Frequently Asked Questions

Where does Winterhalter Music teach lessons?

Winterhalter Music does not have a physical studio location. Instead, we offer in-home lessons in:

  • Montgomery County, MD: Potomac, Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Silver Spring, and Takoma Park.
  • Northwest Washington, D.C.
  • Arlington, VA

Lessons may be available in other areas as well. Contact us to see if we have teachers with availability in your area.

When are Winterhalter Music teachers available for lessons?

Availability depends on when each of the teachers has open time slots in your area.  Contact us for our most up to date availability.

How long are the lessons, and how often do they take place?

Most students have a weekly, 30 minute lesson.  Younger students often have 15 minute lessons, and older or more advanced students often choose to have lessons for 45 minutes or an hour.

What qualifications do your teachers have?

Winterhalter Music teachers are exceptionally talented musicians who are passionate about sharing their love of music with their students. Prospective teachers are carefully vetted with multiple interviews, at least 3 references, and a background check. Most teachers have music degrees and experience teaching prior to joining our studio, and all go through training with Cassie. Most importantly, all our teachers share a warm and positive teaching style. Read our teachers’ bios here!

When is my child old enough to start lessons?

Winterhalter Music offers full 30 minute lessons for students beginning at age four. Occasionally, even younger students begin with a 15 minute lesson or just a few minutes taken from an older sibling’s lesson time.  After meeting with a young student our teachers can assess and recommend a proper lesson length.

What ages and ability levels do you teach?

We have students in elementary, middle, and high school, as well as adult students.  Our students range from beginners to intermediate to advanced players.

How much do the lessons cost?

Contact us for the most current lesson rates.

How do I pay for the lessons?

You will be emailed an invoice monthly, and you can pay by check or through our online payment system.

What instruments do your instructors teach?

We currently offer lessons on: piano, guitar, bass guitar, voice, drums and percussion, flute, clarinet, oboe, violin, viola, cello, bass, saxophone, french horn, trumpet, trombone, and tuba. Lessons are subject to teacher availability – contact us for more information.

Do you offer recitals or other performance opportunities?

Yes! Winterhalter Music holds recitals twice annually – typically in December and May.  All students are encouraged to participate for no extra fee.  Families may invite as many guests to attend as they would like.

Learn more about the recitals on our services page and watch student performances on our testimonials page.

What type of music do you teach?

All students are taught the fundamentals of note reading and proper technique.  Beyond that, students learn to play the music that interests them the most.

What if we don’t have a piano?  Is it ok to start on a keyboard?

Yes! Many students begin learning on keyboards. We would be happy to let you know our opinion of the keyboard you own or advise you on the type of keyboard to purchase and where you might buy one.

If your piano requires tuning or repair, we will happily refer you to a recommended company.

How did Winterhalter Music begin?

Cassie founded Winterhalter Music in 2006 because she wanted to inspire kids to love music. Read about the Winterhalter Music Story to learn more!

How do I get started?

Please submit a message via the contact form.  We will be in touch with you within one business day to answer any questions and provide further details about lessons. If you decide to take lessons, your children will be matched with the teacher that best fits their availability and learning style. We’ll find a mutually convenient time, and the lessons will begin!