Can I start piano lessons using a keyboard?
There are certainly advantages to starting on an acoustic piano! Keyboards don’t offer the same resistance that piano keys do, which makes it difficult to learn to play with proper technique and dynamic range. And pianos are just more satisfying to play! In my experience, students who have access to an acoustic piano seem to enjoy practicing more and stay enrolled in lessons for longer. However, some families find that a keyboard is the best option due to frequent moves or limited space. In these cases, I would highly encourage shopping for a model with “hammer action” and 88 keys.
Where do you teach?
Students may choose to have lessons at my home studio in South Denton, or online via FaceTime or Zoom. (This year, students may switch back and forth freely between in-person and online lessons at their own discretion.) I will also travel to students’ homes for an additional fee if they are located in certain parts of Denton or Argyle.
I’ve never had piano lessons before. Can I start as an adult?
Of course! Adult beginners have some unique advantages including control of fine motor skills, a longer attention span, and the ability to understand abstract concepts. Whether you are starting from scratch or brushing up on your piano skills after a long hiatus, I would love to help!
What curriculum do you use?
Brand new beginners typically start in a primer (Piano Adventures and Piano Pronto are favorites here!) along with supplementary pieces tailored to each student’s musical taste. After the first couple years of lessons, many students transition out of method books and in to an eclectic mix of music that interests them: Classical repertoire, lead sheets, popular, sacred, etc.
Do you teach theory?
Yes! I teach music theory using Just The Facts workbooks, Music Mind Games, and a variety of other games and manipulatives. I’m taking a hiatus from TMTA events during 2021-2022, but ordinarily I offer access to graded music theory exams in the fall and spring for students who wish to take them.
What performance opportunities are available to your students?
My usual habit has been to hold two studio-wide recitals in October and April, as well as access to festivals and competitions through Carrollton Music Teachers Association. Currently, the pandemic makes large events complicated so during 2021-2022 we will get creative with performance opportunities! This might look like small group recitals at my house, online events, or programs that encourage students to perform for family/friends independently.
How much do you charge?
Tuition for 30-minute weekly lessons (at my home or online) is $130/month. Students who are available for lessons before 3pm on school days (homeschoolers/adults) pay a reduced rate of $100/month. If you are located within 10 minutes of an existing student, in-home lessons are available for $160/month.