Piano Lesson Details
Lesson Elements and Performances
Review assigned material and refine technique and expression
Learn new material, usually 1-2 pieces per lesson, depending on skill level
Practice music reading, hand technique, scales/arpeggios and theory
Winter and spring recitals
Videos available to supplement the lesson
Expectations for Families
A piano at home (sorry, no keyboards, read why )
Daily practice, approx. 20 minutes for beginners, 30 for intermediate
Parent involvement for young beginners
Payment & Missed Lessons
Monthly tuition is billed the first of the month. Tuition is based on a yearly schedule of 47 weeks of instruction (2 of those weeks are recitals) which averages out to four lessons per month.
For any absences (illness, vacation, etc.), you may schedule a make-up lesson and this opportunity does not expire. Multiple time slots are available every week for makeups, including some Saturdays.
If Miss Becky has to cancel a lesson, a credit will be applied to your account or the lesson can be rescheduled.
A piano has a touch, feel, and sound that even the most expensive electronic keyboards cannot reproduce. In my experience, students learn faster and stay in lessons longer with a piano. Parents often think "let's start on a keyboard, and see if my child likes lessons first, and then I will get a piano." However, this approach often backfires because a keyboard doesn't have enough resistance to strengthen a beginning student's fingers. Students then become frustrated because their fingers do not have the individual strength they need to play effectively and expressively. Most importantly though, playing a piano is a beautiful sensory experience of sound and touch that once experienced inspires the child to return to it again and again.
Don't let cost or size be a determining factor. Often, used pianos can be found for free or low cost on Offerup and Facebook Marketplace. And, the footprint of a real piano is only slightly larger than a full size keyboard. Also, a real piano is a piece of furniture and is more attractive than a keyboard, especially if placed in a living area. Feel free to reach out to chat more about finding a used or new piano.
The Joy of Playing a Piano
Do Online Lessons Really Work?
YES, THEY DO!
During our lesson, I have camera views of my hands on the keys, my face and the lesson book.
Additionally, the video tutorials support the student throughout the week as they see and hear the music they have just learned.
I have started many students, including young beginners, with online lessons and they have been very successful!
Gilbert, Queen Creek San Tan Valley