What kind of piano do you recommend?
I do require that students have a piano or keyboard at home. Any acoustic piano, new or used, is suitable. As long as you enjoy the tone quality, it will be an instrument that you enjoy returning to time and time again. Please make sure all keys are working and check the pedals before purchasing. It is important to have your piano tuned at least once a year.
If an acoustic piano is not a good fit, a digital 88-key keyboard is recommended. Make sure it has weighted keys and touch sensitivity. For very beginners, a 61-key keyboard can work for a short time. Make sure it has touch sensitivity. Weighted keys are not usually found on 61-key keyboards and therefore make it difficult to build technique. This article is a great resource to help you: Features to Look for and Avoid in an Electronic Keyboard.
How much should I practice?
This depends on each individual. I request that each student comes prepared for their lesson. My suggestion for a beginning student is to start with 10 minutes a day, 6 days a week. Advanced students may need 2 hours a day, 5 days a week. Students who practice consistently through the week show the most enjoyment and progress in their lessons. It is best to practice a little bit every day than to practice one long session once a week.
How much do you charge?
Please contact me to learn about tuition costs. I do charge by month and request payment at the start of piano lessons.
How long are lessons?
I offer 30-minute, 45-minute, and 60-minute lessons.