Frequently Asked Questions
• What age should one start piano lessons?
For young students, a reading ability is valuable. Six to seven years old is a good starting age in general. Other than that, one can start at any age.
• What style do you teach?
First, I teach all the basics which are “non-stylistic”. However, as the basics become absorbed, I use all styles - classical, show music, jazz/swing and pop. Of course, a good technique is largely dependent on studying the ‘classics’ by the masters.
• I have a keyboard. Do I really need a piano?
Yes. Playing the piano is physical. Digital keyboards (unless they have weighted keys) and synthesizers do not have the proper key weight and response so as to develop a proper piano technique. I will help to find and select a proper instrument for students just starting out if necessary.
• How often are the lessons?
Lessons are once a week during the school year and optional (but recommended) during the summer months. My own schedule is very flexible to accommodate students as best as I can for make-ups.
• Is there anything I should know before taking piano lessons?
Only that you want to learn to play the piano and learn the language of music. While I take on any and all students regardless of their past experience, I consider beginners to be one of my specialties.
• Do you come to the home?
No. Like a dentist, in my studio, all of my tools are at my fingertips. These include a second grand piano and a computer filled with personal arrangements developed over many years of teaching. Also, with my usually large student roster, I simply don't have the time to drive to lessons.