Lesson Length Changes

Effective September 2021, I will be building in some cleaning and transition time to the end of lesson block times. Fees will remain the same. If you had a 30 minute lesson, you will now officially have 25 minutes of lesson; hour lessons will now be 50 minutes. This is in line with many other teachers’ policies and practices, whether official or unofficial.

This small change lets me keep a buffer between students’ families and still keep scheduling at easy to remember and easier to trade out times of on the hour and the half hour! Thank you for your patience as I get used to this adjustment in my teaching flow.

Classical, Music, Piano

Choosing an Electric Piano for Lessons

A good question I often get is, “Do you have recommendations for a keyboard?  I’m thinking about options for piano lessons with limited space for an instrument.”

Sometimes an acoustic piano is simply not an option. Even if you can find a free one in good condition, you need a space for it, a way to move it, and regular piano tuning.  My response is to look for these features when shopping for an electric piano.

  • Full size keys
  • Weighted keys (feels more like an acoustic instrument)
  • Touch sensitive (meaning you can play louder or softer by how fast you strike the keys, without turning a volume knob)
  • Sustain pedal
  • Full 88 keys
  • Bench to sit on and Stand to set the keyboard on if it is not built in to the model

You may notice that settings like strings or auxiliary percussion sounds are not on my checklist. Sometimes a harpsichord or organ sound is fun to play with, but since they don’t respond dynamically like a piano, I generally don’t use them.

If you have all these features the instrument will take you far in your lessons.  In addition to my acoustic piano, I have a Yamaha P-155 electric piano that I really like but there are other options out there too. Guitar Center, Prossor Piano & Organ, and Ted Brown Music are all located in Tacoma and sell electric pianos that are worth checking out.


COVID-19: Studio Procedure update (5/25/21)

Erica’s Music Studio is open for business! I’m looking forward to seeing you and hearing you play in person.

New procedures:

All visitors sanitize hands upon arrival. I will do extra sanitizing and cleaning of high-touch areas including the piano, bench, and doorknobs before and between lessons. Masks are now optional for fully-vaccinated visitors, and still required for unvaccinated visitors while inside. Adults of my household are fully vaccinated but I’ll wear my mask too if you are wearing yours. I’ll have windows open too for max air circulation as long as weather permits.

I am now accepting vaccinated flute students for in person lessons.

The cancellation policy is flexible! If you have reason to self-isolate, there is no charge for a missed lesson. Let’s keep our community healthy and safe.


Video: Young Concerto at Coe Festival of Bands 2011

Happy Memories! I finally pieced together the video and audio recordings from my April 2011 performance at the Coe College Festival of Bands (so just under 9 years ago!). Here’s me playing Charles Rochester Young’s Concerto for Flute and Wind Ensemble with my alma mater.

I don’t know if Coe will hold the Festival of Bands this April but I am enjoying the memories from this concert and all the folks who made it happen.

Classical, Events, Music

Philharmonia Northwest: Viva Americas – Feb 25, 2018

Viva Americas Concert

with violin soloist Mikhail Shmidt

Sunday, Feb 25 at 2:30 pm
St Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Seattle

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Our Latin American concert is filled with exhilarating colors and rhythms! In addition to our new commission by young Mexican composer, Osvaldo Mendoza, you’ll hear pieces by two of the best-known Mexican composers, Silvestre Revueltas and Arturo Márquez. Janitzio depicts the beautiful Mexican landscape, while Danzón No. 2 paints a vibrant folk dance. Inspired by Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Astor Piazzolla’s violin concerto, Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (Four Seasons in Buenos Aires), combines quotations from the Baroque masterpiece with passionate tangos. ​