Frequently asked questions

When should I start my child with piano lessons?

I teach children as young as five years old. I use Alfred’s Piano Lesson Book, Theory, Activity and Ear-Training Books with the child or the Hal Leonard music library with orchestral accompaniment on CD or the Faber and Faber Method. As the child progresses, I supplement with various pre-reading materials according to the concepts of the book.

What kinds of music can I learn from Wilkans Music Studio?

I have a printout of supplementary songs that go with the method.  When the student reaches the end of the primer book the student chooses the song to learn, based on his/her liking. 

How long does a piano lesson take?

I teach a 45-minute lesson (a 30-minute private lesson plus a 15-minute computer session).

How long should my child practice?

I expect the student to practice five days a week. Consistent practice with good concentration is very important for success. A five-year-old may spend five to ten minutes a practice session. There are three ways to practice. When a child begins music lessons, he or she will play and say the finger numbers, play and count the rhythm and play and say the words very slowly and carefully. As the child gets older, I would expect at least 30 minutes of quality time at the piano. The child still needs to count the rhythm, observe fingering and dynamic markings.

Can I use my electronic keyboard for practice?

I accept students with an electronic keyboard. The keyboard must have full size keys and at least four octaves. However, as your child progresses musically and learns to use the pedal and dynamic signs to shape the phrase of the music, I would suggest that you rent or purchase a piano. In the event that you do obtain a piano, it is important that it is kept in tune.

When is my child ready for syllabus testing at Harper College?

The Northwest Suburban Music Teachers Association offers a syllabus program held at Harper College. This involves memorizing two or more pieces of music, playing technical scales and knowing theory. This is an optional program and there is an entrance fee. Performing in the syllabus program develops the child into a well-rounded musician.