Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

While enrolling new students throughout the year, we understand that no two children develop in the same way. But generally most are ready for private music lessons by first grade – when they acquire reading skills. We recommend that you bring in your child for an interview with one of our experienced teachers. Adult students may obviously start at any time. Some of our students are in their late 70’s.  They are finally fulfilling a lifelong dream. There is simply no age barrier to learning and enjoying music.


We mainly use the Faber Piano Adventures Series and Helen Marlais Succeeding with the Piano. However, our teachers use whatever materials are needed in order to address the needs of our students. We do not solely use the Suzuki method for piano because we feel it is insufficient for teaching good note reading skills. 


Our music school adheres to the standards of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association, enrolling many of our students in Achievement in Music. We also host National Piano Guild Auditions. Five Hands Studio is the local branch of the American College of Musicians. 


No matter what, everyone needs music fundamentals – rhythmic skills, note reading, theory, scales & chords, as well as a good variety of interesting repertoire. Mastery of music fundamentals encourages students to enjoy music for the rest of their lives – long after they have left us. We use whatever methods will help our students process the language of music.

Absolutely not! We have many adults who enrolled as beginners that now play intermediate to advanced piano music. Learning music is a commitment and should be treated as such. Like children, adults learn at various rates. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. We help adults identify theirs in order to help them reach their goals. Our studio individually tailors the curriculum toward their goals, while teaching efficient ways to economize their limited time. 

Yes! Students should be exposed to many styles of music. There is great beauty in the subtle ideas and techniques used in classical music. But there is such vibrant energy in the improvisations of blues and jazz! Some students want to be able to read chord symbols so they can accompany themselves while they sing. There certainly is more than one way to express yourself!

No. Students may enroll at any time during the year. Tuition is pro-rated and adjusted accordingly. Students are measured by their own individual progress. Our lessons are private. They are given on a one to one basis with individual teachers, so students learn at their own pace.