Lesson FAQ's

Where Do You Teach?

 I teach from Star Baptist Church in Star, MS, where my husband and I have been serving as Worship Leaders, and he as Associate Pastor, since 2013. Registration for 2020/21 piano year is now open. I schedule my existing students first then add new studentsSign up today so we can start talking about your lessons!

How Much Do You Charge?

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The first lesson is usually 45 minutes unless it's a child younger than 8. This is an "interview" that I have with the student to see if we'll be a good fit. It's also a time for you (or the student, if an adult) to see what I'm all about. I like to discuss previous musical experiences, what they excel at in school, their learning style, etc. These things are vitally important to their success as a music student, and if I can start out with a little picture of who they are, it helps me to shape the lessons to their unique needs. A good fit of personality and readiness is just as important as the student's comfort and happiness during lesson time.   

What Is A Good Age For My Child To Begin Piano Lessons? Am I Too Old For Lessons?

A lot of parents ask me what age is appropriate to begin piano lessons. While this subject is of much debate among piano teachers, the answer is: it depends on the child. Every student is unique. I strive to make all my lessons age appropriate, especially those for younger students. If you aren't sure if your child is ready for formal piano lessons, please contact me and we can set up a time to meet and discuss the needs of your child.

And it goes without saying - it's NEVER too LATE to begin learning something new!

Do I Need To Buy Books?

No.... You will pay an annual Student Enrollment Fee of $40 that covers the cost of the first set of method books, recital music and any other music I feel is needed, for the year. If additional books are needed before the end of the piano year, I will purchase and invoice you. I purchase method books at a discounted rate and I will be able to pass those savings on to you!

How Do I Know What Should Be Practiced?

You will receive Lesson Notes every week via email as well as the website.

How Often Should My Child (Or I) Practice?

Students younger than 8 should only practice about 15 minutes a day, 3-4 days a week. I will give detailed instructions for this age.

Students 8 to 12 years should practice 30 minutes a day, 4 - 5 days a week. The best time to practice is immediately following the lesson, while everything is still fresh on the mind. Implement those new skills right away! This practice can include assigned pieces, scales, theory worksheets, iPad assignments, and listening to their pieces.  

Students 13 and up should aim for 30-45 minutes a day, 5 or more days a week. The more you put into it, the easier and better it will be!

Help! I Can't Get My Student to Practice!

When in doubt, try the "sprinkle" method. Sprinkle the practicing throughout the day and you will not only reduce the practice battle that sometimes happens, but you will also let the kids take a break and come back to the piano with a clear mind. Make it fun, play silly games from the books, make a music video and send it to me, put on a mini-concert for every stuffed animal. If it still feels like you're pulling teeth to get them to sit - let me know. A lot of practice problems can be resolved in the studio. Let me help you!

Quality is more important than quantity. Sure hours can be spent noodling, but effective practice is a skill I want to teach our students.