Tools of the Trade

Piano Hands
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)
Owning or renting an acoustic or quality digital piano is necessary as the student will need to have easy access to an instrument on which to practice. 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.
If you own an acoustic piano, it should be tuned at least once a year. If you are planning to purchase a piano from a private seller, it is wise to have a piano technician look it over first.
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.                  
 (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.


Skype lessons require a computer (wired or laptop), a camera, a microphone with decent sound quality all within close proximity of your piano or keyboard. More about this on the "Online Lessons" tab under "Lessons"
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.