While most students are initially excited to begin piano lessons, please be aware that they will face challenges and sometimes frustrations. As initial enthusiasm is replaced by awareness of the discipline and commitment required to attain excellence, encouragement and praise will contribute greatly to the student’s success.
As a parent, here are some things you can do to support your child and provide an environment that will enable her or him to excel in their piano studies:
- You must have an acoustic piano or high quality full-sized keyboard with weighted keys (88 keys) or a digital piano (88 keys) in your home. An acoustic piano is strongly recommended as nothing can take the place of its touch and sound.
- A piano should be tuned at least once a year.
- The piano should be located in a well-lit place that allows practicing to be done with as few distractions as possible.
- For small students, make sure that you have an adjustable bench or large books available that can be used as a booster to raise them to the correct position.
The Practice Environment
Students who establish good practice habits from the beginning will progress more rapidly and find piano practice and lessons more enjoyable. The amount of time required for good quality practice will vary depending on the student’s age and playing level. More importantly, however, is that practice is done on a consistent daily basis with a clear goal in mind.
- Set aside a scheduled practice time for your child. I require all students to practice 5-7 days per week.
- Supervise home practice sessions, making sure your child completes all assignments. At my studio specific practice assignments are given each week and all practicing must be recorded by the student in their Assignment Book.
- Students under ten years of age must have their practice record signed by a parent. In the event that daily practice is not being completed, I will work with the student (and parent, if applicable) to determine the cause and possible solutions.
- Listen to music at home, and attend a variety of musical events together throughout the year.