Piano Lessons

My goal is to have students of any age and background enjoy their learning process and exploration of the piano and to become passionate musicians and artists.

The piano is a vehicle for creativity, discipline, and personal growth, which exists not only in a lesson or practice time rather throughout your day, your life. It has helped me personally with rhythms, cycles and patterns and is often a metaphor for life as we continuously strive for improvement, to reach that next octave.

Lesson Structure: Tailored to the individual in terms of the sequence of things and supported through their unique learning style. Quite often we start with “entry song” to open the lesson. This could be a piece the student feels confident about and enjoys playing or it could be an improvisational, free lance opening. From here, we are ready to dive in and tend to various exercises and “meet our edge.” Meeting our edge is finding the place in your practice where it’s not too easy, it’s not so difficult but rather a medium amount of difficulty where the student can grow.

Lessons include technique training like scales, triads/chords, ear-training and recognition (help develop relative pitch and perfect pitch), sight-reading, support in how-to practice strategies.

Benefits of Learning Piano

Booking Piano Lessons

To enquire about the availability and pricing of piano lessons please email or call Asheida at 604-715-0356.


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Piano Lessons FAQs

What should I purchase, a keyboard, digital piano or piano? When do we upgrade to a piano?
What’s the difference?

  1. Upright/grand piano: an acoustic instrument where the sound is produced by the mechanical action of felted hammers striking strings, therefore it is not electronic.
  2. Digital piano: this imitates an upright or grand piano in several ways – it usually comes with a solidly-constructed stand, internal speakers, built-in pedals, a full-length keyboard with weighted keys, and a library of sounds sampled from real upright or grand pianos.
  3. Electronic keyboard: sometimes used to refer to any non-acoustic keyboard instrument, including digital pianos – however more often, it means a portable keyboard – possibly with no stand, pedals or internal speakers, and with small, non-weighted or only semi- weighted keys. It will have a large set of electronic sounds and samples for use.
If you are starting off and not sure if you or your child will stick with piano, its helpful to go with a digital piano or keyboard. Ideally, I recommend digital piano because it’s closer, if not full in range and has the weighted keys. Having said this, an electronic keyboard is smaller and more affordable so if you want to just try piano, then this is a good option. In any case, it is best for any keyboard to have no less than 3 octaves. (Unless you’re using a synth for recording sounds...another topic altogether!)

Any of the following brands are sufficient: Yamaha, Kawai, and Casio. Purchasing keyboards, digital pianos at Costco, London Drugs I think is sufficient because the refund policy is good if needed. For higher end pianos and more assistance, Tom Lee is recommended.
What is a reasonable amount of time for my child to practice to improve on their skills?
Consider the child’s age and their own unique personality.

Ages 3-5 could benefit from 10 minutes a day, perhaps 2x.

Ages 6-8 could benefit from 15-20 minutes a day.

Ages 9-12 students benefit from daily practice of 20-30 minutes.
How do I get my child to practice without it being a struggle?
What do they enjoy about piano? Start there...

Then, Decision, Discipline and Dedication to a specific goal/vision! Eg: play Jingle Bells at the concert.

- Do they like piano and identify what parts do they like and don’t like.

- Observe and with the child, set a plan set in place that supports them to practice. Most kids will need parent’s guidance and cuing when it comes to practicing. They may need structure, a timer, and positive reinforcement and natural consequences to not practicing.

A plan that allows creativity, routine, goal setting accountability and discipline is invaluable to their development.
When do I let my kid quit or continue?
It helps for them to try a short term and just explore and see from there. Afterward a short try- out, assess what they liked and didn’t like. Do they often want to switch hobbies after a short time, if so, when does it happen? Is it when things are starting to feel hard? Remembering, it’s okay to change one’s mind but asking why and deciding from there. It’s really about identifying whether it's just resistance or if they’re sincerely uninterested, not passionate about it and rather express creativity in another way. Resistance to practice is common, if anything normal. Whether they want to learn a new sport, skill, instrument...it really is all the same process, just a different vehicle.
How young can they start, what’s recommended?
It really depends on the individual. I have started teaching as young as 3 years old however, it is seldom. Again, it depends on them and their environment. Do they have a sibling who plays and is exposed to that? Commonly 6 years is a good start too.
Do you do RCM? (Royal Conservatory of Music)
No, I do not and I have chosen not to. My teaching curriculum and some repertoire mirrors many of those techniques, as they are foundational in learning piano minus the examinations. My main interest is in keeping the student as a lover of music making and periodically quizzing them on things to see what needs to be reviewed, re-taught differently and practiced. Also, there are opportunities to perform and celebrate the success of their work at seasonal recitals/concerts.
What skills and methods do you teach?
*Ear-training through games, playback, visualization of the music.

*Rhythm training through games, Clap n’ Count exercises and “Musical Math.”

*Practicing strategies using the macro and micro sections of phrases, learning to see musical patterns, intervals, sequences, and later more advanced chords and progressions.

*Physical posture including fingers hands, wrist, arm, head-torso connection and back.

*Sight reading, practicing reading easy passages for the first time, what to look for.

*Improvisation and composition through free play and “re-write the ending” exercises.

*Performance technique and dropping into the piece of music.
  • My daughter started taking classes few month ago, and with the help of Asheida, she was able to learn how to play an entire song for her recital in a very short period of time. On top of being competent, Asheida has a lovely way to talk to children that makes them look forward to their next piano lesson.
    Nour E.
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  • My daughter started taking classes few month ago, and with the help of Asheida, she was able to learn how to play an entire song for her recital in a very short period of time. On top of being competent, Asheida has a lovely way to talk to children that makes them look forward to their next piano lesson.
    Nour E.