Frequently Asked Questions
Questions for Every Piano Family to Ask
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?
Good, used piano’s are available on Kijiji. They can run anywhere from $800- $5000 or more depending on age, brand and more. New pianos can be purchased from about $4000 and are often available for financing as well. Steinway Pianos of Calgary is a good source to check out. They also carry used pianos. I am very happy to help you find a piano in your budget and offer advice and even go with you to see it- just let me know!
4. How often are lessons, and for how long?
Lessons are weekly, September through May excluding holidays. Lessons are optional over holidays and are paid for separately. Length of lesson is determined by age and level. The younger beginner will start at 30 minutes once per week.
5. What are the expectations for me as the piano parent?
Glad you asked! 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 five days a week for practice when they are not tired and free from distraction and noise. Sit down daily with your younger child and help them practice; sit down weekly 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, that they have used the washroom, washed their hands, cut their nails, and gotten 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, including classical.
6. What if my child loses interest in piano?
That would be entirely normal and I would wonder 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 at lessons, I can tailor the lesson to lend support for you as well. It is of great importance that a child learn “grit” and determination as well as persistence when things are tough. Together, we can help you both during this developmental stage of your child!