• FAQ

  • Do you offer remote lessons?

    Yes! Click here to learn more.

    How are remote lessons delivered?

    Remote lessons are delivered through Zoom, free videoconferencing software for all major platforms.

    When is the best time to start for piano lessons?

    For a child, it is best if they know their letters and numbers before they start piano lessons. Piano lessons have many well-documented effects on the improvement of a child’s intellect, so if they can read, it is best to start them soon, especially if they show some inclination to music.

    Adults and young adults may start lessons whenever they wish. It is never too late to start studying piano. Adults who study piano reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer’s and improve their motor skills well into retirement age.

    Do we need a piano?

    Absolutely. Piano lessons involve practice outside of the lesson and this practice needs to be done on a piano. Just as someone who is interested in writing must have a pen and paper, a person who wants to play piano must have a piano. If you do not have a piano, it’s best if you can access one somehow, like through a practice studio or someone else's house. It is more convenient to have one in the home.

    Can we use a digital piano?

    A digital piano is a good option to start with before continuing with long-term study.

    Where can I purchase an acoustic piano?

    There are several local dealers I recommend.

    Boulder Piano Gallery

    Address: 3111 Walnut Street Boulder, CO 80301. Phone: (303) 449-3177. Website: boulderpianogallery.com

    Classic Pianos of Denver, CO

    Address: 1332 S. Broadway Denver, CO 80210. Phone: (303) 777-2636. Website: Denver.classicpianos.net

    Schmitt Music

    Address: 155 W. Hampden Ave Englewood, CO 80110. Phone: (303) 777-1900. Website: schmittmusic.com

    Do I need a brand-new piano?

    Not necessarily. A used piano should do the job provided that:

    - Its hammers are in working condition, without extremely deep grooves in them

    - Its keys are in good condition

    - It sounds pleasant

    - It looks nice and was obviously well kept over the years

    In some rare cases, used pianos may end up costing as much as a new piano, or even more, if they are in bad repair and you need to hire a technician to fix them.

    Do I need a piano from a certain brand?

    No. What matters most is that the piano is acoustic, in good condition, and you feel happy playing it.

    What about a piano tuner? How often do I need to tune my piano?

    I recommend these piano tuners.

    American Classic Piano Company

    Phone: (303) 761-6858. Email: holly@americanclassicpiano.com Website: americanclassicpiano.com

    Pianos in Colorado need to be tuned annually, or when they are moved between rooms.

    Do I need something other than a piano to study piano?

    Yes. You will need a metronome. You will also need a spiral notebook, pencil, and a folder. Every week, I write down what we did together in the lesson and provide you with what you need to accomplish by next week in your notebook. This keeps both of us on top of your progress.

    Where can we purchase music?

    These are some sheet music retailers I recommend.

    Sheet Music Plus - good for urtext editions of scores

    Musicnotes - good for commercial music

    Amazon - occasionally has better deals on some teaching books, but typically lacks urtext editions

    How much does a student need to practice between piano lessons?

    All students and professionals need daily practice. Typically, beginner students ought to practice about fifteen to thirty minutes a day. Intermediate students should practice from thirty minutes to an hour. Advanced students need one to two hours of practice daily. Remember: Chopin tells us more than two hours of practice is wasting time!

    We focus on effective practice strategies in my studio that allow the student to know whether he or she is focused and accomplishing their goals. I recommend finding a time of day where the student feels comfortable and attentive, and sticking to that time every day.

    I want my students to play piano and still have a life. Piano is a great art. Piano should be part of your life, and not all of it. You do not have to make too many sacrifices to perform well as a pianist.

    How long is a piano lesson? How frequently should we meet?

    A piano lesson is 60 minutes. I do not offer shorter or longer lessons. Experience taught me that in shorter lessons, when the lesson starts to get going, we must stop too soon and the lesson feels cut off. In longer lessons, the student tends to get tired and loses focus unless we take a break. I do not really like charging people for my break time, though, so that's why I only offer 60 minute lessons.

    We should meet once a week. While it may be possible to meet every other week, the most progress and enjoyment happens when piano lessons are weekly.

    I do not recommend meeting more than once a week in most cases, so the student learns proper studying techniques.

    How long is an artist coaching session?

    An artist coaching session is 60 minutes. We could also work 120 minutes, with a ten-minute break. I do not offer shorter or longer coaching sessions.

    In these sessions, I will listen to you or your group play and make musical recommendations based on my experience and training. These recommendations will likely allow your band to have a larger reach. But, don’t take my word for it. Look at my record. I’m not just some coach around town. Songs I coached on had millions of plays, and helped artists perform in festivals. If there is a musical issue holding back your career, my coaching will get you on the path to solving it. Having a neutral creative input on your music with my kind of training could be the next step to achieving what you want in showbusiness.

    To get the most from your artist coaching session, I recommend that the artist plays a song, no longer than five or seven minutes,and we can discuss the song for about ten minutes. That way, we can cover multiple songs in an hour, and identify issues across songs, so that you can work on them and improve your craftsmanship. We could also spend time working on two songs in depth in your session. Or, you can structure the time how you would like it.

    You will receive a text document with all the notes I take at the end of your artist coaching session.

    What is your availability?

    I have extremely limited availability. Click here to contact me and set up a time.

    Do you offer additional lesson times in the daytime for working adults?

    Possibly. Click here to contact me and we can discuss it.

    What are your rates? What do the rates include?

    Piano lessons are 50/hour.

    Vocal coaching is 50/hour.

    Artist coaching is 100/hour.

    I never, ever nickel and dime you or charge you extra fees because I take the value I provide very seriously. This means I’ll never charge anything like a traveling fee or other hidden fee for “administration,” “performances,” or something like that.

    You will be responsible for covering the cost of your supplies and music unless I provide them to you. I have some sources for public domain PDFs that allow us to reduce music costs.

    How do we pay?

    Cash, check, Venmo, Paypal, and the Cash App are all accepted forms of payment.

    How often do we pay?

    Generally, it’s easiest if you pay at the time of the lesson or coaching session.

    You can also purchase as many lessons as you would like. Click here to contact me for details.

    Do you do make-up lessons?

    No. Unfortunately, due to my limited availability, I cannot schedule make-up lessons during the same week. For example, if you miss a lesson scheduled on Tuesday I will not see you on Friday and we will sadly have to wait until the following Tuesday to meet.

    If your schedule changes, we can attempt to find a better regular time.

    Are there refunds for prepaid lessons?

    Sometimes you may qualify for a refund.

    If you miss a lesson due to sickness, you have the option to reschedule the lesson for the following week without any additional cost as long as you provided me notice at least twelve hours in advance. This means that any prepaid lessons will be “rolled over.” How does this work? Let’s say you purchased lessons for every Tuesday in June. You missed the first Tuesday because you were sick and you gave me notice 24 hours before the lesson. Now, you’re prepaid up until the first Tuesday of July to accommodate your sickness and good manners.

    This policy applies to me, too. Any lesson that I miss means your prepaid lesson block rolls over by a week. I promise to give you notice.

    Unfortunately, students who miss prepaid lessons and do not provide a cancellation notice are not refunded.

    Are there refunds for coaching sessions?

    Since coaching sessions are usually not regularly scheduled, I do not provide refunds for missed sessions, even if they’re prepaid.

    Are there exceptions to your refund policy?

    Yes! There are always extreme circumstances and weird life things that happen. After all, I’m a musician, not a drill sergeant.

    Are there exceptions to your make-up policy?

    No. I simply can’t offer a make-up lesson time the same week of the missed lesson due to the volume of work I have.

    May I record the lesson or coaching session?

    Absolutely. I encourage everyone who works with me to record what we do on their smartphone to use as a resource later.

    If my child is in piano lessons, should I attend the lessons too?

    That is up to the child. In some cases, a child may not be comfortable with his or her parent attending the lesson and feel more anxiety about the lesson. I encourage parents to discuss this with their child. Some children enjoy having the parent there, others do not.

    I always welcome parents to attend piano lessons. I think parents should be informed about what piano lessons are like, and many parents enjoy being at piano lessons because they find that there’s more to piano playing than they thought existed before.

    This being said, parents aren’t obligated to attend the lesson.