Studio Policies

Lessons
Private lessons are offered in weekly 30, 45, or 60 minute sessions.  Generally children 6 and up are accepted for beginning piano.  Children 12 and up are accepted for flute lessons.  Depending on the student’s goals, 45 or 60 minute lessons may be appropriate for more advanced students.  Transfer students will receive an initial consultation during their first lesson to assess current abilities and discuss what they would like to accomplish, establishing expectations for both the teacher and student.  The curriculum is customized to meet each student’s specific goals and needs, but will always include performance of both classical and popular music styles, note-reading, technique, and elements of ear training and music theory.

Practicing
Practicing expectations will vary with individual student’s goals and pacing, but generally 30 minutes of practice a day, 5 days per week, is expected for 30-minute lessons and 60 minutes of practice a day for 60-minute lessons.  That being said, goal achievement is more important than the number of minutes practiced each day.  Students are taught to reach specific weekly musical goals rather than to watch the clock.  Quality is valued over quantity, and the job of the teacher is to show the student what to practice and how to practice it.

Performance Opportunities                                                                                     

Students perform in annual recitals.  Some students also choose to participate in Solo & Ensemble through their school music program.

Tuition payment
Tuition is paid monthly at the beginning of the month.

Missed lessons
As a courtesy, please provide advance notice as soon as possible when it’s necessary to cancel a lesson.  If a lesson needs to be cancelled by the teacher, it can be rescheduled for another day that week (if possible) or be credited to the student’s account.

Materials
The cost for books and materials are not included with tuition.  New students will be assessed and the teacher will recommend appropriate books, flashcards, and other materials.  Transfer students should bring any books they were studying with their previous teacher to their first lesson.

For beginning adults, the recommended first-year piano book is– Alfred’s Adult All-in-One Course-Lesson-Theory-Technic Level 1 for piano, published by Alfred and can be purchased on Amazon.