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Frequently Asked Questions

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At what age would you recommend starting children in music lessons?

At The Piano Place we don’t believe there is any single magic age for when to start a child in lessons. Every child is different and as with students at any age, much of the success is ultimately dependent on the child’s desire. We do however notice a strong correlation between a young child’s reading/ learning level and their overall ability to pick up on beginning music concepts. You know your child best, but this might be the best way to gauge your child’s readiness to start lessons. We currently teach students as young as five years old with great success but if we had to generalize would probably recommend 7 or 8 as the best age to start.

I took lessons when I was younger and would love to pick it back up… am I too old?

You are never too old! We have students from ages 5 to 85 coming through the studio and experiencing great success! Maybe you took lessons when you were little and want to pick it back up again or maybe you have never taken before- either way we would love to help you fulfill your dream to play an instrument!
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What types of lessons does The Piano Place offer?

The majority of students take one-on-one private lessons with one set instructor each week. Semi-private lessons (meaning two students and one teacher) and also group lessons (3+ students with one teacher) can also be made available upon request and at a discounted rate.

How long are lessons and how often you come?

The majority of our students attend a lesson once a week for 30 minutes. 45 minute and 60 minute lessons may be available upon request. Students wanting to attend lessons more than once a week should sign-up for two time slots.

Where can I find pricing information?

Because pricing varies depending on teacher, location and instrument the best way to get a quote is to call our front desk at 801-893-2417, our enrollment team will be happy to help answer any questions you have.

Are there any other fees involved to take lessons at The Piano Place?

Upon registration The Piano Place requires its students to purchase an official Piano Place Notebook for $10. This charge is added to the first month of tuition. The notebook will last at least one year. Additionally, The Piano Place hosts two yearly recital opportunities in both (May and December) where a $12/family charge will be added to the invoice.

Is sheet music included in the price of tuition?

Educational material, sheet music, method books, instrument rentals and other accessories are not included in the tuition.

Do I need to have access to an instrument to begin instruction?

Access to an instrument is essential to begin lessons, since daily practice is necessary to improve. Most smaller electronic keyboards or starter instruments are acceptable for beginning students. We have also had students without access to an instrument in their home, practice on a neighbors or even go to a nearby church to use the pianos located there.

If i’m not quite ready to buy an instrument do you have any recommendations for where to rent a good instrument?

We have had great experiences working with the following companies:

Day Murray Music:

  • Murray Location

(801) 266-3537

4914 State St, Murray, UT 84107

  • Lehi Location

(801) 766-3201

136 E Main St, Lehi, UT 84043

 

Riverton Music:

  • Sandy Location

(801) 255-8300

9491 S 255 W, Sandy, UT 84070

  • West Jordan Location

(801) 969-4358

7742 Campus View Dr suite b-110, West Jordan, UT 84084

 

Summerhays Music:

  • Murray Location

(801) 268-4446

5420 S Green St, Murray, UT 84123

  • Orem Location

(801) 226-1760

1006 State St, Orem, UT 84097

 

Piano Gallery:

(801) 266-9550

5478 S Green St, Murray, UT 84123

 

Guitar Center:

(801) 969-9887

5752 S Redwood Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84123

 

Peter Prier Violins:

801-364-3651

308 East 200 South Salt Lake City, UT 84111

 

Charles Lui Violins:

801-255-9636

7450 South State Street Midvale, UT 8404

Can I play what I want to play?

Of course! At The Piano Place we recognize that everyone has different taste in music. We have an extensive library of songs and resources and guarantee we can find something fun for everybody to enjoy. Our main goal at The Piano Place is to enable you with the skills through lesson books and fundamental technique to eventually be able to anything including all those radio songs you love! How fast you get to that point will all depend on you, so practice, practice, practice!

How often do I need to practice?

At The Piano Place we understand that every student is different has completely different goals in learning to play an instrument. Practice times will be discussed and decided upon between student, parent and instructor. It is our goal to find a common ground between what the instructor believes the student is capable of and what the parent and student realistically think they can manage. Whatever number we decide on together, the instructor will hold you to! Regardless of the amount of minutes decided on, practicing is typically required 5 days a week leaving one free day and one day to brush up your repertoire. Making a habit of daily practice is one of the fastest keys to success in learning an instrument.

My teachers always talks about my "repertoire"… what does that mean?

Repertoire is a compilation of songs in one binder that are all performance ready. It is important to keep repertoires polished and therefore one day a week should be solely devoted to polishing the repertoire. Typically the songs in your repertoire are ones you have worked on for an extended amount of time, such as a recital or other performance. We encourage our students to view their repertoire as a bank of song that they can always have ready in case someone asks them to play. We’re convinced that the most fulfilling part of learning an instrument is when you can play when called on or when an opportunity comes around.

How do we know what books we need to get? And where do we get them?

At The Piano Place the instructors will make a list of books and other materials needed for the parents during the Parent Teacher Conference at the first lesson of the semester. It will be the parent’s responsibility to obtain those materials and have them ready for the lesson. We frequently use amazon.com as they carry most everything we use. Teachers will additionally send emails or text messages if they need anything else throughout the semester. After a student finishes any given book, parents can sell them to other parents by posting on our private Facebook Page (The Piano Place) where many families often need the same books.

Does The Piano Place Have A Lost In Found?

We absolutely do! Each location has a designated lost and found bin where the teacher put anything that gets left behind. If you are missing something please check these bins! We donate or giveaway whatever’s left if it is not claimed by the end of the semester.

Do you have a recommendation for a good piano tuner or piano repair company?

We have had great experiences with the following tuner/ repair companies: 
Merrill Smith - 801-254-9700 
Eric Harmsen - 801-808-0276

Have a question that should be added to this list? Let us know! Email us at [email protected]

“Music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”
- Billy Joel
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