We recommend that your child be a confident reader before beginning piano lessons. He/she also needs to have an attention span of 30 minutes.
It is essential to have a piano accessible for practicing on a daily basis. An electronic keyboard does not provide the same touch as a piano and is often limited in the number of keys it contains. If an electronic keyboard is your only option, be sure it has 88 weighted keys and a damper pedal. There are many places where you can buy a used piano or you may wish to practice at a nearby church or a neighbor's home until you can buy your own piano.
The Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum has a list of used pianos for sale in the area: http://www.charlottepiano.org/pianos-for-sale.html
We are very fortunate to have a Steinway dealer in our area who has a rental-purchase program. For more information, see http://www.steinwaypgch.com/rentals.
All piano lessons are given on a grand piano in a private studio.
Yes. James Baker tunes the pianos at Southern Park Music School, the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, and many other Charlotte venues and private homes. His phone number is 704-517-6674.
The NC Federation of Music Clubs is part of the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC). Since its founding in 1898, the NFMC has grown into one of the world's largest music organizations with club and individual members of all ages. The NFMC is chartered by the Congress of the United States, and is the only music organization member of the United Nations. For more information, see NFMC-music.org
The North Carolina Music Teachers Association is part of the organization called Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). MTNA is a nonprofit organization of 24,000 independent and collegiate music teachers committed to furthering the art of music through programs that encourage and support teaching, performance, composition and scholarly research. » click here for more information
The Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum is a group of piano teachers in the Charlotte metro region whose purpose is to encourage an exchange of ideas and strategies pertinent to piano teaching; to elevate the standards of teaching by the recognition of training, experience and challenge for professional growth; and to contribute to and to enhance the cultural life of the community. For more information, » CharlottePiano.org
Yes, advance students are given the opportunity to accompany other musicians.
Music & Arts has a few locations in and around Charlotte (Arboretum, University City, and Huntersville). You may also wish to order sheet music online at http://www.sheetmusicplus.com or http://www.primamusic.com