How do I sign up and what happens next?
New students can sign up for free using the Sign-Up Form on the Sign-Up & Resources page. Students are automatically added to the waiting list and will be notified as soon as a new class is forming.
Where is the studio located?
Our studio is located at Mulberry School in Los Gatos.
Do you need an instrument at home before starting lessons?
Absolutely! Student success hinges on their ability to practice between lessons. It’s very important to provide a good quality instrument and set up a dedicated practice space before your first lesson. There are many options out there spanning from digital to hybrid to acoustic. Check out these resources for more information:
How long and how frequent are lessons?
Classes are 45 minutes long and held once a week year-round. September through May will closely follow the local school calendar, and then June through August is more flexible.
How does practice work?
Students are expected to play as often as they can between lessons. Parents are strongly encouraged to help their children practice and maintain a practice routine. Practice incentives and events are also offered to help motivate students. Student progress is a result of how much they practice and how well they are supported at home.
Read more here: "The Progress Matrix"
Check out these helpful resources for Piano Parents.
How do group lessons work?
Classes are small (3-5 students) and each student learns at their own piano. All classes meet for a 45 minute lesson each week. Discounts are available for families with multiple students.
Classes are formed based on age and level compatibility so that students can experience music-making in a relaxed and open environment among their friends and peers.
How are group lessons better than private lessons?
On the whole, group lessons work best for any beginner because they offer a comprehensive approach to a strong musical foundation. The social element and exceptional support of a group environment produce a unique and deeply enjoyable personal experience. Additionally, students are inspired to try their best as they learn the importance of working together.
Private lessons are better suited to more advanced, performance-motivated students, though private students often miss out on the numerous benefits of performing in an ensemble. Private lessons provide students with the one-on-one attention they need to accomplish high-level goals, which makes this setting ideal for advancing students.
How long does it take to learn the piano?
This depends on countless factors, but the short answer is that you can spend your whole life learning the piano. Accomplishment is a matter of perspective, so consider what your goals are for your child (or for you if you’re the student) before really asking this question.
Student progress is mainly based on how much they practice, but parent support, teaching approach, age/maturity, and instrument quality all factor into a student’s accomplishments.
Progress is not a straight line. Every student will experience periods of accelerated growth or progress plateaus. Persistence is what really counts if your goal is to master the instrument.