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Letter, Dear Parents

Do you realize that children who study a musical instrument learn responsibility and discipline,
they gain pride in their accomplishments which in turn makes them confident, they learn to
think in a logical manner, and they will perform better in school?  These are just a few of the
benefits that your child can gain.

Piano lessons have changed quite a bit since you might have experienced them in your
childhood.  In my studio students received a 45 minutes or 1 hour lesson depending on levels.  
Besides just learning to actually play the piano, students will engage in Ear Training, Music
Theory, Rhythm Training, Reading Music in different styles, and other activities to strengthen
their overall knowledge of music.  This will prepare them well for continued study in piano , for
playing other instruments or singing, and for enjoying music in general.

The success of a young piano students is usually directly proportioned to parental involvement
in the learning process.  Regardless of musical background, every parent can work with the
teacher to make piano lessons a positive experience.  Here are some suggestions:

Getting your child to lessons on time with the proper materials is the first step to success.

Expressing enthusiasm for your child's accomplishments provides strong incentive for
him or her to continue making progress.

Reviewing the lesson with the child and being an audience at least once a week to show
your continuing interest in the child's improvement and underscore the importance of
consistent practice.

Supporting the program set forth by the teacher and cooperating in recitals demonstrate
your appreciation for music and musical training.

Establishing a definite schedule for practicing is essential to developing a commitment
for lessons.  Unless practice time is given a high priority, it probably will not get done.



Regular practice time is important.  Establish a time that is agreeable to the family.  
Then stick to this time with few exceptions.  Some individuals work better in the morning,
others in the afternoon.  Use your knowledge and understanding of your child in
establishing the practice time.  Take an interest in your child's assignment book.  
Sometimes the student will ignore an assignment if it is not understood.  If you see that
this is happening, please let teacher know.

Keep your piano tuned.  Locate the piano in an area free of distraction.  

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