Studio Policy

 

Piano Studio Policy


 

General Information

Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy, University of South Carolina, 2001

Bachelor of Arts, Piano Emphasis – Campbellsville University, 1997

Member of MTNA, NCTMA, and RPTA

Private Studio owner since 1996

 

Personal Statement and Teaching Philosophy

I enjoy teaching students from 5 years old and up including adults! I personalize my teaching style and methods to the individual learning style and personalities of my students.  My expectations of my students are high, but I also enjoy having fun and being flexible with what my students would like to study. I have a very positive and encouraging personality and teaching style and work well with all types of children and adults. Lessons include not only learning to play the piano, but also theory training, ear training, music history, listening, improvisation, ensemble activities, lead sheets, chord charts, and how to play in a band.

 

Music Materials 

I will purchase needed materials and submit an invoice to you for reimbursement. 

 

Tuition

Private thirty-minute lessons once per week are offered at a charge of $125.00 per month for 30-minute lessons, $175.00 per month for 45-minute lessons, and $225.00 per month for one hour lessons. There will be a late fee charged of $15.00 if payment for the month is not received by the 15th of the month.  Payment options include cash, check, Venmo, Zelle, or via PayPal through the emailed invoice.  

 

Lesson Attendance

It is expected that each student will attend all scheduled lessons.  If a lesson is to be missed, please notify me via text as soon as possible. I will not refund missed lessons with no notice given. If I must miss a lesson, I will try to give as much notice as possible, and that lesson will be made up or a credit given on the next month’s invoice.  Please note that I do not extend lesson time if a student arrives late. I begin and end all lessons on time due to keeping a strict schedule for all students’ benefit. 

 

Practice Time

In order for a student to progress, there must be regular practice.  Specific instructions will be given for each student on how to practice, and this must be done 6 days out of the week. Daily sufficient practice time at home is the best way to experience consistent progress at the piano. Learning skills necessary to become a proficient pianist do not occur by only attending one lesson a week. Parents, your students will often need your help and encouragement as they grow in their self-motivation, self-discipline, and maturity in learning this new language of music. Build practice into their daily routine!

 

Instrument

All students need to have an acoustic piano or an 88-key touch-sensitive digital piano with a damper pedal in their homes within a reasonable amount of time after their first lesson.  

 

Performance

I highly encourage all students to participate in recitals, festivals, and competitions, but do not require participation. Festival opportunities include Winter/Christmas Recital, Spring Recital, Young Artists Auditions with RPTA and exam evaluations with Royal Conservatory of Music.

 

Parental Involvement (for students under 18 years of age)

While most students are initially excited to begin piano lessons, please be aware that they will face challenges and sometimes frustrations. This is normal! Parents are ALWAYS invited to observe lessons at any time! I believe it is important for parents to be involved in their students’ education and this includes piano. In fact, consider taking lessons with your student! I find that children love learning with their parents.

 

If there are any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact me!