IPS – FAQ

How do I register for lessons?
The first step is to simply fill out the contact form with information about the potential student and questions you may have, then press submit! From there I will contact you personally to send you my studio policy and tuition fee. We will discuss lesson times to find the perfect fit for both of our schedules and then set up a first lesson starting date.

What should I expect from a first lesson?
For absolute beginners, their books and curriculum will already by chosen by the instructor. The first lesson will commence by getting to getting to know each other and learning the basics of the piano.

For transfer students (or those with prior piano knowledge), the student should bring their current material or books that they are working out of. The instructor will want to hear them play a song, ask them to sight-read a short piece, and ask about their goals as a pianist. This lesson is important as it helps the instructor understand the student’s current musical skills, from which the instructor will plan how to help those skills grow in the future.

How much of a commitment do I have to make to enroll?
When a student enrolls for lessons, they will do so on a semester basis. Example: August-December, January-May or Summer Semester. Students may begin lessons at any time but once they enroll they will be required to finish out the current semester.

Like any instrument, mastering the piano takes time and repetition. Everyone’s success rate is different, but time and dedication are needed to progress. This policy is in the best interest of the student. The only time this requirement will not be enforced would be in case of medical emergency or an unforeseeable relocation.

How much time will I or my child be expected to practice?
Practice is essential to becoming better at piano. Most students are asked to practice at least 5 days a week. However the amount of time needed to practice each day will vary for each student.  The instructor will designate practice times that best suit the individual student’s needs.

My student is very young. Will I need to sit down and practice with him every day?
At this age, it is in the best interest of the student for the parent to learn along side them. They should attend lessons and help reinforce the musical concepts at home during their daily practice time. This takes investment and dedication from the parent, but the reward will be so much greater than just leaving the child to his own devices. Students who have actively involved parents, progress much faster than those who do not take an interest and those who do not provide encouragement and reinforcement at home.

How long is each lesson?
Lessons are set up in 30 min, 45 min and 1 hour time slots.  Student’s lesson lengths are determined by their level, attention span, musical goals and scheduling flexibility. This is something that will be discussed prior to the first lesson.

Is music theory incorporated into the lessons?
Yes, Theory is taught at the appropriate level to each student.

When is the best age to start piano lessons?
You can begin piano at any age! It is truly an instrument that can be enjoyed by all age groups. Many children start at the ages of 7 or 8, but I have found that age 5 is a usually a great time start. Music is truly another language that is combined with motor skills, auditory skills and so much more. Starting at this young age will be very beneficial to their development process.

What happens if I miss a lesson?
Students are expected to attend their weekly lessons regularly and on time. Missed or canceled lessons will not be refunded As the student,
you are not only paying for the teachers expertise, but also for the time reserved for you- whether you attend the lesson or not.

What happens if the instructor cancels a lesson?
If the Instructor has to cancel a lesson for any reason, it will be made up at no charge to the student.

Do I need to pay for books in addition to the tuition fee?
Yes.
In order to alleviate any confusion, the instructor will purchase all books for students and they will pay the face-value as reimbursement to the instructor. The instructor will make it clear when you need new books and will let you know how much they will be.