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FAQs

  1. Do I need a piano?
    Yes. Real pianos respond to the way you touch it. If you press a key with more weight in your arm you will get a bigger sound. If you press a key with less weight you will get a smaller sound. Keyboards that plug into a wall have limited or no capacity to do this. You can learn all the theory and analysis on a keyboard, however, the most fun part of the piano, its sensitivity to your touch, is lacking. For more information on why you need a piano click here.   For tips on buying a piano click here.
  2. I don’t have a piano.  Can I still learn?
    Yes. There are community resources available to help students get started in piano. To find a piano to practice on, you have several options from churches and schools with pianos, to renting a piano, or even being given a piano.Click here for more information on finding a piano to practice on.
  3. I’m not sure I want to commit to lessons.  Can I try it out first?
    Yes. We offer an introductory 40-minute lesson for $50. If you decide to sign up for ongoing lessons, then this $50 is deducted from the first tuition payment.
  4. What do you provide with piano lessons?
    • Weekly private lesson – One-­on-­one instruction to help you learn skills at your own pace, including technique, reading music, rhythm, theory, improvisation and creativity
    • Monthly group lesson – Group instruction where students play for each other, learn performance etiquette, play music games and build camaraderie
    • Fall and spring recitals – Recitals are a great way for students to share with friends and family what they have been learning.
    • WA State Music Teachers Assoc. Adjudications
      National Guild of Piano Teachers Auditions
      These are both opportunities for students to play for a guest teacher and receive feedback.
    • Lesson and Theory books
  5. How long are the lessons?
    Weekly private lessons:  40 minutes or 1 hour.
    Monthly group lesson:  1 hour.
  6. When are lessons?
    Private lessons are Monday ­- Thursday in the afternoon and evening.
    Group lessons are the first Saturday morning of the month (unless there is a holiday, then it is the second Saturday).
  7. How long do I need to commit to taking lessons?
    There is no minimum commitment, but we recommend a one­-year commitment at a time to see progress.
    If you decide to stop lessons, we ask for 30­-days notice.
  8. How much does my child need to practice?
    General guideline: Five-day practice week and 3 minutes x child’s age each day.
    For example, an 8-year-­old would practice 24 minutes per day for 5 days.
  9. What is the cost?
    Click here to view rate sheet
  10. What are your expectations of parents?
    • Provide a good piano for your child to practice on.  Tune it yearly.
    • Maintain regular attendance at private and group lessons, recitals and special events
    • Ensure your child practices regularly
  11. What are your expectations of students?
    • A desire to learn to play the piano and have fun.
    • Regular practice
    • Attendance at private and group lessons, recitals and special events
  12. What happens during the summer time?
    We teach year­-round with the following scheduled breaks:

    • Thanksgiving ­- one week break
    • Christmas -­ two week break
    • Spring Break -­ one week break
    • Late June/early July – two week break
    • Late August/early September ­- two week break
  13. What if I’m gone in the summer?
    You have two options:Option One:  To guarantee your spot when you return, you can pay the tuition for the months you are absent.Option Two:  You can give 30­-days notice to stop lessons when you go on vacation. When you return you can re­-register, pay the registration fee, and schedule a new lesson time based upon what is available. (This option does not guarantee a spot when you return).