Hello, potential piano students!
I’m excited for you to embark upon (or continue) your musical journey! Most of us started or kept playing because it made us happy, and we get to share that happiness, joy, and empowerment with others when we play.
My goal as a teacher is to give you the best possible foundation for finding freedom, motivation, and especially joy in your practice.
If this sounds good to you, fill out the form below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free lesson with me. Your first lesson is always free!
If you’d like to learn more before sending me an email, keep scrolling for more information on my teaching philosophy, what you can expect in lessons, as well as tuition and other nitty-gritty studio policies.
Because finding a good fit for a piano teacher is so important — piano teachers are lifelong mentors and friends, so it’s a good idea to prioritize fit — this page might also help you think of questions to ask prospective teachers.
What You Can Expect:
With the world always in chaos (especially in 2020 it seems!), it’s so important to make joy a priority. A lot of us perfectionists (guilty!) can get bogged down in frustration in our practice sessions, or we can just get stuck in an endless cycle of not enjoying practice at all. Learning how to consistently incorporate a practice of joy when we’re with our instruments is vital to the overall goal of playing piano to make ourselves happy and to just have fun.
Develop healthy piano technique.
Because playing the piano is made up of many repetitive motions, it’s unfortunately easy to develop injuries like tendinitis. You will learn the causes behind injuries and how to avoid them using body awareness and tension reducing techniques.
Learn problem-solving skills.
When you see a piece of sheet music or hear a song you’d like to learn, you will learn how to identify different techniques by sound and sight and to strategize how to successfully master these. If it’s not already in your skill set, you will learn to ask the right questions as well as independently find answers within resources I recommend.
Develop your ear.
As my student, you will learn to hear subtle nuances in piano performances and how to replicate them in your playing as well as hear interesting ideas in the music itself and learn how to articulate what you’re hearing in words.
Discover new music.
You will be exposed to more music in genres you love. I make sure that every student is playing music they actually enjoy, not just music by dead white men! You will also learn to appreciate and to respect (not necessarily to like) other styles of music.
You will surprise yourself by writing your own technique and theory exercises and for fun. I’ll introduce you to composing through a bunch of games that are a refreshing break from the method books!
While most of the lessons, especially in the beginning, will be focused on the technical aspects of music, we will explore music theory ideas in the music you play to uncover more meaning, and you will share this with the world through your playing, for the rest of your life. For me, this is where the magic of music is, so we definitely can’t skip this one!
The First Lesson
There are a couple of options for lessons. You can choose to do regular lessons that occur on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis, or you can sign up for just a single lesson. These one-offs are meant for more advanced players who are independent and have a good understanding of their piano path, but they still occasionally like to have an experienced ear to give suggestions or help with tricky passages. For beginners, I absolutely recommend doing weekly lessons at least for the first few months while you’re learning fundamentals.
The first step is to express interest in lessons (via email at email@example.com or the contact form at the top) and set up a free lesson/consultation via Zoom (the app I use for lessons). In this meeting, we will talk about your interests and goals in piano and music overall to see if our personalities are a good match!
We’ll also do a mini-lesson to introduce you to the piano and discuss any questions you may have about starting piano, such as how to buy a good, affordable instrument if you don’t already have one.
After this, if we decide we’re a good match, we’ll discuss the studio policies below and set up a weekly lesson time. If we’re not a good match, don’t despair! I’ll do my best to refer you to someone who is a good match for you and your goals.
If you’re interested in just a single lesson, we’ll skip the consultation. Just email me or use the contact form to let me know what you’re looking for in the session and how long you’re interested in (I can also recommend a lesson length if you’re not sure)!
How qualified am I to teach piano? I have a BA in Piano Performance (and English Literature!) from High Point University and an MM in Music Theory from Northwestern University. So I know at least a little bit about piano and music theory….
I’m classically trained with an intense love for Chopin and Ravel, but I also played in a jazz ensemble for 4 years and have experience arranging pop music, so if you don’t love classical music, we can still have a great time together!
I started teaching private lessons in person in 2018 and truly enjoyed the mixture of personalities I get to work with each day. I’ve always tried to incorporate material from outside the method books (games, outside repertoire, and other activities), so if there are any songs or pieces you want to learn or just really enjoyed listening to, let me know!
If you’re curious what types of games and activities I include in lessons, you can of course just ask. You should never feel guilty for making sure we’re a good fit before you commit. :)
The Nitty-Gritty Details
Rates and Billing
- $30 / 30 minutes
- $45 / 45 minutes
- $60 / 60 minutes
If you’re not sure how much lesson time to sign up for, I’m happy to chat with you before you commit. We can also always change lesson lengths later if you change your mind.
Billed monthly at the end of the previous month. I partner with PayPal for tuition payments, which means you can use your PayPal or Venmo account as well as most major credit cards or your bank account. And you can know for sure that your money is safe.
One of the best ways for piano teachers to get students is through word of mouth, and to show my appreciation, if a friend of yours signs up for regular lessons, you will get a tuition credit the next month equal to their scheduled lesson amount (if they sign up for 45-minute lessons, you’ll get $45 off your next monthly bill, even if you only take 30-minute lessons)!
Lesson Times and Makeups
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 10 AM–12 PM and 2–6 PM (CST).
If you must miss a lesson for any reason (illness, schedule conflict, vacation), fear not! If you’re able to let me know before the invoices are sent out for that month, I’ll take the lesson off, so you’re not charged for it. If it’s a last-minute cancellation, we can either schedule a make-up lesson, or I can take it off your next monthly bill. Whatever works best for you!
You will not be charged for lessons that are not kept.
Typically, students must be 11 years or older, but I will make exceptions for younger folks who are independent and responsible, able to follow along with page and measure numbers, and don’t have trouble focusing for a full 30-minute lesson.
New adult and teen pianists are welcome! Don’t be shy!
Because I’m teaching completely online, I use Faber’s Piano Adventures; the two series of these we’ll use are the “Accelerated Piano Adventures” and the “Adult All-in-One” books. We’ll discuss which set you need at the first lesson/interview, but you will be responsible for purchasing them, as you’ll be writing in them.
If you’re coming from another studio that used a different method, we’ll discuss what options work best for you.
Set Up Your Free Consultation/First Lesson
If all this sounds good, then let me know you’re interested in lessons by filling out the contact form at the top or sending me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m excited to hear from you!