For adult students

What are some of the differences that may apply to adult students?

Here are some of the differences that may apply to adult students.

  • Scheduling — Although weekly lessons are encouraged for the best progress, adult responsibilities often mean that lessons every other week are more realistic.  In some instances, occasional lessons on an “at will” basis may be appropriate.
  • Choice of music — Adults get to choose the kind of music that they want to play and have veto power if I suggest something that they don’t want to play.  However, because I am classically oriented, I will expect that some of the music is from the classical repertoire at the intermediate through advanced levels.  Adults who wish to learn jazz or popular music would be better served by a teacher who specializes in that music.
  • Curriculum — The curriculum will be developed based upon the adult student’s goals.
    • Are you looking for a comprehensive step-by-step approach that includes instruction in scales, theory, technique, and repertoire? — Then that’s what we’ll do.
    • Perhaps you are returning to lessons after years off and you want to focus on Bach. —Then Bach it will be!
    • Is your goal playing for church?  Then we will work together for you to acquire the skills you need to play for church.  The type of church music I teach is what is commonly known as "traditional" such as hymns, preludes, and postludes.  I can also work with you on choir anthems and help you with more "contemporary" worship music.  I do not teach the skills needed to play in a rock band.
    • Are you a pianist wanting to learn how to play the organ?  Then the focus will be the transition from piano to organ.
  • Performance requirements — There are no performance requirements for adults.  Adults are encouraged to share their music with their family and friends.

It's never too late!

It is never too late to learn to play a musical instrument or to return to lessons after years away from study.  After years of teaching, I am convinced that anyone with the desire to learn and the discipline to work diligently can learn to play a musical instrument.  Although I no longer teach beginners, if you are an adult beginner who wants to learn how to play, I encourage you to find a teacher who teaches beginners and give it a try.


I invite you to browse my website to for more information about my studio.  If you think I might be the right teacher to help you reach your musical goals, please contact me and I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.