With a musical instrument, there are varying levels of proficiency and experience that enable seasoned players to perform more difficult pieces. While your experience and training can last for a long time, there are some average benchmarks that can be provided as a general guide.
Generally, it takes about 5 years to learn to play basic level piano, and about 10 years to be able to play late intermediate to early advanced piano pieces. This is assuming that you practice regularly and follow the guidance of your instructor. It is important to realize that each person is unique and will learn at different rates.
You are highly encouraged to own/ rent/ borrow your own piano and have it available at your home. The most efficient learning involves daily practice with the piano readily available for practicing. This means you are more likely to do it and make progress. It is much better to practice each day for a little while, then only once or twice a week for a long period of time.
You can use any piano that you wish. It does not have to be a brand new piano. The primary concern is that all of the keys function and the piano can be tuned.
A digital keyboard can be used that has full size keys, which are weighted and touch sensitive. Touch sensitive means that the keyboard will play at a variable volume based on how hard you press the keys . The keyboard must have at least 61 keys, but an 88-key is high recommened.
There are some caveats to a digital keyboard. First, no matter how good the keyboard, it is not an acoustic piano. It will not have the dynamic playing range of a real piano and it is difficult for even the best of keyboards to fully replicate the sound of real strings in a piano. Also, most good quality keyboards can be far more expensive than a basic piano.
We highly recommend learning to play piano on an acoustic piano.
While there is some truth in the fact that you will most likely not be a concert pianist by starting later in life, the reality is that most people play piano for their own personal enjoyment. Even for people in advanced years, learning to play piano can improve motor skills and cognitive abilities while being enjoyable. You are never too old to learn to play piano and the studio has many adult students at varying ages.
Absolutely. We can teach you to play different styles of music, whatever your interest.
Your lessons will take place once per week for 30 minutes. During that time, your teacher will work with you one-on-one at the piano. You will then study music theory in the computer lab for 30 minutes.
During the school year, the cost is $80 per month, September through May. You do not pay per lesson during the school year. During the summer break, you can elect to continue classes which will be billed individually or you may break until the next year begins. Your cost includes both the teacher guided lesson at the piano and the music theory computer lab. Your music book(s) are an additional expense, but are generally inexpensive and are yours to keep.
Experience has yielded a set of standardized guidelines for students taking lessons, to make sure each student is receiving the highest quality education and people are not disrupting other students learning. We have compiled a Policy Handbook that the student will receive at his/her's first lesson. It will be reviewed with parent and student.