When should my child begin taking piano lessons?
- There are two guidelines I use when assessing whether a child is ready to begin piano lessons. The first is their attention span. The child needs to be able to focus fairly consistently for a half-hour period. The second is their “wiggle factor.” The child needs to be able to stay seated at the piano in order for them to learn their music and complete related activities.
Does my child need to read to begin piano lessons?
- No! Reading is certainly a skill that is helpful as we move along in piano lessons, but it is not a requirement that they read to begin lessons. However, the less a child is able to read, the more help they will need from an adult to practice at home.
How often are piano lessons?
- Once a week.
How long are piano lessons?
- 30 minutes.
What does my child need to bring to lessons?
- I ask each student to bring a binder to their lesson (preferably with a sleeve on the front and back covers for their “cheat sheets”). They also need to bring any books they are working out of, most often including their lesson book, second song book, notespeller, and ear training book.
How long should my child practice?
- Frequency is much more important than duration in this case! For beginning students, I recommend no more than ten minutes at the piano to practice their songs (because their songs are very short!) Once they are into slightly more complex music (about halfway through their first book), I recommend a practice time of fifteen minutes, aiming for five times during the week.
How much do you charge?
- For the 2018-2019 school year, I will be charging $95/month, due at the first lesson of the month. Please check my studio policies on the Resources page for more information.
What if I need to miss a lesson?
- Everyone has to miss a lesson occasionally due to sickness, family event, or something else. As long as you let me know ahead of time, I will be happy to make up the lesson upon request (even if your child gets off the bus with a fever 20 minutes before their lesson time, a quick text is appreciated and valid for making up a lesson if desired). The lesson needs to be made up within 2 weeks of the missed lesson. I do not make up lessons for no-shows (you missing a lesson with no notice). Please check my studio policies on the Resources page for more information.