Fingernails must be kept short in order to ensure a correct hand position. You know your nails are too long if you hear clicking on the keys. (okay, we'll let this slide at prom time)
Skiers need good skis, skaters need good skates and piano players need good pianos. Owning or renting an acoustic or quality digital piano is key to good student practice. The student should have easy access to the instrument and practice time should be free from distractions. If choosing a digital, look for 88 weighted keys and a pedal.
If you are starting your child out on a keyboard with less than 88 keys please be advised that in six months time you will need to begin looking for the ‘real thing’. Much piano work involves touch, dynamics, pedal, and higher and lower keys both to produce the kind of sound we want and to attain good technique. A small keyboard is lacking in all of the above areas and will only serve to frustrate. The studio has more information on purchasing or renting a piano if needed.
An acoustic piano will begin losing it's tuning within a year's time. An untuned instrument teaches the student's ears to hear incorrect tones, so even if your piano sounds fine to you, a good rule of thumb is to have it tuned once a year.
If you own a digital piano, playing with clean hands will give it longevity as the contacts are sensitive to dirt. If you own pets be sure to cover your piano when not in use.
Metronome--- (please own one of these)A metronome is a device that keeps an even beat. It is used to hear and/or correct rhythm. If you do not have one please purchase one. They are stocked at music stores. There are also metronome apps available on your phone.
From time to time I will be posting short instructional videos, performance pieces for and by students on the website. If you do not want your child participating in video recordings, please send me a written opt out notice.