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What is unique about Shanelle’s Piano Studio?

The piano lessons strive to ensure developing musical and technical skills right from the early stages of learning. I like to build connections with each component in the lesson to ensure holistic understanding. It gives me great pleasure to see my students grow in their musical journey and I hope to provide them with the skills, inspiration and confidence they need, to embrace any musical opportunity that comes along their way. 


What kind of piano do you recommend?

An acoustic or digital piano (88 weighted keys) are best to start learning. Acoustic pianos are a one-time investment while a digital piano might need to be replaced within 4-5 years. An acoustic piano would need to be tuned at least thrice a year. There are also rental options that we can discuss if these options are not possible. I am happy to guide the student through this process. In some cases, a weighted keyboard would be sufficient, but only for the first year of learning.

Do you give a free trial lesson?

All new students are offered a consultation, free of charge, before we start lessons. The consultation is a chance to get to know one another a little, to answer any questions the student might have, and to talk about the best way for us to get you started with music lessons. It might include some playing, particularly if the student has had lessons before and can demonstrate what he/she has already learned.


How long are the lessons?
The lessons are for 45 minutes and once in the week. There are no lessons on the 5th week of the month. Group (tutti) lessons are offered a few times a year where students have an opportunity to collaborate with each other.


What are the policies of the studio?
Post the trial lesson, I will send out a policies and procedures document, a registration form and studio calendar. These highlight the procedures regarding payment, make up lessons, discontinuation and dedicated breaks in the studio.


How much am I required to practice?
I believe that it is best to focus on the quality of practice rather than number of hours. Homework assignments and practice strategies will be discussed after every lesson. Consistency is key in maintaining good progress through the year.  


Why is it a monthly fee and not per lesson?

The tuition rate does not only include the time spent with the student in the lesson. It includes planning in-between lessons, recital expenses, workshops, few group events, professional development and much more.. These things help me provide better experiences for the student each passing year. 

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