Studio Requirements

My Teaching Style

My teaching style is very friendly and encouraging, yet serious and goal directed. I am extremely kind by nature, so it is important for me to highlight  that I take piano lessons very seriously. Before auditioning in my studio, please understand that this is not primarily a form of income for me. In fact, my teaching price is at a steep discount compared to the value of my time in running my business.
My main reward in teaching the ability to guide a student over many years of consistent work. This means that I can only accept students who are committed to consistent study and practice over many years. I completely understand that this style of teaching is not for everyone. Despite the fact that I’m a friendly person, most people will not like my style of teaching, and they should not – please make sure the type of teacher you select is in line with your own desires and goals. We have many excellent teachers at Greater Austin Music Academy and I am happy to help you find the perfect fit!

Daily Practice Requirements

For lessons to be worth your while it is very important to commit to daily practice. I require that my students practice at least 1 hour per day, and more for more advanced students. For real improvement, it is absolutely necessary that students make practice a daily priority over other extracurriculars.

Parental Involvement In Practice Sessions

Before the age of 8 or 9, practice with a parent is essential to making decent progress at the piano. Depending on your child’s ability to concentrate and work alone, there is a period around 8-10 years old where you can lighten up only a bit on active involvement in practice. I call this “monitored” practice. You will still need to be present most of the time but will not need to direct every aspect of a practice session.

Having taught hundreds of students, I have never seen a young child to make significant progress at the piano without a regular practice routine and parental involvement. Many people waste a tremendous amount of time and money by not making a decision at the very beginning to commit to daily guided practice. Because progress is slow, piano becomes a chore and both student and teacher become frustrated.

Recitals, Studio Classes, and Competitions

At Greater Austin Music Academy, we hold two yearly recitals. These are always a happy occasion. Adult students are encouraged to participate, and students under the age of 18 are required to participate. There are also several studio classes held throughout the year where students have the opportunity to play for a handful of other students in their group.

Entering competitions and festivals is a highly individual matter, especially for younger children. While I do not consider myself a “competition” teacher, my students have won nearly all the major competitions in the area. I am more interested in long-term musical development than in winning a specific competition, so I leave the entering of competitions up to each individual student. It is very important to me that music comes before competitions, and that they be an aide to artistic development and not a hindrance. Please feel free to discuss this issue with me.