ABOUT PIANO LESSONS
THE BENEFITS OF MUSIC LESSONS
When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. The process of playing music results in intricate, complex, and incredibly fast signals in all parts of the brain, especially, auditory, motor, and visual centers. Regular musical practice appears to strengthen those brain functions, allowing musicians to apply them to all sorts of activities. Here's a great TED video that explains more.
Everyone learns differently - on our first lesson we will talk about your goals, interests, and current knowledge level and then together choose the right teaching method for you. Older students should trust that it’s NEVER too late to learn music!
In general, most students study a combination of music theory, technique, sight reading, ear training, music history, and musicality. In addition to traditional classical piano technique, I encourage students to explore contemporary musical styles, lead sheet reading, improvisation, and composition. I enjoy incorporating mobile games and apps as well as notation software into my lessons. I host two recitals a year. (Adult students are welcome to perform too!) Students in grades 1-12 have the option of taking the state music theory exams through the Texas Music Teachers Association student affiliate program.
Affordable tuition to reserve your weekly time slot is charged by the month. All lessons are taught in 30, 45, and 60-minute classes. Students will need to purchase method books, sheet music, and other supplies on occasion throughout the year.
All students must have an acoustic or digital piano for practice. Acoustic pianos should be kept in tune to benefit ear training. If you prefer a digital piano, the best option is a full-size keyboard (88 keys) with pedals and weighted, touch-sensitive keys. I am happy to make referrals and recommendations on instruments. Students will also need a notebook for keeping track of weekly assignments.
Regular home practice is essential for student success. Students should aim for at least 5 days of practice each week – session length will depend on age and ability level. Keep in mind that short, daily practice is more beneficial than one or two long sessions per week. Be sure to practice right away after our weekly lesson!
Parental involvement in home practice is crucial – music should be a family affair! Please help your student to establish and stick to a practice routine, and see that practice time is free of distractions.
Listening to music at home and in concert is important to your education and will increase your own musicality and creativity. Take advantage of the live music we are so lucky to have in Austin!