TUITION PACKAGE (Averaging $18 per lesson):
What does tuition cover?
Beginning in Fall, 2015, I will be instituting changes to payment procedures:
Payment is quarterly, with total weeks divided into equal groups.
I allow a student to begin lessons using an electronic keyboard, for the first couple of months, but you will need to acquire an 88-key acoustic or digital piano as soon as possible. I find that students progress much faster when they can practice on a "real" piano. My personal preference is an acoustic piano--the sound and feel are superior, but digital pianos have come a long way and have certain advantages, such as not having to be tuned yearly, more portability (as far as moving it from one room to another) and electronic sound options, etc. There are numerous deals to be had on Craig's List, the Swap Sheet, and other sources. Music stores often have trade-ins that make good deals. I bought my grand piano through the Penny Saver at an incredible price from someone moving south that needed to sell in a hurry!
If you purchase a used acoustic piano from a private sale it's good to pay a piano tuner to check it out first--he or she knows what look for. I also suggest you avoid buying a spinet. A console or upright is much better and holds the tuning longer. Of course, if you can afford a $100,000 Bosendorfer concert grand piano (and have room in your house)--so much better! There are websites where you can look at piano brands and compare the quality. It's advisable before spending money on something you'll probably own for a long time to do a bit of research first.
I teach all ages, but my favorite starting age is SEVEN. On occasion I will accept a six-year old" under certain conditions. I also teach adults, up to age one-hundred! Actually, I have taught people in their seventies. The same applies to taking piano lessons as to planting a tree --The best time was 20 years ago--the next best time is NOW!"