Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. The most common job I provide is teaching piano for my clients. I teach both children and adults. My youngest student is early elementary and my oldest student is in retirement.
Additionally, I also act as a piano accompanist for the Solo & Ensemble competitions that are held in the month of February
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Ask your teacher of their qualifications and experience. Also ask the teacher about the cancelation policies, curriculum, and requirements. Some will have additional fees for recitals, books, etc.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. It is important to understand that taking piano lessons requires dedication. You must put in the time to practice and, if the student is a child, constant encouragement is essential. Just like a child needs nudging to get his/her homework done, chores, etc, the same will have to be done on occasion to practice the piano. It takes the same amounts of commitment, if not more, from the parent.
Finally, make sure your child has something to practice on. This may go without saying but I have had several clients who sign their child up without a keyboard or something to practice on. You do not have to buy a piano (although it is preferred) but you should at least have a keyboard that is touch sensitive.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. What I enjoy most is the fact piano lessons are a more enjoyable subject for most students vs. other subjects that are forced upon them in school. They come with a positive mind set and it constantly challenges me to come up with creative ways to teach or explain certain concepts. Most of all, I have a closer relationship with my students than most teacher. I believe I am a mentor to most of them and even a counselor at times, to others. The ability to change ones life is an amazing thing!
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I continue to practice the art and play regularly. When I host recitals, I will learn, memorize, and perform a piece along with my students. It is a great example of what they can aspire to but it also sharpens my skills as well. I also believe that other activities can relate or be applied to the piano so I participate in community choirs but also offer my services as an accompanist for solo and ensemble competitions.
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. I am currently working on providing more opportunities to perform for my students, such as recitals, throughout the year.