Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions about piano lessons

Here you can find some frequently asked questions about piano lessons and the piano in general. In case a question remains unanswered, please contact me here.

Time and Location

During the regular school year from September to June I offer lessons for semester subsriptions on the following days:

  • Monday afternoon 14:00 – 18:00
  • Tuesday morning 9:30 – 12:00
  • Wednesday afternoon 14:00 – 18:00
  • Friday afternoon 14:00 – 18:00

There are no lessons on public holidays and during all Viennese school holidays (Christmas, semester break, Easter, Whitsuntide, Summer).


During the months of July and August lesson times for summer subscriptions will be distributed individually.

Piano lessons take place in my private studio at Seidengasse 44/18, 1070 Vienna.

The creativepiano studio offers a pleasant lesson atmosphere with high-quality digital pianos and a beautiful Yamaha C7 grand piano.

creativepiano Studio does not offer house calls at the present time.

  • creativepiano express program 60 min (for all beginners)
  • Semester subscription private lesson 40 or 50 min (advanced students only)
  • Summer subscription private lesson 40 or 50 min (advanced students only)

To find out what rates apply click here.

Questions about the instrument

Your piano should be tuned at least once a year, better even twice a year. A piano’s tuning stability is especially affected by changes in humidity and temperature.

By keeping your piano in tune you not only refine your hearing, but also extend the life of your instrument.

It’s so much more enjoyable practicing on a beautifully tuned piano with a precise action – one that reacts to all the subtleties of touch and expression. Ask your piano tuner to do some minor repairs and improvements in addition to tuning the piano. You can find some tips here.

Lesson materials

As a beginner (with or without basic knowledge) it’s important to build a solid pianistic foundation through a well-structured piano method. I recommend Faber Piano Adventures (for children and adults) or the Hal Leonard piano method (for children and adults).

I mostly use Faber Piano Adventures which consists of several levels. You can work through all the books in a few years, depending on how much time you invest.

After that you can decide depending on you stylistic interests, where you want to put your musical focus (Jazz, Pop, Classical, Improvisation, etc…)

To save you some time and research, I offer to buy the necessary materials at a local music store and then pass them on for the same price.

In general you can take roughly €50-€100,- of yearly expenses into account for sheet music. These costs are not included in the tuition fee for piano lessons.

In the creativepiano express program a flat rate of €40,- is charged per semester for method books, sheet music and studio licenses in addition to the semester fee.

Furthermore there is the possibility of borrowing music books from my extensive music library. This is useful if only a single piece from a certain music book is played and it is not necessarily worth purchasing this book.

You can find a repertoire selection here.

Be sure to bring all the music books, sheet music, lead sheets etc… that you’re currently working on or that you’re interested in.

This ensures a seamless transition from your previous lessons and you get an idea of my teaching methods.

General Questions

In general a piano recital is held once a year, however when I can’t bring together enough students it might not always take place.

Alternatively students can perform at piano recitals at my music school in Lower Austria as guests. These recitals are held 2-3 times a year. Although it is more time-consuming to get there (Ebenfurth/Zillingdorf, about 40 km from Vienna), I recommend participating for the benefit of musical development.

I’m offering a trial lesson to get to know each other. It costs € 20,- and lasts about 50 minutes.

In this first piano lesson you can get an idea about my teaching methods, we’ll find out your current level, work on current pieces or try to find out personal preferences and interests.

Piano lessons are available as individual private lessons charged lesson-to-lesson:
€ 50,- (50 min)

For a semester subscription (16 lessons, paid monthly in 5 installments) the following prices apply:
€430,- (5 x € 86,-) (60 min once a week, creativepiano express program)
€ 530,- (5 x € 106,-) (40 min once a week)

€ 630,- (5 x € 126,-) (50 min once a week or 30 min twice a week)

If you prefer a one-time-payment for the semester the following prices apply:
€ 410,- (60 min once a week, creativepiano express program)
€ 510,- (40 min once a week)
€ 610,- (50 min once a week or 30 min twice a week)

You can also book a trial lesson, which costs € 20,- (50 min). This amount will be credited when enrolling for a semester.

A list of costs can be found here.

For children

Often a semester subscription is the basis for successful instrumental lessons due to its commitment and continuity. This is especially important for beginners of all ages.

Due to its continuity and regularity piano playing is more easily integrated into children’s school life who nowadays are already juggling multiple extracurricular activities.

Piano lessons are built up from week to week and are tailored to individual learning tempo while building step by step the stations of your personal musical journey.

If your child is just starting out, then I recommend the creativepiano express program (CEP) where your child gets 60 minutes lesson time with me.

In fact beginners in primary school will automatically join this program when enrolling for lessons.

This new and exciting curriculum solves many problems an average child and parent encounter when learning an instrument.

A good age to start taking piano lessons is 6 years for most children.

With a few exceptions I only teach children from this age on (primary school children) but there are a lot of children that should start before the age of 6.

In that case I recommend looking for a teacher with a lot of experience in that age group.

If your child meets some of the following conditions, starting at an earlier age can be possible:

  • your child shows musical interest through humming, singing or dancing
  • you have a piano at home and your child regularly explores its sounds
  • your child can count and recognize numbers from 1-10
  • your child can distinguish between left and right
  • your child knows and recognizes the first seven letters of the alphabet
  • your child is surrounded by a lot of music and singing at home

In this case, it may be possible to start as early as age four.

However, you should bear in mind that active help of one parent Is absolutely necessary.

In other words, you as a parent need to be present at the piano lesson, follow every task, game and movement so that you will be able to reconstruct everything accurately at home together with your child.

Audio or video recordings during the lesson are also highly recommended.

For adults

A semester subscription is often the basis for successful instrumental lessons due to its commitment and continuity. This is especially important for beginners of all ages.

Piano lessons are built up from week to week and are tailored to individual learning tempo while building step by step the stations of your personal musical journey.

Due to its continuity and regularity piano playing is more easily integrated into an adult’s everyday life for whom it is usually a huge challenge to juggle work and/or family next to other activities such as music.

Those who set their priorities will have more joy and success in the long term and weekly lessons support this goal enormously.

Cancellation

In general no makeup lessons will be given If I have to cancel your piano lesson as part of a semester subscription, but I guarantee 16 units per semester as stated in my studio policy.

If you don’t reach your 16 lessons because of my cancellation, the missing units will be made up or credited.

Individual private lessons, trial lessons as well as the units of a summer subscription are always made up when cancelled by me. You can also read about the cancellation policy of piano lessons in my studio policy.

In general it’s not possible to reschedule your piano lesson when you have booked and reserved your spot for a whole semester.

However, when you actively cancel your lesson up to 6 hours before in the student portal a make-up credit will be assigned to your account. When you find a free lesson slot you can use this make-up credit.

For individual private lessons, trial lessons and summer subscriptions it is possible to reschedule. In this case please give notice at least 24 hours in advance, otherwise the unit expires and must be paid.

For more information please refer to my Studio Policy.

When a student cancels a piano lesson, that lesson slot becomes available spontaneously.

Since it’s a slot during my regular teaching time, it can be filled by anyone, who has a make-up credit available.

Applying for an open slot is done in the student portal calendar. Student’s should actively use their make-up credits.

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