Everything You Need to Know
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO I NEED TO OWN A PIANO?
YES! Student needs to be able to practice. Also if you don't already own or rent, consider the following when making your purchase:
1. Must have 88 keys or digital keyboard with at least 76+
2. Damper pedal
3. Full size keys
4. Weighted keys
WHERE DO YOU HOLD YOUR LESSONS?
I teach out of home studio located in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque.
HOW DO YOU SELECT MUSIC?
I use Wunderkeys for 3-5 year olds & Alfreds Method books for 5 years and up. And I will select music based on the students level. There is also a variety of solo material from which they can choose. Any suggestions to style, a particular composer or any piece of music is encouraged. They will also need a manuscript for assignments.
Voice Lessons: 12 years and up. I can help with that or student is more than welcome to bring in anything they want to learn.
HOW LONG AND HOW OFTEN ARE LESSONS?
There are 4 lessons a month and are once a week: 30, 45 or 60 minutes. 30 minute lessons are recommended for young children (3 years to about 7 or 8)
HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE FOR YOUR TEACHING SERVICES?
Tuition is billed monthly and due in full by the 1st of the month or by 1st lesson (cash or check and all major credit cards-Invoices sent though Paypal).
30 minutes $120.00 ($30 per lesson)
45 minutes $160.00 ($40 per lesson)
60 minutes $200.00 ($50 per lesson)
*above is discounted group pricing*
Group Acting: call or email for pricing
There is also the option of paying per lesson (A La Carte).
*above is full price*
*Pricing shown does not include tax*
DO I NEED TO PURCHASE BOOKS?
Yes-I will provide music and other materials which will then be itemized and added to the bill. Initial book cost is estimated at $48.00.
Wunderkeys for preshcoolers, books are provided and included in monthly tuition price.
Voice Lessons: I can help with that or student is more than welcome to bring in anything they want to learn.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I PRACTICE?
In order to progress you must be willing to dedicate the time to practice. I recommend a commitment of 20-30 minutes, 3-4 days a week. The more advanced you are, the longer you should practice. A suggestion to help with young students is break lessons up into 2 10 minute or 2 15 minute increments.
WHAT'S EXPECTED OF THE STUDENT & PARENT DURING IN HOME LESSONS?
Provide music books, a working metronome and other materials as requested
Provide quality listening music for your child to help them to become aware of different musical styles and provide a broad background and knowledge of classical music
Attend live concerts with your child
Provide time, support, encouragement, and discipline for regular and consistent practice
Make sure that your child practices each day. Many students will not take the initiative to do this on their own and need to be reminded
Be involved in your child’s practice at home. Particularly with younger students or beginners, parents will need to help the child organize. It is helpful to review the lesson assignment with your child to ensure reasonable preparation for lessons. Remember, parents need to initial practice time weekly, indicating you have actually listened to the student practice
Check your email regularly. I often communicate through email and/or by texting
Students should be well-prepared with all assignments from the previous lesson
Keep fingernails trimmed short to ensure proper hand position and proper technique
Wash your hands thoroughly before your lesson begins
Read the assignment pages in your manuscript and practice those assignments.
Practice as recommended on my FAQ'S page. Each student will have a personal practicing recommendation that may differ based on their level, potential, and ability. Dividing the practice time before school and after school works well.
Young children are easily distracted by things going on around them. If your piano is in a high traffic area of the house, I ask that during the time of the lesson there is no other noise or distractions in that particular room (phone and t.v use, animals, other siblings, etc).
DO YOU OFFER A TRIAL LESSON?
Not at this time