1.Wash your hands to make sure they are clean before practicing or playing the piano. If you are playing a public piano, it is always good to sanitize or wash your hands after you are finished to minimize the spread of germs.
2.Cover your coughs and sneezes while looking away from anyone who is next to you. Using your arm or the inside of your elbow is a good way to control your coughs. Ask for tissues if you need to.
3.Sit like a pianist; feet on the ground, back straight, shoulders down. No slouching, no feet on the bench and no elbows on the keys unless its a part of the piece.
4. Be respectful. No banging on keys or speaking over the teacher during your lesson.You will have many chances to ask questions or make points during your lesson.
5. Follow directions. Your notebook will have an outline of what you learned and what you are assigned to do during the week. Whether you practice 10 hours or 2 hours, reading your notebook will get your closer to your goal and mastery of the instrument.
Jodi Ann Russell, Ed.D., M.M., B.M., N.C.T.M. is an expert piano instructor who emphasizes mindfulness, relaxation, creativity and technique in personalized piano lessons and master classes online.