Frequently aSKED QUESTIONS
wHAT AGES DO YOU TEACH?
I have experience teaching piano to 4-year-olds through adults. I currently accept students as young as 5 & as old as. . . . Well, it's never too late to start piano lessons, & I enjoy teaching adult students too!
I believe it is very important to use age-appropriate materials at each level, matching the interests and strengths of each age group. In my studio, beginning 5-year-olds use different books than beginning 8-year-olds or beginning middle-school students or adults.
do you teach adult students?
how do i know if my child is ready to start piano lessons?
For a child to start piano lessons, he should be able to do the following things:
how can i help my preschooler prepare for music lessons?
Musical activities can be extremely beneficial to young children, not just to prepare them for music lessons, but to prepare them for life. Music can help children develop their motor skills & sense of timing, develop language & spatial reasoning skills, & remember facts (for example, the "ABC Song"!)
Click here for a list of musical activities you can do with your child to help prepare him for music lessons.
where do you teach piano lessons?
I teach lessons in a large, dedicated music room in my home, which is located near the intersection of Hwy 162 & Hwy 212, south of Covington and Conyers, GA.
All lessons are given on a 5'3" professional-quality Yamaha C1 grand piano. The lab area is equipped with a digital piano and a computer. There is also a place in the studio for parents to sit and observe, if they wish.
when are lessons scheduled?
Lessons are scheduled between 12:30 and 8:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and/or Thursdays.
Siblings' private lessons are scheduled back-to-back, if at all possible, unless the parent requests otherwise.
what is different about your piano studio?
We play artistically & creatively. We use creative practice strategies to learn our music. We are creative away from the printed page, composing & arranging our own music, adding accompaniments to lead sheets, & putting our own spin on favorite lesson book pieces.
Longer Weekly Instruction Time
All students attend 50-60 minute weekly lessons, including 40 minutes of private instruction.
Unique Lesson Format
In addition to their private lesson at the piano, students also explore in the music theory lab each week. This private lesson + lab format, plus regular group classes, adds up to a unique program that makes learning fun & relevant. Read more about piano lessons here.
Opportunities for Group Collaboration
We meet in Piano Club groups seven times during the school year. During the summer, each student attends a week of Summer Piano Camp, with oodles of group activities!
Qualified, Experienced Teacher
I hold both bachelor's and master's degrees in Piano Performance & have over 20 years of experience teaching piano. Read more about my background here.
can the parent be present during the lesson?
There is a sitting area in the studio for parents who want to observe lessons. It can be very helpful especially for parents of young students (K5-1st grade) to attend the lessons with their child.
Parents and siblings are also welcome to wait in my living room adjacent to the piano studio. (Please note that siblings not enrolled in lessons are required to be with an adult at all times!)
What music learning opportunities are available during the summer?
During the summer, students develop musicianship skills & drill music literacy at a fun, hands-on Piano Camp. Camps are small (3-6 students of similar age & level) so learning activities can be carefully leveled to match the students.
All K5-12th grade students are required to attend a week of Summer Piano Camp in order to maintain their place in the studio for the following year.
how much is tuition?
when is the tuition due?
Tuition is collected through automatic payments on the 1st of each month. You have the option of paying from your bank account or with a credit card. If you opt for a credit card, a 3% convenience fee will automatically be added to your payments.
what if we have to miss a lesson? do you offer make-ups?
Your tuition reserves a specific time in my teaching schedule, teaching time that is dedicated to your child. Understandably, I cannot dedicate double lesson time to your child when you have a schedule conflict. Lesson time cannot be extended if a student is late, & missed lessons cannot be rescheduled or refunded.
However, because I understand that a couple unavoidable schedule conflicts or sick days may pop up during the year, TWO free bonus lessons have been built into the studio calendar each year.
do you offer any discounts?
The studio offers a Family Discount: The second and each additional child from a family who enroll in piano lessons receive $5/month discount on tuition.
what books do we need & where do we get them?
You never need to get any books or materials. I do that for you. The yearly registration fee, due with the registration form, covers the cost of all your books & materials.
Will We have to pay any other fees during the year?
A yearly registration fee is due with the student's yearly registration form. The non-refundable registration fee reserves the student's place in the studio AND covers the following:
You will NOT be billed for any miscellaneous activities or materials throughout the year, unless your child chooses to participate in an extra, optional event.
do i need to have a piano at home?
In order to progress, students need to practice their music between lessons. All students MUST have access to an instrument for their home practice, either a well-maintained acoustic piano OR a digital piano (e.g. Yamaha Clavinova) meeting ALL of the following specs:
Primer-level students (beginners) only may use an electric keyboard with at least 61 full-sized. touch-sensitive keys.
where can i find an instrument?
how much should my child practice?
That depends on the student's age & level, plus how quickly he wants to progress. Daily review is very important, even if the student does not have time for a full practice session every day.
I ask my students to practice on five different days during the week. Students should follow the weekly practice plan in their Piano Journal. It will usually take about this long to complete their assignments:
what should my child practice?
At the weekly lesson, a practice plan including piece titles, page numbers, & specific goals is written out. The student should follow this plan in his home practice.
how do i get my child to practice?
Students are expected to treat their piano assignments as seriously as their homework assignments and other responsibilities. This will most likely happen if the student has a specific piano practice time built into his daily routine.
As a teacher, I do my best to keep lessons enjoyable and engaging. (We even gamify home practice!) Even the most dedicated piano student, however, will have times when he simply does not want to practice. . . just like he has days when he doesn't feel like doing his homework, making his bed, or brushing his teeth. As you do with those other responsibilities, help him be faithful in his piano practice because "this is simply part of the daily routine." Here are a few tips that may help:
i don't have any background in music.
How can i help my child succeed in her piano studies?
Even if you have no musical experience yourself, you can help your child with his piano in these very practical ways:
will my student have the opportunity to perform in recitals?
Yes! Getting to share music with others is one of the best parts of learning to play!
We present one recital each semester:
In addition, students perform for each other at Piano Club group classes during the school year. The mix of formal and informal performances helps students learn to control their nerves and focus on playing artistically.
What is piano festival?
One Saturday morning each spring, students perform a private audition for a qualified, experienced piano judge to gain performance experience, encouragement, and helpful feedback. Students always grow musically through the process of preparing for Piano Festival.
Does the studio program include any "extracurriculars"?
There is a plethora of learning activities available throughout the year!