FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need a piano at home to start lessons?
Yes! In order to proceed with private study, students must have access to an instrument in the home (a digital piano with weighted keys or, preferably, an acoustic instrument). There are more options than ever for renting and purchasing pianos, please contact me for assistance.
What age do you start beginner students?
I have taught beginner students from 3 years old to beginning adults. My recommendation is that the young student should have a strong understanding of the alphabet, numbers, and some literacy. Most parents find success in starting their child at age 5 or 6. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation, please complete a New Student Application.
What should I expect during the consultation?
For all new clients, I require a consultation before studio entry. The consultation is a complimentary meeting to give myself and the potential student(s) a brief opportunity to meet and explore teaching and learning styles. Beginner students will work with me on a short warm-up, while transfer students (students with previous training), can perform a recent piece for me. Afterwards, I am able to give a proper recommendation for the appropriate lesson length, and answer any questions you or your family may have.
How much should I/my child expect to practice?
Recommended practice time will vary for each student depending on their age and level of experience. I give my students each a personalized and sensible recommendation for daily practice goals, anywhere between 15 and 90 minutes between 5 and 6 days a week. Families should be prepared to incorporate practice time into their routine, as daily interaction with the instrument is more effective than one or two days of cramming before a lesson.
How quickly will I/my child be able to play a piece?
There is not one timeline for the learning process, because each student learns at their own pace with different strengths and weaknesses. Beginner students will start learning to read notes and musical symbols as soon as possible, typically within the first 3 lessons. Even with a "good ear," notation literacy is essential for consistent progress at the keyboard. All students will be trained to become musically literate. Paired with a steady practice schedule and regular lesson attendance, students will be learning new pieces quickly.
I'm unable to attend my child's lessons, but I want to be able to help them at home. How can I do this?
Parent support is essential to student success. Many of my clients are families with two working parents, and the option to observe the lesson is not always available. Parents are strongly encouraged to review their student's notebook after each lesson. I notate what we accomplish during the lesson, as well as their assignments and tips for practicing at home. I regularly provide my students and their parents with demonstration videos, and can be reached from 8am-5pm by e-mail or phone to answer your questions.