Piano students play a variety of musical styles including classical and contemporary. Practicing classical technique and studying music fundamentals such as note reading, theory and ear training develop piano performance abilities.
These lessons will include theory and ear training as well as being able to read from lead sheets, improvise from a 4-part hymn and writing/arranging music. Also included will be hymn playing philosophy as well as teaching good accompanying skills.
Lessons are available three ways: Teacher’s studio, Student’s home, Facetime or Skype. Skype lessons will require a computer with Skype downloaded and a web camera.
30 min. lessons are encouraged for the beginner – early intermediate level students.
45 to 60 min. lessons are encouraged for the late intermediate – advanced level students.
Piano lessons are a three-way agreement between the teacher, student and parents. It is difficult for a child to succeed in piano if the parent is not involved. Parents are welcome to observe the lessons. If you choose to observe your child’s lesson, please do not engage in any activity that could distract from the lesson, as it is important to keep the studio space free of excess noise and distractions. Parents are also asked to help the student achieve daily practice time free from distraction. The teacher will send weekly emails to the parents informing them of updates and weekly music goals.
Daily practice keeps students motivated and helps them recognize their accomplishments. Students are expected to practice for at least 30 minutes per day, five days per week. As the student advances, this could increase up to 60 minutes per day 6 days per week. Younger/beginner students are expected to practice 15 minutes per day, five days per week. These times of course could increase or decrease based on the students achieving the weekly goals set by the teacher.
Students are encouraged to participate in 2 recitals per year – one at the end of each semester.
Attendance and make-up lessons
Unless arranged by the teacher, a missed lesson will not be refunded or rescheduled. If a student must miss a lesson, you must contact the teacher no later than a week before the absence. If a student becomes sick and will miss a lesson, please email the teacher a day in advance. If a student becomes sick immediately before a lesson, please call the teacher. A week will be provided at the end of every semester as a lesson make – up week. If a lesson is missed due to teacher cancellation, the lesson will be made up at the end of the semester. If more than one lesson is cancelled due to the teacher, each lesson missed will be refunded. Skype lessons are also an option if the student or teacher is sick.
Dropping off and picking up
Lessons are scheduled consecutively throughout the afternoon and evening. Please be at least 5 minutes early to your lesson. Tardiness will affect the length of your lesson. If you are late to your lesson, the lesson time will not be extended to make up for missed time. Please be punctual when picking your child up from lessons.
I have divided up the lesson year into semesters although students may begin at any time. Cost is $30 per 30 minute lesson; $45 per 45 minute lesson; $60 per 60 minute lesson. If I drive to the student’s home, a $5 dollar charge will be added to each lesson. Tuition for each semester will be divided into monthly payments. Payment is expected at the beginning of every month. If the payment is late, a $10.00 penalty fee will be charged. Tuition payments are non-refundable. Payments are accepted as either cash or check.