QUESTION & ANSWER:
- What type of lessons
We provide private one-on-one piano lessons with individual
students, in an open studio.
- What are your rates?
$130/month for 30-minute weekly lessons
$260/month for 1-hour weekly lessons
$180/month for 30-minute weekly lessons
$360/month for 1-hour weekly lessons
- What is your payment policy?
Payment is due on the first week of the month. Any late payments will have a 5% late fee. Any missed class will have to be made up within the week or will be forfeited. Payments cannot be rolled over to the following month.
- How often do piano lessons occur?
Piano lessons are held once a week.
Students are taught various musical pieces to practice at home.
- What forms of payment
Online payments via Venmo, Apply Pay, Paypal, or Google Wallet are preferred. Checks are also accepted.
Please note that students will be charged a $30 fee for any
checks issued with non-sufficient funds.
- What happens during a
The lesson can consist new information and pieces given to
the student, a review of pieces the student is currently learning, flash
card exercises, sight-reading drills, technique & artistry review, theory
work, musical games, drawing
activities, listening to classical pieces, learning about famous
composers, playing duets, playing with background accompaniment or a
metronome, and more.
- Is my child too young
to begin lessons?
Typically, children are mature enough around age 5 or 6 years old to begin
piano lessons. At this point they already understand numbers,
letters, and patterns.
- What do I need in order
to learn the piano?
Commitment, time to practice, an interest in learning, and an acoustic or
- Do I need a piano?
Yes. The student must have access to an acoustic or electronic keyboard
in order to learn to play piano. Skills are acquired
by practicing on a regular basis.
- What is the first step
to register for lessons?
Call or e-mail us to schedule an introductory lesson or to inquire about
current open lesson slots.
An introductory lesson is the
initial meeting during which the instructor
observes the student’s capability to listen, follow instructions, and
interest in learning.
- What is the
cost of piano books and materials?
Each level uses four books,
which cost $30 in total. The payment for books is due at the beginning of each level, or you can order them through Amazon.com or from any music store.
- Where are the piano
Piano Lessons are conducted at the
teacher's home piano studio, located in Secaucus, NJ.
- Do you come to
student's houses to give lessons?
Unfortunately, no. Since several equipment and teaching materials (i.e.
metronome, ipad, blackboard, speakers, etc.) are used to enhance
the lessons, we only do lesson at our home studio.
- Do lessons continue
during the summer?
Students are scheduled to receive lessons during the summer months of June,
July, and August. This prevents them from losing several month's worth of
- What happens if the
student cancels a lesson?
All scheduled absences must be given at least 24-48 hours
in advance to be
rescheduled within the same week.
- What happens if the
instructor cancels a lesson?
If a lesson is cancelled by the
instructor, it will be made up at a mutual convenience of the student and
- What does it mean to
"practice" the piano?
It means that a student has a set of pieces and exercises, often with
specific instructions, to play on a regular basis at home. Often times, a
student will be given instructions to learn a piece in small
sections, hands separately or together, and sometimes with a metronome at
specific tempo (speed) or counting aloud to keep a steady beat and be able
to play the rhythm correctly. The outcome of good practice is that the
student will learn how to play songs, understand new
concepts, and be ready to further their skills with new pieces and
- What will make piano
1. Five or more days of practice every week: Practice = Progress = Enjoyment
2. Put the piano or keyboard in a room away from distractions such as
siblings, TV, or computer sounds.
3. Set up a regular practice time so it becomes a part of the daily routine.
4. Check the assignment book regularly to confirm the student is completing
5. Check that the student’s posture is correct to avoid pain or injury
(check the height of the bench).
6. In general, students should practice anywhere from 20-60 minutes a day. Generally, the longer the lesson each week, the longer the
practice time at home.
7. Tell the instructor if you have any questions or concerns regarding
- What if my child
doesn't want to practice?
Children are known
to go through phases of enjoying and not enjoying practice. In most cases,
if children are encouraged by parents to practice and stay with it, they
will develop musically and eventually have the needed skills to enjoy the
piano for the rest of their lives.
The greatest reason for children dropping-out of piano is because they just
don't practice or don't want to. We highly encourage parents to not give
up, considering the financial resources and time already invested in
lessons. We highly suggests trying some of the following:
1. Set a daily practice time for your child so it is a normal part of their
2. Show interest in your child's practice time and encourage them.
3. Reward the student for practicing (sticker chart, food reward, special
day out with mom/dad, etc. Be creative!)
- What is
the best type of piano to have?
It is highly
recommended that students practice on an acoustic piano. The most affordable type of acoustic pianos are in the "vertical"
category- spinet, console, studio, and upright.
- Can the student
practice on an electronic keyboard?
Yes. The student may begin learning on any type of electronic keyboard,
provided that it has at least 60 keys and a music rack. If the electronic
keyboard lacks particular important functions, it is important to update to
a proper electronic keyboard after six months of starting lessons. A proper
electronic keyboard has the following included or made attachable to the
1. Full Size with 88 Keys - more keys means less limitation in the kinds of
pieces the student wants to learn
2. Touch Sensitivity/ Weight Sensitivity (also known as Velocity) - this refers to the ability to create loud, soft, and any other
variation of dynamic by how much weight is exerted on the keys.
3. A Sustaining Pedal (also known as the Damper Pedal) - this pedal causes
the sounds to all flow together, creating a beautiful sound.
4. A Music Rack - so the student has a place to prop the music books
when playing the piano.
5. A properly adjusted bench or chair - so the student can sit
comfortably in the correct posture in order to avoid bad habits which will
most certainly cause pain either now or later.
- What are the specific
types of electronic keyboards?
1. Digital Pianos - these are the best because they are full-sized keyboards
that sound and feel almost like an acoustic piano.
2. Stage Pianos - these are second best and are known for being used by
professional musicians in live performances.
3. Synthesizers - known for unlimited creative potential for any style of
4. Digital Keyboards - these are by far the most popular and cheapest of the
category. These tend to have poor quality in general, but offer lots of
choices in sounds and interactive ability. Students are most likely to
begin on this type of electronic keyboard. A large amount of these do not
have touch-sensitive keys or the standard 88 keys, which can be a great
hindrance to a student's musicality. Upgrading to a digital keyboard that
has touch-sensitive/weighted keys and the standard 88 keys after six months
of lessons is best for the student's progress.
- How can I take good
care of my piano?
Pianos - acoustic pianos need to be tuned about once a year. Tuning will
result in the strings sounding at the correct pitch. Also, protect your
acoustic piano by keeping food/drink away from it. Children should always
have clean, dry hands when practicing.
Electronic Keyboards - in general, protect your keyboard by keeping
food/drink away from it. Children should always have clean, dry hands when
- When can students
discontinue lessons at any time with a written/typed noticed including the
date, the student’s name, and the parent or guardian’s name. Notice may be
given in writing or e-mailed. It is highly recommended that the
student/family speak with the instructor about possible solutions before
choosing to discontinue lessons.
- Can the student
re-register for lessons at a later time?
Yes, if all
policies were abided by, the student may resume piano lessons at a later
time provided there is an open lesson slot in the studio.