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- $45
45 Minutes -$60
60 Minutes -$75
90 Minutes -$100
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 at 425-246-1866.

The Value of Piano Lessons


Exerpt from " The benefits of playing piano."

"THE PHYSICAL AND mental benefits of playing music have long been recognized. The piano, in particular, has been an unparalleled outlet for those seeking escape, creative expression, and simply fun and joy. Recent years have only seen more evidence of the benefits of piano come to light, linking music making to a healthy body, a healthy mind, and a healthy life.

IMPROVE THE BODY Even though you’re sitting down, playing the piano is a workout all its own, and offers different physical and physiological advantages to players of all ages. For instance, regular piano playing sharpens fine motor skills and improves hand-eye coordination in the young and developing. Additional research has shown that group keyboard lessons for adults and seniors have a significant effect on increased levels of Human Growth Hormone — which slows the adverse effects of aging. Bringing music into your life is also proven to reduce anxiety, heart and respiratory rates, cardiac complications, and to lower blood pressure and increase immune response.

SHARPEN THE INTELLECT Piano practice also boosts cognitive and intellectual abilities, which is to say it makes you smarter and activates similar parts of the brain used in spatial reasoning and math. Studying piano has also been shown to amazingly improve memory — particularly verbal memory — and build good habits like focus and perseverance, diligence and creativity. Children who had a few years of piano study under their belts could remember twenty percent more vocabulary words than their peers. And childhood musicians are better equipped later in life to retain information from speeches and lectures. Playing piano has been shown to increase spatial-temporal ability, which figures heavily in math, science and engineering. Regular music practice at an early age can even make structural changes to the brain that stay with you for the rest of your life, making your brain more efficient both while playing and in extra-musical endeavors. Children who had a few years of piano study under their belts could remember twenty percent more vocabulary words than their peers.

CALM THE MIND Studies show that time spent at the keyboard improves mental health: people who make music experience less anxiety, loneliness, and depression. Playing piano has also been shown to be a great source of stress relief, and provides ample opportunities to bolster self-esteem. It is also a widely used form of therapy for Attention Deficit Disorder."

Piano lessons can add tremendous value to you or your child's life. Here are just a few recent articles that highlight these benefits.

Infographic- http://www.infographicsarchive.com/education-careers/infographic-musics-effect-on-learning/


Improved Brain Performance & Lifelong Benefits-

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2013/11/05/childhood-music-lessons-may-offer-lifelong-benefits

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/music-lessons-combat-povertys-effect-on-the-brain/

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/nov/12/music-lessons-early-childhood-brain-performance

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/music-lessons-for-children-boost-executive-brain-function-throughout-adult-life-9546050.html

 

Correlation with Success in Work and School-

http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/the-benefits-of-music-education/

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/opinion/sunday/is-music-the-key-to-success.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

http://www.psmag.com/blogs/news-blog/new-evidence-links-music-education-higher-test-scores-64980/

http://www.apa.org/monitor/jun06/iq.aspx

 

Better verbal memory, reading skills, language learning-

http://www.webmd.com/baby/news/20030728/music-lessons-verbal-memory

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090316075843.htm

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/feb/27/musicians-better-language-learners

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/09/18/childrens-ability-to-follow-beat-may-impact-reading-language-skills/