Tuition for the month’s lessons is due by the 1st of every month. I will order books and materials needed for lessons and provide parents with a statement of the amount owed which will be paid at the next lesson.
There are 32 weekly lessons September through May. Monthly tuition is $91 for 30 minute lessons, and $136 for 45 minute lessons.
Payments can be mailed at the studio address or submitted at the lesson.
Returned checks for insufficient funds will result in a fee of $30.
In order to progress and accomplish the student’s goals, lesson attendance is expected and mandatory. Please be on time. Lessons can be rescheduled if the student is ill or has a family emergency that prevents them from attending their normal lesson time if I am notified 24 hours in advance. A no-show without 24 hour notice is a forfeited lesson.
All students are expected to take part in studio classes (an informal, students-only performance opportunity, occurring at least twice a semester), and the annual Spring recital. My students also have the opportunity to participate in Minnesota Music Teachers Association programs, like the State Contest, piano and theory exams, and the Playathon at Mall of America.
If the student wishes to discontinue lessons, 30 days' notice is required.
Lessons will be terminated if any of the following becomes habitual:
-Failure to pay on time
-Excessive absences that inhibit progress
-Failure to be prepared for lessons
-Inappropriate or disrespectful behavior during lessons
-Damage or disrespect of property
A calendar showing teaching weeks and non-teaching weeks will be distributed each September.
Summer lesson info is distributed in the spring.
I expect students to have an acoustic piano at home to practice on. The weighted keys are crucial for students to develop healthy technique that electronic keyboards cannot provide. It must be in good working order so that students can get excited to play piano! This means having it tuned yearly, having working pedals, and a sturdy, comfortable bench.
A student's musical growth depends on the work they do outside of lessons. The more you practice, the more fun music you'll be able to learn! I expect students to practice each day (including the day of the lesson) in order to get the most out of private lessons.
Young beginners should start with 15 minutes of daily practice, gradually working up to 30 minutes. It often takes some parental guidance to help young kiddos build up a consistent practice routine and to stay accountable.
Older or intermediate students should devote 30-45 minutes to daily practice.
Practice tips :
Schedule practice time (Before school? After dinner? Before homework?), and stick with it.
Check your assignment sheet--this will tell you everything that you need to practice this week.
Use stickers, or check-marks to keep track of each time you practice.
Don't play your piece beginning-to-end and hope that it sounds okay. Instead, focus on mastering 4 measures at a time until it feels confident and easy.
Try singing, or clapping the rhythm of the piece before playing it.
If you have issues concentrating, try breaking up practice into 10 minute chunks, 3 times a day.
Playing piano is an enriching journey that takes time, patience, discipline, and a positive outlook. You'll have a more rewarding experience if you set small goals to meet in your daily practice!