FAQ

What makes my piano teaching studio unique?

  • Offer extensive performing and accompanying experience which enables me to give students the skills to be the best pianist they can be.

  • My teaching experience with piano duet and quartet ensembles with one and two pianos allows me to offer students the skills they need to perform collaboratively with other pianists.

  • I have an outstanding ability as well as experience teaching students of varying ages and experience levels. In addition, I have taught many styles of music tailored to the interest of the student.

  • In addition to piano instruction, students learn about music theory and history through the course of a lesson which makes students more knowledgeable about the music they are studying.

  • Experience planning recitals that are engaging and meaningful for students.

 

How often should students practice each day?

Daily practice is essential to student progress. Students should ideally spend a minimum of 30 minutes practicing each day. For younger students, this can be broken up into small segments of time lasting 10-15 minutes each. More advanced students should spend 60 minutes practicing each day.

 

Do I need a piano to practice at home?

Practicing on a piano vs. a keyboard or digital piano is ideal. If it is not possible to access a piano to practice, a keyboard or digital piano will work temporarily, but should be full length in size consisting of 88 keys. Practicing on a piano rather than a keyboard or digital piano allows the student to become acclimated to the “feel” of the keys. This varies greatly from a piano to a keyboard or digital piano. In addition, practicing on a piano allows students to become more critical listeners to the tone they are producing which is vastly different on a piano and is something that can not be duplicated electronically.

 

What are the benefits of students participating in recitals?

Student participation in recitals is an integral part of piano instruction. Performing in recitals gives students confidence, a sense of pride and accomplishment, and a social connection with other students working toward the same goal. In addition, students also learn skills in audience etiquette while listening to their peers perform.

 

How old must a student be to begin piano lessons?

It is recommended that a child be five to six years old to begin piano lessons. Student readiness is equally important. This includes factors such as attention span, ability to sit still, ability to comprehend directions and student ability to read printed word, which transfers to reading music.

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