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Welcome!

Here are some common questions I encounter:

  • How does the pricing work? The tuition fee for individual instruction is $120 per calendar month. I offer discounted rates for families that enroll more than two students. Payment is required in full on the first of the month. It is to be noted that my pricing structure remains a uniform flat rate.
  • Why teach children the piano young? Parents who begin a music education for their children demonstrate a sense of foresight. The benefits of learning music are well-documented and encompass a range of advantages, including enhanced self-expression, improved coordination, the enrichment of cultural awareness, and the cultivation of self-discipline. Music education fosters a sense of achievement, all while delighting in the beauty of creating and performing music.
  • Do I need an instrument for practice? Definitely! Practice is the key to achieving mastery and perfection. Aside from your lessons, you must practice regularly to master what was presented in your lesson.
  • How Long Should I Practice? Experienced and older students should make it a daily habit to practice, selecting a time that suits their schedules. It is important that they practice daily what is presented in their lesson. A practical guideline is to aim for practice sessions lasting between 30 and 45 minutes, which can be divided into shorter intervals spread throughout the day. Should your practice extend beyond an hour, include breaks in your routine.
    For younger learners aged 3-4, 5-10 minutes of practice is plenty. Kids between 8-10 years old can aim for 20-30 minutes, while those aged 10-12 can extend it to 25-40 minutes. If over 12, try to practice for at least 30 minutes.
    Kids can divide their practice sessions into different times during the day, whether before or after school, when they get home or before doing their homework.

Contact Me:

Pamela Hines, Instructor,
311 Ameris Avenue, Dothan, AL 36305,
Phone: (334)202-8628
E-mail: hinesmusicstudio@gmail.com

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What to Expect in Lessons?

Initial Learning Stage for New Students
You will be trained to differentiate between the sounds of all piano keys. Visual learning is crucial, allowing you to associate rhyme with sound and understand these melodies. Taking these first steps is essential for creating a solid musical foundation.

Age-Appropriate Lessons
I adapt my lesson ideas to your age group to ensure effective learning that holistically caters to young minds as they slowly learn to read music. The emphasis is mostly on notation recognition for young pupils, ages 3-1/2 and higher, without the urgent requirement to read sheet music. This strategy aims to make learning interesting and approachable while encouraging a love of music from an early age.

Collaborative Learning Approach
Music education is a team effort including three key players: the student, the parent, and the teacher. Open and regular communication among all parties is strongly encouraged to promote a successful and enriching learning journey. Parents, in particular, play an important role in fostering and supporting their child’s musical growth. Their participation fosters a positive environment in which pupils can thrive.

Comprehensive Lesson Structure
Each lesson is structured to provide a well-rounded musical education. It involves two important elements:
Basic Music Instruction: This part involves the learning and performance of new musical pieces, allowing you to apply and strengthen your music reading skills.
Technique Training: Aspiring musicians must develop finger skills and muscle memory. This aspect of the lesson helps you form notes accurately and easily reach the appropriate keys or strings, contributing to your overall proficiency as a musician.
Performance of Songs Studied: One of the core components of each lesson is the performance of songs you’ve studied. This serves as an opportunity to showcase your progress and apply the skills you’ve developed during the lesson.