Lessons are given once a week for 30 or 45 minutes. All lessons will be paid for on the last lesson of each month for the next month in the same amount each month, regardless of the number of lessons given. A few extra lessons are built into the year to account for time off for the weeks of Christmas and Spring Break and any days missed due to illness, either the student’s or mine. Lesson payments arriving after the last lesson of the month will be charged a late fee of $10.00.
Make-up Lessons In order for make-up lessons to be given, students must notify me at least 24 hours prior to lesson time.Make-up lessons will then be scheduled at my convenience.If 24-hour notice is not given, students will be charged for the lesson, and will not have the opportunity for make-up. Any lessons that I miss will be made up at a time convenient to the student. No-shows will not be made up. There will be no refunds.
*Any student arriving late for a lesson will only be given the remainder of their scheduled time.
Materials Students will need to purchase a small notebook for their lesson assignments. There will be a $25 materials fee to be placed in your account for books and music. After this fee is used, I will purchase music and you can reimburse me as needed. These items are essential to the teaching process and must be brought to every lesson. Parents, please make sure that students come to each lesson prepared.
Practicing Practicing is one of the most important parts of taking piano lessons. Because we only have a short period of time together each week, it is essential that the student practices and completes lesson assignments during the week. A short amount of time each day, even 15-20 minutes, is better than cramming all of the practicing into one day. Practicing regularly will help each student progress more quickly and is primary to the learning process. Students will be expected to practice more as they progress. It is also essential that the student has a piano and the full support of family members when practicing. As a parent, you can help out by reminding your child to practice and do their assignments. Young children may need extra attention and help.
Lesson Content Lessons include theory, composition, and individualized choices of music. I generally use the Music Tree method books. Students learn children’s songs, classical music, or how to play pop and jazz.
Incentives Students can earn stickers for completing songs and pages in their theory or activities books. When a student earns 20 stickers, they receive a small prize.
Recitals and Other Opportunities I usually give recitals once or twice a year and all students are encouraged to participate. Other performance opportunities include festivals held by the Oregon Music Teachers Association, which also sponsors the Syllabus program. Students have the option of participating in Syllabus to be evaluated on meeting the requirements of different levels. All of these opportunities are optional.