- Primary: Level 1a - 1c
- Elementary: Level 2a - 3b
- Intermediate: Levels 4 and above
Student Do's and Don'ts:
- Come to lessons with clean hands. If your hands need washing, please wash them before you sit at the piano.
- If you have a severe cold or if you’re running a fever, please don’t come to lessons. The keyboard is a haven for bacteria and viruses.
- Bring your assignment book every week. You may know what your assignment is, but the assignment sheet is more for me...it gets my brain ready for your lesson.
- You should set aside 30 minutes EVERY day for the piano….we will talk about practicing during your lessons, but piano lessons don't help if you don’t practice.
- If you have any questions during your lesson, please ask! I love to answer questions!
- If you have questions during the week, email or text me!
- Learn to isolate problems that you have when practicing.
- If you're having trouble with a phrase (line/measure), solve it before continuing to the next phrase.
- Practicing is a process of working out the difficult areas. It is not playing the same thing over and over from start to finish just because the entire piece was assigned.
- Practice one phrase (or 4 measures) at a time, and master it before moving to the next phrase. This might sound tedious, but you will actually move faster and more efficiently through the piece.
- Practice short sections, preferrably in the evening, get a good nights rest, then practice the same section again in the morning.
- How much time do you practice every day? If you don't practice everyday you're not practicing enough. Learning to play the piano is an on-going process and will only work if you devote time to it.
Helpful Hints for Parents:
- Practicing is a very difficult and lonely occupation and younger children thrive on company. Take an active interest by sitting with your child, listening and commenting. This will give your child an audience and will help develop his/her confidence.
- Where you keep the piano is important - try to have it in a room where the child feels comfortable and not in a place where, for example, the family meet only for formal occasions. Sending your child alone into the dining room, for example, is a form of banishment and with some children, might seem like a punishment.
- Find a time of day that is sacrosanct, when the television is switched off and the whole family sits down to do something quiet. This reduces the likelihood of distractions. Ideally, this should be at the same time each day.
- Don't "reward" your child by allowing him/her a day off. Practice is not a punishment - being given the chance to learn an instrument is a privilege.
- Don't ask a younger sibling to sit with your child because you are too busy - this will invariably cause distractions and is a recipe for disaster.
- Have a note pad and pencil handy at the piano. If you or your child has difficulty with a passage, or a question, jot it down so we can address it at the next lesson.