FAQ

 

How often and how long are the lessons?

Students come once a week for 30, 45, 60, 75, and 90 minute lessons.  

 

Can adults learn how to play the piano?

YES! I have many years of experience with adult students.   In short, adults have the following advantages over children:  Cognitive and emotional maturity, physical coordination and strength, more exposure to music, and more advanced listening skills.  

 

At what age should my child begin piano lessons?

If a parent is willing to practice daily and come to their child's lesson, I am willing to start a student as young as 4.  It is important that you start a child between the ages of 4-9, these years are the ones where the musical ear and mind are developed.  You can always start later, however, these are the most formative years where are student will grasp musical ideas more easily.

 

Do I need to have a piano?

YES.  If you do not own a piano, there are several options to consider, including renting.  Ideally, you should own or rent an acoustic piano that is in good shape and in-tune.   I do not recommend spinets, which are the shortest (height) of all pianos.  If you are purchasing, please talk to me beforehand.  This is a considerable investment and deserves some research.  Looks can be deceiving.  A pretty, shiny and inexpensive baby grand can often be made of inferior materials that will not hold up over time.  If you are buying a used piano, consult with a qualified piano technician who would be willing to look at the piano.  I would also love to help an any way that I can.  

 

How much should I practice?

The short answer is, "the more, the better."  Students will progress more quickly if there is daily practice, rather than trying to make it up in one or two days.  This is the daily commitment I would recommend that you make:   Young children -- 30-45 minutes,  Intermediate students -- 45 minutes-1 hr.  and Advanced students -- 1-2 hours.   The more important question, "How should I practice?" will be answered in detail during lessons.  

 

How is music selected?

I assign my students, based on their musical level, either method or repertoire books.  In addition, they are offered a wide variety of solo material from which they choose.  I provide most of the guidance in this area but I encourage students to voice their desires regarding style, composers or specific pieces.   I am very familiar with most of the method books being used today and have strong feelings about how best to approach reading.  Currently, I use the Faber Adventure books for children, teenagers, and adults for piano lessons. I  also use the curriculum from the Certificate of Merit Program for piano and voice. This consists of  10 different levels of technique, theory, and performance.