COSTA STAFF MUSIC

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Lesson Requirements

  • Piano Policy
  • Book 
  • Binder
  • Pencil
  • Crayons
  • Piano or Keyboard

Keyboard Requirements:

  • adapter
  • touch sensitive keys
  • weighted keys
  • keyboard stand
  • music stand
  • sustain pedal
  • bench

PIANO GUIDANCE

1.   Provide and maintain the best quality piano or keyboard possible. Please read above for keyboard requirements. Upright or grand pianos will need maintenance.


2.   Daily practice sessions of 10-20 minutes for an elementary student, 30-45 minutes for middle school age students, and 45-60 minutes for high school students should bring them to the next piano lesson well prepared. More effective practice results are often achieved with shorter practice sessions several times per day, especially with younger piano students.
 
 

3..   Parents must be involved with younger students.  A beginning piano student should NOT be expected to do all of their practicing alone.  Help them read and follow practicing directions.    

4.    A positive time for effective piano practice is while the adult is preparing for family mealtime or washing dishes.  This provides the student with the nearby supervision of an interested adult and the parent will have enjoyable background music. Have them perform in front of friends and family as well especially if they have young family members at home. Parents can also record their playing!


4. For younger students, have them practice in front of their toys or part of their playtime.

5.    Expect ups and downs in interest level and progress.  Give positive, gentle encouragement and honest praise. 


6.    Attend beginning and ending of piano lessons with your child to clarify the teacher's piano lesson goals, techniques, and homework.  


7.   Do not cancel a piano lesson just because you feel the student has not practiced enough. There are many more aspects of music taught each week besides the "checking off" of pieces.  And the piano teacher always keeps an excellent supply of music appropriate for one hand if ever needed.

8.  Keep the piano teacher promptly informed of any problems or special circumstances affecting the student so that together we can keep things going as smoothly as possible.

9.  Never force your child to practice as a punishment for misbehavior. Do not use the word "practice". Kindly ask that you would like to hear a song.


VOCAL GUIDANCE

A child’s voice is not an adult’s voice! 

Children’s voices are smaller in the literal sense of the word – they physically cannot create the same volume or range an adult can, at least not without straining. Their lung volumes are smaller, and so are their larynges. There are restrictions, especially in range. It also means that “adult voice qualities” are not that readily available to them, and that their voices will grow wearier. There are always exceptions to these rules, but they are just that: Exceptions

Age 6 is recommended as the youngest age for voice lessons.


1. Be sure you keep your vocal folds moist and well lubricated. You can do this by drinking plenty of liquids throughout the day.

2. Keep tea and coffee consumption to a minimum though, as the caffeine in these drinks dries out the vocal folds and can make the voice sound raspy and scratchy. Alcohol is also bad for the voice, as it dehydrates the body and therefore the vocal folds. Also avoid citric acids before your lesson.

3. Take time to take a relaxed, deep breath before you start to sing or speak. It will make you feel calmer and more confident.


4. After speaking for a long time, warm-down by drinking some room temperature water. Yawn and then breathe deeply. A yawn is a good exercise for your kids singing as well.

5. To nurse your voice through a cold or a throat infection, steam it and drink lots of water. If diagnosed with laryngitis DO NOT SING. WHEN YOU ARE SICK PLEASE ALWAYS VISIT A DOCTOR FOR PROFESSIONAL ADVICE.

6. Look after your voice. Don't strain it. Eliminate background noise before you try to speak loudly over it. If you have to project your voice, always use breath support.

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