I am so thrilled that you are considering piano lessons! This may well be the key to years of pleasure and accomplishment for you as you open the door to the universal language of music! In order to ensure that your student receives the most effective and creative teaching possible, I have established the following policies to help you as you make the commitment to beginning (or continuing) keyboard instruction.
Online lessons are held weekly. View the attached schedule for lesson dates and blocked lesson dates.
Lessons are thirty minutes with the option of increasing to 45 minutes for intermediate or advanced students.
Payment and Tuition
Please contact me as it depends on the time of day and how many students are in the family.
Every student stops taking lesson at some point. Ideally, this decision is made thoughtfully with plenty of discussion between the teacher, parent, and student so that lessons can cease with a positive sense of closure. For this reason, the teacher asks for one month’s notice prior to discontinuing lessons. However, the teacher respects the student’s right to end lessons at any time. No refunds for the current month of lessons will be given. Note: At the discretion of the teacher, students may be dismissed at any time if they have unpaid tuition, an excess amount of absences/unprepared lessons, or if they show a lack of interest.
Cancellations and makeup lessons
- Because speciﬁc times are set aside for speciﬁc students, a student who does not attend a lesson will simply forfeit the beneﬁt of that lesson. I will then use that time to plan for the student’s progress, locate materials, etc. My teaching schedule is very full and for this reason I cannot offer refunds, discounts or makeups unless I am unable to teach the promised number of lessons. When possible I will accommodate for one makeup lesson per semester, this will typically take place on a saturday morning or a weekday evening. I can’t promise makeup lessons as it depends on my schedule.
- Please feel free to contact me via email, phone, or text for any questions or concerns! If you need to miss a lesson, please notify me as soon as possible. I appreciate your communication!
- Students who take online lessons and live in Arizona are welcome to attend my studio recitals. If not, then I encourage parents to find a local recital that they can join. Another good option is having an in home recital for friends and family. All students will be given “recital” songs whether or not they are attending my local recital.
- Students will need new books and materials throughout the year. Parents will be notified when the student needs new books, books can be purchased at a local music store or through Amazon.com
- Every student needs a metronome as well as a piano or weighted keyboard.
Practice and Commitment
- Regular practice is imperative to learn how to play proﬁciently. A minimum of 30-45 minutes of practice, 5 days a week is required.
- Parents are encouraged to observe piano lessons at least once a month to understand what is required of the student for practicing. Parent’s who observe are better able to help with practice during the week.
- The role of a parent is perhaps the most important one in their music education. Parent’s should look over weekly assignments with the child and help in learning songs when possible. The parent and child together are responsible in making sure that the student is prepared for each weekly lesson. For new beginners this means the parent will need to sit with the child as they go over songs, exercises, theory, scales, flashcards, etc… It will be very difficult for a student learn without the support of a parent or guardian.
Monthly Progress reports
- I keep detailed records of each lesson with each student. Within these records I track how well prepared they are for their lesson as well as how many songs they are passing off. This helps me to better understand how I can help them improve. Upon request I’m happy to send parents a summary of these reports so they may also understand how to help the student improve! These reports are very useful!