This is my family's first experience with music lessons. How do I choose the right teacher? How can I help my child be successful?
What is your teaching style? What makes your studio unique?
We take time to learn about your student, and use materials and resources to help them engage and learn in the very best ways.
We believe piano lessons should be fun, creative, and engaging.
We are immersed in the piano pedagogy community, and are active in our pursuit of new ideas, best resources, ways to engage and help students learn, and how to make piano practice productive.
We want young piano students to have a strong grasp on technique, musicality, and music theory. Because we want to produce well-rounded musicians, we include instruction in aural theory (ear training), composing/arranging, and music technology applications as well. We also teach how to play pop music, church music, chord charts, and lead sheets.
We believe students cannot be successful without practice support from teacher and parents. Not only do we provide detailed instructions on how to practice, we show the student and parent how to practice, and record audio and video so the student can listen/watch at home and refresh their memory on how to practice during the week. We also use a special app to make this connection between what happens in the lesson and what happens at home – it allows both student and teacher to record video and get feedback between weekly lessons.
You can get a better idea of what a lesson looks like with videos on our Facebook page.
Do I need a piano?
All other students must have an instrument at home. Without one, they will be unable to progress through their lesson material, wasting your time and money. Think of it this way – would you send your child to baseball practice without a glove? Or to tap class without tap shoes? Then don’t try to do piano lessons without a piano!
Acoustic pianos are hands-down the best instrument to learn on. (If you do not have an acoustic piano and would like to purchase one, I highly recommend purchasing a used piano from local piano technician John Freel. His prices cannot be beat because delivery, first tuning, and a one-year warranty are included.)
Digital pianos are also acceptable. The only requirements are 88 full-size keys and touch sensitivity (weighted action, graded hammers, and other terms) so that when your child pushes harder, it gets louder.
It is important to not only learn to press the right keys at the right time but to learn the skills of sound production. Please be sure to have an appropriate keyboard stand and adjustable bench, as proper technique flows from proper posture.
I do not recommend X-style stands as they can not only be unstable (and unsafe in houses with children 5 and under) but they prevent proper posture.
Can I pay by the week?
We do offer an exception for adult students. Adult students may take weekly lessons charged by the month or pay-as-you-go at a premium rate.
How much are lessons?
Lessons are usually charged by the school year. This ensures students receive lessons on a regular basis and have the greatest opportunity for success over a period of time. However, due to Mrs. Chesser’s impending maternity leave, tuition will be divided into semesters this year.
Spring Semester – Tuition for this semester covers 18 weeks of lessons and at least 2 studio events beginning January 7thand ending May 30th.There are currently 20 weeks of lessons scheduled on the calendar, so there are two extra weeks (flex weeks) given for illness, emergencies, etc. There are no lessons scheduled the week of Spring Break. Please see the studio calendar for scheduled studio closings and holidays.
- $440/semester or $89/month for weekly 30 minute-lessons for beginner students ages 4 and up
- $646/semester or $129/month for weekly 45-minute lessons for students age 10+
$100 Registration Package for new students includes 3 books, play along tracks, studio tote bag, binder, practice kit, and 101 Practice Tips by Tracy Capps Selle (minimum $70 value). I will provide all the supplies your student needs to get started except the piano! (Registration fees for new students from the same family will receive a $10 discount on any additional registration packages.)
Tuition and registration not only pays for the weekly lesson time, but also includes preparation time, curriculum planning, instrument maintenance, studio libraries, studio licensed materials, printed materials and supplements, teacher continuing education, and professional organization memberships.
KiddyKeys Group Classes are $50 per month, with a $15 registration fee that includes class materials.
Adult students may pay by the month. We also offer a premium service that allows adult students to schedule lessons with 48 hour notice, and those lessons are charged individually.
Do you offer discounts?
Where is your studio?
When are lessons?
What age do you teach?
KiddyKeys group classes are available for children ages 3-6.
Adult students are taught by Ryan Chesser. If you are an adult student, please contact us to discuss how we can help you reach your goals at the piano.
How much practice is required/expected?
Students are expected to practice daily. Practice does not necessarily mean sitting at the piano for the required time and reviewing assigned pieces, but also includes theory assignments, using musical applications recommended by the teacher, listening exercises, composition, and more. For younger students, breaking practice into small, obtainable goals that can be accomplished in 15 minutes or less is best.
I will provide you with all the tools and resources to teach your child how to practice as well as teach you how to help your child with piano practice. All you have to is be present for practice – I will teach you the rest. This is especially true with young students and pre-readers. The parent will need to read practice instructions, guide the student along, play games and activities for some fun reinforcement, and give appropriate praise and feedback.