Regular practice is essential to progress in piano and expected in this studio. Every student is expected to establish and maintain a consistent practice routine, away from distractions. Weekly assignments are carefully planned in order to meet the goals of each student. Students are expected to practice everything they are assigned. It is my belief that quality practice is more important that quantity. It is the decision of the student as to how quickly he/she progresses as efforts are made regarding practice.
Parents are expected to encourage and support the student. I have a small book for you to read so that you will be properly informed as to what you should expect from a teacher and what his/her expectations are for the student. Parents should check the assignment sheet and see that practice goals are met and sign the practice record. Establishing a practice routine that is free from distractions and interruptions is extremely important.
INSTRUMENT & MATERIALS
All students are strongly encouraged to have an acoustic piano for practice. Pianos should be in good working condition and tuned regularly. Electronic keyboards should be full-size (88 keys) and have weighted keys.
(ie. Yamaha Clavinova) Students should also have an appropriate bench and pedal along with the keyboard. Please keep in mind that electronic keyboards are similar to pianos, but feel, sound and respond differently. Keyboards do not have the dynamic range of a piano nor do they respond to touch, have overtones or proper sustaining capabilities as does the acoustic piano. Students can learn to read and understand music through practice on a keyboard, but it is not the same as playing a piano. Please discuss this with me if you plan to use an electronic keyboard.
Music will be sold or loaned to the student. Music sold will be added to the monthly statement. Some music will be loaned to the student from my personal music library. In the event that borrowed books are lost or damaged, the student will be billed for the cost of the replacement.