"Life is like a piano; what you get get out of it depends on how you play it." -Tom Lehrer, American musician, singer-songwriter, satirist, and mathematician
Hello! We are so excited for the opportunity to teach you and/or your child. Music has been a beautiful part of our lives for many years, and it is a privilege to be able to pass this gift on.
Philosophy I want my students to be as well-rounded as possible, in terms of skill as well as genre. We work on note reading and musical theory at the same time in addition to incorporating ear training. I am a big advocate of chord theory, which essentially helps train the student to recognize patterns in any style of music and learn and potentially memorize it faster in addition to knowing how to play and improvise with popular music. Furthermore, I have my students work on pieces from a variety of genres and styles in order to have a taste of the many types of music they can perform on piano and understand various rhythms and structures.
Beyond reading music, students also work on composition and improvisation. All students have a guided composition workbook they can use to write music at their own pace with assistance from myself.
Materials Any needed method or supplemental books can be purchased either directly by the student or by me and then reimbursed by the student. Other loose leaf copies of additional sheet music that I run off for the student carry no additional cost. Students generally have a combined lesson/theory book, a guided composition book, and additional loose leaf pages for their supplemental songs and chord theory.
Payment Lessons are currently paid for in the form of a monthly, invariable tuition, which is as follows (effective September 2019): 30 minute lessons: $95 45 minute lessons: $143 60 minute lessons: $191 Tuition is due at the first lesson of every month unless another arrangement needs to be made which the student can discuss with me. If tuition is not paid, lessons will be discontinued until it is received. Tuition is paid online through automatic invoicing. Payments made online carry a 1% convenience charge.
Online Platform In the studio we use the student portal (under a tab on my website) to My Music Staff for: viewing assignments and lesson notes, paying tuition, logging practice, and viewing scheduled lessons and studio announcements. Each adult student or parent will have login access to the platform.
Scheduling Any cancellations or adjustments made to the lesson time must be done a minimum of 24 hours in advance in order to receive a makeup or rescheduled lesson, except in case of illness. If the student arrives late, I am unable to account for the time missed due to the constraints of my schedule. Any “no show” lessons are forfeit. If I have to cancel lessons for any reason, we will work to find a time to reschedule or else the lesson will be discounted from the next month’s tuition. Notice of discontinuation of lessons is requested two weeks in advance.
Illness If the student has been throwing up or stayed home from school for any illness related reason within the past 24 hours, you must notify me before the class. We will work to find a makeup time when you/they are well. If they arrive to a class and I find that the student has been sick or home from school that day, I reserve the right to end that lesson. Students who are mildly ill can schedule a Skype or Google Hangout lesson during their regular time.
Lessons My standard lesson length is generally thirty minutes for children age four and five, forty-five minutes for children ages 6-9, and one hour for children ten and over, teenagers, and adults, at a frequency of once per week. Detailed information on the breakdown of the lesson time can be found here.
Discounts If a student/parents refers someone who signs up for lessons, that student will receive one lesson free (discounted off of monthly tuition). If there are multiple children in the family, all children receive one free lesson.
Any student or parent who leaves a Facebook, Yelp, or Google review will receive a $10 discount to tuition.
Practice My expectation is that students practice a minimum of five days a week for a duration appropriate to their age level, which I will indicate to the student and parent where applicable. For students who consistently do not practice their pieces and are not prepared for the lesson, I will speak with them and their parent where applicable to discuss bringing their practice to an acceptable level or potentially discontinuing lessons as it is impossible to progress in piano without practice.
For younger students who have a practice incentive chart, a parent’s signature is required in order for them to receive a weekly stamp which can then be redeemed for a small prize after five weeks of meeting the established goal.
Parental Presence Provided that their presence is not disruptive for some reason, I welcome parents sitting in on lessons and actually prefer that they do! When the parent hears the lesson, they are able to get a sense for what their student is working on and what things we cover in a lesson.
Media Release Photos of students and video and audio recordings of student projects and performances may be posted online and used by the instructor 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 simply by letting me know.
Recital There are generally two recitals a year. One is usually formal, with memorized pieces in a nice venue as usually comes to mind when one thinks of a piano recital, while I try to make the other a more casual affair, usually in my home or that of a student where we prepare fun pieces relevant to a theme like the movies or Christmas with less expectation or formality. The recital usually carries a small fee to cover awards and/or student goodies that are handed out.