Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Most beginning students wonder, "Is it difficult to learn how to read music? What if I don't have a piano? Can I learn at my own pace?"
Each student has his unique fears, and it is our job to allay them. The most important thing for each student to remember is that the study of piano is very individual. Taking time to learn the basics and making sure that the foundation is solid are critical steps in enjoying performance for many years. If your goal is to simply be able to play certain pieces at Christmas and when friends come over, embrace that and give us a call! That is a fabulous goal that is achievable in a reasonable amount of time. After all, not everyone needs to perform at Carnegie Hall.
But if you want to do that too, we can help.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. When looking for a piano teacher, try to sit in on a lesson. This way, you can learn first hand how the teacher interacts with the student. Is the teacher harsh? Friendly? Does she explain things well? Is he patient?
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. All customers should know that the pursuit of creative excellence requires peace of mind. The student must feel free to make mistakes, to try things, to work things out. Often, parents make the mistake of trying to force particular genres onto the student, to try to make the student love it.
But the teacher's goal is to find out what the student likes, and then mold the lessons and teaching of technique around that so that the student stays interested and develops a life long love of the art. If the parents could truly understand that, there would be far more musicians out in the world creating beautiful music.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. A consumer should find out right away about the cost of the service. It's an uncomfortable subject, but getting clear on this relieves a lot of the tension in the beginning.
A consumer should also ask for the goals. What are the goals for the piano teacher? They should be different for each student; after all, each student is different.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Generally, parents should know how interested the child is in piano lessons. If this is casual interest, that's ok--this sentiment needs to be communicated to the teacher. Many musicians start off with a casual interest, and the flames are fanned by astute teachers who know how to create and maintain interest.