• The way I teach
• How to make the most of your
• Practical details
• Students at work and play
The way I teach
Providing musical instruction to a child is like giving a very special gift that the person will always enjoy. My approach to teaching piano is to provide patient and gentle guidance that enhances each student's learning experience.
Alexandra's first piano lesson
As a child develops intellectual tools to read, create, and play music, their confidence soars. They have fun while they learn; this makes it fun for me too. I encourage my students to play for the enjoyment of others and also for personal pleasure. And many of my students enjoy singing while they play!
I teach in my north Raleigh home on my baby grand piano. Truman, my furry black dog, loves children and their music, and most children ask to have Truman join them during their lessons. And he is happy to accommodate the request by lying quietly near the piano!
Four hands play a duet.
How to make the most
of your piano lessons
Playing the piano is a lifelong pursuit that will give hours of pleasure and a grand feeling of accomplishment.
Each 30-minute weekly lesson builds on the previous week's work and advances a child's ability to understand and read music, and to play the piano.
Every student has special abilities and talents that make their piano playing unique and wonderful. But learning to play requires time and practice.
Here are a few practice tips:
Jimmy, Ana and Miss Marie's mom team up on a holiday song.
Make practicing a habit, practice every day.
I recommend 15 to 20 minutes of daily practice time for beginners, building up to 30 minutes within the first several months.
Try to practice at the same time every day.
For beginning students, determining a set daily practice time is a very good way to incorporate the discipline of practice into everyday living. Before school, after supper, when the news comes on…any time that is good for the student and family is a good time. Most students do best when the same time period(s) are used for practice every day.
If you can’t practice your whole time at once, it’s fine to practice more than once a day.
Daily practice time can be spent in one sitting, or in 5 minute or 10 minute sittings several times a day. The object is to spend time each day practicing the assigned material so that the weekly lesson can build on what has been learned in the previous week of practice.
Hayley and Margaret have fun playing duets.
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students at work and play!
Purse firmly clamped on arm for security, Marie as a toddler stares down the camera in front of Mom's baby grand.
Lessons are 30 minutes each week. It is important that your child be on time, as lessons are scheduled back to back. I do not have a supervised waiting area so please plan to pick your child up on time after their lesson.
Rescheduling a lesson:
Please do not bring your child to piano if he or she is sick. If your child is sick or stays home from school on piano day, I will be happy to work with you to reschedule that lesson. Please inform me as soon as possible if your child needs to miss or reschedule a lesson. I will make every effort to accommodate changes.
If you are interested in piano lessons for your child, please contact me via e-mail or call me at 919-264-7340.
Thanks and I look forward to teaching your child piano lessons!