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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How much should children practice?2021-03-03T11:15:40+05:30

Making practice a routine from the very beginning is important to the success of the student. We recommend a 6 year old practice 10-15 minutes a day. Older children should practice more. However, the length of practice time is not the only important factor – the quality of the practice is also important.

How long and how frequent are the lessons?2021-03-03T11:15:09+05:30

Depending on age, experience, developmental readiness, and teacher’s recommendation, students are given a suitable lesson duration. The general guideline is: 60 min once or twice a week. It is also recommended that students practice and prepare for their lesson in order to get the most out of their lessons.

At what age can my child study music?2021-03-03T11:14:51+05:30

The recommended age to begin lessons is between 5-7 years old. Attention span, interest, developmental readiness, reading skills and time available for daily practice are other factors to consider before enrolling your child in music instruction.

How do you choose your teachers?2021-03-03T11:14:35+05:30

We have very high standards for our teachers. We have a lengthy and extensive interview process consisting of several face-to-face meetings and reference checks. All Sasensky School of Piano teachers have completed at least Grade 8 in Music and have a vast teaching and/or performance background. We only hire caring, nurturing and imaginative educators who are passionate about their teaching

Do you have recitals?2021-03-03T11:14:17+05:30

Yes. The teacher will inform you in advance of the times and dates. Recitals and performances serve as great motivation and an opportunity to demonstrate progress. Parents, relatives and friends are all welcome.

Do I need to own an instrument?2021-03-03T11:14:01+05:30

For students who do not own an instrument, Sasensky School of Piano can provide information on purchase of alternative instruments. Please call us for details.

I don’t have any musical background or ability; can I still help my child practice?2021-03-03T11:12:57+05:30

Yes. Even if you don’t have a musical background you can ask the teacher for advice on how to help your child practice. By simply checking that they are doing exercises a certain number of times per day the student will progress. Many parents occasionally sit in on their child’s music lesson to get an idea of the proper way a song should sound or how the student should be positioning their hands.

How long does it take to learn an instrument?2021-03-03T11:12:36+05:30

There is no set answer for how long it takes to learn an instrument. With regular practice a basic level of playing can be accomplished in a few months. Most of our students take lessons on a long term basis because they want to improve constantly and they find the lessons enjoyable.

Do I need a piano at home to take piano lessons?2021-03-03T11:12:13+05:30

It is ideal if you do have a piano at home, but you can start lessons by using an electric keyboard to practice on. We recommend a keyboard that has at least 60 regular sized keys and a touch sensitive response. A touch sensitive keyboard means if you press a key harder it will play louder and if you press a key softer it will play quieter. The keyboard should also have a damper pedal attachment. Keyboards must be on a stand or desktop that is the appropriate height for proper technique. The differences between keyboards and pianos make it undesirable to use a keyboard past the beginner level. Special care should also be taken when selecting a piano bench that is the appropriate height. Young piano students should have a foot stool if their feet do not touch the floor.

Do parents need to stay while a class is in progress?2021-03-03T11:11:51+05:30

Parents do not need to remain on the premises while a class is in progress. Parents may stay and watch the class, if they wish. This is recommended for children who are younger. If a parent or child care provider leaves the premises during class it is imperative that they return before the class is dismissed.

How much should one practice?2021-03-03T11:10:53+05:30

Students should be well prepared for their lessons and should incorporate practice in their daily schedule. Beginners should practice 10-20 minutes; elementary-30 minutes; intermediate-45 minutes; advanced-60 minutes. Parents are expected to be aware of what has been assigned each week and encourage practice time.

What is expected of a student?2021-03-03T11:10:11+05:30

The student is expected to attend lessons regularly. A good attitude is essential. The amount of proper practice will determine the student’s progress; the teacher will present each student with appropriate practice goals. The student will develop discipline, coordination, concentration, stage presence, expressive abilities, creativity and self-control.

What if my child is interested in lessons but is not gifted or is not aspiring to become a concert artist?2021-03-03T11:09:46+05:30

Most of our students are of average ability. Private instruction at Sasensky School of Piano is based on the individual goals and capabilities of each student. While daily practice at home is essential, expectations will not be unreasonable. Keep in mind that music instruction has been shown to improve math and language skills, so regardless of an individual student’s aspirations, study at the Sasensky School of Piano will positively impact your child’s development.

What teaching method do you use?2021-03-03T11:09:26+05:30

Guided by a broad, flexible curriculum, and using a diverse set of approaches, teachers adapt to the individual needs of the students. We have demonstrated outstanding achievements in both teaching and performance such as Trinity Guildhall exams, music festivals and school exams.

What is the teaching schedule?2021-03-03T11:09:09+05:30

The Sasensky School of Piano operates on a year-round schedule, so a student can enroll any time he/she wishes. Lessons are offered Monday through Friday during afternoon and evening hours, and Saturday and Sunday from 9AM to 6PM.

What are the benefits of Early Childhood Music?2021-03-03T11:08:54+05:30

Sasensky School of Piano’s Early Childhood Music classes offer a very small class size, with plenty of individual attention. Children receive ideal preparation for formal private music instruction in later years. Children enjoy studying with friends and can benefit from each other’s progress. Some of the skills learned are sound discrimination and reproduction, concentration and memory, attentive listening, working in an ensemble, ability to create and improvise with movements and sounds, refining fine motor skills, sensory motor skills and gross motor skills, creativity and self-expression.

Why should my child study at Sasensky School of Piano instead of with a private teacher at home?2021-03-03T11:08:36+05:30

Studying music in a school environment gives students access to a well-equipped faculty, exposure to students of all levels, opportunities to attend professional quality recitals & concerts for free, and a chance to play for their families and friends in both formal & informal settings. Sasensky School of Piano can schedule two or more family members at the same time to make lessons more convenient. Also at the school there are no distractions common at home such as ringing phones & sibling interruptions.

Why should my child study music at an early age?2021-03-03T11:02:49+05:30

Prolonged exposure to music helps children develop focused listening skills, build confidence and communication skills, and foster creativity. Also, it helps develop memory and brain cells.

How much should children practice?2021-03-03T11:15:40+05:30

Making practice a routine from the very beginning is important to the success of the student. We recommend a 6 year old practice 10-15 minutes a day. Older children should practice more. However, the length of practice time is not the only important factor – the quality of the practice is also important.

How long and how frequent are the lessons?2021-03-03T11:15:09+05:30

Depending on age, experience, developmental readiness, and teacher’s recommendation, students are given a suitable lesson duration. The general guideline is: 60 min once or twice a week. It is also recommended that students practice and prepare for their lesson in order to get the most out of their lessons.

At what age can my child study music?2021-03-03T11:14:51+05:30

The recommended age to begin lessons is between 5-7 years old. Attention span, interest, developmental readiness, reading skills and time available for daily practice are other factors to consider before enrolling your child in music instruction.

How do you choose your teachers?2021-03-03T11:14:35+05:30

We have very high standards for our teachers. We have a lengthy and extensive interview process consisting of several face-to-face meetings and reference checks. All Sasensky School of Piano teachers have completed at least Grade 8 in Music and have a vast teaching and/or performance background. We only hire caring, nurturing and imaginative educators who are passionate about their teaching

Do you have recitals?2021-03-03T11:14:17+05:30

Yes. The teacher will inform you in advance of the times and dates. Recitals and performances serve as great motivation and an opportunity to demonstrate progress. Parents, relatives and friends are all welcome.

Do I need to own an instrument?2021-03-03T11:14:01+05:30

For students who do not own an instrument, Sasensky School of Piano can provide information on purchase of alternative instruments. Please call us for details.

I don’t have any musical background or ability; can I still help my child practice?2021-03-03T11:12:57+05:30

Yes. Even if you don’t have a musical background you can ask the teacher for advice on how to help your child practice. By simply checking that they are doing exercises a certain number of times per day the student will progress. Many parents occasionally sit in on their child’s music lesson to get an idea of the proper way a song should sound or how the student should be positioning their hands.

How long does it take to learn an instrument?2021-03-03T11:12:36+05:30

There is no set answer for how long it takes to learn an instrument. With regular practice a basic level of playing can be accomplished in a few months. Most of our students take lessons on a long term basis because they want to improve constantly and they find the lessons enjoyable.

Do I need a piano at home to take piano lessons?2021-03-03T11:12:13+05:30

It is ideal if you do have a piano at home, but you can start lessons by using an electric keyboard to practice on. We recommend a keyboard that has at least 60 regular sized keys and a touch sensitive response. A touch sensitive keyboard means if you press a key harder it will play louder and if you press a key softer it will play quieter. The keyboard should also have a damper pedal attachment. Keyboards must be on a stand or desktop that is the appropriate height for proper technique. The differences between keyboards and pianos make it undesirable to use a keyboard past the beginner level. Special care should also be taken when selecting a piano bench that is the appropriate height. Young piano students should have a foot stool if their feet do not touch the floor.

Do parents need to stay while a class is in progress?2021-03-03T11:11:51+05:30

Parents do not need to remain on the premises while a class is in progress. Parents may stay and watch the class, if they wish. This is recommended for children who are younger. If a parent or child care provider leaves the premises during class it is imperative that they return before the class is dismissed.

How much should one practice?2021-03-03T11:10:53+05:30

Students should be well prepared for their lessons and should incorporate practice in their daily schedule. Beginners should practice 10-20 minutes; elementary-30 minutes; intermediate-45 minutes; advanced-60 minutes. Parents are expected to be aware of what has been assigned each week and encourage practice time.

What is expected of a student?2021-03-03T11:10:11+05:30

The student is expected to attend lessons regularly. A good attitude is essential. The amount of proper practice will determine the student’s progress; the teacher will present each student with appropriate practice goals. The student will develop discipline, coordination, concentration, stage presence, expressive abilities, creativity and self-control.

What if my child is interested in lessons but is not gifted or is not aspiring to become a concert artist?2021-03-03T11:09:46+05:30

Most of our students are of average ability. Private instruction at Sasensky School of Piano is based on the individual goals and capabilities of each student. While daily practice at home is essential, expectations will not be unreasonable. Keep in mind that music instruction has been shown to improve math and language skills, so regardless of an individual student’s aspirations, study at the Sasensky School of Piano will positively impact your child’s development.

What teaching method do you use?2021-03-03T11:09:26+05:30

Guided by a broad, flexible curriculum, and using a diverse set of approaches, teachers adapt to the individual needs of the students. We have demonstrated outstanding achievements in both teaching and performance such as Trinity Guildhall exams, music festivals and school exams.

What is the teaching schedule?2021-03-03T11:09:09+05:30

The Sasensky School of Piano operates on a year-round schedule, so a student can enroll any time he/she wishes. Lessons are offered Monday through Friday during afternoon and evening hours, and Saturday and Sunday from 9AM to 6PM.

What are the benefits of Early Childhood Music?2021-03-03T11:08:54+05:30

Sasensky School of Piano’s Early Childhood Music classes offer a very small class size, with plenty of individual attention. Children receive ideal preparation for formal private music instruction in later years. Children enjoy studying with friends and can benefit from each other’s progress. Some of the skills learned are sound discrimination and reproduction, concentration and memory, attentive listening, working in an ensemble, ability to create and improvise with movements and sounds, refining fine motor skills, sensory motor skills and gross motor skills, creativity and self-expression.

Why should my child study at Sasensky School of Piano instead of with a private teacher at home?2021-03-03T11:08:36+05:30

Studying music in a school environment gives students access to a well-equipped faculty, exposure to students of all levels, opportunities to attend professional quality recitals & concerts for free, and a chance to play for their families and friends in both formal & informal settings. Sasensky School of Piano can schedule two or more family members at the same time to make lessons more convenient. Also at the school there are no distractions common at home such as ringing phones & sibling interruptions.

Why should my child study music at an early age?2021-03-03T11:02:49+05:30

Prolonged exposure to music helps children develop focused listening skills, build confidence and communication skills, and foster creativity. Also, it helps develop memory and brain cells.

We are thrilled to be a part of Sasensky School of Piano for over two years for our Son’s exploration of the wonderful world of western music. Sashi’s approach and teaching style truly differentiates from many traditional lessons and helps the kids engaged in music not only in class but also at home.  Sashi managed to keep the kids motivated through online classes even during the pandemic period, engaging with them with different interesting activities. As parents, we are delighted in our Son’s progress and we are confident that he would excel with the guidance that he receives. We wish Sasensky School of Piano a very bright future!

Maduka Rubasinghe

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My daughter has been attending the Sasensky School of Piano for the last 4 years. Shashi and her team of teachers have done very well with teaching the basics of music in both practical and theory throughout the years and I have noticed a remarkable improvement in my daughters musical skill and knowledge. The classes have been effectively sized in order to provide proper attention to each child and their teaching techniques are strong, kind and yet firm to ensure the children get the best out of their time spent in class and also practice time at home. While physical classes have worked remarkably well, the Sasensky School of Piano also took on the added challenge in 2020 to quickly adapt to the new way of working considering the safety of the children. The classes were swiftly moved to an online platform and the children were kept engaged to learn even during these difficult times. The year was topped off by an amazing virtual concert which encouraged children to not only showcase their skills with the Piano but also other musical talents. I am very pleased with having enrolled my daughter in this music school and hope to see bigger and better things going forward. All the best to Shashi and the Sasensky school of Piano! Cheers.

Vidumini Ranasinghe

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My son and daughter, now aged 18 and 15, have been students of Sasensky School of Piano since 2011. I have seen both of them blossom in their love for music through the years, due to the learning experience they receive from the school. Our sincere appreciation to Ms. Shashi, who guides the students with dedication, love, and discipline. We are blessed to be a part of the school.

Jayani Wickremanayake

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 A friend introduced me to Sasensky School of Piano few years ago, when my daughter was taking the initial steps of her musical journey. Like any other beginner, she had her ups and downs, success as well as disappointment. Sometimes when she thought of giving up, I felt that the gentle encouragement of Sashi was instrumental in getting her back on track. Today, she is extremely enthusiastic about music and confident in her own ability. When all activities came to a stop due to COVID-19, Shashi and the Sasensky School of Piano was there with the kids adding variety to their monotonous life. While preparing for exams online, there were so many activities organized like quizzes and recitals and the ‘virtual recital 2020’ the climax of the events. Thank you, ‘Sasensky School of Piano’, for the continuous guidance and dedication.

Dr. Chathurie Suraweera

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 I would like to take this opportunity to convey my heartfelt gratitude to Ms. Shashikala for being an amazing teacher & an admiring person to my daughter Senudhi. It’s been a little over a year since my daughter joined Sasensky School of Piano & she loves attending the class every day without missing a single lesson because of your love, kindness, patience, politeness, pleasantness & the list goes on. Last year had been a really difficult year for children as well as us parents.
Understanding the situation Ms. Shashikala managed to conduct classes maintaining safety & was able to channel these little minds to a happy, fun & an interactive place. Senudhi is truly blessed to have found a teacher as enthusiastic & hard working as you are. I wish You & Sasensky School of Piano all the very best for the future! May you gain all the strength & support you need to make everything a success! I highly recommend Ms. Shashikala as a great Music teacher!
Loving Regards

Kamathi Wijerathne

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Ms Shashi was recommended to me by a friend whose kids were learning to play the piano by her. My son Jd, had never played a musical instrument before & the progress he made during such a short time with Shashi as a teacher far exceeded any expectations. Ms Shashi’s enthusiasm, love of playing the piano and her teaching skills is the reason Jd enjoys going week after week for classes. Shashi’s positive approach to teaching was evident when Covid disrupted physical lessons and she immediately started online classes, marking work online and even having games and recitals to keep the kids motivated in such trying times. She is also very proud of each and every student which was evident during recitals. Shashi sets high standards and expectations that she makes clear to her students which has driven my son to do better. We are so grateful to Shashi for her commitment and highly recommend her as a music teacher for any child who wishes to learn piano.

 Michelle De Silva

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