- Acoustic Piano
It is expected that students will have an acoustic piano. Even at the beginning stages, a student needs to listen for good tone production, and work for efficient use of arm weight, control of the key attack, and effective use of the pedal. Unfortunately none of these techniques are possible on an electronic keyboard, even if it has weighted keys or a pedal attachment.
If the family does not currently have a piano, I will make every effort to help them find an affordable option, including recommending retail and private sources, a piano tuner, and a piano moving company.
- Parental Involvement
Parents of younger students are expected to observe lessons and supervise the practice sessions at home. Not only does this support ensure that all the elements from the lesson are being practiced effectively, it also shows the child that this is an important family project. The parent’s interest in the process will give the student all the more reason to strive for success. As the child matures (or as the situation dictates), the presence of the parent can be gradually withdrawn.
Regular practise is necessary to make progress and to have enjoyable lessons. The following guidelines will be helpful in determining the time commitment expected, always keeping in mind that while quality over quantity is optimal, some days you just have to “put in your time”.
- Beginners: 15 to 20 minutes
- Junior: 30 to 45 minutes
- Intermediate: 45 to 90 minutes
- Advanced: 90 minutes plus
It is advisable to practice the day before the lesson to ensure adequate preparation and the day after a lesson to ensure review of new material for best results. A lesson does not count as a practice session.