Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the #1 reason to study piano at M&M Music?
Our piano instructors are warm and friendly, and get to know each student and parent on a personal level. We work with you to craft a lesson plan that fits your individual needs and the student's favorite type of music. Whether you're playing in local bands, a ten year old taking their first lesson, or a fifty year old returning to the piano after many years, we’ll set goals to achieve your musical aspirations.
What styles of music do you teach?
We teach all styles, from rock, pop and jazz to country, blues and classical.
How qualified are your piano instructors?
Our piano instructors are highly qualified, all have teaching and performance experience, and most importantly, they have a passion for teaching. Being a musician doesn't automatically make you a teacher--that's why we search for those who are best qualified for mentoring our music students!
Currently, our co-director Michael Bernabe is the primary piano teacher. He has traveled the world as a performer and has dedicated his life to the piano and to sharing that gift with others. Additionally, we search Pittsburgh for teachers who also share this type of passion and experience to uphold our standard as a top music school. Most importantly, our instructors strive to relate their teaching to each individual student's learning style. They embody the warm and nurturing qualities that are a primary focus of our program here at M&M Music. We search high and low for the BEST teachers, so you don't have to!
What will I learn from piano lessons at M&M Music?
Whether you want to learn Bach or Alicia Keys, our teachers are dedicated to helping you become the pianist you want to be. They will show you the fundamentals of sight reading, technique and theory, and incorporate your favorite songs into your lessons.
Do I have to know how to read music?
No. Beginners are welcome!
Do I need a piano to learn the instrument?
No, you do not need a piano at home to take lessons. A simple full size electronic keyboard will suffice for the first 6 months.
How long does it take to learn how to play piano?
There is no set answer of how long it takes to learn to play piano. With regular practice, a basic level of playing can be accomplished in a few months. Most of our students take lessons on a long term basis because they want to be constantly improving and they find the lessons enjoyable.
I don't have any musical background or ability. Can I still help my child practice?
Yes. Even if you don't have a musical background you can ask the teacher for advice on how to help your child practice. By simply monitoring that they are doing exercises a certain number of times per day the student will progress. Parents will occasionally sit in on their child's music lesson to get an idea of the proper way a song should sound or how the student should be positioning their hands.
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