Darger Piano Studio

Darger Piano Studio

5.0 (2)
1 employee
8 years in business

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St Paul, MN 55116
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2 Reviews

5.0

  • Patty Voje

    Luke is a fantastic teacher. As an adult student with very little experience I really appreciate how encouraging and supportive he is. He’s always happy to teach me anything I bring to lessons, yet he always manages to teach me something new each week. His lessons are fun and challenging. He’s a gift musician and a wonderful teacher. I highly recommend him!

  • Helen Gillespie

    Luke is a great teacher! I’m an adult student who took piano lessons as a kid and wanted to play again for fun. Luke has been teaching me how to play more blues and rock and has also had many great tips to practice improvising and writing my own music. Super helpful, talented, and passionate teacher. Would highly recommend!



FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I like to start with a brief consultation with each student (and their parents) and ask about their musical aspirations and background. It's my job to meet each student where they're at and provide them the tools to go where they want.

At the first lesson, I'll ask you to play something (anything be it a rehearsed piece or some plunks) to break the ice and get  an idea of where you're at. Next, we can come up with a learning plan that's uniquely tailored to you. 

Typically, a course of study will consist of level and age appropriate repertoire with some auxiliary etudes for technique and theory.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I received my Bachelor's of Arts in Music Business with a minor in Recording Arts from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. During my tenure I studied jazz and classical piano, played in a number of ensembles in and out of school. 


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Type of Lesson.   Single.  Monthly.  Quarterly.

     # of lessons inc.       1              4               12

30 Minute                  $35        $120            $350

60 Minute                  $60        $220            $700  

I also offer shorter lessons for Pre-K students and biweekly scheduling for busy adult learners. Hit me up with questions about pricing/scheduling: dargerpianostudio (@) gmail.com 


How did you get started teaching?

I've been teaching part-time since college while gigging and recording. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic starting last year I had to pivot from performing to teaching more. 


What types of students have you worked with?

I've taught students of all ages and levels, from preschoolers to middle aged adults. A number of my students are teenagers and young adults who've taken some lessons in the past, but are looking to study a different style.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Find a teacher who offers a course of study relevant to your musical interests, but, don't be shy of a challenge. There is no one-size-fits all approach, so it's important  to find someone whose teaching style and expertise is a good match for you as a learner. 


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Who are some players/musicians you look up to? What are some of your favorite songs/pieces of music? What styles of music do you like? 

How much time are you prepared to commit each day?  Each week? What does success with musical training look like for you? Do you like to perform? Do you want to write music? Do you want to develop improvisation skills?