Common Music Questions & Answers

Q: Do I need a piano at home to take piano lessons?
A: It is ideal if you do have a piano at home, but you can start lessons by using an electric keyboard to practice on.  We recommend a keyboard that has regular sized keys and a touch sensitive response.  A touch sensitive keyboard means if you press a key harder it will play louder and if you press a key softer it will play quieter.
Q: How long does it take to learn an instrument?
A: There is no set answer of how long it takes to learn an instrument. With regular practice a basic level of playing can be accomplished in a few months. Most of our students take lessons on a long term basis because they want to be constantly improving and they find the lessons enjoyable. As an example, two of our students’ parents have provided a video showing the progress of their girls over 3 years with Suzuki piano lessons. They both have completed Suzuki piano book 2 and are starting book 3. Video 1: Eliza Video 2: Natalie
Q: I don’t have any musical background or ability; can I still help my child practice?
A: Yes. Even if you don’t have a musical background you can ask the teacher for advice on how to help your child practice. By simply monitoring that they are doing exercises a certain number of times per day the student will progress.  Many parents sit in on their child’s music lesson to get an idea of the proper way a song should sound or how the student should be positioning their hands for the piano/keyboard or violin bow/strings.

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