Q & A: Teaching Philosophy

Q: What age can my child start piano lessons?

As a registered Suzuki piano teacher who is fully certified to teach all Suzuki Piano Books (1-7), I have started teaching children between the ages of 4 to 5 years old. Naturally, the best time to start teaching a particular child student is determined on an individual basis after trial lessons.

Q: My child is under 4 years of age; what can I do in preparation for piano lessons?

Long before a child starts taking piano lessons, parents can do so much to help their children to develop musically! As a certified Music Together teacher, I have seen numerous newborns, toddlers, and young children benefit profoundly from these types of programs. Almost any consistent, early exposure to music, singing, and dance from before birth and afterwards can help to prepare young children for Suzuki Method piano instruction when they turn 4 to 5 years of age.

Q: What if my child is over 5 years old? What if I am over 50? 

Anyone interested in learning to create music on the piano, regardless of age or experience level, is welcome to contact The Ivy Piano Studio to inquire about a trial lesson. I am happy teaching beginners, amateurs, and aspiring professionals alike.

Q: Are parents expected to attend all lessons?

At The Ivy Piano Studio, parents are expected to be involved during lessons to reinforce instruction and learning at home. Parental involvement during lessons facilitates (a) regular practice at home and helps to provide (b) accurate, consistent feedback, both of which are required when learning a new motor skill such as the piano. Regardless of age, students are trained in proper piano technique and musicality from the first lesson. Parental involvement during lessons gradually wanes over the years as the child matures.

Q: Do I need a piano, or will a keyboard suffice?

The Ivy Piano Studio dedicates itself to the highest-quality classical piano instruction. Although I have begun by teaching a few students who initially only had access to a weighted-key keyboard, the long-term expectation is this: There is simply no substitute for playing the original, infinitely-expressive, analog instrument. Fortunately, the internet has made finding used pianos relatively easy, so that students have rarely failed to find one within their budget once space was found within their home.