What is the best age to start lessons?
As with so many aspects of raising children, the “best” age to begin a musical instrument will vary from child to child. Research shows great success in students who begin to play between the ages of three and six, however, each teacher feels differently about this subject.
At this stage of my career, when considering a young student, I base my decision largely on their attention span and motivation. Young students need to demonstrate the ability to sit on a piano bench with (age-appropriate) focus for a minimum of 20 minutes or more. Lessons are comprised of many activities, on and off the bench, but I am currently only accepting young students who fit this criteria. With young children of my own, I often tell prospective parents this rule is how I am able to maintain such a sunny disposition.
Can adults learn to play the piano with no prior experience?
Absolutely! I pride myself in a flourishing adult student roster. Our motivations for lessons are often different as adults, and lessons are individually-tailored to meet your personal goals. Some adult students start lessons to carry on what they began (and abandoned) as children. Others never had the chance to take lessons, and are looking to fulfill a lifelong ambition. Many adults seek out music studies as a way to engage the brain and body in new ways, hoping to lessen effects of aging. Whatever the reason, I hope you will consider investing in yourself and jumping in with both feet (and hands)!
Rest assured, this is a guilt-free studio. Piano study should enhance your life, not leave you feeling like you have “one more thing” on your to-do list.
Do I need to have a piano at home?
In short, yes. Students need to have daily access to an appropriate instrument. Acoustic pianos (in good condition) are preferred, yet exceptions can be made, depending on goals. Any questions regarding instruments and/or practice environment are always welcome!
Do you offer lessons online?
Absolutely! I was teaching online pre-pandemic and find it to be every bit as effective as in-person learning. Of course, you do need to have reliable high-speed internet and a suitable device, but distance should not be seen as a barrier to finding the right teacher for you. I would not off this format if I didn’t believe in it 100%.
Why are lessons so expensive?
As with many things in life, your monthly tuition covers far more than initially meets the eye. Wendy Stevens provides a pretty applicable run-down on her website here.
Additionally, it’s important to distinguish the fact that students enrolled at WPS receive the benefits of a teacher who is “all in”. Meaning, teaching is not a hobby here. This is my life’s work. I am constantly working to perfect my craft, and pride myself on building unique relationships with each student as we journey together to find the musician they desire to be.
How do I get started?
You may reach me here, or via email at cwpiano (at) comcast.net. If studio openings are available, I will respond with a more comprehensive overview of studio policies, contracts, etc. From there, we can discuss schedules, and set up an (informal) interview. A waitlist is maintained for potential students who can not find an opening in my schedule.
More questions? Please ask!