Private Piano Lessons in Silver Spring, Maryland
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PRACTICING THE PIANO
Practicing is KEY to making progress at the piano.
Find a time when the student is mentally alert and able to concentrate.
Have a quiet spot and a set time to practice (timer is helpful).
Practice 60+ minutes each week depending level and recommendation.
Have four or more practice sessions each week.
*It is important to NOT give different practice instructions from that of the teacher's.
Doing so will confuse the student. Instead, talk to the teacher if you have concerns.*
ITEMS NEEDED FOR LESSONS
Piano or Keyboard
Sturdy Keyboard Stand
Sturdy Piano Bench (adjustable one for growing kids)
Non-slip Piano Footstool (for young kids)
Books & Materials
MUSIC & MATERIAL
I recommend these stores:
To see or order books from Amazon.com, go to: Ms. Theresa's Piano Studio Wish List
JW Pepper www.jwpepper.com
PIANO & KEYBOARD
With regular use, a piano should be tuned every six months. It is vital that students' ears are used to a well-tuned piano! Imagine learning how to sing with a teacher who sings out-of-tune; it is the same as practicing on an out-of-tune piano! Also, tuning your piano is like changing the oil on your car, if you don't do it on a regular basis, irreparable damages can be done.
Consider getting a Damp Chaser installed on your piano by a qualified tuner – it keeps the piano in better shape in-between tuning.
I recommend my tuner:
Mr. Chamberlain Naecker @ Naecker's Piano Service
(member of "The Piano Technician's Guild" Piano Technicians Guild)
Tuning, Repairs, Piano Recommendations
$100-$150 per tuning
KEYBOARD & KEYBOARD STAND
Keyboard is a less expensive alternative to having a piano. My 1
choice is an 88-keys keyboard, followed by 76-keys, then 61-keys, depending on your budget. The piano has 88 keys, so an 88-keys keyboard is best; a keyboard with less keys will be confusing for some students, and requires adjustment from taking lessons on a piano. There are so many keyboards out there and companies keep coming up with new models. Things to look for are: a simple keyboard (few buttons/gadgets) & a reliable brand.
A keyboard stand needs to be sturdy so that the keyboard does not slide off.
I recommend these brands: Yamaha, Casio & Roland.
My recommendations on keyboards are on Amazon.com.
Click on: Ms. Theresa's Piano Studio Wish List
I highly recommend these adjustable benches:
Stagg Piano Bench with Adjustable Height - Amazon.com