Questions & Answers
Q: Do I have to have a piano or can I use an electric keyboard?
A: Many of my students, especially the young ones, only have electric keyboards. While a piano has certain benefits that one wouldn't realize from an electric (resonance, for ex.), the upside of an electric is that it possesses many different sounds to motivate the kids, and the cost. As long as the keyboard has 'touch sensitivity', there should be no problem. Don't hesitate to ask me for more advice on the topic.
Q: Do you have a cancellation policy?
A: I don't have a policy carved in stone like many private teachers or music stores. That said, I do ask folks to consider covering all or at least part of a lesson that is canceled with a day or so's notice. Some folks cover lesson cancellations beyond that and I'm most grateful for that, but I do try to keep things palatable for the masses. I'm always willing to reschedule if I can, and a student should never worry about canceling on holidays and such.
Q: Do I have to commit to a certain number of lessons or pay in advance?
A. Absolutely not. I'm always happy to 'try' lessons to make sure it's a good fit and folks can discontinue at any time thereafter.
Q: How do I know if my child is too young for lessons?
A: As young as 6-7 years of age generally works very well for me, however, I've taught many kids that were younger. The best thing is to not force the lessons too early so the child has a positive experience. It never hurts to wait a bit, and I would likely know after 1 or 2 lessons if it's premature to begin. But I keep an open mind and value the suggestion of the parent.
Q: How long are lessons?
A: A typical single lesson is generally about a half-hour. When I teach two siblings in one household (which is very common), I split approximately 40 minutes between the two of them and only add a small premium for the added time. It's worked out very well this way over the years for the parents/kids and myself.
Q: Do you give lessons over the internet?
A: Yes, using Skype, I can teach students from all over the country and beyond (outer space residents will be considered on a case-by-case basis). Seriously, I currently teach out-of-state students using Skype and encourage interested students to contact me for more info.