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 blue flag with piano keys!
   
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 Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 A.M. to 9 P.M, Tuesday from 9 A.M. to 6 P.M., Friday from 9 A.M. to 12 PM, and Saturday from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M.
   
Q. What ages do you teach?
A. Most children begin lessons at ages 5 to 8. Some young children begin as early as age 4. Some begin as teens or adults. No matter if you are 4, 14, 34, or 74 - it is possible to begin the study of 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. Goal-oriented practice is more important than the amount of time. At Hands Together Piano Studio you will learn how to practice, so you will make the most efficient use of your practice time, whether it is 5 minutes or 60 minutes. The more days per week you practice, even if just for a few minutes, the better progress you will make.
   
Q. Do you teach Music Theory?
A. Students learn music theory from their very first lessons in a hands-on way that is easy to understand. In the beginning, it is learned through the songs themselves. As students move into intermediate level reading, graded theory books are very helpful. Students enjoy progressing through the levels.
   
Q. When will students learn to read music?
A. Learning to read music begins in the first few weeks or months of lessons. However, learning to play songs in the beginning without music develops a strong foundation in playing the piano. Beginning students may learn songs by rote, by finger numbers or letter names, or by the Simply Music method. Students naturally progress from playing songs without music to learning songs by reading notes.
   
Q. Are there recitals or other performance opportunities?
A. Absolutely! Recitals and other performance opportunities give students a real confidence with their playing skills. Parents, family members and friends have a chance to see how much students have learned.

Informal group classes are offered three or four times a year to give students an opportunity to play for their peers in a relaxed fun environment.

A family recital is held in June at a local piano store where students perform on top-quality Steinway pianos. Students may also participate in recitals sponsored by the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association.

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 while they practice because children will not practice correctly on their own.
   
Q. Do you teach adults?
A. Yes! About 20% of the students at Hands Together Piano Studio are adults, some retired, some with full-time jobs. Most adult students 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, PayPal or Dwolla. Discounts are offered for quarterly, semi-annual or annual payments. A sliding scale is offered to dedicated musical families unable to afford full tuition. Please contact the studio for prices.
   
 
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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