FAQ

Do you offer online piano lessons and classes?  Yes!  Online lessons are held via Rock Out Loud, which was designed specifically for online music lessons. Students learn and progress just as if we were having lessons together in my Bay Area studio. I also offer a 100% virtual option for those students who need even more flexibility and convenience.  All you need is an iPad or a laptop computer with an Internet connection.

Do I need to have a piano or keyboard?  Yes, the student does need to have a piano or keyboard to use at home to practice what was learned during the lesson each week.  At a minimum, the home keyboard should have 61 keys (though 76 or 88 keys are significantly better), weighted keys, and a sustain pedal.  I suggest looking for a keyboard made by Yamaha or Casio.  You may be able to find a great price on a starter keyboard by purchasing a used one through Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist.

Are your piano classes good for teens?  Yes, my approach to teaching piano is excellent for teens!  Teens want to play great-sounding music… right now! The Simply Music method has students playing two-hands together from the very first lesson. Is your teen’s interest primarily to learn to play pop music? Blues? Movie themes? Or is their dream to compose their own music? We can focus more on what they’re interested in. For more information about lessons for teens, click HERE.

Do you take adult students? Yes! The Simply Music Piano method is just as wonderful for adults of all ages as it is for children and teens! My adult students love learning piano this way, and many have wished the method had existed when they were children. For more information about my lessons for adults, head HERE.

Can I learn Simply Music Piano with my child?  Yes! I’ve had quite a few parent/child shared lessons over the years, and they’re super fun!

Homeschooling Families:  While I’m no longer a vendor with local charter schools, I am a homeschooling mom, and I love working with homeschooling families. 🙂

When are classes offered? Classes are primarily held afternoons, Sunday through Wednesday, 4:00-6:00.  Additional times may be available for students who can take lessons during regular school hours.  If set lesson times don’t work for you, check out my flexible remote piano coaching!

Do you offer in-home lessons?  While I don’t travel to student homes to teach piano lessons, I do offer lessons online, so you can easily learn piano in the comfort of your own home. All you need is an iPad or a laptop computer and an internet connection.

Do you hold recitals? Students are given the opportunity to perform throughout the year during studio piano parties, open mic nights, and concerts (performances are currently being shared in an online format). While participation in these events is encouraged, it is not required.

Do you prepare students for piano exams?  The focus here is on playing music, not exams.

Do you accept transfer students?  Absolutely! The Simply Music Piano method is excellent for students who have been learning piano the traditional way (recently or long ago), but now are looking for something different. To learn more about Simply Music Piano lessons, head HERE.

Are students taught how to read music?  Yes! When the student is showing signs that they are ready to begin the reading process, we jump right in. Since students have such a solid musical foundation before reading is introduced, and reading is only introduced when the student is developmentally and musically ready, many students learn to read at an accelerated rate. When will this happen? It depends! Some are ready after three months of lessons, while others may not be ready for three years. I’ve found reading readiness is often dependent upon the student’s commitment to home practice. As with all music learning, there is a strong correlation between home practice and the speed a student proceeds through the program.

Why hold off on reading music? Reading notes is only a small component of overall musicality and the ability to play the piano. Just as we talk and communicate verbally for many years before we learn to read words and books, we should allow ourselves plenty of time to “speak” the language of music before diving into reading notes and musical scores.

My child isn’t interested in learning to read music. Are you willing to teach them to play piano without forcing this issue?  Yes, I’m open to teaching students who have no desire to learn to read music. There are so many other aspects of musical development that we can focus on instead. And, who knows…. maybe one day they’ll change their mind. I’m flexible. This answer also applies for students with dyslexia.

How do I enroll or get onto your waiting list?  To get onto the queue for opening… REGISTER .

Still have a question?  Let me know!