A: If the student is a beginner, piano is not absolutely required for the first three months. Electrical keyboard can used to substitute the regular piano, provided that the keys must be in full size and at least 60 keys. Acoustic piano becomes necessary when pedals are introduced, as most modern methods now endorsed.
A: An upright with at least 48” height is worth the investment. Avoid spinet if possible. They are for occasional home entertainment, not serious study. Generally, a familiar brand has higher chance for resale because of the name recognition, and they also retain the value better. All acoustic piano needs regular tuning every six months, regardless of the frequency of usage. Consult a professional piano technician for other maintenance items on used piano.
A: There is no standard age for a child to start piano lessons. Some children start as early as 3 and some are not ready until 9. Generally, most teachers agree that the age of reading coincide with the starting age of piano. Musically talented children show sign at very early age, such as humming a song back accurately after the first hearing, being able to trace a melody on piano without assistance or they may be drawn to music when it’s on.
A: Each child learns differently. The general guideline follows the lesson time: 30-minute for a half hour lesson and vice versa. With the exception the beginning lessons, all students should aim for quality, not quantity. The rule of thumb: the student should be able to repeat the working pieces 3 times consecutively without mistakes.
A: The bonding is the key. If your child is shy at the first interview, is the teacher patient to ease the nervousness and make the child feel comfortable? Some teachers are performance oriented, while some just let students have fun. The teaching philosophy should maintain a balance between the two, depending on the child’s personality. The teacher should provide an enjoyable atmosphere to learn and offer appropriate challenge for student to progress.
A: The teacher usually wants to know the child’s age, name, and any previous lesson experience (the books studied if studied before) as well as the child’s readiness in the parents’ opinion.
A: The interview is the most important step for both teacher and student to know each other. The credentials and the experience as the first questions one should ask, as well as the range of the ages and levels of proficiency. If the student is a beginner, the teacher should administer some form of readiness test through informal chatting with your child. The student is expected to play at least two piece s if he or she has previous lesson instruction. The expectation of parents and teacher are exchanged at this point. It is not uncommon for teacher to offer some constructive comments about the playing. One can observe the style of teaching through the sample teaching. Be open to ask about observing a lesson as demonstration or names of the students for referrals.
A: The teacher should have a studio recital at least once every year. Besides other competitions for youth, the teacher should provide enough incentive to perform. However, 2 or 3 performances are enough for stimulation purposes. Each formal performance should accompany with at least three workshops to “season” the pieces. Too many formal performances diminish the number of pieces the students can learn each year because of the polishing time involved.
A: While many good teachers are great performers, good performers are not all good teachers. If the pianist is naturally talented and doesn’t experience the struggle process, he or she will has lesson insight about the procedure but focus more on result. The rule of thumb: find a teacher who can explain complicated concept in plain language. Avoid the ones that use excess professional terminology. If they do, make sure they are aware and offer explanation in timely manner.
A: The shortest time offers in 30 minutes, usually for kids that are under the age of 7. Standard length is 45-miute, mostly for intermediate level student or older beginners. 60-minute lesson works well for late intermediate or advanced student.
A: I have been teaching piano lessons for decades now. I have experience working with students of all ages and skill levels.
A: I teach students of all ages, from young children to seniors. I believe that there is no age limit to learning piano. It is an activity that can stimulate the brain and increase your ability to recall information. So, whether you’re 60 years old or you want to enroll your 10-year-old child, no one is too old or too young to learn piano. Everyone is welcome at my studio.
A: Yes, I have developed my own teaching method based on years of experience and training. I also use established piano teaching methods and curricula as needed. My piano lessons are customized based on my students’ learning experiences.
A: My lessons are typically 30 minutes to 1 hour long. But it still depends on my students’ needs and preferences. Some want longer than 1 hour of piano lessons. Others can only handle 30 minutes.
A: I highly recommend taking lessons once a week. But the frequency can be adjusted based on your goals and schedule. However, no matter how often you take my lessons, it will be for nothing if you do not practice. Practice is always the key to helping you achieve greatness in piano.
A: I offer both online and in-person lessons. It depends on how you want your sessions to be held. Some of my students prefer to meet online because they do not have to come to my piano studio. If you choose my online lessons, I require you to have a decent Internet connection, a computer, and a piano or keyboard. Please call me to know more about my requirements before starting an online lesson.
A: There are multiple options available. You can choose late in the morning between 9 am and noon. Or you can opt for an early afternoon lesson between 1 pm and 3 pm. Most of my adult students choose late afternoon between 3 pm and 6 pm. If you can’t make it, you may opt for an early evening schedule between 6 pm and 8:30 pm.
A: My rates vary depending on the length and frequency of the lessons. But I strive to keep my rates competitive and affordable. To know more about my rates and how much you will have to pay for your piano lessons, you may contact me using this page.
A: Yes, it is ideal that you have your own piano or keyboard during your online piano lesson. However, if you prefer an in-person lesson, you will be using my grand piano. Although if you choose an in-person session, it is still vital that you have your own piano at home so that you can practice at any time you want. If you cannot afford to purchase your piano now, I can provide recommendations for rental.
A: My first lesson is exciting, at least this is the feedback I got from my students. During the first session, we will talk about your goals and experience. This is vital for me so that I can assess your skill level to develop a personalized lesson plan.
A: You can prepare for your first lesson by bringing any sheet music or materials you have. You also need to familiarize yourself with basic piano terminology and concepts. But do not worry if you cannot understand some terms. After all, I will be there to teach them to you.
A: Yes, I offer recitals and other performance opportunities throughout the year. They are highly recommended to help you build your confidence and showcase your progress. Some of my students hesitated to participate. However, after helping them rehearse and prepare for those times, they became extremely confident on stage. They always look forward to another recita.
A: I use a variety of assessment tools and techniques to track student progress and set achievable goals that align with their interests and abilities.
A: Yes, I offer them as part of my curricula to help my students develop a well-rounded understanding of music.
A: I provide my students with practice materials and assignments. I encourage them to practice regularly and set aside practice time each day. I recommend practicing at least 30 minutes each day. If it is possible, you should try practicing first thing in the morning after waking up. How and when you practice is completely up to you as long as you do it every day.
A: I recommend my students bring any sheet music or materials they have. You should consider bringing a notebook and pencil for taking notes. But do not worry if you do not want to write during my lesson, you will still be fine as long as you follow my tips.
A: Yes, I am committed to making piano lessons accessible and enjoyable for all students. I can make accommodations as needed to support students with special needs or disabilities.