For adult students:
Finding the right piano teacher
Is there anything standing between you and your dream of making music?
Maybe you tried lessons that didn’t move you to practice. Or have you attempted learning on your own without the results you wanted? Some adults just think it is too late to begin learning an instrument. Is that what you believe?
It could be you are holding out for exactly the right teacher for who you are (and that’s not unreasonable!).
Perhaps you tried lessons that didn’t meet your expectations, and you were left wanting something that you didn’t get. Maybe you had a teacher who assigned you music that didn’t inspire you or your teacher didn’t appreciate music that most interested you. Or, practicing the piano just didn't grow into a routine that you enjoyed.
Some of us had not-so-great experiences with music when we were young, like being criticised for making mistakes, or for sounding “unmusical”. Often, even a casual but ill-considered comment from a parent, a relative, or a friend can stay with us for years, deciding us against pursuing music. For many, a lack of consistent encouragement ate away at their confidence. Such experiences can make it hard to trust that undertaking piano lessons now, later in life, will be a fulfilling, enjoyable experience.
Finding the right teacher can open all kinds of possibilities. Lessons that match who you are can provide an endless avenue for growth and enjoyment—as lovers of music to be sure, but also, as human beings.
Do you know what it is that you want from piano lessons?
This might sound like a silly question, but to find an approach that really fits you, it’s pretty important to get clear about what you are looking for. Some seek the simple joy that making music brings into their lives. Others might want to increase their technical expertise, or even have particular pieces of music in mind they would love to play but never thought they could. Music study can also be an enjoyable way to keep our brains active, as some older students are finding out. Any or all of these could be true for you.
Let’s find a time to talk. I invite you to join me in a free 15-minute telephone conversation that will support you in clarifying what exactly you want to create for yourself as a piano student (and musician).
As we uncover your own unique desire for more connection with music, I can help you ask the right questions that will point to a vision of what your piano study could look like.
We will explore how practicing piano will fit into your life, i.e., how much time and energy it will require, whether you need to acquire an instrument, the importance of creating a quiet space and time to practice, and the finances needed for you to embark on lessons.
Whether or not you choose PianoGarden, you will leave our discussion with an understanding of what you need to do next in order to realize your goals.
Here's how it works.
First, you contact PianoGarden with an exploratory email or text. To email me, just click the "Contact form" link in the footer below and an email form will appear. Next we will set up a time to talk on the phone at more length. After speaking on the phone, we will normally set up a first lesson. A sample lesson is always a good idea, if you want to get a taste before committing to a series of lessons.