FAQ

Do I need a piano? 

It is necessary to have a piano, preferably acoustic, in order to learn to play piano.  An acoustic piano is preferred, but in some cases it is possible to start off with a digital piano with 88 weighted keys and a pedal.  I will be happy to assist you in choosing a piano.  

 

Why study piano?

There have been numerous studies demonstrating the benefits of music study for children.  A two-year study by researchers at the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California shows that exposure to music and music instruction accelerates the brain development of young children in the areas responsible for language development, sound, reading skill and speech perception.  Another study at the University of Vermont found that music training not only helps children develop fine motor skills, but aids emotional and behavioral maturation as well, accelerating cortical organization in attention skill, anxiety management and emotional control.

 

But the real reason for enroling your child in piano lessons is to give them the gift of music, a life skill from which they will derive benefit and pleasure well into adulthood.   

 

How can I help my child succeed at piano?  

  • Have your child come for lessons every week, with all books and materials.  

  • Have your child practice every day, consulting the assignment notebook.  Ask the teacher how long daily practice should be.  This will depend on the child's age and level of advancement.  Young students will need your assistance during practice time. 

  • Commit for the long term - piano should be seen as an important part of education.  Quiting is not an option.  

  • Listen to your child play, and praise their accomplishments.  

  • If your child starts to feel discouraged or unmotivated, let the teacher know as soon as possible.  

How much do you charge for lessons?  

Please read my studio policies on this link .