Before starting piano lessons, it is a good idea to take a few things into account.
First, you will need to determine if you or your child will have the time and dedication necessary to make the most of your lessons. For lessons to be productive, you will need to practice at least five or six times per week. How much you practice (at least initially) is not quite as vital as having daily contact with the instrument.
There is also the time needed to travel to and from your instructor’s studio if the lessons are held at their location rather than in your home. Many piano instructors like to include their students in recitals and other events, so time for this will also need to be set aside. Concerts and recitals aren’t required, but they are an integral part of becoming a well-rounded musician. You should find out whether this is required when you interview and choose your instructor.
Another consideration is the type of instrument you’ll be using for your lessons and practice. It’s possible to learn piano on an electronic keyboard, but most instructors prefer acoustic pianos and will actively encourage and sometimes require you to have one. If lessons take place in your home, then it is your responsibility to make sure that the piano is working and in tune. It is also necessary to provide the instructor and the student an area that is free from distractions.
Observing your child’s lessons is a great idea, but it is best not to interfere in or interrupt the lesson unless it is necessary to do so. Your child will need to form bonds with his or her instructor that allow that instructor a measure of authority while opening doors for your child’s curiosity and freedom to ask.