Frequently Asked Questions
Please call at any time and Mike Wong will be glad to answer any questions you might have.
- What age do you recommend for starting piano lessons?
- What is the Beethoven’s Bucks program?
- How often should my child practice?.
- How long will it take before my child will play with confidence?
- Sometimes my child may be sick, has a doctor’s appointment or we are out of town on vacation and may have to miss a lesson or two. How are missed lessons handled?
- How do we pay for the lessons?
The child should know their ABCs. They should be able to sit at the piano and follow instructions for at least 20 to 30 minutes at time. I recommend that the child be of 1st or 2nd grade level. There are exceptions (Mozart was already playing quite well and composing at 3). Group lessons are recommend for very young children.
High school age and adults… it is never too late to learn to play the piano.
Students will earn Beethoven’s Bucks for:
- Each day of practice
- Playing Mike Wong’s Note Speller Game
- Accomplishing short term and long term goals
- Overcoming a difficult issue or problem (Counting out loud, proper hand position…)
- In some extreme cases…good attitude at the lesson
The Beethoven’s Bucks can be used to purchase prizes from the Prize Basket. Being that Mike is a professional magician (www.mikewong.com), Beethoven’s Bucks can also be used to purchase and learn really cool card tricks and sleight of hand magic.
The more they practice, the faster they will advance and be able to play current hits and more complex songs. Students are required to practice at least 20 minutes, 4 days a week. Very young, beginning students may practice for shorter periods depending on their attention span. Intermediate / advanced students will need to practice 30 to 60 minutes or more a day. If they don’t get in the practice, they will feel frustrated at each lesson and will soon want to quit taking lessons.
It is recommended that for the very young, beginning students, one of the parents join in on the lesson. That way the parent will be able to sit down with the child during the week and assist them with the assigned material.
Piano practice needs to be a part of the child’s daily activities and chores… clean their room, going to school, homework, brushing their teeth, etc.
How long will it take before my child will play with confidence?
Every child has a different learning curve. There are several factors involved here.
- The more they practice the assigned material, the faster they will advance.
- Family involvement in their lessons, sitting down with the child during practice and encouragement to play for family and friends are important in fostering their musical development.
- The first few months are the hardest. It’s like learning a foreign language. There are a few exceptions, but most students will begin to play with confidence after a year and really develope and take off when they begin junior high/ high school.
Sometimes my child is sick, has a doctor’s appointment or we are out of town on vacation and may have to miss a lesson or two. How are missed lessons handled?
Periodically missed lessons are acceptable. If there is a time slot that opens up on another day, the lesson can be made up. There are times when Mike may have to cancel a lesson. There is no charge for a missed lesson unless it becomes habitual.
How do we pay for the lessons?
You will be presented with an invoice during the last week of each month. The invoice will list each lesson and any books, music and supplies. Payment can be made by check, credit card or cash.
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Submit a Service Order to your charter. The charter will then pay my bill with the funds in your account. Books, music and supplies are not covered by the charter and will be billed directly to you at the end of each month.