Welcome to Hands Together Piano Studio!
                     "Where it's always time to play"

Phone - (215) 657-8494
Email - cheryl@handstogether.net
 
 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. Where is Hands Together Piano Studio located?
A. Hands Together Piano Studio is a beautiful home-based studio conveniently located at 210 Church Street in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, close to the intersection of Davisville Road and Route 611. There is ample street parking. Look for the rainbow colored flag with the treble clef!
   
Q. What is the free Introductory Session?
A. There is no charge for the introductory session. This is an opportunity for us to meet, for you to see the studio, look at the materials, enjoy a mini-lesson, and get answers to any questions you may have about piano lessons, instruments, tuition and scheduling.
   
Q. What days and times are lessons available?
A. Lesson times are available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 A.M. to 9 P.M, and Saturday from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. The studio is closed Sunday, Monday and Friday.
   
Q. What ages do you teach?
A. Most children begin lessons at ages 5 through 10. Some students begin as teens or adults. No matter if you are 5, 15, 35, or 65 - it is possible to begin learning piano at any age.
   
Q. Do you offer private or group lessons?
A. Most students take private lessons. Some students take shared lessons with a sibling. Informal group classes are offered three or four times a year where students play for each other in a relaxed environment. Students enjoy hearing the other children play, and they gain experience in playing for others. Performance in group classes is encouraged but not required.
   
Q. How often are lessons scheduled?
A. Students have weekly lessons during the school year except for holidays and teacher conferences. Summer schedules are flexible. Adults or home-school students who are available for daytime lessons take weekly or bi-weekly lessons, or have flexible scheduling if needed.
   
Q. How much practice time is required?
A. At weekly lessons, students will learn how to practice, to make the best use of their practice time. The more days per week you practice, even if just for 15 minutes, the better progress you will make. In order to make good steady progress, students need to practice a minimum of 5 days a week, no less than 20-30 minutes a day. Students who are serious about piano will be practicing more than 30 minutes a day, most days of the week.
   
Q. Do you teach Music Theory?
A. Learning music theory is fun, and knowledge of music theory is essential to reading, understanding and appreciating music. Students learn music theory and basic chords from their very first lessons in a hands-on way that is easy to understand. In the beginning, music theory is learned through simple exercises and through the songs students study each week. As students progress, graded theory books are helpful. My favorite theory book is Fundamentals of Piano Theory by Keith Snell.
   
Q. When will students learn to read music?
A. Learning to read music begins in the first few weeks of lessons. Learning to play some songs in the beginning without music is also helpful. Beginning students may learn songs by rote, by finger numbers or letter names, or simple improvisation. Students naturally progress from playing songs without music to learning songs by reading notes. In order to get good at reading music, it is necessary to keep reading as much new music as possible.
   
Q. Are there recitals or other performance opportunities?
A. Yes! Recitals and other performance opportunities give students a real confidence with their playing skills. Parents, family, and friends enjoy hearing all the students play.

Informal group classes at the studio are offered three or four times a year to give students an opportunity to play for their peers in a relaxed fun environment. This gives them experience, encouragement and motivation for performing at the annual family recital held each June.

The June family and friends recital is currently being held at Cunningham Piano Company in King of Prussia, where students can perform in a beautiful space on a top-quality piano. Last year, students were allowed to play on a brand new Bosendorfer piano which was an incredible experience.

No student is required to participate in recitals. However, most students are eager to play for others and find performing to be a positive experience.
   
Q. What is the Parent's Role?
A. Parental attendance at lessons and supervision of at-home practice has enormous benefits to both children and parents.

Parental attendance helps children understand that learning to play the piano is valued and important to their parents, giving children greater incentive to learn and practice.

By observing weekly lessons, parents know what and how their children are supposed to practice at home. Parents can learn to play some of the songs along with their children for their own enjoyment and to better assist with at-home practice.

Parents can assist and encourage their children with at-home practice in many ways: scheduling a regular time for practice, making sure children practice everything in their assignment book (as well as simply exploring and having fun), listening to their children play (without criticism) and having informal concerts for family or friends.

For best results, parents need to supervise children to some extent while they practice because children will not practice correctly on their own.
   
Q. Do you teach adults?
A. Yes! About 25% of the students at Hands Together Piano Studio are adults, some retired, some with full-time jobs. Most adults start as beginners. Some have taken lessons as children. Adult students currently range in age from mid 20's to 70's. It is fun and fulfilling to play the piano no matter what your age!
   
Q. Is there a written studio policy?
A. Yes. The studio policy covers such topics as holidays, tuition, missed lessons, and guidelines for at-home practice.
   
Q. How is tuition paid?
A. Tuition may be paid by cash, check or PayPal. Discounts are offered for semi-annual or annual payments. Please contact the studio for prices.
   
Q. What kind of instrument do I need?
A. Nothing is better than a good acoustic piano for touch and tone quality. However, if you are planning to purchase a digital keyboard, make sure it is full size, with 88 keys that are touch sensitive and weighted. You will also need a pedal, which plugs into the back.
   
 
BENEFITS
 
 
Relaxation and stress release
 
Creative outlet and expression of feelings
 
Sense of accomplishment
 
Part of a balanced life
 
Playing the piano is fun!
 
Listening skills improve
 
 
 
 
 
 
Margo Raube, Hatboro
The Simply Music approach to playing the piano has inspired our daughter to incredible heights! Instead of begging her to practice, we can't get her away from the piano. She has learned to play at a remarkable speed, and has gained confidence, not only at the keyboard, but in life in general. What began as an interest for her is now a passion!
 
Vivian Reese, Horsham
My son just turned 7 years old and has had only 23 lessons. In this short time he has built a repertoire of over 18 wonderful songs. He is very excited to learn because Simply Music makes it very easy. It is a wonderful gift to have music filling our home everyday, and to hear him singing while playing is priceless. Not only that, but I have learned the songs along with him.
 
 

 

 
 
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