Here is an overview of my piano studio information and requirements. To view the entire studio policy, please view my Studio Policy.
STUDENTS –Students of all ages, from grade school through high school, as well as adults, are welcome in my studio. Age seven is a good starting age for young children, but some children a little younger are ready to begin.
TEACHING METHODS — Teaching a wide variety of piano music, from classical to contemporary, broadens a student’s musical background. Emphasis on basic skills, proper technique and performance practice provides a good foundation for young students. A wide variety of method books and repertoire books are used. Music theory, technical exercises, and scales are also taught. The music loan library is available for students to check out supplementary music.
STUDIO LOCATION –The teaching studio is in the lower level room in my home. Studio equipment includes two pianos, a harpsichord, digital organ, and a keyboard. The grand piano on the first floor is used for recital preparation and small group lessons.
TEACHING YEAR –The teaching year is September through May. Lessons are taught during the summer but are optional. Summer lessons can always be scheduled around vacations. Vacation days: Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas.
TUITION AND FEES –Tuition and fees are figured on a monthly basis, with an average of four weekly lessons per month. (See Studio Policy for current rates.)
GROUP LESSONS –Group lessons are held periodically during the teaching year. Children are placed by age and level of playing in groups of 4-6. Group lessons generally last one hour and are scheduled on Mondays or Tuesdays after school or evening. In group lessons, children play pieces for their group and do a variety of theory lessons. Special group lessons may be a mini-recital for parents or a special activity, such as the “Scalathon, ” held the last week of May. There are no regular private lessons during this week for students assigned to groups.
PRACTICE — Taking piano lessons is a commitment and requires daily preparation and practice at home to advance. Students are expected to keep practice records and are checked weekly.
PERFORMANCE — Recitals and piano competitions or festivals are part of the studio activities. Every student is expected to take part in studio recitals during the year and some of the other activities offered if prepared to play. Studio recitals held during the year are Halloween, Christmas, and Spring Awards.
LESSON ATTENDANCE — Lessons are 30 minutes and are scheduled weekly. Longer lessons of 40 minutes may be scheduled for more advanced students if requested. Attendance at lessons is expected, but if there is an unforeseen emergency, illness or a conflict with school activities, please contact the studio for rescheduling a lesson. Rescheduling depends on a mutually agreeable time. Please do not send children who have been sick in the last 24 hours to a lesson.