DO I HAVE TO OWN A PIANO TO TAKE LESSONS?
Ideally, you should have access to a piano (grand or upright) or a keyboard (with weighted keys to replicate the feel of the piano). I teach and perform only on a piano. Without an instrument at home on which to practice, the student simply will not be able to achieve the improvement that comes from steady practice between lessons.
WHEN IS A GOOD AGE TO START LEARNING THE PIANO?
First of all, you are never too old to start learning the piano! As for whether your child is too young, that really depends on the child. That said, it is very rare that I would teach a child under the age of six. While learning the piano is fun, it requires focus - this can be difficult for a young child and take the fun out of the experience. Otherwise, there is no "best" age to start - I myself started at age twelve and never looked back!
DO I NEED TO PURCHASE MUSIC OR INSTRUCTION MANUALS?
After assessing the level of a student, I recommend certain manuals for piano technique and music theory. I generally carry a stock of new manuals that any student can purchase for a very low price. The manuals, which are different for adults and children, help structure the class, monitor progress, and provide visual teaching aids for both me and the student.
DO YOU TEACH ADULTS, TOO?
Absolutely! Frequently my adult students may have had lessons as children and want to give it another shot. But just as often my adult students are beginners who may have always been curious about the piano, or are looking for an artistic outlet.
WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC DO YOU TEACH?
All beginning students start off the same, learning techniques and theories that are universal to any genre of music. That said, I am classically trained, and I find that classical music lends itself very well to learning as the sheer volume of available music is so extensive that you will always find something at your level that you like. Having built confidence as a musician, a student can always branch off in another direction - like jazz, if desired.