FAQ

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How do I set-up a trial lesson?

Write me an email at parkpianostudio@gmail.com or text me at 425-246-1866 and let me know a little information about the student. I’d like to know the age of the student, if you have had lessons before, and what your basic goals for taking piano lessons are. Give me a list of available times to schedule, and we will proceed from there. Or, go ahead and fill out the registration page and I will contact you. The trial lesson is a chance for us to see if we are a good match and if I’m the teacher you are looking for.

What are your credentials?

  • Doctoral Candidate in Piano at Stony Brook University
  • Master's degree in Piano Performance from Manhattan School of Music.
  • Bachelor's degree in Piano at the University of Washington.
  • 12+ years of teaching experience, including experience with all ages and skill levels.
  • I am an accomplished pianist. I have had 25+ years of piano training. Please refer to www.jeanpark.com to see my biography, my resume, and to hear and watch me play.
  • I have won numerous awards in piano and in teaching. For more information about my teaching visit the Lessons and Studio Policy pages if you haven’t already.
  • I am able to teach in both English and Mandarin Chinese.

What should I bring to the trial lesson?

If you have taken piano lessons before, please bring any materials you have worked on before so I can assess at what level your playing is at as well as a thin binder. If you have never taken lessons, just bring a binder with some paper in it to take notes.

How long of a lesson do I need?

For all students over the age of 7, I recommend 1 hour lessons. For younger students I recommend 30 minute or 45 minute lessons. It is best not to remain at the 30 minute time slot because it is simply not enough time to cover everything that is necessary. These are just general guidelines as the more advanced a student gets, the more time they need during lessons. There is also the option of having more than one lesson a week for faster improvement, which is what I would most strongly recommend if finances allow it.

What will I need for piano lessons after I enroll?

I strongly recommend an acoustic piano because this cannot ever be fully simulated by a keyboard. Upright pianos are a great beginning piano, and for those with the space and financial means, grand pianos are also amazing to have. With that said, I do accept piano-weighted keyboards as a more affordable and necessary alternative for some. If you must have a keyboard, please make sure it includes at least the damper pedal, has all 88 keys and must have an action that is weighted. However, any serious pianist, must eventually get a piano.

Metronome and Music Books- I will let you know what books to buy.

Flashcards are helpful for students who are beginners and need assistance in note learning, and again, I will recommend appropriate flashcards to students. There are lot of music learning applications you can also download to smart phones or computers as well.

My child is young, how young is too young to start?

  • Can they sit and focus for 30 minutes of lesson time?
  • Does your child know how to read? If yes, then they are most likely ready.
  • Are they over the age of 4? (I do sometimes make exceptions for extremely precocious 3 year olds)
  • Every child is unique. At a young age, there are big differences from student to student in terms of attention span and what attracts them about piano, also, every child has a completely different level of developed maturity at this stage, so I would like you to please schedule a trial lesson and I will assess whether lessons are suitable for your child at that point in time.
  • By the way, on the other end of the spectrum, you are never too old to begin piano lessons.

What are your rates?

30 Minutes- $40
45 Minutes -$55
60 Minutes -$70
90 Minutes -$95
There is a 5% discount for paying for 10 lessons at a time. If you have financial need, please contact me.

Other questions? Feel free to contact me.

Email me at parkpianostudio@gmail.com or ask by phone or text at 425-246-1866.