My responsibility to the student is to provide an atmosphere for learning and a well-balanced musical education. Professional standards will be maintained and definite goals will be established for each student. I provide each student with the personal attention and respect necessary to develop his/her individual talents. I guide each student towards musical independence and initiative through a balanced program of theory, technique and repertoire. I report the progress to parents twice a year: once through a written evaluation in January and then a parent conference in May. I belong to professional organizations, attend workshops and educational programs, subscribe to professional publications, and engage in other activities on a continuing basis in order to provide opportunities for professional growth and enhance my own teaching skills.
Parents must support the fulfillment of their child’s responsibilities. Encourage progress. Many small steps throughout the year yield big results! Parents should remind their sons/daughters of daily practice and help them schedule practice time into their daily schedule. Provide a practice environment free from distractions (TV, family, friends, computer, phone, etc). Be financially responsible and pay tuition on time. And most importantly, communicate with me about any questions or concerns you have regarding your child’s progress, music, recitals, lesson content, practicing, etc. Also, please check student’s assignment books for any notes written for you.
Students should schedule 15 – 30 minutes of practice each day for at least five days per week. Two of those days MUST include the day of and following the private lesson. Remember: playing is not practicing! Students should complete all assignments the teacher has written down on the assignment sheet. I never give more than they can handle. Practice steps are included verbally in the lesson and on the assignment sheet. Arrive promptly at your lesson time. You reserve the time slot, not the number of minutes.
Private lessons are given weekly in 30 or 45-minute (advanced students) lengths. Private lessons focus primarily on technique, repertoire, musicianship, and creative skills.
Students are expected to attend each scheduled week of the semester. When you register for lessons, your time slot is reserved for you for the teaching year. Make-ups for missed lessons are not guaranteed. No refunds will be given for missed lessons.
In the event that your student needs to miss a lesson because of a conflict or illness, please contact me with as much advanced notice as possible. If there is an opening during the week, you are welcome to change.
I will be offering workshops once a quarter for students to get together for a variety of different reasons – practice workshops, ensemble workshops, piano parties, etc. There is NO CHARGE for these. They are not required, but students will really enjoy and learn from them. Missed group lessons will not be made up. Any lessons missed by me due to illness or emergency will rescheduled.
Summer lessons are scheduled by-the-lesson basis. Summer camps plus special repertoire make those summer months really fun. I hold 2 recitals a year. Sound boring? Not so – we have fun! During the summer months we have piano camps and we let our music books go in favor of songs the students want to play (Disney, top 40, hymns, etc.).
All students must have a piano or digital piano for home practice. The quality of your child’s home instrument plays a significant role in their potential for success.
Acoustic pianos should be tuned once a year. If you prefer a digital piano, please invest in a full size keyboard (88 keys) with weighted touch-sensitive keys and pedals.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for the 2017 – 2018 school year (September-May) may be paid in monthly installments (check or cash).
Students will need to purchase method books and music on occasion throughout the year. Additional event fees may be required for festivals and other performance events.
Tuition Rates and Payment Schedule
30 minute lesson – $120 per month.
45 minute lesson (teacher’s discretion) – $180
Photos of students and video/audio recordings of students projects and performances may be posted on my website for promotional and workshop materials. Identifying information will be excluded or limited to first names only. Parents wishing to exempt their students from any published media may do so by providing a written exclusion request.