Grace Piano Studio in Belmont is getting geared up to start Fall piano lessons. Cleaning up the website, interviewing new students, buying more fun music - it's an exciting time! I can tell Jeffrey is excited, too.
With crisp, cool air and falling leaves right around the corner, many people are inspired to start something new. At this time of year, you may be contemplating putting yourself or your child into piano lessons. If so, here are some helpful questions to ask a prospective piano teacher. The answers will give good insight into the quality and experience of the teacher!
Check out my FAQ page to see Grace Piano Studio's answers to the following questions.
What is your musical training? How long have you taught students?
Note: It is wiser to choose a teacher who has at least an undergraduate degree in music than one who has been self-taught.
Where are the lessons held?
What is a good age for my child to start taking lessons?
Do you take adult students?
How do I know if piano is the right instrument for my child?
What is my role as a parent of a piano student? How much should a student practice?
What is included in my payment for piano lessons? Do you charge payment by the lesson, or do you charge tuition?
What emphasis do you put on note reading, technique, theory, improvisation or composition, memorization, and musical expression?
Does you have recitals? Is it a requirement that all students perform?
Do you use a specific piano teaching method, such as Suzuki?
What are your studio policies? What is your policy if I need to miss a lesson? What if I don't want to take lessons through the summer months?
Michal Grace Harris
Piano Teacher & Accompanist