The study of the piano lays the foundation of a lifetime of music appreciation and self-expression.
Regular practice, like regular homework, is essential for consistent progress and a feeling of accomplishment.
Here are some important guidelines for parents to follow:
- Encourage your child to practice each assigned piece 5 times at least 4 days a week.
This would result in an average practice time of:
6-7 years: 15-20 min. each day
8- 9 years: 20-30 min. each day
9-12 years: 30-45 min. each day
Over 12 years: 45-60 min. or more
- Schedule a regular practice time without interruptions.
- Be physically present for elementary aged children during their practice.
- Be encouraging.
- Attend all recitals.
- Take your child to hear other pianists perform.
Students are expected to have access to a piano at least 4 times a week. An acoustic piano is preferable and should be equipped with a flat bench and good lighting. An electric keyboard is not recommended after 2 years of lessons.
Students need a 3-ring binder (1” or so) that is to be just for piano lessons. We will provide this along with the tote bag at the first lesson. Assignment pages (and other information) will be placed in it each week and there will be a place for recording practice information. For young students this is making a check each time the piece is played. For older students this is recording the time spent practicing each piece.
A tote bag is recommended to keep the music books and binder in.
Experienced students need to own a metronome.