Equipment

Instruments

Students will need to have their own instrument in order to practice what is assigned during lessons.  

Violin students will need to have their own instrument in order to practice what is assigned during lessons.  Violin students must own (or rent) a violin.  Violins are size-specific, so new students will need to be properly fitted.  Violins are acoustic instruments and quality does matter.  Purchasing an inexpensive violin from a non-musical store may result in ongoing intonation errors and challenges.  Young violin students are in a perpetual state of growth, so renting a violin may be a great option for a beginning student.  I can provide information on violin rentals if needed.

Voice students must own a keyboard or piano. Recordings may be used in lessons and rehearsals, but should not be the only tool relied upon.

Piano students must own a piano (or an electronic keyboard if a beginning student).  An acoustic piano is the best kind of instrument for students to practice upon. 

If a student is using an electronic keyboard, it should meet the following criteria:

  •  Has at least 8 octaves (or 80 keys)
  • Be touch-sensitive (keys are able to show a change in volume)
  • Has a floor pedal to sustain sounds
  • Has a stand, so that the keyboard is at a proper height
  • Has a music stand, so that music can be displayed

 


Music Books
 
It is the student's responsibility to purchase books and music necessary for their training.  Although copies may be handed out during a lesson, the student must own their own music.  As a matter of convenience, I keep several copies of the books most commonly used by my students available for purchase.  Students will be expected to learn a variety of music. 

Students with previous violin lessons should bring their materials to the Initial Lesson.  I will make every effort to continue with the student’s previous training.

Piano Students - Beginning piano students will use a beginning piano lesson book, accompanied by theory and other song books. Details will be provided at the first lesson.

 
Violin Students - Beginning violin students will use a beginning violin study book.  Details with be provided at the first lesson.  Additional repertoire will be determined by Mrs. Platt as necessary.
 
Voice Students - Voice students will be expected to learn from a standard classical repertoire.  The following genres will be explored: folksong, English & American art song, early Italian song, sacred selections (appropriate for church services), French Melodie, operatic arias and selections from American Musical Theater.  As repertoire is explored, Mrs. Platt can provide information on suitable books.
 
Sometimes families wish to purchase supplementary music for students as gifts or because the student has expressed interest in a particular genre of music.  This kind of music can be motivating and fun for students.  To be successful with this music, it is important that the music be at the same level (or vocal range) as the student.  Often times, books listed as “Easy” or “Big Note” are not necessarily easy.  I encourage you to consult with me before you make your purchase, so that the student can utilize and enjoy the music in a reasonable amount of time.


Practice Equipment
 
The following items often aid in a student's musical progress and are highly recommended:
  • Pencils
  • Notebook or Practice Record
  • Metronome (used during practice to maintain a consistent tempo around a fixed beat)  
  • Flashcards (helpful in memorizing music theory)

Violin students will also need:
  • Shoulder rest or sponge (aids in holding the violin properly)
  • Rosin
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Music stand (or other apparatus to correctly position music)
  • Extra strings (violin strings break easily, I suggest having a spare set of strings in the violin case)
  • Some students may require additional practice tools to help them with their violin posture.  Proper position of the wrist and bow arne important.  

Voice students will also need:
  • Recording device (used to review ideas and sounds from lessons)