Jan Krischer Piano Studio
Instruction is with a classical emphasis on sight reading, technique, rhythm and pedaling.
First meeting/audition is no charge. Let's meet and discuss your interest in lessons. I would like to hear you play if you are prepared. A beginning student would learn some familiarity with the piano at the first meeting.
Experienced with beginning, intermediate and advanced and students.
I love teaching one on one. It is a great advantage for both teacher and student to get to know each other and learn what to expect from instruction and effective practice.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
This depends on many factors, no two students are alike.
My process is specifically focused on the individual. For instance, I am not a "methods" teacher, except for very young students and then only briefly. I can explain this more at our first meeting.
Every piano student other than a beginner comes with a history of learning that is always interesting to me. They can be accomplished, or will come with certain technical, rhythmic or reading challenges that require work. I typically play for the student to introduce new music and work with ear training.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Masters Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy
Soloist, Pianist, Organist, Accompanist, Lecturer/Music History
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Tuition is paid monthly at the first lesson.
Half Hour - $35.00
45 minutes - $45.00
60 minutes - $65.00
If a lesson is cancelled due to illness or an unexpected event the lesson will either be rescheduled or if necessary credited to the next month.
How did you get started teaching?
I had strong musical immersion and training as a child with many devoted musicians and artists in my family.
After graduating college, I began teaching in a local piano studio and soon after I started a private studio in my home.
I have taught private piano and Music History, Domestic and International Field Studies at three colleges in the Chicago area.
What types of students have you worked with?
My students are typically high achievers in school, sports, and the other arts.
I wouldn't say there is a "type" of student other than they either practice diligently, regularly, or do their best with the time they have. It is always a factor in working with their given skill sets and academic and family schedules.
I have taught age ranges from four years old through high school, college, adults and seniors.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
Chicago Symphony concerts.
All that Chicago has to offer in the arts.
Annually I work with Opera Productions as a Supertitest at the College of DuPage, a job that I love.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Ask questions. See below.
If you feel comfortable, be prepared to play even if you have a modest background.
Expect work with note learning, sight reading and technique.
Your repertoire will be based in the classical tradition however I am open to learning a favorite piece that you are interested in.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
How long should I practice - how many days a week and for how long? This will depend on your background and your eagerness to learn the music.
Will there be performing opportunities?
Will there be contest opportunities?
Do I need unfettered access to a piano or full keyboard to take lessons? Absolutely, yes.
Any questions are welcome.