Not all great piano players can teach.
Too often, I've had students come to me after having had piano lessons elsewhere, only to discover little evidence of them having learned the basics. They'll often use stickers on keys, depend on acronyms or read fingering instead of reading music and their foundational skills just aren't there.
While I teach piano in a holistic, structured way to both kids and adults, my underlying intentions are to also build my student's self-esteem, musical knowledge base and to teach them learning strategies. These key traits help my students face other learning situations with greater confidence and with a willingness to persevere.
Working with a qualified, caring and experienced teacher, enhances the countless brain-boosting benefits of learning piano and is an invaluable investment for students of all ages. Click the link below to watch a short TedEx VIdeo on: How playing an instrument benefits your brain.
See FAQ section below.
Each week your child receives a thirty-minute virtual piano lesson. Depending on the level and age, 10-20 minutes of a daily practicing routine will be encouraged between lessons. At the end of each class, I ask that everything is clearly written down in their notebook so they know what to practice and how many times. If you're local, I generally provide the books, write in necessary marking and deliver it for your convenience and then am reimbursed accordingly.
I typically use method books to start and then incorporate some popular songs from other books as they progress. While I still occasionally use some Royal Conservatory books for some students, I no longer do formal exam prep. I prefer to focus on building my student's skills, confidence and to nurture their enjoyment of playing piano.
At the end of June, I typically host a piano recital (now on Zoom), so my students can celebrate their efforts and showcase the progress they've made :)
Generally, age seven is a good time to start because their reading skills are developing. That said, I have had great success with some kids as young as five!
Factors to consider are your child's. . .
In any case, if your child is younger than seven, I like to start with a 15 minute lesson (at half price) for a few weeks and then see what works best moving forward.
If you don't already have a piano, there are a variety of options on the market and price points to suit your budget. You can buy used, or even rent-to-buy a piano or look into getting a weighted keyboard. Simply search online or we can discuss come the time.
Each half hour lesson is presently $40 Typically, we start with a single lesson as a trial and then, if it feels like a good fit to work together, generally students prepay for eight lessons at a time and get one make-up lesson per seasonal term if a lesson is missed. If the schedule needs to be changed on occasion for some reason, I do my best to accommodate.