Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Piano with Lauren different?
Our extensive piano pedagogy training sets us apart from other studios. We know the materials needed to tailor each lesson to the student’s exact needs. We know how to teach proper technique so that students can sound their best and play without tension or injuries. We teach a variety of levels such as six-year-old beginners, teens who have taken for many years, adult students who took at another time, and even eighty-year-old beginners.
What if I don’t have a piano?
Piano students are expected to have a well-maintained instrument. This means an acoustic piano with 88 keys and working pedals. Depending upon the level of the student, an electric keyboard with weighted keys may also be acceptable. However, as the student advances, an acoustic piano is highly recommended.
What do piano students learn?
All piano students will learn how to read music. Learning how to read music will allow students to play music long after lessons have ended. In each lesson, students learn music theory, rhythm, proper technique, and reading skills. Students will learn a variety of styles such as classical, pop and holiday pieces. Each student receives the most customized lessons possible.
To get an idea of what students learn, be sure to watch a few videos here.
Do students have the opportunity to perform?
Students ages 5-18 are encouraged to participate in performance opportunities throughout the year. Performances motivate students to practice and master their music. Fees for events range from $10-$30 and are usually due a month before the scheduled date of the event. Once a fee is paid to participate in the event, it cannot be refunded. Click here to see a list of performance opportunities for students.
What music do I need to buy?
Your teacher will select music for you. The registration fee for each school year is used to purchase materials and music books throughout the year.
How much do I need to practice?
The more you put into practicing outside of lessons, the more results you’ll see. All students are expected to practice on a regular basis. In order to be prepared for each lesson, students are encouraged to practice the length of their lesson for three-five days a week. Students should arrive at their lesson well prepared with all necessary materials. Students are also expected to maintain clipped fingernails in order to ensure proper piano technique.
What are the parent’s responsibilities?
The success of the student may depend upon teacher-parent communication. Please check your child’s assignment notebook and make sure he or she stays on task. Parents are expected to practice with young, beginning students.
Parents should also see that their child arrives to his or her lesson on time. If a student arrives late, his or her lesson will not be extended past the scheduled time. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure the safe arrival and departure of their child.