Diane Donovan Piano Studio

I wish that someday I could play like Diane Donovan. She has such an accurate and expressive interpretation of the musical score. It inspires me to achieve the beauty of sound she captures. She teaches me in a way that makes the most complex score easy to understand and perform. My piano playing has been greatly improved by her instruction.
- Diane Stevens, adult student



WHAT DO YOU CHARGE FOR LESSONS?

As my fees are subject to change, I quote them by phone rather than on this website. You may call me at 707-644-6977 for my current rates. At that time we can discuss my studio policy and make an appointment for a free interview lesson.

WHAT ARE THE STUDIO HOURS?

Lessons are scheduled Monday through Thursday, late afternoons and early evenings. You may call the above number for available openings.

HOW LONG ARE YOUR LESSONS?

The length depends on the age and the needs of the student. A 30 minute weekly lesson is appropriate for most elementary school children. I recommend 45 minutes for those in middle school and above. Advanced level students planning to major in music usually take 60 minute lessons. Adults, of course, opt for what meets their individual needs.

DO I HAVE TO HAVE A PIANO?

Before starting lessons, you’ll need to have either an acoustic or digital piano. A keyboard will do at first, but eventually you’ll want to upgrade to a full 88 key instrument.

WHAT IS A GOOD AGE TO START LESSONS?

There is no age limit for adults. Many senior citizens find enjoyment in learning to play the piano. Most children do well starting at the age of eight. By that time, they have the necessary reading and math skills required to read music, and their hand size and coordination allows them to adapt to the piano keyboard.

HOW MUCH PRACTICING DO YOU RECOMMEND?

I recommend five days a week practice for all students: ten to fifteen minutes a day for young beginners, and at least thirty minutes a day for everyone else.

WHAT METHOD BOOKS DO YOU USE FOR BEGINNERS?

I use Faber Piano Adventures and Alfred’s Premier Piano Course, supplemented with original classics and arrangements of music in many different styles.

DO YOUR STUDENTS PLAY IN RECITALS?

My students have the opportunity to perform in the monthly recitals of the Solano Branch of the Music Teachers' Association of California. Participation is optional and depends upon the readiness and willingness of the student. They are encouraged to perform, but are not pressured to do so.