Piano Lessons

New to piano?  Or experienced and want to grow to the next level?  Mindy Carter Music can help!


There’s​ ​growing​ ​scientific​ ​evidence​ ​that​ ​shows​ ​​piano actually​ ​make​ ​you​ ​smarter,​ ​happier,​ ​and​ ​healthier.​ ​The​ ​cognitive​ ​demands​ ​of​ ​​learning​ ​piano​​ ​could​ ​help​ ​with  everything​ ​from​ ​planning​ ​skills,​ ​coordination,​ ​language​ ​development,​ ​mathematical​ ​skills,​ ​and​ ​reading​ ​and​ ​memory  skills.​ ​It​ ​also​ ​helps​ ​to​ ​relieve,​ ​stress,​ ​anxiety,​ ​and​ ​depression.​ ​Children​ ​and​ ​older​ ​adults​ ​benefit​ ​in​ ​many​ ​ways​ ​from  learning​ ​piano​ ​Plus​ ​it’s​ ​just​ ​FUN! 

Common​ ​questions​ ​you​ ​may​ ​have​ ​about​ ​piano​ ​lessons…

What​ ​is​ ​the​ ​best​ ​age​ ​to​ ​begin​ ​piano?

There​ is ​ no ​ right ​ age ​ to ​ begin ​ piano ​ lessons. ​ Some ​ students ​ begin at a young age and some in retirement. ​ However, children between​ the ages of six and seven are in that “golden” window of opportunity when intelligence, enthusiasm, and fine motor skills converge together to give the child the greatest chance of success.  That​ ​doesn’t​ ​mean​ ​that​ ​your​ ​5​ ​year​ old​ ​isn’t​ ready​ ​though​ ​or​ ​that​ ​you​ ​can’t​ ​start​ ​at​ ​age​ ​65.​ ​​ ​We​ ​ALL​ ​can​ ​benefit  from​ ​learning​ ​music!

What​ ​if​ ​I​ ​don’t​ ​have​ ​a​ ​piano?

I​ ​highly​ ​recommend​ ​getting​ ​a​ ​keyboard​ ​before​ ​even​ ​considering​ ​buying​ ​a​ ​piano​ ​in​ ​the​ ​early​ ​stages​ ​of​ ​lessons.  There​ ​are​ ​many​ ​great​ ​affordable​ ​keyboards​ ​for​ ​beginning​ ​students.​ ​When​ ​you​ ​decide​ ​to​ ​make​ ​this​ ​a​ ​long​ ​term commitment​, ​then​ ​look​ ​into​ ​buying​ ​a​ ​piano.​ ​​ ​However,​ ​there​ ​are​ ​some​ ​really​ ​nice​ ​keyboards​ ​that​ ​I​ ​like​ ​even​ ​better  than​ ​some​ ​pianos.

Can​ ​I​ ​learn​ ​to​ ​play​ ​pop​ ​songs?

Yes!​ ​Absolutely.​ ​​ ​When​ ​your​ ​goal​ ​is​ ​to​ ​play​ ​pop​ ​songs,​ ​I​ ​highly​ ​recommend​ ​combining​ ​the​ ​traditional​ ​method​ ​and  the​ ​chordal​ ​method​ ​of​ ​learning​ ​piano.​ ​That​ ​way​ ​you​ ​have​ ​the​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​read/play​ ​the​ ​right​ ​hand​ ​notes​ ​and​ ​play​ ​the chords​ ​with​ ​the​ ​left​ ​hand.​ ​​ ​Or​ ​you​ ​can​ ​play​ ​just​ ​the​ ​chords​ ​and​ ​sing​ ​the​ ​melody.

How​ ​much​ ​should​ ​I​ ​practice?  ​

​It​ ​is​ ​better​ ​to​ ​practice​ ​frequently​ ​in​ ​short​ ​increments.​ ​For​ ​young​ ​kids​ ​I​ ​recommend​ ​a​ ​minimum​ ​of​ ​15​ ​minutes, ​3 times a week.​ ​Eventually​ ​that​ ​should​ ​increase​ ​to​ ​20-30​ ​min.​ ​Parent​ ​will​ ​need​ ​to​ ​supervise​ ​in​ ​the​ ​beginning.​ ​​ ​For​ ​adults​, you should practice ​a minimum​ ​of​ 30​ ​minutes per day, ​3 times a​ ​week.​ ​​ ​It​ ​is​ ​best​ ​if​ ​you​ ​can​ ​incorporate​ ​practicing​ ​within​ ​your​ ​daily​ ​routine.​ ​For​ ​example, everyday​ ​right​ ​before​ ​or​ ​after​ ​dinner​ ​or​ ​before​ ​you​ ​get​ ​ready​ ​for​ ​bed​.​ ​The​ ​goal​ ​is​ ​to​ ​get​ ​in​ ​a​ ​routine​ ​and practice​ ​as​ ​much​ ​as​ ​needed​ ​to​ ​complete​ ​your​ ​tasks​ ​for​ ​the​ ​week.​ ​​ ​Remember,​ ​you​ ​get​ ​out​ ​of​ ​piano​ ​what​ ​you​ ​put into​ ​it.​ ​It​ ​will​ ​be​ ​worth​ ​the​ ​time!