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Here are some frequently asked questions about private music lessons


  • Do I have to start on piano?

No. It doesn't hurt, but there is a right instrument for everyone and playing the wrong instrument (especially for kids) can often result in family battles and bad feelings about music.


  • How much should I practice?

Students are required to practice 5 days per week. For beginning children, 10-15 minutes should suffice and that amount increases with proficiency and attention span. Intermediate students average 30-60 minutes per day. I recommend students only participate in 1 sport at a time if they are studying an instrument. If your child does not have sufficient time to practice daily, please do not take private lessons.


  • What instrument is best for me?

You should play whatever instrument you like best and I can assist you by taking you to music stores that will let you try different instruments to help you decide. Budget and accessibility can be important factors in choosing an instrument as well.


  • How are lessons paid for?

Lesson payments are monthly, are due at the first lesson of each month and can be paid by check, cash, Venmo, Zelle, Chase Quickpay, or bank transfer.


  • How long does it take before I'll be good?

It depends entirely on how effectively you practice and how you define good.


  • Why can't I take the summer off?

When you are a beginning or intermediate student, it is very detrimental to progress and frequently, students lose interest during a break, even with good intentions. Also, should you wish to return later, I will often no longer have an opening in your neighborhood at a convenient time for you. It is the nature of traveling teachers. Sometimes lessons can be taken remotely online if you are going to be away for a lengthy period, or you can take lessons from another local teacher while you are away.


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