FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I have to have previous music experience or lessons to study with you?     No! I accept students of all ages and experience levels—even absolute beginners!

Do you teach flute or trumpet or…?     I teach piano, guitar, voice and composition/songwriting/theory. That’s it. If your child is in band in school and needs instruction for a brass or woodwind instrument, I’d suggest asking the band director if they can recommend anyone.

Do I need to have an instrument (piano, keyboard or guitar)?     Yes, you will need an instrument on which to practice each week. If you don’t have one or aren’t sure you want to purchase one yet, I do have some instruments that I can rent to you for $10 a month. Check with me to see if I currently have any available.

What should I bring to my lesson?     Bring a small spiral notebook. I will write in this book so you know what to practice each week. If you are a guitar student, bring your guitar! If you have specific music you’d like to learn, bring it in!

Can I sit in and observe my child’s lesson?     Absolutely! In fact, I encourage parents to sit in on their kids’ lessons. That way, you know what they should be working on and can encourage and supervise their weekly practice schedule.

My child is four years old–is that too young to start lessons?     It really just depends on the individual child. Some children develop the motor skills necessary to play the piano earlier than others. Also, to consider is their ability to focus and pay attention.

Will you come to my house and teach the lessons here?      No.

Can you teach my lessons on the weekend?     No. I do not schedule regular lessons on Saturdays or Sundays as I prefer to spend that time with my family. I will, however, occasionally schedule a makeup lesson on Saturday or Sunday if I am available.

How much should I practice each week?     As a general rule for kids 8 years old and younger, I recommend at least 15 to 20 minutes of practice at least five days a week. For kids 8 through early teens, 30 minutes a day. For older teens and adults, try to get in at least 45 minutes to an hour.