....because music is the journey of a lifetime.


What are the advantages of piano study?

There are dozens of studies that demonstrate that music study, especially piano study, develops math and analytical skills, enhances concentration abilities, teaches planning and project management, and builds confidence for public presentation.  For adults, music study is a rewarding source of relaxation and helps the lifetime learner stay sharp.  All that is wonderful, of course, but the most important advantage of piano study is the simple pleasure that comes from performing and understanding music for a lifetime!

What is the right age for children to start lessons?

It depends. Every child is a little different. Typically, students have adequate physical strength and coordination of the hands starting around age 6. Some are ready at 5, and some may be better served by waiting until 7 or 8. You know your child best! If your child seems interested, it is probably a good time to start. Please call and set up a first lesson evaluation, and I’ll be happy to help you decide if the time is right.

How long should my lesson be?

The typical assumption is that younger students should have shorter lessons—30 minutes.  This may or may not suit your circumstances. There are many activities that take place at a lesson, so there is a lot of material to cover! I find that even young students can progress more quickly with a 45-minute lesson. Adult or middle-school-aged student should consider at least a 45-minute lesson.  

What will my lessons include?

Depending on where you are in your music study, the lesson will include technique, theory, sight-reading, ear training, the performance of your repertoire (the pieces you have mastered), and exploration of new music. You may also choose to explore composition, duet or ensemble playing, reading lead sheets, or learning to accompany.  In short, your interests will drive the content of your lesson.

What performance opportunities do you provide?

Students will have many opportunities to perform!  In addition to formal and informal studio recitals, students will have opportunities to play for adjudicators  (an artist who provides feedback and guidance) through the LWMTA, WSMTA, NFMC and Seattle Young Artist Festival.  LWMTA also sponsors monthly “Gift Recitals,” which are community service recitals performed at senior living facilities.  

What if my child has special learning needs?

First, it’s important to let me know what those needs are.  I want to be sure that all parents understand that I have no specialized training working with special needs learners.  With patience, flexibility and creativity, I have had great success working with students with hearing limitations, dyslexia, ADD /ADHD, and Asperger’s Syndrome.  Please know that my goal is to support your child’s success.  We can work together to decide how to define and accomplish that success!

Piano Lessons in Kirkland

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