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We've created this FAQ to address some of the common questions one might ask when contemplating a course of musical instruction for oneself, or for one's child. If you don't see your question addressed below, please contact us!

What are the benefits of learning to play the piano?
Piano lessons enhance self-esteem, discipline, comprehension and coordination. Piano lessons also provide a foundation of basic musical skills, including the abilities to read musical notation, understand musical signs and symbols, and comprehend rhythm.
At what age can my child start piano lessons?
We suggest that children begin piano lessons when they become four.
Is it too late for me to start piano lessons?
No! It is never too late to study the piano. Music inspires everyone - it is a universal language. We have students of all ages; from children, to teenagers, to adults.
What is typically taught during a lesson?
Our piano lessons cover ear training and theory, in addition to musicianship. Ear training is crucial for children, so that they may develop relative pitch and the ability to identify different tones while they are still young. (We use the solfege system for singing and dictation.) All of our students learn enough music theory to read the music that they are playing. The amount of time spent on these studies will vary, relative to the time spent on performance, depending on the student's age and needs.
When are lessons available?
Lessons can be scheduled both during the week (after school and/or work hours), and during the weekend.
What is a typical lesson schedule?
A half-hour lesson, once per week, is recommended for beginners.
How much practice is required?
Practice times range from 5 minutes to 1 hour per day depending on the student's level.