As a Piano Teacher, my goal is to arm students with the basic skills required to play their favorite music, or start working through the RCM or ABRSM levels. I can teach how to read music, the fundamentals of music theory, how to perform, how to collaborate with other musicians, and many other skills to help you achieve your goals.
Rates and Details
I offer a 15 minute trial lesson free of charge
I offer piano lessons from ages 6 and up.
My lessons are aimed at anyone between complete beginner and RCM level 4
Lessons are done in person or online via zoom
Lessons are typically done once a week or once every two weeks
Lessons are either 30, 45, or 60 minutes long (I recommend shorter lessons for beginners and younger students)
I charge $20 for a half hour lesson, and $30 for a 45 minute lesson, and $40 for a 60 minute lesson
For cancelations and rescheduling, please give me 12 hours notice
Contact me for time availability
What books do I need?
I suggest that beginners get the James Bastien older beginner book(s). If you wish to go through the RCM, the grade appropriate repertoire, etudes, and Four star ear training and sight reading books are strongly recommended. That being said, you can still learn piano without books.
As a parent, should I sit with my child during the lesson?
For young children, being present next to your child during the lesson will be beneficial for their learning and allows you to see if your child is enjoying lessons, as they usually can't tell you for themselves. It is important to ask if your child wants you to sit with them during lessons. Beyond the age of 10, being present during lessons can decrease the productivity and self sufficiency of your child. Music lessons are a great way to develop essential skills like responsibility, work ethic, discipline, as well as many others, and holding your child's hand through every lesson may inhibit the development of these skills.
Can I play piano if I have small hands?
Absolutely! There are many famous pianist how have small hands. Practice is what make a good musician.
Do I need to play classical music to be a good pianist?
Absolutely not! While I recommend that students learn classical music, It is important to have a repertoire that covers many genres of music. You can be a a great musician by playing modern music.
Do I need to do Piano exams?
It depends on the style of music. If you are learning mostly modern music, then exams may not be right for you. Exams can be very useful for people who want to go the more traditional route of classical music, as you feedback from professional pianists.
I'm looking to go through RCM or ABRSM. Which is better?
They are both fine, but RCM is far more popular here in North America. The major difference is that the skill difference between grades is smaller in RCM. Regardless of which system you go with, you achieve a similar level of piano playing and technique. With that being said, RCM is my prefered system.
How does payment work?
With music lessons, it is typical for payments to be made monthly and in advance. If this doesn't work for you, another payment plan may be used. E-transfer is preferred.
What do I need to start piano lessons?
an acoustic or electric piano and pedal, a device that is compatible with Zoom if you are online, Piano books as needed.
How often should I practice?
Depends how fast you want to progress. I would suggest 15 minutes a day of practice. The amount of time you should practice increases as you progress, with professional pianists spending about 3-4 hours practicing daily. It's much better to practice constantly over a week than cram it in the day before a lesson.