Lessons

Lessons are in my home studio and are one-on-one each week. Traditional teaching methods are interwoven with specific approaches based on student learning styles. Fun, interactive games where students can learn or review concepts like rhythm, chords, note values, ear training, composing, note reading, and more, are often used during lesson times. Two yearly recitals give students the ability to set goals and work consistently toward meeting those goals. Other opportunities to perform in music festivals, assisted living facilities, and music competitions are also made available.

There are no long term or year round contracts, but clients in my studio are given a lesson day and time for the whole school year that is solely reserved for their child(ren). Generally speaking, make-up lessons are not available, but lessons are billed monthly based on the lessons attended. For more information about my policies, please click on the Policies page below the Lessons menu.

The families who get the most out of my studio are families who work together to make music a priority in their home and daily life. In addition, children who do well with routines, are mature enough to work with an adult for a minimum 30-minute lesson once a week, and who have an intrinsic motivation to learn piano will do the best in my studio.

Parents who:

  • observe lessons often,
  • are involved in practice time at home,
  • schedule regular practice time at home,
  • communicate with me regularly about progress, and
  • are committed to lessons for the long term (beyond just trying it out), find that their children succeed in my studio.

Lesson Tracks:

Not everyone wants to be a concert pianist. And traditional piano lessons do not work for every person. Therefore, students and families in my studio work with me to choose what will work best toward meeting their goals. Tracks are not pre-determined, but are tailored to each student’s goals, gifts and situation.

  • Some students choose traditional classical-music based lessons with competitive opportunities.
  • Some students choose a Blues/Jazz and lead sheet track with improv and composition emphasis.
  • Some students choose method books and supplemental pop music.
  • Some students choose a midi or computer based model for early learning and keyboard awareness.
  • Some students choose a music history format learning about music from its earliest beginnings to present forms.
  • Some students work on a 30 piece challenge giving them a breadth of experience with all genres and levels of music.

Regardless of the track, everyone still learns the foundations of playing piano, reading music, and music theory. Essential habits for good technique, learning note identification, rhythm, ear training, sight reading, composition, and performance are woven into lesson and practice times regardless of the track a student pursues.

 

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