Where did the name "The Key of Joy" come from?
The Key of Joy came to me as a tribute to my beloved Aunt, Carol Joy Lewin-Dostaly. My aunt touched every person she met with the light of positivity and hope, and she always encouraged me to express myself artistically. Although she is no longer with us, I continue to honor her by living my life in the key of joy and happiness, and music is a big part of that. I aim to inspire my students to be as creative as they can be; I want them to love music and consider it a joy to take lessons with me! Thank you Auntie Carol, for showing me what it means to be a truly joyful person and for believing in my "impossible" dreams.
How often should I practice?
I believe consistent daily practice is the key to progress. I do not require a certain amount of minutes of practice from my students, nor do I require them to track the amount of time spent practicing. Students are encourage to practice daily in order to be prepared for each lesson. Practice should not feel like a chore, which is why I incorporate games, activities and interactive assignments in our lessons; students are able to use these tools while practicing throughout the week. During lessons I notate weekly goals, suggestions for improvement, and any practice assignments. I always recommend my "Rule of 3" when practicing. Practice a song or section of a song 3x in a row without stopping; if the there are still major mistakes, take a 3 minute break to review the song and it's elements. Then, play 3x in a row once more. Repeat as necessary! :)
What kind of Piano do I need?
For Beginners, a 49 key or 61 key digital piano/keyboard is suitable. For intermediate and Advanced, an acoustic piano is best or a full-sized keyboard (88 keys). Acoustic pianos typically have weighted keys, while many keyboards do not. As you continue to advance as a Pianist, you will need to make sure you have the suitable instrument. Acoustic pianos do hold their value better than keyboards, even when buying used. They do need to be tuned at least twice a year, and a well maintained piano is more on pitch; it may be worth the investment over time, and that is solely up for you to decide.
Where do I find books and materials?
Amazon! You can also check out your local music store (Ken Stanton, Guitar Center, etc.), but I typically direct my students and parents/guardians to amazon.
How do I receive a free intro lesson?
By signing up for my email list here. You will receive instructions via email only.
Why is tuition different for Hayiya Students vs In-Home or Online?
Hayiya students are also enrolled in dance classes in studio. Students meet me at the studio, versus me driving to your home or setting up a video call.
Why are lessons offered in bundles? Why can't I just pay per lesson?
I am transitioning to teaching music full-time, and it will be my livelihood (although it doesn't feel like a job because I love it so much)! By accepting payment upfront, it is much easier for students/parents to know what to expect for x amount of weeks. It also encourages the commitment to learning Piano, and allows me to cover certain expenses in order to provide students with the best musical education I can offer.