Prerequisites to Study piano or composition

Any interested student will be accepted for piano lessons. Students must agree to spend appropriate amounts of time practicing lesson material on a daily basis each week. Parents must agree to actively encourage their students to practice and to be involved in listening to their student’s progress.

Composition lessons are available for students who want to compose more than can be accomplished in their piano lessons. Composition lessons are best established as an additional 15 or 30 minutes following the piano lessons. Students who study piano with a teacher other than myself will also be accepted for composition study. Students who are not studying piano will be accepted for composition lessons ONLY if they can easily perform works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and other masters.  Piano skills are essential for composing and I require that those skills continue to develop as students compose. Please note, though, that there is not a minimum level of piano skill required for composition lessons. Even very young composers can study composition if they are also studying piano.

Guidelines for acceptance of vocal students are found in the Voice Handbook.