Lesson tuition is billed in equal amounts for the school year term (August through May), based on $55.00/hour. I will quote you an exact monthly tuition at your complimentary interview, in my studio.
Will piano lessons be FUN for my child?
I will do my best to keep lesson time FUN in my studio each week. Learning is a PROCESS, though ... not an EVENT ... so I will need you -- the parent(s) -- to work with your child during the week by encouraging their progress, helping them to struggle through the hard bits, and celebrate their success!
How do I know if my child is ready for piano lessons?
I believe that the single most important thing in determining "readiness" for lessons is your child's interest in learning to play! If they are younger than 7, then you as a parent also need to be willing and able to assist them in their home practice sessions. You do not need to read music yourself -- just be available to read their assignment to them, and be encouraging.
Do I need to have a piano in my home?
You will need to have at least a keyboard available for home practice. During your initial lesson interview, we will discuss the differences between electronic keyboards, digital keyboards, and (acoustic) pianos. You will need to be willing to purchase a full-sized (88-key) instrument by the end of your child's first year of study.
How much should my child practice between lessons?
Encourage your child to practice at least five days each week, using the assignment plan that I have given them at their lesson that week. There is no need to time their practice -- they should be working until they have made progress on the specific goals that are outlined on their assignment sheet for that week. Also, encourage them to explore and "doodle" a bit!
Do I need to be present during my child's lesson?
I only require parents to be present during lessons when the child is 6 years old or younger. Because you will be your child's "practice partner" each week, it is important that you understand what was taught during that lesson, and that you have an opportunity to ask questions.
Will my child be required to play in recitals?
I do require all students to play in my (two) Studio Recitals each year, which are in December and May. Prior to these events, your child will have had the opportunity to play in at least one Group Lesson in my studio, in front of other students. I do not require that recital pieces be memorized, and have found that almost all students learn quickly to view public performance as a means of sharing what they have learned -- not a test of their abilities.
Do you have a program for Middle School and High School students who have limited time to practice?
Yes, I'm happy to tailor lessons to meet the needs of students with these needs. You may want to consider pairing up with another student in a similar situation to work in a Recreational Music setting, or we can just scale back expectations for that time.