Why Take Lessons Here?
Let’s face it. Whether taking piano lessons is a new venture for you or a youngster in your family or you are continuing on a journey that has already begun, you want your investment dollars to count. It makes wholesome sense that you want to reap rewards for what you’ve put forth in terms of effort as well as money. True or true?
Of course! We are aware of this fact. Actually, our reason for existence is based on this premise. If you take just one thing from the words that you are reading here, let it be this:
The criteria on which you base your decision will ultimately be responsible for the results you or your child will realize.
For example, in your search for a piano instructor, are you “shopping price” exclusively? If so, you will most likely get what you’re looking for. Sure, you might pay fewer dollars for those sessions. But remember that your priority of paying less will likely overshadow other important aspects of your (or your child’s) learning experience.
Avoid Making A Common Mistake
So, how does one avoid making the kinds of choices that can lead to disappointment? Here’s how:
Be clear on why you were considering piano lessons to begin with.
Don’t make the mistake of overlooking this. Honestly, what was it that sparked this interest in piano lessons? Were you listening to a Billy Joel or Elton John album that you really liked at one point and did the idea of playing pop piano intrigue you? Maybe you were listening to a jazz pianist like Bill Evans or Oscar Peterson and the idea of being able to improvise freely on the piano stimulated a passion for learning how to create your own ideas that could be expressed on your piano or keyboard. Perhaps your son or daughter has been inspired to play what they heard on a recording and learning how to play music by ear seems exciting (it is!). Possibly, you want to learn how to play out of a Real Book or playing in a school jazz band sounds like a lot of fun.
Know What Your Teacher Can Deliver
Well, let’s suppose that you connect with a piano teacher whose routine is to conduct a lesson by having you play through a page or two of John Thompson of Alfred’s and assigning another page for the following week. If you believe this will lead to the above goals being reached, you may be in for a major disappointment. Naturally, you want to connect with an instructor who is in tune with your specific goals and passions. There isn’t anything wrong with those piano methods or others like them. But they are all too often used to substitute for a teacher’s limitations when it comes to creating and presenting material that could be more geared toward your objectives.
Be sure to ask questions of the prospective instructor. This can help protect you from enduring months and months of disappointment. Furthermore, what you thought was a good price for those weekly lessons could easily prove to be more of a cost than you had anticipated.
This is a subject that warrants more attention and we’ve only touched the surface here. We highly encourage you to communicate with us so that we can address your specific situation by giving it the attention and respect that it deserves. We want to help you to outline a path that will lead you to realizing the musical goals that you aspire to! We’re sure this makes sense to you. Let’s talk about it…