ADULT INFORMATION PAGE
What can you as a student expect from piano lessons in this studio?
You can expect a full 45 minute lesson once a week. 30 minutes of that lesson will be filled with exercises to improve dexterity, assignments in a course book with progressive lessons designed for your ability level, assignments in an accompanying solo book to apply the progressive lessons in the course book, and instructions on other solos selected by the teacher (with your help) to eventually perform (if you so desire) for Recitals.
The first or last 15 minutes of the lesson will be in theory study, both written and applied. I would like to inject that theory is a chance to look at why music is written and played the way it is and also gives you a chance to possibly compose and improvise at the piano with a working knowledge of what you are creating. (This is optional for adults and we can make it a full lesson of nothing but playing, but I would like to emphasize that I feel that this study will give you a more in-depth study of why the composers write their music the way they do and/or did).
As I stated in the contract, I do not require set practice time. However, I do expect all instructions that are written in the assignment book to be accomplished by the next lesson. I do stress that daily practice is much more beneficial than long, lengthy practices several times a week.
The recommended practice times for the Adult Student are: 1 hour a day, six days a week. Adults, however, must listen to their body and if practice is creating a physical problem you need to cut back on your daily practice and let me know so that I can study your practice posture.
National Guild Auditions is in the Spring of the year. This performance evaluation (not a contest) is a good way for the Adult Student to get an outside opinion of their performance and progress with a one on one evaluation. (This is optional)
Recitals are fun! I prepare my students for all evaluations and recitals with a vigor that gives them the self-esteem to perform without "petrifying fear". I do present to them the fact that they will be "anxiously nervous" but as long as we have prepared well the performance will be a success. Maybe not always as good as we would like but nevertheless a success. (Again, this is optional for the Adult Student.)
I become a very close friend because I will be dealing directly with many emotions; in fact, I will become a "strange" new member to the family for (I hope) many years.
A well-performed piece of music is an emotional experience and a terrific outlet for today's stressful life. Each student receives a little part of me as I share my music with them.
Yes, there will be downs and ups and they are to be handled carefully. I must be made aware of them so that I can change the lessons accordingly.
ADULT STUDIO GUIDELINES
Lesson fees are a flat fee of $95.00 per month. Additional family members are a flat fee of $85.00 per month. The fee is due at the first lesson of each month.
Lessons include a 45 minute private lesson once a week and a Spring Awards Recital.
There are 47 lessons per year. 35 lessons are during the school year from Labor Day through the 3rd week of May. The class has 1 week off for Thanksgiving and 2 weeks off for the Christmas Holidays.
During the months of June, July and August, there are 12 weeks of lessons. (See the Summer Lessons Section for more details.)
An additional month's tuition is required at the first lesson. This is for your convenience so that if you should decide to terminate lessons I will already have the extra month's tuition to cover the 4 week notice required of all students.
The extra 4 week notice is in consideration of the time, planning, money and continued education that a music teacher spends for her students' lessons.
There is also an initial nonrefundable fee of $30.00 for music literature which I will purchase for the student. You will receive an itemized list each time I buy literature. As the lessons proceed your initial fee will deplete and then you will be billed only as you begin a new book.
All invoices are due and payable on the first day of the month. If payment is not received at the end of the fifteenth day of the month, an automatic late fee of $10.00 per student will be added to the invoice.
All music literature will be bought by myself. The student will need an acoustic piano or an 88-key electronic keyboard with pedal in good condition, a working metronome and a CD player and/or MP3 player. If you do not want to purchase a metronome, there are free apps on your smartphones and tablets available. They just need to be accessible to the student during practice time.
No lessons will be given during the holidays for Labor Day (which will be made up the following Friday), Thanksgiving, Christmas and Independence Day (which will be made up the following Friday).
What your fee pays for is the students’ assigned lesson time. After assigned lesson times is my family's time. Please do not ask me to make up lessons. It will be at my discretion if I make up the lesson. I will base this decision on crucial performances coming up and whether I have open lesson times to use for make-up lessons.
I will make up all lessons that I may miss for illness or any other reasons.
During the period of June 1-August 31 I will make up any two absences when I am given a 24-hour notice. This is basically designed for summer vacations and/or summer camps.
If a student has not studied one year in my class by June 1 then I will require him/her to take three 4-week sessions of lessons during the summer. After one year of study in my class I will require only two 4-week sessions of lessons during the summer.
If this guideline is not adhered to, then I will be forced to use the vacant, unpaid lesson slot for a student from the waiting list and/or require payment of the month in lieu of losing the student's time.
Needless to say, I would like to see students study as much of the summer as possible because skills and knowledge will be lost with each absence.
TERMINATION OF LESSONS
There will never be a reason for my terminating a student other than non-payment of lessons.
Adult participation in recitals is optional. I love including my adult students in recitals and to encourage your participation I will not require that you memorize your music. It is harder for adults to memorize and believe me, I know it.
Spring Awards Recital will be around the third week of May each year.
NATIONAL GUILD OF PIANO TEACHERS AUDITIONS
The National Guild Auditions are held in the Spring and much of what is prepared for the year can be used in the National Guild Auditions. Participation is a requirement for students between the ages of 5 and 19 years of age that start lessons before January of the current year. Over 19 years of age the Guild is a very rewarding option.
I take great pride in the excellence of my preparation of students for these music activities. No student needs to worry about being prepared because we will do this together and the student will feel great pleasure in his/her achievements as long as their practice skills are exercised each day at home.