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Old April 12th 06, 03:05 AM posted to misc.kids
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"Cindy" wrote in message
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My daughter is interested in taking piano lessons and I have no idea what
they
run privately. I realize prices differ region to region but I'm trying to
get a
ballpark number.



Somewhere in the vicinity of $40 to $60 per hour, though she may start out
with 1/2 hour lessons. I started my boys with group lessons, which were
cheaper. One stuck with it (and now plays saxophone in high school, with
marching band in the fall), the other had no interest in in practicing.


Thanks!

Cindy


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On Tue, 11 Apr 2006 19:05:24 -0700, "HCN" wrote:
Somewhere in the vicinity of $40 to $60 per hour, though she may start out
with 1/2 hour lessons. I started my boys with group lessons, which were
cheaper. One stuck with it (and now plays saxophone in high school, with
marching band in the fall), the other had no interest in in practicing.


Wow, 20 years ago my mom paid $5 for each weekly lesson. Half hour
from what I remember.
Marie
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Old April 12th 06, 04:40 AM posted to misc.kids
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"Marie" wrote in message
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On Tue, 11 Apr 2006 19:05:24 -0700, "HCN" wrote:
Somewhere in the vicinity of $40 to $60 per hour, though she may start out
with 1/2 hour lessons. I started my boys with group lessons, which were
cheaper. One stuck with it (and now plays saxophone in high school, with
marching band in the fall), the other had no interest in in practicing.


Wow, 20 years ago my mom paid $5 for each weekly lesson. Half hour
from what I remember.
Marie


I think my mom paid something like $40 a month for one-on-one private
lessons in the teacher's home. This was half hour lessons once a week, per
child. My brothers both lost interest very quickly, and the youngest is
proud to be able to play the Hockey Night in Canada song... The other is
satisfied staying far away from the piano I had started around age 5
and this was also almost 18 years ago.
I was the one that stuck with piano for years and years - about 12 years of
lessons or so - and to this day, I'm still happy to sit down at the piano
every now and then. I was even lucky enough to get a piano of my own for
free, and it's beat up on the outside, but for $100 for the initial tuning
and once a year regular tuning for 4 years would bring it to concert. This
piano I have will do until my parents move into a senior's apartment one day
in the far future and have no room for the piano they have passed down to
me. Piano lessons = great. Any music lessons, for that matter are. I'd
like to start DS in piano soon, and I believe it was around the range of
$60-$70 a month, and this is for young children, in a group setting with
other young kids and a parent, once a week for a one hour lesson. This was
the price I was given from one place within the last year. No places that
I've called, or private lessons, are willing to take children under 6, and
the prices for private lessons (come age 6 or so) were around $50-$60 a
month. Half hour lessons. Once a week, in the teacher's home or studio. I
didn't dare call an actual music store that offers lessons... I was fearful
of the prices they'd have!


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xkatx wrote:

No places that
I've called, or private lessons, are willing to take children under 6


If you want to start a very young child, there are
teachers who specialize in that (and probably teach Suzuki).
It's heavy-duty parental involvement at that stage, though,
especially for the daily practice. I didn't start mine
until they were reading (words) well and had the maturity
to be able to commit to daily practice without my having
to be involved in every second.

Best wishes,
Ericka
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"Ericka Kammerer" wrote in message
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xkatx wrote:

No places that I've called, or private lessons, are willing to take
children under 6


If you want to start a very young child, there are
teachers who specialize in that (and probably teach Suzuki).
It's heavy-duty parental involvement at that stage, though,
especially for the daily practice. I didn't start mine
until they were reading (words) well and had the maturity
to be able to commit to daily practice without my having
to be involved in every second.

Best wishes,
Ericka


I had meant one on one lessons, either through any company or a private
instructor. There's this Music for Young Children program offered, which is
the parents and children together, and I believe that starts at a preschool
age. Mind you, it's not sitting down at a piano for half an hour for a
lesson, it includes some basic keyboarding, singing, games - all based
around the piano.
I believe I started piano around 5. I was reading and writing when I had
started kindergarden and piano with private lessons. I would have loved to
go back to that private instructor I had, but I don't know if she's still
doing lessons, or even if she's still alive? She had to have been at least
50 when I started lessons, almost 20 years ago. If I recall correctly, she
looked to be pushing 70 by the time I had stopped lessons. That was the
only woman my mom was able to find that would take children at a
kindergarden level, and my mom found her from another girl in my
kindergarden class who was with this piano teacher.
Oddly enough, my BIL now lives right next door to the piano teacher's
house... I've thought to knock on the door, but the idea very quickly went
out of my head


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xkatx wrote:

I believe I started piano around 5. I was reading and writing when I had
started kindergarden and piano with private lessons. I would have loved to
go back to that private instructor I had, but I don't know if she's still
doing lessons, or even if she's still alive? She had to have been at least
50 when I started lessons, almost 20 years ago. If I recall correctly, she
looked to be pushing 70 by the time I had stopped lessons. That was the
only woman my mom was able to find that would take children at a
kindergarden level, and my mom found her from another girl in my
kindergarden class who was with this piano teacher.


Most teachers don't want to take kids that young
because it usually doesn't work out well, and it's usually
the parents pressuring the kids into doing it. Also, many
kids aren't developmentally really ready to read music at
that age, nor are they ready for the discipline of practice.
This is not as much of an issue with a method like Suzuki
that doesn't teach reading music initially and is geared
towards starting the younger child. So, if you can find
a Suzuki teacher in the area, he or she would take a younger
teacher.
If you want a traditional teacher, some have a
policy of not taking younger children but might be willing
to negotiate (about half the teachers I know have taken
younger kids than their usual policy on occasion). You
can ask if they'll consider taking a younger child on a
trial basis (maybe for a few lessons during the summer).
Be sure to emphasize that the child is motivated (wants
to do it him- or herself), is already reading well, and
is able to sit and pay attention for a lesson and for
practice. Expect to do an interview with the teacher
before the teacher might agree to a trial. You'll need
to interview the teacher and see how he or she works
with the child, too. You'll need someone flexible and
patient to work with a younger child. Watch how the
teacher works with your child and look to see they have
a good rapport. It might not work. A good teacher
will likely have a waiting list even limiting it to
kids who are older, but sometimes you can find something
that will work.

Best wishes,
Ericka
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"Marie" wrote in message
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On Tue, 11 Apr 2006 19:05:24 -0700, "HCN" wrote:
Somewhere in the vicinity of $40 to $60 per hour, though she may start out
with 1/2 hour lessons. I started my boys with group lessons, which were
cheaper. One stuck with it (and now plays saxophone in high school, with
marching band in the fall), the other had no interest in in practicing.


Wow, 20 years ago my mom paid $5 for each weekly lesson. Half hour
from what I remember.
Marie


That would be about $10 per hour.... When the boys started lessons over a 12
years ago they were closer to $20/hour, and gasoline cost lots less also (it
is getting close to $3/gallon). Music teachers also have to pay for the
rising cost of living. My daughter's violin lessons have always been a bit
higher, presently her weekly lessons (with one group per month) are $175 per
month, which is a little less than the Suzuki program across the street from
her teacher's studio.


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Old April 18th 06, 03:13 AM posted to misc.kids
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For a young child, you may want to look at a group piano-based music class.
Musikgarten, Harmony Road, Suzuki Piano, and Music for Little Mozarts are
some of these. Some offer both private and group classes (Suzuki, in
specific, I know requires both), but all are designed to be developmentally
appropriate for the 5-7 yr old child and still incorporate the kinesthetic
learning so important for this age group. I do not know of any program,
including Suzuki, which takes children on piano before age 4-5 due to
physical size constrants-you can't scale down a piano the way you can a
violin. My program offers Suzuki strings starting at age 3 1/2, but piano
starts when the children start Kindergarten, or sometimes 1st grade. We have
group classes which use many of the same skills which parents are encouraged
to enroll their child in until they're physically ready for piano, and the
students start listening to the suzuki CDs and attending recitals and
twinkles in preparation with their group pre-piano class.

Good Suzuki studios often have pretty long waiting lists, because there's a
practical limit to the number of students one teacher can teach, so I'd
suggest getting on said list ASAP. We recommend at least a year in advance,
and more is preferable.

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Donna DeVore Metler
Orff Music Specialist/Kindermusik
Mother to Angel Brian Anthony 1/1/2002, 22 weeks, severe PE/HELLP
And Allison Joy, 11/25/04 (35 weeks, PIH, Pre-term labor)


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"Donna Metler" wrote in message
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For a young child,

My youngest child is 12 years old and has been playing violin since she was
five years old.


you may want to look at a group piano-based music class.
Musikgarten, Harmony Road, Suzuki Piano, and Music for Little Mozarts are
some of these. Some offer both private and group classes (Suzuki, in
specific, I know requires both), but all are designed to be
developmentally
appropriate for the 5-7 yr old child and still incorporate the kinesthetic
learning so important for this age group. I do not know of any program,
including Suzuki, which takes children on piano before age 4-5 due to
physical size constrants-you can't scale down a piano the way you can a
violin. My program offers Suzuki strings starting at age 3 1/2, but piano
starts when the children start Kindergarten, or sometimes 1st grade. We
have
group classes which use many of the same skills which parents are
encouraged
to enroll their child in until they're physically ready for piano, and the
students start listening to the suzuki CDs and attending recitals and
twinkles in preparation with their group pre-piano class.

Good Suzuki studios often have pretty long waiting lists, because there's
a
practical limit to the number of students one teacher can teach, so I'd
suggest getting on said list ASAP. We recommend at least a year in
advance,
and more is preferable.


Also, with Suzuki the parent has to start several months before to learn
themselves... and a few weeks before the lessons start they need to play the
songs in the background for the child to get familiar with the songs.



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Donna DeVore Metler
Orff Music Specialist/Kindermusik
Mother to Angel Brian Anthony 1/1/2002, 22 weeks, severe PE/HELLP
And Allison Joy, 11/25/04 (35 weeks, PIH, Pre-term labor)




 




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