Piano Lessons FAQ

 

Q: How young can a child start staking piano lessons?

A. At Blue Door Music Studio, beginning students from kindergarten-age through adults are all welcome. Typically older grade-school children will progress more quickly than younger beginners, however the advantage is that the younger students have piano and music lessons a part of their life from very early on.

Parents of very young preschoolers may research teaching methods in the community geared towards that age group, such as the Suzuki Method of piano instruction, or may wish to focus on encouraging love of music in a less-structured environment such as Music Together classes.

Q: Do I need a piano at home to take piano lessons?

A. It is ideal if you do have a piano at home, but you can also start lessons using an electronic keyboard to practice on. Many students rent or buy electronic keyboards to practice on at home. I recommend a keyboard that has regular-sized, weighted keys, and a plug-in sustain/damper pedal. “Weighted keys” means if you press a key harder it will play louder and if you press a key softer it will play quieter.

Q: How long are piano lessons?

A. Lessons are given once a week for 30 minutes.

Q: How much do lessons cost?

A. Students pay a one-time registration fee of $30 upon starting piano lessons, plus the cost of books (about $20-30). Regular lessons are $25 per half-hour. New books are purchased  as the student progresses and typically amount to about $20-30 every four to six months.

Q: Can I take lessons on a specific day and time?

A: Please use the contact form to detail any specific day/time requests you may have. If the preferred spots are unavailable, you  may put your name on the Waiting List.

Q. How long does it take to learn to play piano?

A. There is no set answer of how long it takes to learn piano, or any instrument. Progress depends on many factors, including previous music instruction, amount of practice, dedication to learning notes and theory, attention span issues and general family support. With regular practice, a basic level of playing can be accomplished in a few months. Most students take lessons for several years because they find the lessons enjoyable and want to advance their playing ability.

Q. I don’t have any musical background or ability. Can I still help my child practice?

A. Yes. Even if you don’t have a musical background, you can help your child succeed at piano. Simple beginning lessons can easily be monitored by checking proper finger numbers or reminding students to focus on specific areas of a song (written in their assignment book). Also, by simply monitoring that they are doing exercises/songs/theory on a regular near-daily basis, you will be helping your child to progress.

Q: What if my child wants to quit?

A. Children often do not have the maturity and self-determination to work through difficult songs or techniques on their own. Sometimes the first urge is to quit. Consider the reasons your child is struggling with motivation and examine what can be done to encourage him/her. Be sure to discuss the situation with the instructor, so that we can work together to help the child get through a trying time and continue growing in his or her piano playing. Check out my blog post which discusses this further.

Q: I am an adult and wish to take lessons for the first time. Is learning piano just for children?

A: Not at all! I especially welcome helping adults enjoy the fun of music education. For beginning adult students, separate curriculum books are used which have songs more likely to appeal to a more mature ear.  Studies show that music slows aging and has many health benefits.

Q: Where can I get more information about taking lessons at Blue Door Music Studio?

A. For further information about the nuts and bolts of taking lessons, please refer to the more detailed Studio Policy.

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