FAQs

Lessons are 30, 45 or 60 minutes, depending on the student. Generally speaking, lessons for children under 8 are 30 mins, older children and adults are 45 mins or 1 hour.

Yes, when scheduling allows, I can come to you.

Lessons need to be weekly in order to keep momentum and be successful. Consistency is key.
Yes, in the case of the singing voice, you are building the instrument. This is not the same as playing the piano or violin. This requires regular lessons and practicing. Similarly, as an actor you need to use your whole body; you will learn techniques that need to be practiced.

Lessons start at $40/half hour. Fee depends on type and length of lesson, as well as location. Please contact me for specific information.

Payments can be made through Venmo, PayPal, Zelle, check or cash. Payment is made at the beginning of the month for that month. There is a 24-hour cancellation policy with a strict no-refund policy for last-minute cancellations.

Please notify me immediately. The lesson can still be taken online, or rescheduled if necessary. You should not do an in-person lesson with any of these symptoms: runny, stuffy nose, sore throat, cough or fever. (Even a common cold is contagious, particularly if touching the same instrument.)

Yes, piano students do need to have a keyboard or piano (digital or acoustic) to practice on at home. Regardless of level, you need to practice daily.

Yes, recitals and performance opportunities are scheduled as the year progresses.

Support for Parents

"What’s the best way to get my child to practice?"

  1. First and foremost, let your child know that this is an exciting undertaking. Maintain positivity and joy as much as possible.

  2. Discuss when they will practice. Ask them when they think the best time of the day would be – such as before school, right after school, after dinner – and write out a 7-day practice schedule. The key is to make practicing a habit – a regular part of the day, just like brushing teeth or eating a meal.

  3. Younger children should practice 15-20 minutes a day, while older students will need 30-60 minutes per day. Keep in mind that your child may do best with 5-10 minutes in the morning and then a longer session in the afternoon.

  4. There are games you can play – such as rolling a die to see how many times they will play a particular song or passage. If you need more ideas to keep things fun and positive, just ask.

  5. Provide a quiet place in which to practice. Try to keep distractions to a minimum. The deeper the child can concentrate, the more benefit they will receive.

  6. Try to remain nearby during practice times with younger children. Teenagers require more independence.

  7. Praise your child’s efforts (“I can see you were working hard, concentrating, persisting, etc.”) as well as their achievements. Thank them for playing for you.

"How else can I support my child to get the most out of their lessons?"

  1. Encourage your child to play for family and for friends.
  2. Expose your child to a wide variety of music (classical, jazz, folk, rock, etc.)
  3. Take your child to local concerts, recitals, and plays. Many are free or low-cost.
  4. Encourage your child to talk with you about his or her lessons.
  5. Make sure your child’s instrument is always in good working order.
  6. Allow your child to play many types of music, not just study pieces.
  7. Listen to your child practice, and acknowledge improvement.
  8. Help your child build a personal music library. Keep lesson materials organized.
  9. Try to get your child to make a minimum two-year commitment to his or her music studies.
  10. Take lessons yourself and/or let your child see you learning something new.

"What do I do if my child loses interest?"

In the event your child loses interest in his or her music studies, don’t panic.

Discuss the situation with your child to determine why their interest is declining. Please speak with me to see what might be done to rekindle their enthusiasm. Encourage your child to stick with lessons for an agreed period of time.
Offer increased enthusiasm and support.

What Not to Do

Your child’s progress will be greatly enhanced if you…