I believe it is important to develop a love and appreciation of music from an early age. The younger beginner (including pre- and new readers) is more than capable of learning piano technique and music reading skills with appropriate age-based curriculum.
The cost of lessons is $17.00 per week for 30-minute lessons (plus a $25 per semester fee for books.) Payment is due at the beginning of the lesson each week, or payment for the month can be made at the beginning of the first lesson of the month. It is very important to be on time for your lesson (a few minutes early is even better!) as the schedule is very full. If you cannot attend a lesson, please let me know as soon as possible. Make-up lessons will be offered as time allows. If I will be gone, I will give you at least one week’s notice and the opportunity to schedule a make-up lesson.
In the past, I have just charged for books as I purchased them. However, with the vast number of 'supplemental' books now available, and flash cards, and worksheets, I have decided to charge a flat fee per semester for books. This will be included in your invoice for the first month's lessons. As a parent, you will still be saving money by paying the flat fee rather than if I charged for every single book or set of flash cards. This way, every supplement I give your child will be his or hers to keep, you get to take advantage of my teacher discount, and you don't have to pay for shipping or tax on books. If you would like to see a projected actual cost of your child's books, I am glad to share that with you.
I expect all students, no matter their age, to practice every day. I know it can be hard to find the time, but even 10 minutes a day of good practice time makes a huge difference in your progress. Parents, please understand that younger children will need help staying on task during their practice time. For this reason, all students will be expected to keep a practice journal where they will record their practice times and what they accomplished. Also, I will write down exactly what the student will need to work on after every lesson. This will serve as a guide for practice time.
Every student will be encouraged to perform in a Christmas Program during the Winter and a recital in the Spring. This is a fabulous opportunity to show your friends and family how hard you have worked! Also, all students will be expected to attend at least one Master Class in the Fall and at least one Master Class in the Spring. Master Classes are a great way for students to play in front of their peers and receive instruction as a group. Please see the 'Studio News' area of the website for dates and let me know of any conflicts as soon as possible.