I DON’T HAVE A PIANO, BUT I’D STILL LIKE TO LEARN.
It is not necessary that you have a piano initially, although you’ll want to obtain one eventually. Ideally, you will at least have access to a piano (maybe a friend’s). It is fairly easy to find a used piano or keyboard at a price within any budget and we will be glad to advise on how to go about this.
Moreover we can refer you to studio space for practice that can be rented by the hour for a modest fee.
WHAT KEYBOARD DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR BEGINNERS?
If you are looking to purchase a brand new keyboard that will last you through your first years of study and won’t break the bank, look no further than the
This keyboard costs around $450 and is weighted, with 88 keys, and comes with a sustain pedal. Note: If you want to purchase through Amazon, I already have an Amazon Prime account and can order on your behalf to get you free two-day shipping.
I CANNOT READ MUSIC. CAN I STILL TAKE LESSONS?
YES! We love to teach beginners of all ages! It is a joy to open up a new world to new people.
HOW ARE LESSONS STRUCTURED FOR NEW STUDENTS?
The student’s goals, current skill level, and musical tastes will be assessed and the teacher will develop a lesson plan that takes these into account. All students will be taught ear training, technique, and music theory in order round out their music education. Beyond that, the students will learn pieces of music designed to teach them particular skills that are geared toward their interests.
I AM AN ADULT WITH ABSOLUTELY NO EXPERIENCE IN MUSIC. IS IT TOO LATE TO LEARN?
Never! We teach many adult beginning students and they do well. The key is to schedule your practice time like you would have to schedule homework or other duties. It’s like learning a new language; repetition is key.
WHAT METHODS DO YOU USE TO PROVIDE WELL-ROUNDED MUSIC EDUCATION?
To achieve these goals we offer performance and competition opportunities; performance recommendations and listening guides; and group critique. With students, particularly those ages 11- 18, are taught according to the Louisiana Music Teachers’ Association (LMTA) Rally syllabus, which provides a strong background in music theory, sight reading, and ear training and the completion of which can allow high school students to earn school credit.
Other commonly used teaching tools include:
Czerny, Celebration Series, Bartok’s Mikrokosmos, Faber series , Alfred series , Bastien series, Lead sheets/ Fake books, The Jazz Piano Book by Mark Levine, Blues, Jazz, and Boogie Woogie Hanon, Riff encyclopedias, and much more!
ARE GROUP LESSONS AVAILABLE?
Not at this time. However, if you are interested in group lessons, please contact us and let us know.
HOW OLD MUST A STUDENT BE TO START PRIVATE LESSONS?
The student must have turned 5 years old before starting.
DO YOU OFFER IN-HOME LESSONS?
No. My studio is equipped with recording equipment, a Steinway Grand piano, a Yamaha upright, and a full music library, among other things. Plus, it is good for students to gain experience playing on more than one instrument.
HOW MUCH DO LESSONS COST?
Lessons are priced based on the length of lesson.
Trial lesson: $25
One hour lessons (recommended for older kids and adults):
$55/hr if you pay weekly
$50/hr if you pay 4 lessons at a time
$45/hr if you pay for 12 lessons at a time
30 minute lessons (recommended for students 7 and under)
$40/lesson if you pay weekly
$150 for 4 lessons
$440 for 12 lessons
Discounts available for multiple family members taking at same time.