Virtual private lessons (piano, wind instruments or voice) are conducted over Zoom, using the same personal meeting room each week. Lynn has been teaching this way since April 2020, and has adapted well to it's challenges. She has copies of each student's music to refer to, and has learned to use her listening and language [...]
Lynn's Royal Conservatory of Music certification recognizes her ability to teach piano (RCM level 5 and lower), clarinet (level 6 and lower) and, pending completion of her upcoming exam, voice (RCM level 5 and lower). However, over the years she's helped students, by request, get their start playing various other woodwind, brass, and string instruments. [...]
No, that is entirely optional. There are many approaches to studying music, depending on what the student’s goals are. Most students try some of the RCM repertoire, once they progress far enough. Even though preparing for an exam is a good motivator, some chose to work on the required material but not register for an [...]
An acoustic piano is ideal, but a keyboard is sufficient, at least for a start. Unless it’s a higher quality instrument that allows the player to vary the volume and articulation with their fingers, the student may want to upgrade eventually. However, as long as the keys are the same size as a regular piano, [...]
Absolutely. That’s the typical situation, although sometimes students want to pick up where they left off earlier in their lives.
Lynn has a lot of experience working with young children (both in Kindermusik classes and one-on-one). For piano lessons, children as young as 4 may do a trial to see if they’re developmentally ready. They need to use their fingers independently, as opposed to pushing the keys with their palms or clusters of fingers as [...]