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  Thursday, November 12, 2020 by Cindy-Joy Smith | Concert

I am so excited to announce our upcoming student concert on 04 December 2020!



DATE: 04 December 2020
TIME: 18:00 for 18:30
COST: R25 adults; R10 children (ages 5-12)

18:30 | Student Concert
19:30 | Picnic & Social with LIVE background music
20:00 | Carols by Candlelight*

*You are welcome to leave before the carols, during the social. However, please do not leave DURING the student concert; let's support ALL the students who have worked so hard this year.

- Picnic Basket with snacks & drinks
- Blanket
- Warm Jackets (we will be sitting outside)
- Music Books!!!

*Please note that payment is due by 01 December. Please pay via EFT (with the correct reference) OR in cash.

Aria Music Studio
Reference: Performer'sName+Concert (eg. JohnConcert)

*Please send proof of payment to OR 076 522 2663


All attendees and performers will be required to complete a simple questionnaire upon arrival. Please note that those who are displaying Covid symptoms (or those who have been in contact with any positive cases within a 14-day period) will not be allowed entrance. We apologise for the inconvenience.

How to teach yourself an instrument

Saturday, August 29, 2020 by Cindy-Joy Smith | Self-Study

So you want to start playing an instrument, but you're unsure where to begin. You take a look online...and there are endless amounts of learning options available...including a stack of free resources and teaching videos. So why take lessons?

Well, to be honest, weekly lessons with a teacher aren't for everyone. And if you're reading this, chances are that you just wanted confirmation of that from a real music teacher. So now that you have your confirmation, I would like to help guide you through how you can improve your learning experience. 

The frustration...

Firstly, as a fully trained music teacher with years of experience and a music degree behind my name, of course I believe that formal instruction is important. And it is. BUT, I also know that for some, music lessons are just not affordable or are impractical (for instance, if you live far outside of any town or can't find a teacher in your area). Furthermore, those who wish to learn just one song on an instrument, or who want to follow their own programme, may find lessons constricting. 

And yet...maybe you've tried teaching yourself using one of these free online methods...and it's not working out. You don't make consistent effort to practice; learning a lot on one day, and then having forgotten EVERYTHING when you get to your instrument again 2 weeks later. And I get is tough and very busy. There are hundreds of things vying for your attention; and many of them have a higher priority than learning an instrument. 

But how frustrating is it when you learn so much at once...and then forget everything. It makes you want to just throw in the towel. 


You have within you the potential for greatness. No, you may never become a professional musician; and chances are, you don't WANT to. But do you know what defines a truly great person? The ability to grow, to change, to learn more, and to remain consistent. Now consistency is the real issue. I'm sure you WANT to grow; to change into a better person; to learn. But doing these things consistently requires focus and...accountability. 

And that's why I started offering the option to do check-in lessons with self-learning students once or twice a month (physically and ONLINE). Because I know that what you really need isn't someone to micro-manage your learning for you, or to teach you what is already in your chosen course book. Oh no - you simply need the accountability of knowing you will be checking in with an instructor every now and then, and the expertise they can give you in order to fast track your learning and motivate you to excel. 

Now, if finances are still an issue, I have some suggestions below:

1. Find someone who can keep you accountable(a friend or family member). This person doesn't even need to know anything about music. Find someone (whose opinion you care about) who is willing to listen to you play your instrument for them once or twice a month for 20 mintues. Just having this accountability will go a long way in keeping you consistent in your practice. You will HAVE to learn a song or two every 2-4 weeks. 

Want to take it a notch up? Ask a friend if they want to learn the instrument with you...but you will teach them what you have learnt once or twice a month. We learn best when we teach. 

2. Set a reminder on your phone to practice at a certain time every day. And then don't just stop the alarm and do something else! Make the decision to be trustworthy towards yourself and your own learning process! You wouldn't drop a friend who was depending on you for something, would you? Why do you do it to yourself? Love yourself enough to steward your own learning process properly.

3. Make it easy to practice. Now let's say you set 10 minutes to practice every don't want it to take all 10 minutes just to get your instrument and book ready. That is entirely besides the point, and will demotivate you very fast. Rather, set up a designated spot where you will practice. Make sure your instrument is ready to just pick up and play, and that any book or videos you are using are ready to open and use within 30 seconds. 

Finally, I really urge you to consider finding an instructor who will do a check-in lesson with you once or twice a month. I have found that just spending an hour or two every month going through what a student is learning and HOW they are playing (quality/technique/theory) makes the world of difference to their overall progress. There are not many music teachers who are open to this, so it may be difficult to source. But give it try, and you won't regret it. Feel free to contact us to find out if we have a suitable time slot for you (physical OR online), or to chat about an affordable option for you. 

I wish you all the best in learning to play the instrument of your choice. Being able to play an instrument well is a great joy that not everyone has the tenacity to experience. But I know you can do it! Keep at it, and have fun! 



FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Saturday, August 29, 2020 by Cindy-Joy Smith | FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What Does ARIA Music Offer?
  2. Are Music Lessons For Me?
  3. How Long Does It Take To Learn An Instrument?


We offer instruction in Piano, Vocal Training (Western Art/Operatic, Jazz & Contemporary), Music Theory, Beginner Guitar, Piano Accordion, Recorder, Clarinet and Flute. And if you are interested in an instrument not listed here, check out our affiliate international music school.

Music lessons are adapted according to your personal goals. So whether you just want to learn music for fun (or even learn to play 1 song only) or whether you want to eventually study music at university (or further), we can help you. 


If you find yourself tapping your foot along to music regularly, enjoy dancing to your jams, or if you enjoy belting out your favourite songs, music is definitely for you! In fact, we believe that EVERYONE should try music lessons at least once. We teach from age 4 right up until 100, and we teach from absolute beginners to professional performers. 

Don't let your age or inexperience stop you from trying out what is sure to be a fun learning experience (at worst) or the best decision you ever made (at best). If you're still not sure whether to take the plunge, pop us a message. We would love to answer your specific query. 

Just a thought: If you are 43 years old now, and think that investing 5 years in piano lessons is pointless, just remember that in 5 years' time, you are still going to be 48 years old, regardless of whether you took piano lessons or not; except that if you did take lessons, you would have learnt a fun new skill that you can continue enjoying for the rest of your life, and which you can use to entertain your family and friends.


This depends on how good you want to be, and what your goals are. You will learn to play songs from your first lesson. Some people progress really fast, completing all music grades (there are 8) within 3-5 years...and then some people decide not to do music exams at all. 

As a rule, though, it would be best to commit to lessons for a full year before just giving up. A year of music instruction will give you a very good indication of how fast you will learn, and will also get you past the initial stage of "I know nothing!" And if you think a year is long, just take it as it comes. We can guarantee that after 3 months of instrumental tuition, you will be begging for more.