My aim is to instil in each student an appreciation and enthusiasm for music and to use this as the basis for building musical, artistic and pianistic skill. I aim to keep lessons interesting, engaging, challenging and fun so that students develop their skills most effectively and most enjoyably. There are many aspects of music education that complete a skilled pianist. These include performance, technique, ear training, theory, creative composition, sight-reading skills, style and historical knowledge. I will work on all of these areas of musicianship as needed during the development and growth of the student. The skills, learning techniques, concentration and discipline that are learnt from taking piano lessons are life skills that will transfer to many other endeavours for years to come.
While most students are initially excited to begin piano lessons, please be aware that your child will face challenges (and sometimes frustrations) along the way. As they become aware of the discipline and commitment required to attain excellence, your encouragement and praise will be essential to your child’s success.
- Set aside a scheduled practice time for your child.
- Supervise home practice sessions and sign practice charts, making sure that all assignments are completed.
- Provide feedback and suggestions to me about your child’s progress that will increase the effectiveness of each lesson.
- Ensure that your child arrives at their lesson at the appropriate time (not too early, not late).
- You are more than welcome to sit in on lessons if that is what you and your child would like, though some children work best without the pressure of having to play in front of their parent(s).
- Complete daily practice.
- Be prepared for your lesson (with books, assignment notebook, practice sheet, theory book, and any other projects).
- Keep fingernails trimmed short (they should not extend past the end of the finger) to ensure proper hand position for good technique.
- Have clean hands before playing the piano.
Students who build good practice habits will progress more rapidly and will find piano practice and lessons more enjoyable. The amount of time required for good quality practice will vary depending on the student’s age and playing level. More importantly, though, is that practice is done on a regular basis. If daily practice is not being completed, I will work with the student (and parent, if necessary) to determine the cause and possible solutions.
Missed Lessons and Catch-Up Lessons:
If you want to cancel a lesson you must give at least 24 hours notice prior to your lesson or you will be charged for that lesson. I will try to reschedule a lesson if you have to cancel and have given at least 24 hours notice of the cancellation. I reserve the right to cancel any lessons at short notice if I need to and will either reschedule, refund you for that lesson or find a relieving piano teacher for that lesson.
What if I decide piano is not for me?
You can discontinue taking lessons at any time, and will be refunded any money paid in advance promptly.