Frequently Asked Questions

 

Do you teach REMOTE Piano Lessons?

YES!!!  Zoom remote Piano Lessons are easy for you to set up.  You will need an acoustic piano, a Laptop or iPad, and a Blue Yeti or another quality microphone (external speakers are optional).  Mac to Mac will result in the best video and audio on Zoom.  Students will learn Theory, Technique, Sight-Reading, Repertoire, Etudes, Ear Training, and attend Musicianship Classes.

Which performance & assessment tools are offered in your studio?

  • Royal Conservatory Levels Preparatory to 10, Associate Degree in Piano Performance (equivalent to a junior college degree), Associate Degree in Piano Pedagogy (equivalent to a junior college degree), and Licentiate Diploma in Piano Performance (equivalent to a Bachelor Degree)

  • Royal Conservatory Academic Assessments Levels 1-8 Theory, History 9, 10, and ARCT, Level 9 and 10 Harmony and Counterpoint.  ARCT History, ARCT Harmony and Counterpoint.

  • Certificate of Merit levels 1-10 and Panel

  • United State Open Music Competition

  • CAPMT Competition and Evaluations

  • Formal Studio Recitals

  • Piano Concerto Auditions with live orchestras

  • Professional Recording Opportunities

  • International Music Festival Candidate Opportunities

  • Studio Performance Classes

  • Master Classes

  • MTAC Stanislaus Branch Recitals, Honors Recitals, and Festivals

Can my child take a few lessons just to try it to see if she/he "likes it" or to see if it will "work out"?

It takes many years of commitment to develop the skills to play the piano.  The Piano Studio of Janisse Foresti does not accept students who want to just "try it out" to see if they "might like it" or to see if it "might work out".  

What piano method do you use?  Do you teach the Suzuki method?

Janisse believes very strongly in teaching a well rounded curriculum.  She has developed an amazing curriculum that follows the guidelines set by the Royal Conservatory of Music and Certificate of Merit Exams.  I do not teach the Suzuki method. Students study theory, rhythm, ear training, sight-reading, technique, and memorization of repertoire/etudes.  

Can piano lessons raise SAT scores?

What is the value of music study?

Consistent intensive piano study will enhance and advance cognitive development improving the way a person thinks and responds to stimuli.  Research based scientific studies prove that piano study develops new pathways in the brain. Therefore, development of neurons in the brain through piano study will result in significant improvements in IQ, memory, brain response, listening skills, literacy, math, science, verbal memory, and visual/spatial processing.   Significant development has also seen in creativity, poise, attention span, self-confidence, and social skills. 

Do you teach Adult Students?

YES!! I teach Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Adults students. They study Theory, Technique, Sight-Reading, Ear Training, Repertoire, Etudes, and Performance.  They also have the opportunity to participate in Adult Certificate of Merit and Royal Conservatory Academic and Practical Exams.

 

 

How long are private lessons?

Preparatory - Level 1: 30 Minute Private Lesson Weekly

Level 2 - 5 pupils: 45 Minute Private Lesson weekly

Level 6 - 10: 60 Minute Private Lesson Weekly

 

 

 

Do parents need to attend private lessons with their child?

Parental involvement at private lessons and home practice guidance is strongly encouraged and recommended for children ages 5-8.  Students are learning how to practice at home and and therefore parental supervision is recommended. I also suggest that a parent attends the private lessons to take notes.

 

 

 

What age is recommended for beginning private lessons? How do you know if your child is ready to begin private piano lessons?

I recommend students whom have had no prior music experience begin lessons between the ages of 5-8. Precocious children often read and understand simple mathematical concepts as early as 4 or 5 years old.  Keep in mind that each child develops at a different rate.

 

How much practice is expected?

Keep in mind that a pupil's practice goals are determined on an individual basis.  Remember that what you put into it , is what you will get out of it. 

Preparatory - Level 1: 30 Minutes Daily

Level 2 - 6:  45 Minutes Daily

Levels 7 - 9:  75 Minutes Daily

Level 10::  90 Minutes Daily

"Can I use my neighbor's piano?" "Do I need a piano in my home to take lessons?" "Can I use an electronic or digital keyboard?"

Daily practice is imperative for the student's progress and therefore mandatory that all students have a quality acoustic instrument in their own home.  Electronic and digital keyboards are very different from an acoustic piano and may NOT be substituted.  If you do not already have a quality acoustic piano, I will have recommendations for you. 

What are the Monthly Musicianship Classes and are they mandatory?"

Consistent attendance at the monthly Musicianship Classes is mandatory for students who have not yet passed Certificate of Merit Level 10 Theory Exam.  Essential advancing music theory concepts are taught as well as complex rhythms.   Musicianship class are fun in a game format with camaraderie and collaboration with peers.  Students who are taking only remote online Zoom private lessons do not need to attend musicianship classes.

 

What if the parents don't know anything about

music or piano?

Great question! In my studio, parents are encouraged to take notes, listen, watch during the private lesson to implement practice techniques with their children at home.  Any determined parent will be able to learn how to practice with their child.

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