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What kinds of students do you work with?
I like to work with students from all ages and musical background that are motivated, interested in developing an appreciation and love for music through hard work.
What type of music will I sing or play?
As I teach the classical methods of singing and piano, we will be working mostly on classical music. However I do encourage students to work on pieces they enjoy, those can be in the genres of musical theater, jazz, pop etc.
When should I begin singing or piano lessons?
Students can begin lessons at any age, but most voice students become ready to study serious vocal technique in their early teens. Formal piano lessons can start as early as four years old. The younger the child, the more involved the parents have to be in the beginning stages of the learning process.
How is the lesson structured?
The first 15 to 30 minutes could be spent on technical practice, warm-ups, depending on the length of the lesson. The rest of the lesson is spent applying technical principles, musical expressions to your repertoire, as well as working on lyric diction for singers. Some of the lesson times could be spent on musicianship training and theory, if necessary. The goal is to work hard but also have fun at the same time.
How often are the lessons and how long do they last?
It is recommendad that students take weekly lessons. Most lessons are scheduled between 30-90 minutes, depending on the age, level and needs of the student.
How often should I practice?
Ultimately, each practice session should aim to accomplish one goal for that day, regardless of the duration. Otherwise, beginning students should be expected to put aside 10-30 minutes daily for practice. Advanced students should expect to practice between 30-60 minutes daily. Adult students are encouraged to practice according to their daily schedule and aspirations. Additional time is recommended for sight-reading, practicing solfege, conducting rhythms and researching for new repertoire. Please find posts on how to practice on the studio Facebook page.
Can you teach at my house?
No, I don’t provide that service.
Do I need to be able to read music to study with you?
For vocal students it is preferred that you know how to read music first before start taking singing lessons. No for piano students. I recommend taking some music theory/piano lessons at the studio for students who does not have any experience prior to singing lessons.
Do you also teach in Mandarin?
Yes. I speak both English and Mandarin fluently. 我可以用中文教学。
Piano or Keyboard?
For piano students, it is recommended to have a piano instead of a keyboard for practicing. For vocal students you should have at least a musical instrument to help learning the melody.
I would like to buy a piano, can you give me recommendations?
Yes, most certainly. There are many ways to buy a piano, and the price will vary largely depending on the year, maker and condition of the piano. Many local piano dealers carry a wide variety of new and used or refurbished pianos. Piano is not just an instrument, it becomes a piece of the house and an investment for the whole family to enjoy.