Piano Lessons – Checklist

I’m Registered! Now What?

Number one on my list is to make sure you have a good practice instrument. If you don’t, please read what I recommend for a suitable piano. The rest of the items are a breeze to get in comparison!

Assignment Book

While you can buy a fancy music assignment book for several dollars, any notebook with lined pages will work just as well. These sell for about 25 cents at Walmart during back-to-school sales, and less than a buck at other times.

Three-Ring Binder – High Quality Half-Inch (NEW)

Even though it’s typically way more expensive than the bargain one-inch model, a high-quality half-inch binder minimizes bulk in the student’s lesson bag and sits much more easily on the music desk. I perform from this type of binder for recitals.

Loose-Leaf Dividers for Three-Ring Binder (NEW)

Please spring for the high-quality plastic ones over the cheap paper ones. Write-on tabs are a nice plus. Students need to keep sheets of all kinds well organized: technique, theory, lead, music, and perhaps more.

Music Books

I will give you a list of books that you’ll need for the semester. I list most of the books I teach from on my Piano Lessons – Books page. In most, but not all cases, piano books are offered for less than the suggested retail price (MSRP) on Amazon.com. If you have Amazon Prime, this is great news! You can even buy used, but try to go for a minimum of Very Good to avoid heavily marked music. When listing scores, if I find that the score prices above MSRP, I note it with an asterisk. In those cases, you can sometimes find a good deal used, or may want to purchase through a local music store.

Last Updated 2018-12-19 | Originally Posted 2018-01-11