Piano Studio of Diane Densmore

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the point of watching other children's lessons?

I choose to make observation an integral part of my program because it is where some of the most important learning takes place. Being in the room during other students' lessons provides a unique and effective learning opportunity for both students and parents.

Children do not have to actively watch or "pay attention" in order to absorb an incredible amount of information. Observation provides opportunities for developing confidence ("I can do that!"), for hearing teaching points repeated and reinforced, and for extra "listening" to the repertoire. Students become encouraged and motivated to aspire to the ability of others.

As a parent, you gain a different perspective from watching the lessons of other people's children. With less emotional investment, you can be more objective. You might find that you are able to understand certain teaching points better when heard in the context of someone else's lesson. Hearing the same basics repeated over and over helps things to sink in. It can help you to have more realistic expectations for your own child, and you will get ideas for additional ways to practice with your child at home.

Observation also has many benefits for the student who is being observed. Students become comfortable playing in front of other people from the very beginning, which gives them increased confidence in performance situations. Students who are observed by other students develop better concentration and focus, and feel pride in providing a role model for less advanced students.

Do we really need an adjustable bench and footstool?

Unlike violins and other instruments which come in varying sizes to fit children, pianos come in only one size. Therefore, it is necessary to help the child fit the piano. It is crucial that your child be seated at the correct height, with the feet supported, in order to have good posture at the piano. Without good posture, your child cannot be successful at developing good technique or creating a beautiful sound and will be susceptible to muscle soreness and injury. The adjustable bench and footstool can easily change heights periodically as your child grows. Parents in my studio often sell or donate footstools to other families when they are no longer needed for their own child.

Can't we wait to get a good piano once our child becomes an advanced player?

Beginners need the very best quality piano possible.

Music is sound. To be able to create music that sounds good, you need to have an instrument that has the capability of making a good sound. A poor instrument will inhibit your child's ability to learn to play, causing frustration and loss of interest. Just as you would not expect your child to learn to write with a dull pencil or learn to play soccer with a deflated soccer ball, you should not expect your child to learn to play piano on a poor quality instrument. If you are unsure about determining piano quality, the teacher is happy to advise you on the suitability of your current piano or on the purchase of a new/used piano.

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