Q. I'm an adult who is interested in taking piano lessons for the first time. What course of study do you recommend?
A. Since you are now beginning your musical studies, it is important that we stress the basics so that you can expand your repertoire and keep your musical options open. You will be exposed to and taught note reading, counting, dynamics, playing hands together, a variety of touches and a variety of styles. Most importantly, you will dictate the pace in which you progress based on how much time you have to practise.
The lesson book that will be used is Alfred's Adult Piano Course Bk.1; the completion of which will allow you to move on to other books in the series or other popular repertoire as dictated by your interest. The recommended lesson time at this stage is a 1/2 hr. per week with a recommended practice time of 20 to 30 minutes a day.
Q. My child is between 3 and 6 years old. Which early beginner music methods do you teach/recommend?
A. The Boris Berlin series of Books A,B, and C are most effective in teaching students at this age as it combines theory exercises along side their lessons. Completion of the last book in the series allows the student to move on to Grade 1 Piano Royal Conservatory of Music.
The recommended lesson time at this stage is a 1/2 hr. per week with practice 10 to 15 minutes a day with the parent.
Q. My teenager is interested in starting piano lessons? Where would she start?
A. With an older student, she can begin with the Alfred's Adult Learner Bk.1 course. Completion of this course would allow the student to move on to Grade 1 Piano Royal Conservatory of Music.