We've compiled a few things to help you get started with lessons!
Practice - What to expect, and how to help your child practice at home Our Policies and Frequently Asked Things A Guide to purchasing a Piano or Stringed Instrument The Benefits of Music Lessons
Practice: What to expect and how to help your child at home
Parents often ask us our expectations for home practice, or for a recommended length of time their child should be practicing. And, we definitely appreciate the support! Yes, your child should strive to play every day. However, most of the practice, and working through difficulties, is done during the lesson. What we like our students to do at home on the days between lessons is to simply play. We'll put the date on the pages/songs your child has completed and mastered at the lesson....and these are what they should review and perform for you at home. So, you may need to remind your child to play, or help them to set up a daily routine, but "practice" shouldn't be a struggle or battle. For beginners, we don't have a recommended length of practice time...just encourage them to play frequently. As students advance, we can help them graduate into a more regimented routine with a minimum home practice requirement.
Our Policies and Frequently Asked Things
Lessons are 60 minutes weekly. Tuition is $150 per month, and is the same amount each month regardless of the number of weeks. Payment is due in advance of the month of lessons, on the 25th. One month's notice is required when discontinuing lessons (unless, of course, it's your first month). Lessons may be rescheduled if you have a conflict, but we kindly ask for 24 hours notice. For payments, we accept cash, check, CashApp (Square), and Veem (an ACH payment type). At this time we are not set up to accept credit or debit cards in person. A more helpful copy of our studio policies will be emailed to you for signature when you start lessons, and again at the beginning of each fiscal year....these are just the policies we're asked about most :)
A Guide to Purchasing a Piano or Stringed Instrument
Buying a piano If you buy something that looks like this... This is a 61-key keyboard. Not a piano.
Pros: -They are really affordable! $99 - $149 -They are portable and small. Cons: -Poorest sound quality of all choices. -The “feel” of the keys are not the same as a real piano. They are “unweighted.” The student will always be bothered by how heavy the keys of a real piano feel if they are used to a the feel of a small keyboard.
Why buy? If you are looking for an inexpensive keyboard to get your child started with, this will work. However, it is only a temporary purchase. You will need to upgrade after the first year or so to a more responsive instrument. Popular brands: Yamaha, Casio
If you buy something that looks like this... This is a basic digital piano.
Pros: -You get the sound and feel of a real piano at good price. $500. -”Weighted keys” and “hammer action” are features that almost always come with these types of pianos. Please make sure your model does! -You can control the volume, use headphones, and connect to a computer. Cons: -Less reliable than acoustic pianos. They might break or malfunction after a few years. -The sound quality of a digital instrument will never match the responsive sound of an acoustic instrument. The sound quality is often very good, but not the best. Why buy? If your student is committed to piano for years to come, this is a great choice. It will meet all the needs of a piano student who is learning the basics of the instrument. Popular brands: Casio, Korg, Yamaha.
If you buy something that looks like one of these... these are acoustic (not electronic) pianos, and high-end digital pianos.
-The very best sound quality and “feel” on the keys. -Best resale values. These pianos will not lose value as quickly. Some high-end acoustic pianos have been known to appreciate over time! -Very durable. Acoustic pianos can last up to 100 years. Good digital pianos can last 10 - 20 years. -High end digital pianos have expansive sound banks (they can sound like lots of other instruments), recording capabilities, and many interactive applications with computers. -Acoustic pianos do not need electricity to operate. Cons: -They are expensive. $1800 and up for digital pianos. $4000 and up for acoustic pianos. $5000 and up for acoustic grand pianos. -Acoustic pianos will need to be tuned regularly. $150 - $300/year. -Acoustic pianos can not connect with headphones or computers. Why buy? If your child is serious about piano, these instruments can handle the subtle nuances of different touches (louder, softer, longer shorter) to create a more responsive, expressive sound. Music is an art form, and these instruments do the songs the most justice. The student will connect with the music on a more personal level, if the sound is rich and vibrant. These instruments will deliver that kind of sound. These instruments also the more visually attractive option. You can put them in a prominent place in your house and it will make the whole room look great! Popular brands: Acoustic: Kawai, Yamaha, Baldwin, Steinway. Digital: Roland, Yamaha, Kawai.
The Benefits of Music Lessons
Music lessons, in any instrument, have numerous widespread benefits -- helping to develop neuro-muscular connections, engaging both the right and left brain, increasing focus, improving study habits, lengthening memory. The lessons themselves serve to help students organize, fix mistakes effectively, and work independently. But, perhaps the biggest benefit derived from music instruction is that students experience repeatedly what it means to accomplish goals and master a skill.