The traditional format of having a private lesson once a week has many advantages, and most studios still follow this model.
However, some studios offer half-hour lessons for younger students. We don't do this. Even a four year old can easily focus for an hour when properly engaged. Our youngest students frequently turn to us at the end of a lesson and say, "It's over already?". We almost have to drag some of our students away from the piano at the end of an hour. The full hour pays off big, allowing for much faster progress which translates into students that have more fun and better motivation to continue. If you want your child to quit piano after the first year, enroll them in half-hour lessons.
There is so much to learn, and teaching theory, technique, music reading, etc., just isn't possible in a half-hour once a week.
Lessons are tailored to fit the individual student. Younger students and beginners start with method books. This includes a lesson book, theory, and supplemental repertoire and exercises. Every student plays duets with their teacher to gain the skills needed to play in ensembles, and to help develop an ear for timing and expression.
We enjoy teaching piano to students of all ages and all levels. Students of Gould and Fall Piano can blossom into advanced pianists without switching studios.
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