Q: Where are you located?
A: We are located in the Westgate Plaza, the same giant complex that houses Earth Fare grocery store, Exit 3B, directly off the Patton Ave Bridge (intersecting with 26 and 240). This saves the hassle of fighting downtown traffic, as you’re driving right off the highway and immediately can park and come right in for lessons.
Q: Are there any scholarships available?
A: As you may already be aware, the Asheville Area Piano Forum (AAPF) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 tirelessly committed to raising scholarship funds for worthy students who need assistance in paying for lessons. This year, we have four students who obtained substantial scholarship funds through an application process that happens in the Spring each year. It is both need and merit-based. I will be happy to let you know more about this and other scholarship opportunities out there, both local and national.
Q: Do your students perform in recitals, etc.?
A: Yes, we take our students’ overall development very seriously, and therefore require all students (under age 18) to perform in at least one recital per year (there are between 4-6 options every year). Most perform in at least two. Many also perform with other students in additional to their solo work, gaining valuable ensemble experience (piano duets, trios, chamber music with other instruments, etc.). Our students also have the options of participating in various festivals and competitions locally and regionally (NCMTA/MTNA, NFMC, and AAPF are the main ones).
Hopefully, that gives you enough of an overview. The bottom line for me as a teacher and as director of Piano Lab: Every student should learn to have their own musical voice; should learn that all good music shares similar elements (and requires the same rock-solid technique on the instrument); and the entire process should be a healthy, challenging, and fun journey.
Q: What makes Piano Lab unique from other studios?
A: Click here for more answers to that question.
Q: What if I can’t study with the PL Team but still want lessons?
A: If, for whatever reason, you are not able to study at Piano Lab, I take it as my duty to try and help you to find someone to meet your needs. In order to do that, I would need to speak with you, so in any event, feel free to get in touch! I’ll put on my Asheville Community Music “hat,” ask you some questions regarding age, level, primary concerns, etc. and see what our greater-Asheville piano community can do for you!