Student and Family Responsibilities
It's the student's responsibility to arrive at their piano lesson on time, well-prepared, and with their assignment books and music. Students must have regular access to an in-tune, acoustic piano (or touch-sensitive keyboard with 88 weighted keys and pedals). If an assignment or concept is not fully understood, please ask. Questions and curiosity are encouraged.
Try to keep our regular schedule of lessons. The school year consists of 32 regular lessons and two make up lessons. One make up lesson per semester is offered at the end of each semester in January and May (at your regularly scheduled lesson time) due to cancelation by the student for any reason, free of charge. No other credits or make up lessons will be offered. Virtual lessons are available if a student is sick, but feels well enough to have their lesson online. In order to minimize absences, students who may have ongoing conflicts with their regular lesson time should request a permanent lesson time change. If I need to cancel or reschedule for any reason, I will do my best to make up this missed lesson as soon as possible.
Monthly payments are due by the 1st of each month. September through May, the academic year consists of 32 regular lessons and two make up lessons. The number of lessons per month varies, however the monthly payment amount will remain the same, reflecting an average cost over 9 months. Payments for summer lessons are due on June 1 and July 1. I accept cash, Venmo, PayPal, or check.
Recitals & Performances
Performing is an important part in the learning process. Studio recitals are typically held in October and April. Students are encouraged to share their musical gifts with family and friends as the opportunity arises! Other performance events are available through State and National organizations - please ask me if you are interested in learning more!
It is recommended that students take as many lessons as possible during the summer. A minimum of eight lessons over the summer is required to hold your spot in the fall. Special offerings for the summer months are also available, which will be announced in the spring.
Practicing at Home
Spend time practicing the piano. Make it a part of your daily routine. Complete all assignments and written theory homework, and then spend time exploring! Record your practice time and get a parent's signature every week -- this helps develop good habits. Ask me how students can earn a practice trophy at the spring recital and brag tags throughout the year!
Recommended Practice Time Per Level:
Kindergarten: 75 minutes per week
First year students: 100 minutes per week
Elementary level: 100-150 minutes per week
Intermediate: 150-225 minutes per week
Advanced: 225-300 minutes per week
Your Home Piano
An acoustic piano is strongly recommended, and should be tuned at least once a year. If you prefer a digital piano, I recommend a full-size keyboard or clavinova (88 keys), with weighted, touch-sensitive keys and pedals. It's also important to check your bench height and distance from the piano. Proper alignment is extremely important for your technical development. Not sure? Text me a picture!
Piano lessons and repertoire are unique to each student. The student is responsible for purchasig music, which can be bought through the studio.
Termination of Lessons
If you wish to discontinue lessons, a written notice must be given 30 days prior to termination. Full payment through the final 30 days is required. Students are expected to attend the lessons during the 30-day termination period. The teacher, parent(s), and student should then make every effort to create a positive and respectful ending to the musical experience.
Playing Piano Is Fun!
Do you know what's even more fun? Playing well! Practice slowly, and in small sections, and the gradual improvements will add up to great accomplishments!