New Student FAQs


 

Can I start piano lessons using a keyboard?

I encourage new families to consider investing in an acoustic piano, even for students who are brand new beginners. Keyboards do not have the same resistance that piano keys do, which makes it difficult to learn to play with proper technique and dynamic range. If purchasing an acoustic piano is not an option for you, the next best choice would be a high quality digital piano manufactured within the last 10 years. 

 

Where do you teach?

I offer in-home lessons for students living in Lantana/Argyle and certain parts of Denton. For students located outside my travel radius, a limited number of spots are available for lessons at my home studio in South Denton, or can be arranged via FaceTime/Skype. 

 

I’ve never had piano lessons before.  Can I start as an adult?

Of course!  Adult beginners have some unique advantages including control of fine motor skills, a longer attention span, and the ability to understand abstract concepts. Some adults may have studied music in the past, but become rusty over time. A teacher can serve as a great resource as you brush up on your existing skills.  

 

What curriculum do you use?

Brand new beginners typically start in Faber & Faber’s Piano Adventures, along with supplementary pieces tailored to each student’s personality, learning style, and musical goals.  After the first few years of lessons, most students transition out of method books and in to standard Classical repertoire, lead sheets, popular music, etc. Regardless of the style of music, I seek to teach proper technique, phrasing, interpretation, and artistry even in “beginner” repertoire.

 

Do you teach theory?

Yes!  I teach music theory using Just The Facts workbooks, Music Mind Games, and a variety of other games and manipulatives. Students are encouraged to take the TMTA music theory exam for their grade level each year.

 

What performance opportunities are available to your students?

I hold two studio-wide recitals in October and April, and students may choose to participate in adjudicated festivals through Carrollton Music Teachers Association