Why children?

Research shows* that music study helps kids grow in a variety of intellectual and emotional areas. When you think about it, it's common sense—music study teaches us about discipline, problem solving, analysis skills, and emotional awareness. Even if you don't plan on a musical career for your child, music study enriches all other fields of pursuit.



How do we do it?

Some teachers do amazing things with very young students. However, I generally prefer to wait until a student is about 7 years old when they are more prepared physically, intellectually, and emotionally.

We start with a "low-stress interview." This is not an audition, but a chance for student, parents, and teacher to meet. If everyone is comfortable after this initial meeting, I generally start off with weekly, 30-minute lessons. The beginning student is expected to practice 20-30 minutes daily. I try to clearly spell out each week's assignment and keep a weekly log of these assignments. While results vary widely, with regular practice, you can expect your child to make enjoyable music within two years.

After this, parents and teachers can better assess the future potential of a student, their level of talent, and level of enjoyment. Students can then be challenged to work on more advanced music, specialize in particular musical styles, and lengthen thier lesson times and practice sessions.


Let's talk!

If you are ready to seriously consider piano, please contact me! We can discuss your child, schedules, and determine how to get started.

*To get you started, here are some links to check out recent research:
       • www.apa.org/monitor/oct03/lessons.aspx

       • www.psychologicalscience.org/pdf/ps/musiciq.pdf
       • jrm.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/47/3/198
       • www.jstor.org/pss/3333643