About Velocity Music Academy

Looking for a quality music education? Look no further! Velocity Music Academy employees only degreed musicians, many with masters and doctorate degrees in music.

Did you know that Velocity Music Academy is named for Czerny’s “School of Velocity?” These were musical exercises written in the 1830’s to develop dexterity at the piano!

We wish to pass on to you the traditions of music that has been handed down from teacher to student for generations. We offer private lessons in piano, strings, guitar, violin, viola and voice.

Looking to get your child a head start on music instruction? We offer group early childhood classes from ages 6 weeks to PreK.  

Are you an adult wishing to get back into music (or perhaps explore music for the first time?) We also offer classes, both group and private, for adults. Come and see what the excitement is about! We’d love to have you part of our musical family.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT VELOCITY

Music and Methods

At Velocity, students are assigned books and materials based on their level, goals, and individualized needs. All of our teachers may incorporate classical repertoire, contemporary pieces, rhythm exercises, music theory and technique into each student’s customized lesson plans. All books/music and other materials assigned to students must be paid for in full before leaving Velocity Music Academy.

Exciting Opportunities that we provide to all students:

  • December and May Formal Recitals
  • Annual “Pops” Recital
  • Halloween, Coffee Shop, and Beginner’s Recitals
  • Annual Velocity Festival
  • Spring Masterclass
  • Music Development Program Assessment Opportunities
  • Enrichment Classes and Opportunities for music-making with friends

Lesson Information

Students taking private lessons may register for 30, 45, or 60 minute weekly private lessons at Velocity.  The length of the lesson is determined by the student’s age and level. If you prefer a group setting, group classes are offered in First Steps in Piano (ages 4-6), Elementary Group piano, Beginning Piano for Adults, and Beginning Guitar for Adults.  Lessons are also offered on site at Hill Country Christian School and through the after school enrichment programs in select LISD elementary campuses. We have an open door policy — parents are welcome to visit and observe lessons at any time.

Recitals and other performance events

Recitals are offered in December and May. Recital participation is optional, however the recital fee is a mandatory yearly fee. Only currently enrolled students taking private lessons are allowed to participate in recitals.  Group classes have recitals during class time.

Festivals, masterclasses, and other events are also available at Velocity and throughout the greater Austin area. In addition to our main recitals each year, Velocity provides students the opportunity to perform in a Pops Recital with a professional rhythm section (guitar, bass and drums) and smaller recitals such as a Halloween recital and Beginner’s only recital. Each May, Velocity hosts the Music Development Program, a rigorous international standard curriculum and assessment.

Instruments

We know that it is crucial to have a quality instrument for home practice. If you need help with acquiring an instrument, please inquire with our office staff about our instrument sales (piano, violin, & guitar) and/or our referrals to local music stores in the Austin and Cedar Park area.

OTHER OBLIGATIONS

Calendar

There are no lessons the week of Thanksgiving, 2 weeks of winter break, & the week of Spring break. We host Performance Parties the last week of May instead of private lessons. Please see the studio calendar for full details. All other holidays (Labor Day, Good Friday, etc.) will have regularly scheduled lessons. There are 48 lessons (47 private lessons + 1 Performance Party) per year. Tuition is therefor divided up equally over the 12 months.

Pick up and Drop off – the safety of your children

No one is available to watch your children before and after lessons.  Please arrange drop-off and pick-up accordingly, and/or remain in the building while your children are taking lessons. Please supervise children in the waiting room. Velocity Music Academy is not responsible for the safety of your child before or after their regularly scheduled lesson times. This includes, but is not limited to: early drop off, late pick-up, or arriving at the academy at an incorrect lesson time.

Practice Time

Parents are responsible for scheduling regular practice times at home, optimally 4-7 days per week.  It is important to supervise practice during the first year of study, and for younger students (ages 5-8.) Teachers will provide a detailed list of what to practice during the week. Parents are welcome at any time to sit in on lessons to observe what the student is learning. If you have any questions about practicing, please discuss the issues with your child’s teacher during their lesson.

Illness

Out of respect to others, please do not bring your child to the studio if they display signs of a contagious illness. We reserve the right to send any sick student home.

Withdrawing from lessons

A 30-day notice is required to discontinue lessons. To discontinue lessons, you must e-mail staff@velocitymusicacademy.com.  A student may be dismissed for: repeated failure to attend lessons, behavior or attitude problems, or nonpayment of tuition.

Permissions

Velocity Music Academy is hereby granted permission to take photographs and videos of students to use in online and print promotional materials. Last names are never published. If you would not like for your child’s pictures to be used in our materials, please inform us in writing.