I sent a message out to the neighborhood mom message board about what neighbors do for piano lessons. I was just curious. I had a lot of questions.
When they start kids, how it works in a city (do people buy keyboards for apartments, or upright pianos?), do you go to a teacher's house or does the teacher come to you, are there any classes for little ones that expose them to real instruments instead of toy instruments?
I didn't know the answers since I grew up with a piano in the house.
Even so, I'd like Lily to be exposed. Music and piano playing is one of the easiest, most interactive ways to teach math.
After some responses from neighbors, including a concert pianist, we signed Lily up for WeBop! Jazz classes at Lincoln Center. She will see a real piano player at each class as well as quartets and quintets playing jazz. Lincoln Center has a world-class concert hall and I like that she'll see the real environment that musicians play in. The concert pianist recommended the Suzuki method for Lily in a little while if I wanted to get her started earlier rather than later.
But, there wasn't much in our neighborhood. So, I went in search of a piano I could play while Lily hung out with me. The local Unitarian church came through! I'll go practice once a week and bring Lily with me. We're actually playing on the concert grand piano in the sanctuary!