Preschool Piano Policy

My Philosophy:

I believe every child is unique and different in their own way. Not every child learns the same way or at the same pace. It is my job as a teacher to accommodate each one of my students needs in order for them to be successful musicians. I am a life-long learner and will always be trying new ways to engage and excite students while studying the piano.

Student and Family Responsibilities

  • Students must have an acoustic piano, keyboard, or piano at home to take lessons in order for them to practice each week.
  • If something occurs at school or at home that is affecting the child, please let me know so that I can be more sensitive to the child in their lesson.
  • Top 5 Practice Tips for WunderKeys Students


1. Make Use of the Home Activity Sheets

Every lesson in the 3 WunderKeys method books is followed by a Home Activity page. Even parents with no musical background can use these activities to reinforce what their child learns in his weekly lessons. Each Home Activity Page engages WunderKeys students in fun activities that get your child used to the routine of home practice; creating good habits from day 1.

2 Make Real-World Connections

WunderKeys parents can expand upon the concepts learned in each lesson by relating concepts to real-world situations. Create opportunities for patterning, for sorting, for counting and for number recognition. Use the names of the Finger Friends while doing activities at home ("Can you use your Pointer Panda finger to squish down these balls of cookie dough?"). Point out numbers, patterns, high and low sounds, and more than and less than situations you discover in every day life.

3. Bond on the Bench

Set aside piano practice time that is free from interruptions. Sit with your child and enjoy the process of watching him learn a new skill. Create opportunities for your child to "teach" you. Re-read the stories that accompany each lesson and discuss how each character was feeling, why your child found the situation funny, and what the character was learning about the piano. Avoid multi-tasking during piano practice time. Your child will look forward to having your undivided attention and will associate these feelings of happiness with piano practice!

4. Send Home Duets

Each WunderKeys duet contains lyrics that parents can sing or speak to help their child learn his cues for when it's his turn to play. Parents can assist in finding the correct keys for their child to play and helping their child to memorize their part in the duet. Teachers can email a video of how the duet sounds when played together for your child to watch and/or play along with.

5. Above All Else...

Use at home practice time as a way to create positive feelings towards the piano. Celebrate your child's success and make regular time at the piano a part of your family's routine. Doing so will set your child up for a long and happy future at the piano! 

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Testimonials

"Jacqui is an amazing piano teacher! My daughter has been a student of Jacqui's Piano Studio for four years and it is incredible to see what an amazing piano player she has become. My daughter can sit at the piano and play for hours, it's truly magical! Jacqui is young, energetic, full of excitement for her students and their parents. She truly loves what she does with a passion and that is what makes her such a amazing piano teacher."        -Neda N.


"We highly recommend Jacqui's Piano Studio. Jacqui is very talented and has a wonderful way of teaching piano. She's so dedicated to her students and her work. We just love her!!"  -Deb C


"Our 2 teenage boys have been taking piano lessons with Jacqui for the past 2 years. Jacqui has an ability to cater to each child's musical interests, which keeps them excited about practicing. Jacqui is kind and organized and the kids are always happy to attend lessons with her. Would highly recommend!!" -Katelyn A.


"Jacqui has worked with my daughters for a few years. They have grown tremendously during this time and they wouldn't trade their weekly visit with her for anything. Jacqui makes the learning fun"  -Ginny G.


"Jacqui's is an Excellent teacher. She is well educated and talented. She was very patient and kind with my son. The recitals were a great opportunity for my son to experience playing in front of an audience. Highly recommend her classes" -Paula M.