Q: What is the right age for my child to start taking lessons?
A: The answer to this is highly individualized. I have taught pre-kindergarten beginner students, although most students are wise to begin lessons after age 6. The student must be able to focus for at least 30 minutes, and each finger should be able to move independently. Each student is unique in their abilities, maturity, and interest. The correct age to begin is found at a delicate balance between the maturity of the student, the instruction of the teacher, and the dedication of the co-practicers.
Q: Do I need to own a piano to have piano lessons?
A: Absolutely! To engage properly with piano lessons, a student needs a weighted 88-key instrument. What kind of piano you search for will differ for each student’s individual situation, and I am happy to help you in your search for the right instrument.
Q: What is your missed lesson policy?
A: In the event of student absence for any reason, please notify me as far in advance as possible. I do not offer compensatory lessons for absences and/or missed lessons with less than a week’s notice. However, students have access to a studio-swap list, and a FaceTime option for at-home lessons in emergencies. For classes with more than one participant, there are no make-ups available. If the class occurred, the opportunity has passed. This is in respect for all students and the agreed upon schedule. This time is reserved. I cannot give the time away to someone else or fill it again.
Q: What is your musical background/teaching training?
A: I started lessons at a very early age. I was lucky to have a teacher who was also a performer, and I learned from a young age that there are many ways to share the joy of music. I always loved to learn and perform, but teaching one-on-one was even more compelling. I started teaching when I was still in high school. I went on to teach at several community music schools, at the collegiate level, preparatory programs, and conservatory schools. I have a bachelor’s certificate in pedagogy, as well as a masters and a doctorate in piano performance and pedagogy. I believe that those who do well have an obligation to teach well, and I love teaching all ages and levels, both privately and group.
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