Slow Practice

At what age do you recommend starting lessons?

Ideally: As early as possible. However, the earlier a child begins lessons, the more the outcome of lessons is dependent upon the parent’s abilities to be an effective home teacher.  For this reason, parents of younger children are required to attend parent training sessions prior to their child beginning lessons in order to ensure success of home practice.  All parents, including transfer students, are required to attend an orientation and parent sessions to help establish a united foundation between the parent and teacher.


Do I need an instrument in order to start lessons?

No.  It is preferable if you wait until you meet with the teacher in order to discuss instruments and sizing, as well as get recommendations for the best places to buy or rent an instrument.  


I don’t know how to play the violin/piano, how am I supposed to be my child’s home teacher?

1) You only need to know enough to help your child at home.

2) The foundation of this knowledge comes from the parent training.

3) The rest comes from learning along with your child.

4) I promise to hold your hand and assist you in learning everything you need to know. 


How much time should be spent practicing?

The answer depends entirely upon the age of the child, the ability level and the day in question.  For the very young, only a minute or two a day plus having the recording playing is needed.  The hardest part about practicing usually involves prioritizing and dedicating the time to get the hands on the instrument: in other words, establishing a family routine of practicing.  From there, it is about developing the physical and mental aptitude and capacity needed for longer training sessions.


How often are lessons?

Individual lessons are scheduled weekly.  On rare occasion and only when the schedule permits, scheduling bi-weekly lessons for adult and teenage students who live outside the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan area has been met with success, but normally this is not the most advantageous situation for either the teacher’s schedule or for steady progress by the student.  Tutoring/coaching can be arranged on an as needed basis according to availability in the teacher’s schedule, since tutoring/coaching is predominantly used as a supplement to other regularly scheduled private lessons or orchestra/school classes.


Do you accept adult students?

Absolutely!  Music isn’t just for the young, but also for the young at heart!  In fact, when schedules align (sometimes a feat in and of itself for a group of adults!), special adult-only studio classes are held in which wine and cheese are served (or B.Y.O.B.) and adult students practice performing and playing together with one another.