What is the typical age to begin piano lessons?
The typical age range is 5 to 6 years old. That being said, every student is different and some may be okay to start at 4 and even 3 years of age whereas others may need to start at 6. This is determined in the preview lesson. Regardless, all students should know how to count to 5 (for finger numbers) and their alphabet, letters A through G, for note names.
Is it okay that my child begins learning on a keyboard?
YES! In fact, I started learning on a keyboard at the age of 5 and a half and eventually progressed to an upright and ultimately a grand piano. For more information on keyboard vs. piano selection, see the "What Piano is Right for Me" and "The Specifics" pages.
What types of music do students learn?
This is dependent upon student goals and varies widely but generally, students learn the music they are motivated to learn, albeit with teacher input. For example, if a student wishes to complete the Royal Conservatory Music Deveopment Program evaluation, Dr. Campbell will provide appropriate level Classical piece options from this program's syllabus, ask students to listen to the options, and make selections. For students not being evaluated or competing, they choose from both classical and non-classical repertoire. Examples of non-classical repertoire include "Amazing Grace", "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele, "Dance Monkey", theme songs from Disney movies, and the theme song from video game Supermario Galaxy II.
What is the process of booking a lesson?
I must speak with ALL applicants/parents of applicants in order to book a preview lesson. Once a time and date is agreed upon, I will send a questionnaire for the student to complete. This questionnaire is to be emailed to me BEFORE the preview lesson so I can create a personalized lesson for the student.
Do you teach students with special needs?
Yes! Please ask me directly for more information on my experience in this regard. Oftentimes, what are deemed as "disabilities" by society prove to be HUGE assets in music lessons and other areas of life!