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Piano Lessons

  • What are your rates?
    Our individual rates depend on how many lessons are taken per month. Each lesson is 30 minutes long.

    2 lessons - $80
    3 lessons -
    $120
    4 lessons - $140
    5 lessons - $160


    Payment is due on the first week of the month. Any late payments will have a 5% late fee, and any missed class will have to be made up within three days or will be forfeited.
     
  • What type of lessons are available?
    We provide private one-on-one piano lessons with individual students, in an open studio.
     
  • How often do piano lessons occur?
    Piano lessons are held once a week and students are taught various musical pieces to practice at home.

     
  • What forms of payment are accepted?
    Cash and Checks are preferred. Please note that students will be charged a $30 fee for any checks issued with non-sufficient funds. Debit and Credit cards are also accepted (+2% transaction fee). Online payments can be made through PayPal, Google Wallet, or Venmo.
     
  • What happens during a piano lesson?
    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.


Registration

  • What do I need in order to learn the piano?
    Commitment, time to practice, an interest in learning, and an acoustic or electronic keyboard.
     
  • 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 evaluate his/her 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.
     

Location

  • Where are the piano lessons conducted?
    P
    iano 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.
     

Schedule

  • 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 skills.
     
  • 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 instructor.
     

Practice

  • 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 exercises.
     
  • What will make piano practice successful?
    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 all assignments.
    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 practice.
     
  • 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 routine.
    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!)
     

Pianos

  • 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 keyboard:
    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 music.
    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?
    Acoustic 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 practicing.
     

Discontinuing

  • When can students discontinue lessons?
    Students can 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.

 

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