FAQ for parents

Yes! Infants to 5yo will need parents actively participating in the lesson.

6 and 7 year olds will need a parent close by ready to help. However, parent’s shouldn’t help unless asked. Sometimes kids need to work things out for themselves and I’m trained to help them do that.

Most 8 year olds and up do well on their own but it’s still a good idea to have a parent or guardian paying attention so they’ll know how to support the child between lessons.

Yes, but they will need an acoustic piano within the first year of lessons. This isn’t for me, it’s for them. We’ll be learning high level listening and technical skills from early on. Most kids aren’t able to develop those skills properly on electric instruments. I love keyboards and use them often. But kids do better to learn on an acoustic piano. Then they can take those skills with them to keyboards later if they want.

Absolutely. I love teaching beginners of all ages.

Yes. Transfer students should understand that piano lessons geared toward learning audiation are very different from more traditional lessons. There’s less emphasis on performance and reading. Instead there are movement activities in every lesson to nurture rhythm skills. There are singing activities to nurture sense of pitch and harmony. These activities help students develop their musicianship. They enhance the meaning of performance and reading skills. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s effective.

Yes. But not for a while. We’ll be having fun playing and singing the first few years. But they’ll always be learning the skills they will need to read later. Many modern piano lessons start reading from day one, so parents sometimes think that’s the way it should be done. Unfortunately this is very ineffective and it works against the way kids naturally learn. It’s one of the reasons kids almost always stop lessons by the time they’re 9 or 10. It’s much better to delay reading. With the right preparation and with patience, they’ll start to read very well.

No. I’ve been teaching internationally since 2017. I’ve upgraded my online setup in response to CoViD so online lessons are very effective. 

A good instrument, the desire to learn, and the faster your connection speed, the better.

FAQ for adults interested in studying piano for themselves

It’s probably easier than you remember because of the advances in research on how students learn music regardless of age. We’ll be working with your learning process instead of against it. Expect it to be different—we’ll be doing lots of singing and moving. If you’re not really careful you’re gonna have a good time.

You’d be doing a great service to yourself and your community to learn music. It’s very courageous and powerful for an adult to pursue a new passion. Since I’ve started teaching audiation I’ve seen remarkable changes in the way my adult students learn. This is truly amazing stuff no matter where you are in your life journey. I dream that one day our culture will rightly value music learning. For that to happen requires adults to step out and do it. Of course, it’s fine to totally do it for yourself, too!

Yes, but you will need an acoustic piano within the first year of lessons. This isn’t for me, it’s for you. You’ll be learning high level listening and technical skills. It’s difficult or impossible to develop these skills on electric instruments.  I love keyboards and use them often. But you’ll do better to learn on an acoustic piano. Then you can take those skills with you to keyboards later if you want.