are bullied, or don't "fit in" a place to belong and a way to shine.
  • Music helps develop the knowledge of history and languages.
  • Music helps develop an intuitive sense of math.
  • Music is the universal language. It bridges dividing lines between differing ages, cultures, backgrounds, and abilities.
  • Music is a healing refuge. It helps to express (either by listening or playing) deep emotional and spiritual needs.
  • For young students, music helps to develop "school-readiness" skills such as pattern recognition, eye-hand coordination, listening, reading readiness, discipline, left/right and enjoyment of study and accomplishment.
  • Music is a way a family can enjoy each other's company.
  • Musical performance and teaching is one way a student can serve in the community.
  • Musical performance and teaching is in later years a way to earn money. It is a way a parent can earn a reasonable wage and still remain at home to raise a family. It is a way the head of the household can supplement income if needed.
  • Music is a way a person can express creativity.
  • Music is a form of worship and is an activity in heaven.

  • Remember:
    Why pay a full month's fee when there are only 2 or 3 lessons scheduled? Main Program monthly music tuition represents an average. FMS does not charge more on months that have more lessons, or less on months that have fewer lessons. The monthly tuition is set at a per-lesson rate lower than surrounding metropolitan areas. FMS is an advocate for teachers getting paid adequately for the tremendous amount of work put into training and investment into instruments. Teachers are self-employed and therefore pay 100% of taxes, business insurance, instrument insurance, retirement, and social security. Teachers have no sick days or paid vacations. FMS sets a fair rate keeping in mind the community dynamics and the expenses of doing business.

    Why are there no make-up lessons? Please read the article Music Lessons from an Economist's Point of View:
    written by the parent of music students. This article gives a clear explanation of the FMS policies. The article is placed on the FMS website with permission from the author, Dr. Vicky Barham.

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