Group Sign Up Form
3090 S. Bascom Ave
San Jose, CA 95124
Call Now: 408.377.5864
Hours: M-F: 11-8, Sat: 10-6, Sun: 11-6
Q: I am taking the group class with a friend - how can I make sure we don't get assigned to different classes?
SMI will make sure you are your friends are assigned to the same class if the following conditions are met:
1. you and each of your friends provide identical 'availability' - you each list the same days/times as being assignable.
2. you *must* notify the lesson coordinator, that you would like to be assigned together.
Q: I have been scheduled for Wednesdays at 6, but it turns out that I can't make it. Can I move to Thursdays at 5?
You can only move to that day/time if there happens to be a class that is at your level meeting then and the class is not full. This is not too likely, so try to make sure of the times you have open before you submit your availability.
Once you have committed to being available on certain days/times and assignments have been made there will be no reassignment - you will have to wait for the following month for reassignment and, if you are already a paying student, you will be responsible for paying for any month in which you were signed up.
Q: Why is the scheduling procedure so complicated?
SMI is committed to providing at least a month of guitar instruction to all beginning students. Due to overwhelming demand early in the year, there is often a waiting list of people wanting to take lessons.
By using a dynamic schedule and assessing the availability of all potential students on a regular basis, SMI is able to minimize time spent on waiting lists and insure that the largest possible number of those desiring guitar instruction receive it in a timely manner. Given that many people have varying schedules month to month, we have found that this method provides an additional amount of flexibility. We appreciate you patience and flexibility.
Q: What will I learn in the SMI group guitar class?
You will learn all the fundamentals necessary to play any popular guitar style - rock, blues, alternative, metal, country, etc. You will learn to recognize and play sounds you hear on CDs and to play in a band and create your own parts that complement other instruments. You will take significant steps toward the ultimate goal of any musician - TO BE ABLE TO PLAY ANYTHING YOU CAN HEAR IN YOUR HEAD.
You will NOT be forced to learn a lot of music theory and music reading (at least not initially), nor will you be asked to play songs that are too heavy on the cheese factor. Most of the example songs used in the class were radio hits, and many are still heard daily on pop, modern, jazz, country and classic rock stations.
You will learn the fastest ways to develop excellent right and left hand technique and to develop your ear so that you can easily recognize chords and intervals, and you will enjoy learning in a relaxed environment where you are free to move at your own pace.
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I'm going to be on vacation for two weeks - can I just pay for half of the month?
Unfortunately, there are no pro-rates on the group guitar classes. You can either take the entire month off or pick up the material for the classes you missed and try to catch up.
Be aware that if you are in a class that only has a few people and you take off for a month you may return to find the class has been canceled and replaced by a beginner class. SMI requires a minimum number of students in order to justify having a class at all.
Q: Do I have to read music in the class?
No. Music reading is minimized to great extent initially, and then is only introduced when it is absolutely necessary to progress to the next level. Student will be relying heavily on their ears early on, and will find that they can easily play all kinds of songs without any knowledge of music reading or theory. However, as your skills improve you may wish to learn to read, and we will offer that as required
Q: Can I take a month off from lessons?
You may certainly take one or more months off, but you may want to be aware of the following issues:
If you are in a class that only has a few people and you take off for a month, you may return to find the class has been canceled and replaced by a beginner class. SMI requires a minimum number of students in order to justify having a class at all, and your absence may put the class under the threshold.
Each level but the first (beginner) is cyclical, lasting at least three months. While each month is independent of the others at a given level, it will be at least three months before the material that was covered in the month that you missed will be covered again. Therefore, if you want to take time off, the best time to do so is between levels, so you won't ever have to mark time waiting for material you missed to come around again.
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