What age should my child begin piano lessons?
There is no question asked more of music teacher than ”When should I begin lessons for my child?’ As you might expect, the answer to this question is not as simple as most parents would like. Click here to read an article I wrote in 2002 for a local Parent Publication on this very topic.
How much practice time is required?
The most important element of practice is that it be a regular, fulfilling, and disciplined time spent with your instrument on as regular a schedule as possible. Click here to access a short article about practice at the grade school ages and teen ages.
Do you offer private or group lessons?
Maximum progress can be made with private lessons. Students can take shared lessons with a student a their same level for a few semesters. After that, I find that students vary in their learning styles and progress, making it difficult to offer quality teaching instruction. At younger ages with beginner piano skills, I find that students enjoy time off the bench to play music theory games, and acquire other musical skills.
How often are lessons scheduled?
Students have weekly lessons during the school year except for major school holidays (like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break). Summer schedules are flexible. Adults or home-school students are encouraged to take daytime lessons.
When will students begin to read music?
Learning to read music begins in the first weeks to months of lessons. However, learning to play songs in the beginning, without music, develops a strong foundation in playing the piano. Often beginning students may learn songs by rote, by finger numbers or letter names. Students naturally progress from playing songs without music to learning songs by reading notes. Parents should know that reading music is somewhat akin to learning a foreign language. It can take several years of emersion to be fully fluent.
Are there recitals or other performance opportunities?
Absolutely! Recitals give students an opportunity to share their music with others. Families and friends have a chance to see their student's progress throughout the year. A holiday recital is planned in December, and 'themed' Spring recital is given in May/June.
No student is required to participate in recitals. However, most students are eager to play for others and find performing to be a positive experience. I highly encourage to play in recitals. Much can be learned from the process of perfecting a piece and gaining the courage and stage presence to perform for others.
What is the parent's role?
Let's face it. Kids act differently in front of their parents than with their teacher. I have found that I can gain maximum teaching benefit with a one-on-one experience. However, parents are invited to sit in on their child's lessons at any time. Parental supervision during at-home practice has enormous benefits to both children and parents.
Parental support during practice helps to children understand that learning to play the piano is valued and important to their parents, giving children greater incentive to learn and practice.
Parents can assist and encourage their children with at-home practice in many ways: scheduling a regular time for practice, making sure children practice everything on their assignment sheet (as well as simply exploring and having fun), listening to their children play (without criticism), and having informal concerts for family or friends.
Is there a studio policy?
Yes. The studio policy covers such topics as holidays, tuition payments, missed lessons, and guidelines for at-home practice. Click here to read my home policy. Click here to read the policy at the School for the Arts @ 2/42 Commons.
How do I contact you?
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