What to Expect at the Initial Piano Lesson
Congratulations on making the decision to take up piano lessons! It is the start of a wonderful journey of learning. Your next step is to find a teacher that you or your child is going to work well with. Take the time to consider this aspect carefully as the bond forged with the future teacher will be a large factor in the success and enjoyment of the piano lessons. If you haven’t already done so, contact me to schedule your initial piano lesson. You are welcome to book a 30 min. initial piano lesson for $25 without having to commit to continuing with me afterwards. If you’ve already been in touch and I’ve scheduled an appointment for you, then you’re all set. Here’s what to expect at the first lesson:
1. Meet and greet. Tell me about yourself (or your child).
This information will help me figure out who you or your child are. Before the lesson, be prepared to answer the following questions for yourself or for your child:
a) Why do you want to learn the piano? Do you have any particular piano playing goals?
b) What is your past music exposure like? (prior music education, experience with other instruments, music listened to at home, family members who play a music instrument etc.)
c) Are there any other areas of interest that I should know about? (particular genres or specific songs you or your child enjoys, things that help you or your child learn best etc.)
This is the portion of the lesson when we get down to actually playing the piano. I will assess your or your child’s current level and get an idea of your or your child’s strengths and weaknesses and how I might be of assistance. If you already have piano learning materials or books you’ve used before, do bring those in. If you don’t have any books, not to worry – I will bring my own materials for us to work from.
a) Complete beginners will work both from a book and by ear (i.e. reading music and also playing music that is taught aurally). We’ll end up with 1 0r 2 pieces for practice at home by the end of the lesson.
b) Students with prior piano experience will play pieces they’ve been working on. These pieces do not have to be fully polished. It is actually more constructive to bring in pieces that are in progress, so that we may work together on difficult sections. It will give you or your child a more realistic sense of how I address learning challenges in the playing and whether or not my teaching style is a good fit.
c) If there is time, I may do a few other assessment activities to assess various skills such as aural abilities, memory, coordination etc.
3. Follow up
I will let you know what I learned about your or your child’s current musical abilities and learning styles. I’ll outline a preliminary plan for what your or your child’s learning path might be in potential future lessons, should you decide to continue with me.
I’m open to questions at any time during the lesson but I always leave room at the end for any further questions. Do make sure you clarify logistical issues like: scheduling, payments, contact information, and extras such as materials, performances, practice, makeup lessons etc.
The first piano lesson is a critical moment to make sure that I am truly the best piano teacher for you or your child. If you decide that you’d like to continue with me – that’s wonderful! Let me know and we will get started as soon as possible. If you decide not to continue with me, that’s OK too. No hard feelings! It is important to me that we are a good fit before we continue. Likewise, if I feel that I’m not a good match for you or your child at this time, I will let you know and suggest other teachers or resources.
Looking forward to meeting You and Your family!