Studio 9509

Piano Performance • Private Lessons

Frequently Asked Questions


Students


Private piano lesson is available for students of all ages (6+) and all levels. Adult students are welcome.

Do you offer lessons via Zoom/FaceTime/Skype?


Yes!

Location


Unless otherwise arranged, all lessons will be conducted in Studio 9509 where students will have access to a well-maintained concert grand piano. Students in Kenmore/Bothell will be taught at Bothell Music Lessons. Students in the Eastside will be taught at Baroque Music School in SE Bellevue.

Lesson Format


One-on-one instruction on weekly basis. Lessons may be 30 min, 45 min, or 1 hr long, depending on the parent’s preference and the need of students. Parents are always welcome to stay during the lesson. Adult students may schedule lessons without weekly commitment.

Can you offer a free trial lesson?


Yes! A free 30-minute trial lesson is available to all prospective students. There's no obligation to continue.

What if I also want to play non-classical pieces?


Dr. Kuo is flexible with the choice of music that students want to study, as long as the music contain sufficient challenge so that it will be a learning experience for the students. Students are welcome to work on non-classical pieces on top of the classical pieces that they are assigned to study. Classical music is expected to remain the core materials because they offer better training in techniques (finger definition, dynamic range, clarity, correct use of pedal, etc.) and artistic expression.

What to Expect in the First Lesson


Please be prepared to play the last piano piece that you have studied. This is not an audition and no one will be rejected because he/she has not mastered a certain level of proficiency. There is no need to be nervous. Dr. Kuo will observe carefully each student’s motor control, tone quality, and musical expression, and offer coaching tips.

Recitals


Periodically Dr. Kuo will organize recording sessions, workshops, and recitals to help students to overcome performance anxiety issues. A strong believer of positive reinforcement, Dr. Kuo will coach students on ways to re-direct nervous energy and stay focused. He will make every effort to make the recital experience as constructive and supportive as possible.

Lesson Cancellation


24-hr advance notice is requested for lesson rescheduling or cancellation.