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 About Lessons

What to Expect from Lessons:

Beginner Students: Each week we learn a new concept (new types of notes, sounds, articulation, theory, history, form, etc.) being careful to gear the lesson to each student's strengths and needs. We learn pieces that implement this new information along with what we learned the previous weeks. Depending on the age and need of each student we might play musical games or other activities to better understand the new concept. You can expect to typically learn about 2 to 4 pieces weekly, although the pace will highly depend on the student. Daily practice will be expected in order to gain the most benefit from lessons. Written work will be assigned weekly as well. It's understandable that some days are harder to make time for practice than others, in which case at least 15 minutes of practice, written piano homework, or a musical game should be completed, so your brain is working in a musical way in some capacity every day. 

Intermediate Students: With students who are looking to continue their piano education our first lesson will typically be going over a piece or pieces of music you have learned most recently. You may be asked to sight read a new piece of music and we lead from there. If sight reading isn't your strength, no problem! We will work through it together and learn in the process how to improve sight reading skills. This first lesson ensures each student's strengths, needs, and skill level can be assessed as well as ensures that all areas for the current level have been learned. If not, we will be sure to cover these areas first. Going forward from there we will learn pieces at their level continuing to learn new concepts each week. Around level 3 or 4 is when Certificate of Merit is usually introduced, but again highly depends on the student, student goals, and level of readiness. (See About Certificate of Merit for more information) Daily practice will be expected in order to gain the most benefit from lessons. Written work will be assigned weekly as well. It's understandable that some days are harder to make time for practice than others, in which case at least 15 minutes of practice, written Notespeller, theory, ear training homework or a musical game is completed, so your brain is working in a musical way in some capacity every day.

 

Advanced students: We typically start each lesson with warm ups, then together we choose about 2 to 4 pieces to work on and polish in depth, growing your musicality and love of music. We may also work on sight reading, ear training, theory, etc. depending on your goals. Certificate of Merit is usually given as an option at this level as well. (See About Certificate of Merit for more information) Daily practice will be expected in order to gain the most benefit from lessons. It's understandable that some days are harder to make time for practice than others, in which case at least 15 minutes of practice, theory, or ear training homework is completed, so your brain is working in a musical way in some capacity every day. 

What You Will Need Every Lesson:

  • An acoustic or digital piano with a proper bench - An acoustic piano is greatly preferred as there are sounds, touches, and approaches that cannot be duplicated on a digital piano. However, if you choose to buy a digital piano you will need one with the following specifications:

  • 88, touch-sensitive, weighted keys, furniture stand (not a cross stand), 2 pedals minimum that are attached to the stand (no free floating pedals). If you need recommendations please contact me and I will give you a few current options.

  • Keyboards with 88 keys are okay to start with, but will be asked to upgraded when deemed necessary by your teacher 

  • Your piano placed in a quiet space - It is difficult to hear and concentrate on both ends of the call when there is excessive amplified noise in the background.

  • A fully charged phone, tablet or computer with a camera suitable for online lessons

  • All books and music assigned to you

  • A pencil (not pen)

Upon request, you will also need:

  • A stand for phone, tablet, or computer

  • A notebook dedicated specifically to piano

  • A binder dedicated specifically to piano

  • A metronome

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