Welcome to my new website. On this blog ongoing I will attempt to answers questions that parents / grandparents have about taking Piano Lessons. I have over 43 years experience and wish to share my knowledge base with you.
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Here are the top 10 questions ask in our first phone conversation or email inquiry.
1) How much are your lessons? My fees vary depending on where you live. I only make house calls so my rates depend on how far I need to drive to come to your home.
2) Do you have contracts and start up fees? No. I only take families as clients who intend to study year round, taking a maximum vacation time of 3 weeks. I teach 7 days a week. If your used to taking a month or two month vacation per year, I respect your plans but I would not be the right teacher for you. I am concerned that parents get their monies worth and year round study if my preference.
3) What books do you use and how do we get them? I keep over 3,000 books on hand between my home, a warehouse and my cars. This way a parent never has to go and buy their own books, I supply the materials needed onoing and parents reimburse me for the cost.
4) Do we have to own a piano / keyboard or do you bring one? You have to make an investment in a piano or keyboard, just like if you were learning to play golf, you would need to own your own set of golf clubs. I offer free advice; starter keyboards made by Yamaha cost a modest $160 and they are TOUCH SENSITIVE, which is the most important feature. Digital keyboards never need tuning and children can practice with headphones on, which helps with being distracted. Later on, as a child studies music and gets more dedicated, most families I work with will upgrade and get a better instrument.
5) I am concerned about finding a teacher who get along with my children. Do you offer a try out period? Yes, I offer a 2 week try out where we can audition each other and make sure the personalities of both the parents, children and teacher are compatible. I am not the right teacher for every single family and I always recommend parents try several teachers out including myself. Their are enough teachers here in California to share the load with everyone.
6) What is the longest relationship you have ever had with a family in teaching piano? Seventeen years, 9 children in Mission Viejo. I prefer parents who are committed to giving their children at great Music Education and will make sure their children practice and stay on task.
7) Do you hold recitals? Yes, one or two a year. Recitals are a wonderful time for all children to share their talent and musical accomplishments. I do not use recitals for competition, I do not support the ideology of Certificate of Merit. For 43+ years I have prepared many students for careers in Music as well as young people who play in church, schools, synagogues, and many of gone on to become Doctors, Scientists, and great families throughout the world.
8) Do you work with children who have been diagnosed with Autism and other Special Needs? Absolutely. Music, Art and Dance I believe are the best and most useful forms of expression for all Children. I have many years of success, working with all types of families in Piano and Musical expression.
9) Does playing piano help children overall, not just in Music? Yes. Good question. Their are proven students which have validated that when children study Piano, it improves their attention span, helps them focus and sorts the brain so Math, English, Science subjects improved tremendously.
10) What is the difference between methods of teaching like Suzuki and Traditional study of Music? The Suzuki method emphasizes using aural / ear skills in learning music and learning thing by rote. I disagree with this method for many years. First and foremost, every child is not born with natural aural skills; in fact some children are born with aural / hearing deficiences. It is fraudulent in my opinion to mislead parents that every child can play the piano or violin, or any music instrument. I teach both the reading of Music from the first lesson moving forward with 4 year olds. If I sense a child has a natural ear perception for Music, I will work with both the ear and the eyes so they can have the best of both worlds.
What are your questions and concerns? You can write me at email; email@example.com or call me direct. All the best, Art Scott