How can my child approach daily practice in a busy life? With parental support, I will help the student explore long term interests and aspirations, which in turn will determine a daily practice routine. Consistent, daily practice, organized around achievable, progressive goals will result in the student’s growing musicianship and accomplishment. The art of practicing thus becomes routine, with success as the reward.

IsaacWhy does my child need an acoustic piano? The piano is a percussion instrument. A look inside the piano shows that its keys work like a see-saw. When the key is depressed, the escapement mechanism allows the hammer to release from the rest of the action to strike, and then immediately fall away from the strings. This process provides physical sensation to the pianist, who is able to manipulate the release of the hammer through supple and free technique, providing a direct influence on interpretation, including dynamics, tone color and voicing. There is simply no way to replicate the acoustic piano’s mechanics in an electronic instrument, and thus no way to practice good piano technique. The whole effect of the real thing: harp, strings, hammer, will be a more compelling and motivating experience for the student.

Grand piano action demonstration (four minutes).

Upright piano action demonstration (short animation).

Can my child learn two instruments simultaneously? Students who have a significant interest and commitment to learning an additional instrument can certainly succeed at both. The experience of playing one instrument will help in learning the other, as well as provide additional opportunities to engage in both solo and ensemble performance. The pairing of piano with an orchestral or band instrument is not uncommon, and provides the student with a particularly full and rewarding experience.