Enroll in Piano Lessons

I am currently accepting new students. The following represent questions many people ask before they decide to being studying:

1) Are there certain times of the year when one begins lessons?
Now is the best time. Patterns often suggest many people make the decision to begin at the end of a school year or just before school starts, but any time is good.
2) How do we schedule lessons? How often does my child have a lesson?
Lessons are scheduled on a weekly basis at a specific, consistent time. It is important they happen regularly, and without interruption.
3) Do I simply sign up and have my child do an hour lesson?
Lessons for young beginners are most often a half hour in duration. It would be ideal if a beginner could take about three short lessons a week, maybe 20 minutes each, but schedules most often do not permit that.
4) Is this too much for my child or me?
A half hour lesson works very well, considering it takes time to sit properly at the piano and to review everything that was previously taught.
5) How much is my child supposed to practice?
A young beginner can often do everything required in the assignment in 15 to twenty minutes of practice, as long as the practice takes place on a daily basis. Older, more advanced students are advised to practice the amount of time equal to a lesson on a daily basis, although this often does not happen.
6) I want to take summers off.
I teach 12 months per year, excepting vacation time. Therefore, I understand the importance of family vacations, and the fact that they provide indelible childhood memories, and will work with you to keep your vacation time as “untouchable”. Some families take considerable time to go to their homeland, and I most definitely work with them in those trips. However, numerous trips, weeks missed, or summers off will not work in my studio. Such policy is not conducive to learning to play the piano and cannot be my policy when teaching piano is my main means of support.
7) Do you organize recitals?
I plan two major recitals per year, fall and spring, with numerous evenings at my home in which anybody may sit and play anything on which they are working.
8) Do your students enter competitions?
I consider competitions, when viewed in a constructive way, are valuable as a means of measuring oneself, and most definitely a way to make connections and gain experience for entry to college, conservatory, and for a future career. Performing experience in competitions causes one’s ability to play before people to dramatically increase. My students participate in competitions, and have won many of the ones they enter.
9) I do not want to enter competitions.
That is fine, too. Competitions are not for everybody, and they do not fit into everyone’s goals. Please do understand, however, that playing in my recitals is compulsory, and not optional. Making music for listeners to receive and from which they derive pleasure is basic to playing the piano.
10) I am not a young beginner, and have studied in the past. I now wish to resume lessons.
Please see my special section particularly for students like yourself.