Frequently Asked Questions

What is the fee for lessons?

  • Fees can be discussed with me personally. Many factors are considered when assessing the fee, including the student’s level (beginner? advanced?), frequency of lessons, private or group lessons. I will work with you on this.

How to begin taking lessons with you?

  • Prior to begin taking lessons, a trial lesson (30 minutes) with the student will need be set up with me first. During the trial lesson, I will go over the studio policy with the parents and teach the student, as well as, evaluate/assess the readiness of the student. If the trial lesson goes well, we will begin a 4-week trial period to see how the student and I work together.

Do you accept transferred students?

  • Yes. Prior to accepting the transferred student, a trial lesson with the student will be set up with me to assess and evaluate the student’s ability (see the above question). Since each transferred student comes with different learning habits and musical background, it may take up to 3 or more months for the student and teacher to adjust to each other, AND to see some progress. This is the case especially with students who have took lessons already but received little or no instruction in developing solid music foundation (such as poor music reading skill, little theory training, poor technique training, or no sense of rhythm).

What equipment do I need?

  • I strongly recommended playing on an acoustic piano over keyboard because it allows for a more complete music making experience and strengthens fingers/arm better than a keyboard.
  • Besides a piano, I also recommend purchasing a metronome. Metronomes help students develop a steady sense of rhythm, and helps in keeping the tempo of a piece of music.

How do I help my child with his/her piano lessons?

  • Encouragement and praise goes a long way in building a student’s confidence. Also set aside a specific time to practice every day. This helps your child with developing a sense of routine, and is the best way to improve in his/her piano studies.
  • In my own teaching experience, I have seen that the students with faster progress are the ones who have stronger parental support at home. Parents are also welcomed to sit in lessons as well to be more involved with the child’s piano study. Thus, feel free to contact me at any time in regards to questions that you have to help your child.

Final Tip

  • Listening to and reading about different types of music such as classical, pop, jazz, and others is a great way to develop you or your child’s music education. Consequently, you or your child will understand and enjoy the lessons and playing piano more!

“The Truth About Piano Lessons”

A must-read for any prospective parents and students interested in learning piano and taking piano lessons.

http://musicalresources.blogspot.com/2011/07/truth-about-piano-lessons.html