Where are you located?
We currently have two locations serving North Carolina.
Progressive Music Center’s Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill Location is on T.W. Alexander Drive in front of Frankies Fun Park. This location also serves students from Garner, Cary, Apex and Holly Springs.2720 Godley Lane Raleigh, NC 27617 919. 787. 1688
Progressive Music Center’s Wake Forest/North Raleigh location is inside The Factory. This location also serves students from Rolesville, Youngsville, Wendell, Knightdale and Zebulon.1839 South Main Street Suite 344 Wake Forest, NC 27587 919. 453. 1688
What instruments do you teach?
Guitar (acoustic and electric)
Drums & Percussion (including marching, indoor drumline, percussion ensemble & band prep courses)
We also offer classes in recording, music technology, theory, composition and more.
What is the best age to start?
It’s never to late or early to learn an instrument. We have students ages 4 to 85 currently taking lessons with us but we’ll give any age a try. We offer lessons for beginners, intermediate and advanced level students and our teachers will tailor a lesson plan that fits your needs while making progress during every lesson.
Do you have group classes?
We offer group classes for guitar and piano $15 per class. Group classes are great for beginning students to get started on the basics of an instrument while learning theory, proper techniques and the ins and outs of playing music. Please call for group class times and availability. All other lessons for drum/percussion, bass guitar, voice, saxophone are private lessons. We do offer small group classes with special rates for two or three students (perfect for siblings, friends and family) so please inquire on setting those up. We’ll be happy to work with you on arrangements for small groups.
How long are your lessons?
We offer half-hour and one-hour lessons weekly. Most students driving further than forty-five minutes to one-hour for lessons generally take a one-hour lesson. Our lessons are offered monthly with no hidden fees, long term contracts or fine print.
Do you offer make-up lessons?
We offer make-up lessons for the following: Student sickness, death in family/emergencies, closure due to inclement weather, major holidays. Also, if your regular teacher is out and a substitute is not available we will make up the missed lesson. We ask that you notify us in advance of lesson cancellations.
Is there a registration fee?
We do have a $25 annual registration fee that is charged at the first lesson. From time to time we offer specials where the fee is waived.
What methods of payment do you accept?
We accept Visa, Master Card, Cash and Check. For monthly lessons we bill not he 10th day of each month using our Studio Easy Pay method. This reduces late fees, unpaid tuition and reserves your lesson time from month to month.
What books and materials will I need for lessons?
Our teachers use a variety of method books and texts from companies such as Hal Leonard, Mel Bay and other print music publishers. Each teacher may use a slightly different method so you will be assigned a book by that teacher. Most method books are $6 – $15 and most come with a CD or DVD.
Is there a contract for lessons?
We are month to month unless you are enrolled in our Lesson/Instrument Program which gives students an opportunity to receive instruments for little to no cost when you register for a select term of lessons. If you opt for regular monthly lessons we only ask for a 30 day notice of cancellation to stop lessons and billing.
Do I need a guitar, bass or piano to get started?
You will need to purchase, rent or take advantage of our Lesson/Instrument Package program to have an instrument for practice during lessons and at home (and to use in a Rock Academy™ band). Please see our Helpful Information page for more on our recommendations for instruments. We have a great selection of guitars, basses, amps, drums, keyboards and other instruments that we hand select in our retail shops, so we can help you pick the right instrument for your needs. If you already own a guitar or bass guitar, please bring this with you to each lesson, but again we ask that you reference our Helpful Information section under the Lessons section of our web site. We have everything else you need, including amps, cords and tuners/metronomes in the lesson rooms for use during the lessons.
Do I need a drum set to get started?
We recommend a nice practice pad and sticks. Eventually you will need a drum set and we can help you with the purchase, rental or registration for our Lesson/Instrument Package program. We stock nice hand picked drum sets for the beginner to advanced player in our retail shops by name brands such as Pacific, Drum Workshop and Taye. We have all the drums, practice pads, ear protection and sticks in our teaching rooms, but please bring a good pair of sticks and a notebook or folder. Our staff will be happy to help you with selecting the right instrument for your needs.
What times are available for lessons?
We offer lessons throughout the day and can accommodate morning, early afternoon, afternoon, evening and late evening lessons. Our retail shops and studios are open Monday – Saturday and closed Sundays.
Normal Wake Forest hours are 10:30 AM – 9:00 PM Monday – Friday and Saturday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM and closed Sunday.
Normal Raleigh hours are Monday – Thursday 12:00 PM – 8:30 PM, Friday 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM and closed Sunday.
Let us know if you have any questions, we’ll be happy to assist you.