FAQs for Parents

Children/Teens (Adults, go here.)

WHEN TO START

  • My child is 7 years old and a total beginner. Is s/he ready for piano lessons?

Yes! An ideal age to begin lessons is 7 or 8 years old, 1st through 3rd grade (kids are used to the routine of school, homework, etc. and their physical coordination is more developed). That said, kids can start younger, too. Depends on each individual child.
  • My child just turned 5 and is in Kindergarten. Is it too early to start piano lessons?

Not necessarily—each child is different and some are ready at that age (I assess that when you come for your meet-and-greet at my studio). At this very young age, you must be 100% committed to actively participating in helping your child learn—sitting with them at the piano for every practice session, and sitting in on most if not all of the lessons.

SCHEDULING/CALENDAR

  • What days do you teach?

Weekdays, after-school into early evening hours. I also teach during the day (adults mostly) but have some spots for homeschooled kids. During the summer I teach 3 to 4 days a week, days/weeks TBD.
  • Do you have any openings?

Yes, but at present I have very few openings left! Contact me here.
  • Do you teach during vacations? Summer?

My program comprises 4 quarters: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. During the school year, there are no lessons during public-school vacations. In the summer, students take 6 lessons over the course of the summer; there’s much flexibility regarding times.
  • Do you offer make-ups?

I offer “reschedules”—if you miss a lesson, you can reschedule it if I have an available slot that week, during my regular teaching hours only. If no spaces are available that week, you can “bank” it for later. I leave it up to parents to remember their bankable reschedules. I also provide parents with a Lesson Swap Sheet so if you know in advance you can’t make a lesson, you can swap with another parent!

Please see more in my studio policy for more info.

TUITION

  • Why is it “tuition”? Aren’t I just paying for a weekly piano lesson?

Think of signing up for my program as similar to enrolling your child in a music school; not only are you getting a weekly lesson, you’re getting an instructor dedicated to the entire music education of your child who does as much for her students outside the actual weekly lesson as during the lesson.
  •  How much is the tuition?

For rate info, please see my tuition and rates sheet here.

Please click here for an interesting viewpoint in an article about what your tuition pays for.

PRACTICE

  • How much will my child be required to practice?

For success at the piano, students should strive to practice the length of their lesson time, at least 5 days a week. Students begin with less time per day so that they can first develop the habit of daily practice. And that practice time doesn’t have to be all at once! In fact, it’s often better for the student if it isn’t. Splitting it up into 2 or 3 sessions is often more productive, with better concentration and focus, plus often, for parents!, easier to get your child over to the piano! A major part of my job is teaching all students how to practice, and helping parents enforce this at home.  Please see the Piano for Kids page for more in-depth info on practicing.

Have more questions about practicing? Please visit the On Practice section of my Piano Lessons – Kids page.

HOME PIANO

  • We’ve only got a keyboard, is this good enough?

Unfortunately, no, you need, eventually, an acoustic piano, or regular access to one. If you’ve got a digital piano already (88 weighted, velocity-sensitive keys—you can play soft and loud notes, and has a sustain pedal), that will do for starters, of course, but if lessons are going well and your child is excited about piano and progressing, you’ll need to get an acoustic piano. Please click here to read my article on acoustic versus digital pianos, and why the real thing is always better! (For one thing, kids want to practice more when they have an acoustic piano to practice on.)
  • I want to get my child a piano, but I don’t even know where to start. And I’m not sure I could afford one.

I’m happy to help you find a piano, that is, point you in all the right directions. Believe it or not, you can get a used upright piano for about the price of new digital piano. But please don’t run out and buy a piano on Craigslist before you talk to me! 🙂 I also have info over on my Resources page.
  • Plus, we just don’t have room for one!

You’d be surprised, even if you think you have no space, you do! If there’s a will there’s a way. 🙂 An acoustic piano takes up the same amount of space with just inches of difference length-wise and about 2 feet additional width-wise as a digital. In my studio, which is only about 10′ by 12′ I’ve got a 5’3″ baby grand and a digital piano. Click here to read my article about the differences between an acoustic versus a digital piano.

HOW TO START

  • How do I sign up?

Call or email me to set up a meet-and-greet interview (this is not an audition), which will be about 20–30 minutes. It’s free of charge and I give a very short “mini” lesson to beginners—which includes learning a first song. Your child can experience what it’s like to play the piano, meet me, and see the studio. I’ll also go over my program in more detail with you, including going through my studio policy; it’s a time for you to ask me any questions you might have about piano study.

Interested in signing up? Click here.

A young student plays Hillbilly Rock!

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