Yes! When learning an instrument, students benefit most by having music-making experiences between lessons. It's like trying to learn a new language without using it between weekly classes - progress will be painfully slow and counterproductive without regular reinforcement and repetition.
A quality keyboard instrument is required, be it acoustic or digital. Minimum requirements for success include an in-tune instrument with ability to play loud or quiet based on the force used to play keys. Also necessary to keyboard technique is functioning sustain/damper pedal (electric/acoustic). Your teacher can help in choosing an appropriate instrument during a complementary consultation.
Generally private lessons are scheduled for the same day and time each week. See teacher policies regarding specifics. It is most common for private lessons to be about 30 minutes long. This may vary as needed, based on student age and/or level of progress. Bonus Camps, Group Lessons or "Buddy Lessons" will be longer in duration (and may incur additional costs for the added value).
Besides maintaining a good keyboard, what are other expected expenses and what else do I need to know?
These vary based on student age and progress. Costs tend to average from $15 - $30 every 6 to 12 months. Families will be informed BEFORE incurring costs for consumable materials like books and subscriptions.
Tuition is charged based on scheduled weekly lessons and duration, ranging $25 - $60. This tuition fee also includes expenses, professional dues, digital music, teaching materials printed for the student's benefit, performance opportunities, etc. for no additional charge. Scheduled lessons missed due to student absence will not be eligible for a credit or refund. Scheduled lessons missed by teacher's absence will be made up or credited to the student's account, however.