Info for parents

 


 When to Start

 

When is a Child Ready for Piano Lessons?

When you play the piano, you tap into a powerful way to communicate emotion, enliven a gathering or just relax. Learning to play the piano is one of the most rewarding things a child can accomplish.

A child’s interest in music, attention span, and eagerness to learn are the best indications of readiness.  Older students usually progress more rapidly than the very young child. However, pre-school music classes lay a great foundation for musicianship through rhythmic activities, singing, movement, and music notation skills, which often accelerate progress in lessons at a later time. "Music For Little Mozarts" classes teach children beginning at the age of four and are available in some areas. 
 

  1. Does your child show some interest in music?  For instance, maybe the child likes to sing, tries to pick out familiar melodies on the piano by ear, or asks for piano lessons.
  2. Does the child have an inherent sense of rhythm?
  3. Does the child seem excited about learning in general?  It is important for a child to have a good attitude about learning.
  4. Does the parent seem willing to help the child practice at home?  It is imperative to have the support of the parent(s) in order for a very young child to have a successful and positive experience with piano lessons.

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 Finding the Right Piano

 

The price of new pianos can often surprise shoppers. Quality instruments are manufactured with the finest materials and exacting craftsmanship to create pianos that will last for decades. This is reflected in the purchase price. While shoppers may routinely track the price of other big-ticket items such as cars and furniture, they seldom research the price of pianos until seriously considering a purchase.

Most people are reluctant to spend a large initial sum of money in the purchase of a piano until they feel sure that they are making the best purchase possible. There are several options to consider – source, model, style, and price – when acquiring a piano, and the decision between a new or pre-owned piano is usually one of the first you will have to make. If you want to see if a piano is right for your family without purchasing right away, check out the piano rental programs in your area, but be sure to find a dealer who offers quality pianos for rent.

If you decide to purchase a used piano, make sure that you have a qualified piano technician inspect it before purchasing. An old piano may seem a safer expenditure at first, but if it hinders or frustrates musical progress, its price, as well as your time and money for lessons may be wasted.

A digital piano can be a viable option as long as it:

  1. has 88 notes
  2. is touch-sensitive (When you strike the keys harder, it sounds louder and when you play the keys lightly, the sound is soft.) In other words, you can play with expression.

Increase your awareness of piano technology by spending some time talking with a well-respected salesperson, teacher and/or technician. The knowledge you will attain will prove to be invaluable.

If you choose to purchase a new piano, be sure to thoroughly check out the reputation of the dealer you will be doing business with. Ask your piano teacher to recommend a dealer.

Have the piano tuned regularly. Your child will enjoy piano more when he or she sounds good. Be sure to have your piano tuned at least once a year.

For many people, having music in their lives means having a piano in their homes. It is adding beauty to your home, joy to your entertaining and a lasting investment to your life. But when you sit down to play, it’s okay if none of these other benefits crosses your mind. For over three hundred years, the simple joy of making music has been all the reward a piano player ever needed. For most of us, it’s still enough.

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How to Succeed

  

Whether or not you play the piano there is a great deal you can contribute to your child’s enjoyment and success. Show enthusiasm for the process, and sit in on a lesson if the teacher feels it is appropriate. Be available, whether it’s for giving help, listening appreciatively to what your child has learned, or even just for driving to lessons. Suggest your child play when friends or relatives visit.
 

Finally, be the grown-up and provide structure. Young children shouldn’t decide whether or when to practice the piano, any more than they should decide their own bedtimes or whether or not they attend school. And never let children practice when they are tired; doing well requires the ability to concentrate. If you make it clear what you expect from your child, and then contribute a positive attitude and involvement, the results will amaze you.
 

Provide a good environment for your child’s lessons. Make sure not only to have a well-tuned piano with a properly sized bench, but also a quiet room, good lighting, and freedom from distractions such as television, radio and other people’s activities. Make sure other members of the family know and respect how important your child’s piano time is. Try to schedule lessons and practice sessions so that your child doesn’t miss out on other activities they enjoy. Don’t overload your child with too many activities as kids need to play ball too, and they’ll have more fun at the piano if they get to do both.
 

Every child is an individual, so create expectations that conform to your child’s abilities and interests. Make sure that he or she has a chance to play fun music---pieces that hold interest--- in addition to the more difficult assignments that are necessary for progress.
 

Finally, don’t impose unrealistic long-term goals. Not every kid in the schoolyard is going to be a professional athlete, and not every kid taking pianos lessons is gong to play Carnegie Hall. Some will indeed become virtuosos, but playing for fun comes first. It’s okay if the pure enjoyment of the piano is your only reason for learning. And remember, music lasts a lifetime.

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Finding the Right Teacher

 

Choosing the Right Teacher For Your Child

Convenience and cost should not be the sole deciding factors. Allow yourself time to interview prospective teachers and ask to listen in on one of their lessons. Some kids may prefer individual instruction, while others may get more out of group lessons, so investigate both options. Find out what professional organizations the teacher is affiliated with. Don’t hesitate to ask about a prospective teacher’s educational background, about the materials used, and about the policies of the studio. Consider the teacher’s personality and whether it is compatible with that of your child. Does the teacher convey enthusiasm and a love for music? Does he or she make lessons fun and interesting? These are important considerations since rapport between student and teacher is critical to success.

Whether you are an adult or a child, Kretzer Piano believes that finding the right teacher is an important part of taking piano lessons.  For over 25 years we have developed relationships with the local teachers and have learned about their teaching philosophies, what age groups they teach, what styles of music and what types of students best fit their teaching techniques.

Our teacher directory is now available for you to use to find the teacher that is right for you or your child.

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Financing Options

 

Our Parent Protection Plan. After you purchase a new vertical piano from us we will allow you to take 36 months to decide if music will be a part of your child's life. If not, we will buy it back for 60% of the purchase price.

Lifetime full trade-up allowance for acoustic pianos. To guarantee your investment and facilitate your musical growth, we will credit 100% of the purchase price of a new piano any time that you make a significant upgrade.

Financing.  Affordable financing plans are available through Kretzer Piano. These plans allow you to make low monthly payments and take up to eight years to pay.  You can choose to pay the loan off early and save on finance charges.No interest for 3 months. Take 90 days to decide how you will pay for your purchase. Use our 90-day-same-as-cash option plan and within that time period choose to:

  1. Stay with the long-term, low interest plan
  2. Pay cash with no interest
  3. Use your own outside financing

Keep in mind that buying a piano is truly an investment. A quality piano purchased twenty years ago has doubled in value!  You can have a new baby grand in your living room for a fraction of what a car payment would be AND the piano will last for generations.

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