Do you teach adults?
Yes, I teach adults any style they care to endeavor.
What’s the youngest age I should start my kids on piano?
I recommend starting them at age four or five at the earliest. I typically start them at age 4 in the Kelly Kirby Kindergarten Piano program (as taught in the Royal Conservatory of Music). I may consider taking students younger than this, but require an initial meeting with them to get a feel for their attention span.
Can you work with me / my children to get a music degree?
Yes, I’ve worked with many of my students to obtain music degrees in their choice of either Performance or Teachers.
What styles of music do you teach?
I teach all styles of music including: Classical, Jazz, Rag, Blues, Boogie, Pop, Country, Religious. I also teach ensemble work — duets, trios, quartets, including four piano quartets.
How often do I need to take lessons to progress?
Weekly or more when preparing for performances, competitions or exams.
Am I too old to learn?
You’re never too old! I have taught seniors for their own personal enjoyment.
How long are lessons?
Lessons are a minimum half hour and up to an hour, depending on the program selected. Lesson times are adjusted according to grade level, exam, festival and competition preparation.
Do you teach theory?
Yes. I teach Royal Conservatory Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Rudiments in preparation for examination.
Will I have to play in a recital?
Recitals, competitions and examinations are optional. However, recitals are encouraged for performance development.
I only have a keyboard, is that okay?
Yes. During your lesson you will be playing on either my upright or grand piano. For practicing at home, a keyboard is acceptable depending on the size of the keyboard and the program the student is taking. If progressing to examinations and competitions, a piano will be necessary.
How long will it take to learn Piano?
It is entirely dependent on the student and how far they want to progress.