Common Questions/FAQ

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What are you like as a teacher?

 

I have a great sense of humor, attention to detail, and pride myself in doing things the right way (so you don’t have to re-learn them later). I am laid back but professional, patient, and will always ensure you have support – and fun!

Please read My Philosophy for much more

What kinds of students do you teach?

 

My specialty is creative children and adults and I cater to adults and children of all stripes. Essentially I’m open to any student who wants to be there. So any level or age as long as your attitude is great!

Many of my adult students are returning to piano or music, or have excelled at (or even have careers in) guitar, DJing, music production, and songwriting. Others have never played, and some people on both sides of that spectrum can’t read music until they come to me.


What’s the first lesson like? 

We will about your experience with music, music theory, piano, any other instruments, and what kind of music you’re interested in learning.

We’ll talk about your practicing commitment and your space at home.

Once I’ve assessed these things, we can start some exercises then I can give you some assignments. Lessons are individualized: we will come up with a lesson plan together based on combination of regular materials (Faber piano series and other books) and music selections that you like.

If you have certain music in mind you’d like to learn, please bring those ideas or sheet music. Even if you want to learn songs by ear, learning from sheet music (and having something to refer to between lessons with my notes on it) helps tremendously and is a part of the learning process.

What are other lessons like? 

You and I discuss your progress or roadblocks since last time and any questions you had.

We’ll warm up with scales and exercises if you have not already, then jump into the material. We will also re-assess the material as your progress in the coming weeks, like adding supplements, or switching styles or concepts as needed.


What do I need? (Books & materials) 

  • A love of music – or at least a curiosity
  • A keyboard or a piano at home or easy access to one at least 3-4 times a week
  • Patience
  • Don’t worry if you think you don’t have a good ear or rhythm, that’s why you’re coming to me.

If you don’t have your own books or sheet music I’ll gladly give you the names of music to purchase. I can also purchase music and exercise books for you and add the purchase cost to your monthly bill.


How often should I take lessons? 

Typically weekly lessons are best to keep you on track; this assumes you’re practicing at least 4-5 times a week. Going longer without a lesson can get you off track – you can practice incorrectly and reinforce incorrect methods or notes!

For the best results for your weekly lessons I recommend a half hour for younger children, 45 minutes for older children and an hour for adults.

How often should I practice? 

As much as possible! Although correct practice is more important than practicing a lot and not doing it correctly. Really, you should practice as much as you’re able to do so without strain (mental or physical). Everybody is different, but some general guidelines:

Children should practice 4-6 times a week ideally, 10-20 minutes per session. After that, brains and hands and backs get tired and practicing can actually reinforce incorrect posture, hand position, and even wrong notes and rhythms.

Adults should practice 4-7 times a week (ideally at least 5-6 times). Your brains also work differently, so shorter (but more frequent) practicing can be more effective than it would be for a child. And it probably fits your busy schedule more! Longer sessions are still encouraged however.

Kids and adults: You can practice more than once in a day! A 10 minute session in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening is great!


How much are lessons?

Please contact me for current rates, which are based on lesson duration. For best results lessons should be once weekly. There is a discount for lessons lasting 1 hour and for paying monthly versus a la carte.

When is tuition due? 

  • The short answer: monthly. Pay-as-you-go costs slightly more.
  • Due after your initial lesson – for that lesson and any remaining lessons during that month
  • At the beginning of each subsequent month, for the entire month, in advance. Typically at your last lesson of the month, tuition is due for the next month.

 


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