Vera Alder

Vera Alder

5.0 (1)
Best of 2019
1 employee
20 years in business

About this pro

Flexible and fun! Playing both in and out of method books. Learn to play chords and scales. Making up music. Use apps to learn rhythm and notes. Play for others at local senior centers. I have a Facebook page that showcases student performances to be shared with family and friends. (https://www.facebook.com/alderwoodpiano/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel) I have a degree in music, but most importantly, I love teaching!

Every student is different, like a puzzle. I enjoy figuring out their learning styles, and sharing in the joy of their successes. Something new in every lesson, and I love helping them to add their own personal touches to the music they play. Perfection is not the goal...joy in learning to play is the destination.

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Credentials

Lindon, UT 84042
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1 Review

5.0

  • Glen Yates

    She has a great manner with our entire family. We are all at different learning levels and she accommodates us all wonderfully.



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FAQs


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

Lots of questions the first lesson: what patterns do you see? how should you sit? finger numbering? play patterns up and down, in smash note style and separately. Check out lesson, performance and theory books. Talk about ways to make playing fun: be loud, be soft, go fast, go slow, make up your own. 


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

I have a degree in piano from Metropolitan State College of Denver. I am a member of the Music Teacher's National Association as well as the local North Idaho group. I attend many master classes, observing other teachers in a public setting; I have organized recitals and activities for groups of students, as well as adjudicated at piano events. I perform my own recitals as well as private venues, so I know how to address performance concerns.


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

$22 for a half hour lesson (beginners), which includes one-on-one time with the student going through music, theory and scales at the student's pace.

$30 for a forty-five minute lesson (intermediate and beginner adults) includes all the above; more discussion, longer musical pieces.

$40 for a sixty minute lesson (advanced intermediate and adults) includes all of the above.


How did you get started teaching?

While I was in college, a friend asked me to teach her children, as she thought I would be a great teacher. I told her if she didn't mind my inexperience I would give it a go. We all discovered what fun teaching could be and we learned a lot. The kids still play, and we are still in touch.


What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students as old as 80 and as young as 5. I have had slow learners and fast learners. I've taught distracted students and perfectionists. Every person is different in their learning styles and it's fun to help them figure out their learning strengths and shore up their weak spots. 


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I recently played for a senior group at a local retirement center. I sang and played songs from their era, and took requests. We all sang together many pieces I didn't know well, but were so fun to share. I want my students to have these experiences so they will always love piano and music.


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

Don't make a choice based on price and location. You get what you pay for. Choose someone with a background in piano. Be willing to pay a little more for someone with experience and credentials. They should be a member of the local music teachers association--that shows dedication to their craft, a desire to constantly improve and learn.


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

How do I learn best? Why do I want to learn to play? Can I play a song I heard on the radio? Do I have to practice? If so, how much? What is practicing anyway? Can I bring a friend?