Q: Do I need to have a piano at home?

It is recommended that you do! I understand that purchasing a piano is a big investment, but having an instrument at home is crucial for students to make progress in their learning. For any enquiries surrounding purchase of your very first piano, please contact me (Joan) at 0403 518 811 or email at joan@scherzando.com.au for some general info!

Q: How long do lessons usually go for?

Session times vary depending on our students’ ages and levels of learning. Generally, younger beginners start off with 30 minute lessons per week, which may be increased to 45 minutes if they are keen to do so. Please visit the Pricing Page for details on pricing.

Q: My child does not seem interested – should we keep trying with lessons?

Absolutely! All children respond differently to teachers and lessons. Some take longer than others to “warm up” to their teachers. I will continually assess the progress of your child each time we step in for their lesson. As a general rule, it takes roughly 3 months to really get to know your child, and for your child to form an opinion of their teacher! If there is an instance where a child is not responding positively to any modifications in approach, and is absolutely uninterested in learning piano, I will make sure that is communicated openly with you.

Q: What are the expectations on practice/homework?

I understand that children these days are busy little people! However, consistent practice is key to any musician’s progress. I encourage goal-oriented practice, not time-oriented practice. Details on the differences between the two can be found in our previous blog post: http://www.scherzando.com.au/piano-practice-motivation

It is also helpful for parents to remember that students will enjoy playing the piano when they feel they are good at it! Therefore, keeping to a practice schedule early on is very important, as they will build confidence at the instrument and, from there, enjoyment. Little ones may only need 15-20 minutes per day of practice, but eventually, to achieve all practice goals, students can be expected to commit an hour or more a day to practice.

Q: How/what do you teach?

I teach differently for every student! Some students enjoy Classical; some enjoy more jazzy tunes; others pop. I try my best to provide material that keep students engaged. From all my years of teaching, I have found that no two students are the same. Everyone is different, therefore my approach to each one has to be tailored to the individual!