8. Carol Nethen West Music Studio
- 48 years in business
- 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Piano lessons are usually 45 minutes long and are weekly. I require students to practice daily and will make assignments in an assignment book. The lesson is broken down into three parts:
2. basic learning to read music or, for more advanced students, music theory as applied to the piano.
3, piano repertoire - pieces from graded repertoire books, standard classical repertoire, exploring different styles like jazz and pop
Tuition is paid on the first week of each month for the entire month. Any absences must be made up within the same week of absence to maintain weekly regimen. Cancellation requires 24 hour notice.
A keyboard is different than a piano. After six months of study, unless a student has a piano on which to practice at least 3 times a week, progress is minimal, students get bored and there is little advancement. I will work with students to find ways to put an acoustic piano in their lives and appreciate the open minds of parents in making room for a piano in their home.
Any starter keyboards must be on a stand and have a music rack with a good light. The keyboard must have touch sensitivity so that the student can be expressive according to touch. Weighted keys, not just touch sensitivity, is required so that fine muscle coordination can be developed - without this feature, the student is trying to play tennis with a feather instead of a racket. The bench must be a piano bench style, not a chair and at a standard piano bench height. It's best if the keyboard has a dedicated place and does not need to be assembled on the stand for practicing each time. The sound of the keyboard is best listened to in the room rather than with headphones or ear buds. . A piano keyboard height measured from the floor to the top of the white keys will approximate 28 1/2 inches. The height of the bench is determined by the position of the arm as perpendicular to the floor when students rest curved fingers on the keys. If the student can also set up easy access to a CD player from the piano, we can take advantage of playing along with some very well produced CDs as part of many of the piano method publications. Thank you for considering these arrangements in your decision to contact me about lesson scheduling."