FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I know if my child is ready for lessons?
Most children are ready for private lessons at age 6-7; however, many preschoolers (age 4-5) may also demonstrate readiness. Early beginners often play with greater physical ease and develop more secure rhythmic, listening and reading skills than those who start later.
What will my child need?
A fully functional and well-tuned piano or full-sized weighted digital piano.
If your child is starting on a keyboard, it must be touch-sensitive, have a pedal and have at least 61 keys or more. Please be aware that this will only take your child through the first year. An electronic keyboard severely limits the technical skills a student can practice on at home. To get the full benefit of piano lessons, you will need to invest in either a full-size 88 key acoustic piano or a good digital piano with weighted keys. Intermediate students will need to purchase a metronome.
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Do you travel teach/ offer "in home" lessons?
No. After years of being a travel teacher, I have found that students focus much better at the studio than in their own home environment. Zoom lessons are offered as a substitute if there's a transportation issue.
What do lessons look like?
All young beginners start with weekly private 30 minute lessons.
Preschoolers will meet 5 delightful "friends at the piano" in My First Piano Adventure. Students age 7 and up will begin with the Wunderkeys Primer series. These method books are filled with engaging stories, math concepts, age-appropriate games and activities. Developing the ear will be a priority through singing, listening and playing rote pieces.
Intermediate students take 45 minute lessons and will build sight-reading fluency, aural proficiency and gain a practical knowledge of theory. My goal is to help students build a foundation of musicianship that will help them to understand music throughout their lives. Learning objectives come from the Piano Syllabus of the Royal Conservatory of Music.
How can I support my child's music education?
If you have a limited or non-existent musical background, I encourage you to sit in on your child's piano lesson. Even if you just observe one lesson, there are many fundamental things you can pick up on. My mother would sit in on my lessons while knitting away until I became old enough to practice without supervision (around age 11). As a result, she was able to structure and guide my practice at home and reinforce my teacher's reminders.
Can your child focus and pay attention for 30 minutes? All beginner 1st-year lessons are 30 minutes in length. However, at least 10 minutes is spent off the bench for hands-on activities, especially for really young beginners.
Can your child follow basic instructions?
Can your child hold a pencil or cut with scissors? Wiggle each finger independently? Playing the piano requires a lot of fine motor dexterity, so having well-tuned fine motor skills makes a huge difference!
Has your child asked for music lessons? Children who have expressed an interest in taking piano are more likely to be motivated to practice.
PARENTS NEED TO BE READY TOO!
Are you willing to help your child practice? Young beginners will need help reading instructions, counting, practice suggestions, and more.
Do you own an appropriate instrument? If not, are you willing to purchase or rent one?
Are you prepared for the time commitment?