. Where are you located? Dayton, Ohio. Go Flyers!
. Do you do group lessons? I believe music is a very personalized endeavor, and at this time I only offer individual private lessons.
. Do you provide the curriculum? I select the best books for each student based on their learning style and prior experience. Any cost associated with learning materials (books, flashcards, etc.) will be covered by the students or their parent(s).
. Do you give discounts for multiple children? No, not at this time.
. How much does my child/how much do I have to practice? As much as you can! The amount and quality of practice you or your child put in will directly translate into how quickly your talent grows. Those who choose to practice one or two days a week will grow at a slower rate than those who choose to practice four, five, or six days a week. The brain needs repetition to learn successfully, so five minutes a day every day is better than 25 minutes, one day a week. I will discuss the particulars of ideal practice time with each student, after learning about what your individual goals are. Typically, suggested practice times range from 15-45 minutes a day.
. I don't know what to look for when purchasing a piano, will you help me? Absolutely! I have a document already written up of some pointers. Just ask.
. Do you have a referral program? Periodically, absolutely! You must be an existing student for at least three months to be eligible.
. How do you help non-musical parents/guardians keep up with their child? I offer a discounted 15-minute lesson for parents/guardians who don't know much/anything about music themselves, and want to keep up with their child to help them practice. This is especially helpful for parents who have a younger student enrolled.
. How often do you have recitals or other avenues of public performing? My goal is at least twice a year. Once for a formal recital in the spring, and once for a community service project such as playing at a nursing home, typically around Christmas. Both recitals are completely optional for students to attend.
. Who’s your favorite composer? I can't choose just one! I love Rachmaninoff because of his intensity and passion, I love Mendelssohn because I played his first piano concerto for my first competition and it's nostalgic, and I love Chopin because he's the ultimate romantic.
. My child doesn’t know their alphabet yet. Will that be an issue? Nope! It's certainly helpful, but not necessary.
. My child has a learning disability, will you still work with them? Yes, absolutely! It would be my pleasure.
. I’m an adult, can I take lessons? Heck yes!
. I want to learn how to play by ear, will you teach me? I believe that music is a language, and therefore you must learn the basics of reading before you can master playing by ear. If you have a talent for playing by ear, that's fantastic! Definitely pursue it. However, it's still important to have a solid foundation in how music works. It is for this reason that I don't teach students to play by ear alone.