About Piano Lessons with Aubrie

All Skill Levels

Aubrie teaches all skill levels and various styles of music.

Professional Teacher

Aubrie adapts her teaching style to each student’s needs.

Why should I choose a professional teacher even from the beginning?

Consider this response from Carol Roache, an experienced and respected music teacher:

“I find the biggest mistake parents make with beginning lessons is not going to a professional teacher at the very onset of lessons. They have a neighbor who can play and think that ‘we’ll see if she/he likes it first. Not only does that person not know what will be important later on, but they don’t have the experience to try another approach if that student doesn’t ‘get it’ with the first explanation. For example, some students are naturally good (music notation) readers. Others cannot seem to make the connection until much later. Just because someone can play an instrument, it doesn’t follow that they can teach that information to someone else.”

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As a musician and teacher, Aubrie believes that inspiring and encouraging a student’s love for music is essential to musical growth and development. Through the use of creative musical games and activities, innovative practice assignments and exciting motivational prizes, Aubrie promotes consistent practice and growth in each of her students. Each lesson plan creatively incorporates essential concepts (such as, ear-training, technique, theory, and sight-reading) in fun and refreshing ways that are relevant to the individual. Purposefully incorporating the student’s musical preferences (whether it be contemporary, pop, classical, or jazz) Aubrie chooses engaging and relevant repertoire that further reinforces new musical concepts. She is continuously working to find new ways to engage students by asking questions that prompt learning through self-discovery. Ultimately, her goal is to inspire and help students become well-rounded musicians in both sight-reading and improvisation, in order to achieve their musical potential by providing them the necessary instruction and tools. Helping a student to grow as a person and musician is one of the greatest and most satisfying rewards a teacher can ever hope to receive.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

At what age should a child begin piano lessons?

Most children are ready to begin private piano lessons at the age of five. A student younger than age five, is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Beyond five years of age, it is never too late to start learning, as may of my adult student’s have discovered!

What kind of piano will I need to practice for lessons?

The most important thing is that the piano is a weighted (touch sensitive), full 88-keys, and has a pedal attachment. An acoustic piano’s action, is typically ideal for the development of a beginning student’s technique, but many keyboards, such as the Casio Privia PX-150, offer a comparable option. Additionally, having an electric piano can have many benefits, such as not needing to be tuned, it’s more portable, the volume is adjustable, usually has built in metronome and headphone jack. 

How long is a piano lesson?

Lessons are typically given in 30, 45, and 60 minute sessions. For most beginner and earlier intermediate students, a 30 minute session is appropriate. However, for those who have more pieces, are more advanced students and/or those who are particularly dedicated, a 45 or 60 minute session is appropriate. 

Do I need to practice for my piano lessons?

Yes, without regular practicing, students’ will not reach their fullest potential and it is unlikely that they will experience success at the piano. Twenty to thirty minutes of practicing, at least five days a week is recommended for the young beginning student. As the student advances, practice times will vary depending on goals, repertoire, and the student’s dedication.

What ages do you teach?

I currently teach anywhere from ages 5 to mid-70’s. Some of my students are young beginners, while others are adult beginners. While some students are more advanced and looking to develop better improvisation skills, sight-reading, or further their studies in classical or jazz. Whatever the case, I will structure each student’s long term and weekly lesson plans based on their individual needs, learning styles, and goals.

Where do you teach?

I currently teach in my private piano studio, located in Columbus, IN, and I also travel to other student’s homes for “in-home” lessons. My private piano studio includes a white Yamaha baby-grand piano, a waiting area, and a restroom.