LESSONS – Beginner lessons are usually 30 minutes. When the student reaches intermediate level, lesson time should increase to 45 minutes. Students are encouraged to arrive early or stay late and sit in on other students’ lessons. This increases learning and motivation. Students may play quietly, read or do homework during this time. Other children are welcome at lessons if they can remain quiet so as not to distract the student. Instruction includes note reading, ear training, music theory, improvisation, individualized lesson plans, natural technique, positive motivation, and performance opportunities.
PRACTICE – Daily practice is optimal for progress. At least 5 days a week is expected. For beginners, 15 – 20 minutes may be adequate, but it’s not the amount of time that matters as much as the effectiveness of what is done. Two shorter practice sessions per day may be more effective than one long one, especially for younger students. Please try to positively encourage your child. I have numerous articles on how to motivate and inspire students if you need ideas or help.
OBSERVATION/INTERVIEW – If you are interested in lessons, please visit the studio with your child to observe a lesson, so that you both can see how I teach and get an idea whether we are a good match. We would then have an interview to get to know one another and so that I can learn more about the child’s personality, learning style, etc., and you can become familiar with my procedures.
REQUIREMENTS – for piano study are:
· An acoustic piano, kept in good condition and tuned, or a full-sized digital piano. A good acoustic piano is preferable, for technique and tone development, but if not available, a good digital is acceptable.
· A music player – mp3, CD, etc. The student will frequently need to listen to and practice with recordings.
· For younger children, something firm to elevate the child’s height (firm cushions, rug squares) and a footstool (or wood blocks or boxes) for the feet to rest upon. Adjustable-height benches and stools are also available.
· At the piano, the child’s hands should be clean and fingernails trimmed short.
RECITALS – are presented twice a year, usually in December and June.
FOR MORE INFORMATION – on studio policies, annual membership, tuition fees, or program calendar, please see those respective pages.