Piano & Keyboard Frequently Asked Questions
What is a good age to begin Piano Lessons?I think for myself, the safest age to begin lessons is when a child reaches the age of 6. ….Having said that, I currently have several students who started at 5 years and one child at 4 years old. They’re all doing well! It really comes down to a child’s ability to focus on the task at hand and their desire to play the piano. It can also help a great deal too, if the parents are involved as well.
My child is 3-4 years old. Would you consider teaching them?Before having your 3 - 4 year old study piano with me, I would recommend you enrol them in a programme such as “Music for Young Children” or “Kindermusik” . If you’ve tried that approach and it hasn’t worked out, it might be a good idea to wait another year. For myself, even though I’ve had many students start successfully at a younger age, on average most children aren’t ready for practical piano lessons. Because of this, here are my criteria if you’d like to try your child on piano:
1. You bring your child Monday through Friday either in the morning or early afternoon. (Before 3:30 PM)
2. You, the parent must be committed to your child’s learning. This means, sitting in with the lesson, learning along with your kids so that you can help them when it’s needed. You need to provide them with a proper practice environment…no television in the background…and you must be there to ensure they are practicing regularly.
Do you provide tax receipts for the Child Art Tax Credit?Yes I do by request. I usually give them out February through May.
What types of music can I or my child learn?Everyone who starts out, needs to learn some of the basics. With young students, they begin with a piano introductory book called a primer. I then introduce students into method books. Most of the music provided in these books tends to be interesting and stimulating to students. Method series like Faber & Faber also provide a wide variety of music to choose from.
As a student progresses and becomes more adept at playing a student may choose many musical avenues to follow. Here are some of them:
RCM - Traditional The Royal Conservatory of Music is one of the most respected schools of music in the world. It just happens to be based in Toronto. It’s comprehensive system of examinations are used throughout North America.
Popular & Rock
Standards & Light Jazz
Song-writing Skill Development
Do I need to own a Piano or will an electric piano or keyboard do?If you don’t already own a Piano or keyboard there are several things to consider before making a decision as to what to get. Though some people might try to convince you otherwise, if you’re just starting out, purchasing a piano outright may not be the best decision. It can sometimes take a few years for an individual to know if playing piano is something they want to do over the long haul. For safety I would recommend a keyboard to start out with. It takes up far less room and is more convenient if it has to be moved around.
Where can I rent or buy a keyboard or piano?Your best bet for renting a new or used keyboard locally, is Long & Mcquade. They are Canada’s largest music store and I personally consider them to be excellent to deal with. I’ve been buying my instruments from them for the past 45 years! The closest store is located in Pickering at 1887 Kingston Rd. The phone number is 905-686-4900. There are other stores as well; please visit my Links Page
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