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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What can I expect in lessons? How about after a year of lessons?

You can expect a professional, caring and nurturing environment for your child as they grow in their musical endeavours. I teach to each child’s strengths and weaknesses as well as personality to encourage your child to be the best they can be. In the first year, you can expect that your child will learn posture and form at the piano; learn to listen to the sound they make; learn to take directions from both yourself and myself; learn concentration and focus; learn to enjoy making music both at home and here in the studio.

 

2. Do I need an acoustic piano for my child to take lessons?

The short answer is “yes if at all possible!” The longer answer can be found  here.

3. Where can I find a piano and how much do they cost?

Used pianos are often available from places like Kijiji, Facebook Marketplace, as well as from piano stores. They can run anywhere from $2000 - $5000 or more depending on age, brand and condition. Like everything else, the cost of new pianos has increased and continues to do so. New pianos can be purchased from about $5000 and financing is also an option offered by some stores. 

4. How often are lessons, and for how long?

Lessons are from September to beginning of June, excluding holidays. Students, ages 6 and up, have a weekly 45 minute or 1 hour lesson.  

5. What are the expectations for me as the piano parent?

I only see your child once a week for the length of their lesson - you are at home with them 24/7. Help your child find time to practice five days a week. Choose a time when they aren’t tired, and an environment free from distraction and noise. Sit down daily with your younger child and help them practice; sit down a few times with an older child and help them practice. Encourage practice in a positive way and praise their efforts sincerely. Ensure you are on time for your child’s scheduled lessons, with time to use the washroom, wash their hands, cut their nails, and get a drink before lessons begin, then please enter quietly. Provide your child with opportunities to perform; take your child to see live performances and listen to great music.

6. What if my child loses interest in piano?

That would be entirely normal and I would be surprised if your child did NOT show disinterest at some point. What to do? Give me a heads up,  sooner rather than later - before you are frustrated! We are a team and together we can brainstorm ways to help you at home to encourage and support your child during their practice time. When I am aware of this, I can tailor the lesson to lend support for you as well. It is of great importance that a child learn determination as well as persistence when things are tough. Together, we can help you both during this developmental stage of your child.

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