Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need a piano at home to take piano lessons?

A: The best-case scenario is owning a piano of your own.  However, they are expensive and difficult to move.  It is possible to begin piano lessons by simply buying an inexpensive keyboard.  That's what most of our students do.  We recommend a keyboard that is touch-sensitive.  That means, when you play harder, the sound is louder, and when you play softer, the sound is quieter.  Also, if you can afford it, we recommend getting weighted keys.  This usually adds an extra $250 onto any keyboard and makes it pretty heavy to lug around, but it makes practicing MUCH more realistic.

Q: Do I need a full drum set to take drum lessons?

A: No.  All you need is a little drum pad to get started.  You can begin to learn basic rhythms and patterns on it.  After you've taken lessons for your first trimester, and feel like you're serious about drums, then we can guide you towards purchasing an inexpensive used drum kit, or a new and shiny one.  Whatever your budget allows.  

Q: How long does it take to learn an instrument?

A: That's a really tough question.  Everyone's aptitude is different.  Many very serious musicians begin at the age of 4 and continue to take private lessons all the way through college.  Your learning curve and seriousness about practice will determine your own speed of progress. 

Q: I don't have any musical background or ability; can I still help my child practice?

A: Yes. Ask your teacher what he/she thinks you can do to help. Make sure the student practices specific exercises a given number of times per day. You're welcome and encouraged to sit-in on your child's lessons to learn how things are supposed to sound.  This will help you know if your child is practicing properly at home.  

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