Frequently Asked Questions

Is my child old enough for private piano lessons?

Students may be ready at the age of five while some may need to wait a couple of years. It’s ideal for students to begin private piano lessons at a young age only if they’re ready and if parents are ready to make sure daily practicing occurs.

What kind of instrument do we need?

An acoustic piano (i.e. an “old-fashioned, wooden piano” – a non-electric instrument) is a requirement to have before starting private lessons through The Piano Spot because keyboards result in slower progress, poor technical development and students producing poor piano tone in performances.

Students who receive top marks from judges are typically students who have acoustic pianos at home and are very consistent with practicing and attending lessons.

How much will my child be expected to practice?

Students will be expected to practice a minimum of 30 – 45 minutes at least 5-6 days per week; daily is best. If they practice less than that, their progress will be very slow. For new beginners or very young students, they will work up to that amount (starting with 10 minutes per day and then slowly increasing it over weeks).

What specific aspects of piano playing do you teach and what materials do you use?

The Piano Spot places a strong emphasis on a well-rounded music education and solid technical development from a Classical framework but also recognizes that different families and students have different goals and preferences. Therefore, different method books and materials are used based on a student’s strengths and weaknesses, preferences and goals.

The Piano Spot only uses music and materials that are Copyright compliant. Materials that are not Copyright compliant will not be accepted or used in the studio. Students will be expected to purchase necessary materials.