Thinking about Piano Lessons?
As parents, you are providing a wonderful gift when you enrol your children in piano lessons.
Successful piano lessons consist of a three-way partnership:
Teacher: I seek to provide the very best instruction that I can
Students: Work on the assigned materials at home, come prepared with their materials to the lessons
Parents: Support the whole process by not only providing lessons, materials and an instrument for the students, but also by their involvement through attendance at lessons and follow up at home for young beginners, as well as through interest and support for older students.
It’s not an inexpensive gift, so to get the very most from your lessons, I would encourage you to think about the following:
1. Always interview a potential teacher. This will allow the student to come to the first lesson feeling more comfortable with a new setting, allow the teacher to decide which materials will be needed to begin lessons, and more importantly, allow you to see if this potential teacher will be offering the kind of instruction that is suited to the goals of your family.
2. Provide the student with the best quality instrument you can afford. This will help them play correctly right from the very beginning. Please see my advice on Buying a Piano regarding the differences in instruments to help you get started.
3. Set up a practice schedule for your child. I cannot emphasize the importance of this enough: for piano students to make regular progress, they must have regular practice during the week between piano lessons. By scheduling a regular time, you are doing the following:
sending the message to your child that this is important
creating a routine, which after a short time, will become a habit
making sure that practice fits into your busy schedule. I have noticed that families that don’t set up a schedule often have piano practice fall through the cracks, and eventually the student’s progress suffers.
Sometimes life interferes with life so from time to time all families have the kind of week where little or no practice can take place. However, with a regular schedule most weeks will be good weeks and you and the student will be happy with their progress.
4. The most important thing you as a parent will provide for your child is your interest and encouragement!
Although this information is geared to parents who wish to enrol one or more of their children in piano lessons, it also applies to adults. It’s never too late to learn as an adult, and I welcome students of all ages, from 4 and up!
If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to call me at (403) 709-0449.
THE GIFT OF MUSIC LASTS A LIFETIME!