Before you start piano lessons,
BUY A PIANO.
I am happy to help students shop for a piano - free of charge.
Three of the biggest reasons children don't practice
If you have space in your home for an acoustic grand piano - purchase one.
Buy the best piano you can afford. A rule of thumb for the financial investment required for a quality starter instrument is $3,000-$7,000.
If you're going to shop on craigslist or online - find a qualified tuner/technician to join you on your inspection.
Buying a piano is (quote me on this!) worse than a car - they are very technical, and hard to inspect. And everyone thinks it's worth more than it is. Be critical and smart when you begin your piano shopping experience. I've play literally hundreds of pianos - and am happy to help a prospective student find the RIGHT instrument for YOU. I will never charge a fee to go piano shopping with a student.
I'll reiterate this: If you're looking at a used piano on the open market - please bring a qualified technician with you when you explore. Pianos are very technical, involving a lot of parts.
I think every parent should view owning a piano as a smart investment in your child's education,
in creating a lovely environment in your home for sharing and spontaneous concert giving,
and as a worthwhile endeavor for long-term enjoyment.
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Diane Hidy suggests that you
"go with your gut" when you meet a teacher - trust your instincts.
Listen to quality music!
Consider ordering this outstanding CD for your daily enjoyment in the car, or while enjoying dinner.
For very young beginners:
If the parent or guardian doesn't "play", then take 6 or more months to explore your piano with your child, prior to enrolling for private lessons.
Encourage your child to play around and with
the piano prior to lessons. You can't break a
piano by playing it.
If you don't know where to begin with regard
to exploration - try this:
Use the BLACK KEYS, and see if you
can invent songs. Then add some white
keys. Explore and listen. Keep it light.
Make note of how your child explores the
The right teacher is going to want to know this
Do they like thehigh sounds, or the
Is the middle of the piano where they prefer to play?
Does everything sound percussive (this is fine - the piano is part percussion - part string),
observations at the
prospective teachers ...
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Shad Wenzlaff Piano Studio
A professional piano studio
located on the East / near-north side of Madison, WI
The Music Studios at 615 N. Sherman Av
Madison, WI 53704
The studios are open by appointment only -
please email or call for your interview lesson.
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