I enjoy working with adult students at all levels. All work with adults is guided by student objectives, which vary widely. Adults have the option of registering for the standard 15-lesson semester or customizing smaller blocks of lessons.
Lessons are taught either at St. Columba's Church, 4201 Albemarle Street, NW, Washington, DC, or at my home, 3651 Veazey Street, NW, Washington, DC. The Veazey Street studio has a 9' Steinway piano and St. Columba's has Steinway and Yamaha instruments. Both locations are metro-accessible.
Lessons are generally one hour, but 45-minute lessons are also possible.
Progress and practicing have a direct relationship, and so students should base their expectations on how much time they will be able to spend at the piano. A minimum of 30 minutes per day is recommended, and more practice time will produce more results. Students must have a piano or, at the very least, a decent quality electronic keyboard.
Inspirational reading for adult students:
Playing the Piano for Pleasure Charles Cooke Great advice on how to practice. Good for left brain people - or those who want encouragement in that direction
Just Being at the Piano Mildred Portney Chase Very mellow. Good for right brain people - or those who want encouragement in that direction.
Piano Lessons: Music, Love, and True Adventures Noah Adams A lovely memoir of the NPR commentator's experience as an adult beginner.
Never Too Late: My Musical Life Story John Holt Includes the autodidact's experience of learning to play the cello as an adult.
Making Music at the Piano: Learning Strategies for Adult Students Barbara English Maris A lengthy workbook/resource manual for adult beginners.