Playing music is like learning to speak a new language. In order to become fluent we need to study technique, theory and performance skills including:
Playing written music on the keyboard, improvising and sight reading
Producing a beautiful tone
Writing musical notation
Following rhythmic patterns
Understanding musical terms
Developing listening skills in different musical styles and historical periods
Composing music and arranging accompaniments
Learning to play the piano develops skills of:
Patience and Perseverance
I believe in creating a relationship of trust and positive reinforcement. I take each student at their current level and ability and encourage them to do their personal best. Learning to play an instrument as a child is the beginning of a life-long relationship with music. Even a one or two year introduction to music will lay a foundation for further musical study at later stages in life.
Remember – It’s called “playing” the piano because it’s supposed to be fun! It’s no fun if students don’t practice. Repetition is a necessary part of learning.
Practice makes progress. At the beginning level we require 15 minutes a day. Later levels increase the amount of time. It is important to make music every day even if it’s just for a few minutes. Only through practice do you make enough progress to make it fun.
This is essential ***Please be sure to practice right after your lesson – the same day- so that you can remember what we talked about.
Lessons are scheduled for ½ hour. The year begins on Tuesday September 4 through May 29. The cost is $720 per year payable in monthly installments of $80, which are due at the first lesson of each month. If you need monthly receipts, please let me know. I do not teach the week between Christmas and New Year From December 24 through January 1). I take two weeks of paid vacation.
Each family pays a non-refundable registration feet of $50 . In September I will bill you for all music purchases from 9/2013 to 8/31/2014.
In June, July and August lessons are scheduled on a flexible basis. Lessons will be $19 each. I encourage all my students to stay involved in piano over the summer and to schedule as many lessons as possible!
Call me as soon as possible if you need to cancel or change a lesson time. I will try to reschedule within the week, if possible. There are no refunds for missed lessons.
*Please note that each year I take two weeks of paid vacation.