What commitment is required on the part of parents?
Parents play a daily role in their child’s music education by helping them carry out practice assignments, much in the same way that they help their children complete school homework assignments. Students are not expected to shoulder the entire responsibility for practice until they are teenagers. When a parent supervises at home practices from the beginning, the dropout rate for students is significantly lower.
Can children with special needs learn to play the piano?
Yes, definitely. Things that may be considered hindrances to learning in the classroom environment may actually benefit the music student. Each student progresses at his or her own rate, and all are able to advance with the encouragement and support of parents, teachers, and peers.
Why do you require that students have an acoustic or digital piano, rather than an electronic keyboard?
Acoustic or digital pianos have weighted keys and respond differently depending on how much pressure the player uses, whereas, electronic keyboards do not. Students who practice on an electronic keyboard develop weak technique and an inability to discern the wide range of physical sounds that may be produced on a piano.
Why do you require adjustable seating equipment?
There is no reason that a small child needs a small piano, but how any player is seated at the piano is all-important in learning body alignment and balance. All serious pianists use an adjustable chair or bench. An adjustable chair is as essential as choosing the right size tennis racket or skis. In the case of young children, adjustable footrests are required so that the feet have stable contact with the floor no matter what height the chair. This firm contact is essential in developing good balance and control at the piano. Students who try to practice piano without the benefit of adjustable seating equipment struggle against a great handicap. Removing this obstacle gives students the opportunity to succeed. Good tools are required to do the best job.
Can we try lessons for a while to see how it goes?
It’s important to focus on the big picture when beginning lessons. Once individuals have determined what they wish to gain from lessons and discussed this with the teacher, they will experience fulfillment from their commitment. We don’t try brushing our teeth, going to school or doing housework, or quit when the task becomes distasteful. The teacher will provide excellent guidance in this area if needed.
How can I avoid quitting?
There are many bits of help to avoid quitting! Your teacher is an expert at this and will provide support in how to sustain interest and practice. Communication is key, so be sure to tell the teacher if you are struggling to stay motivated.