Students are expected to actively participate in piano, to practice daily in preparation
for lessons and recitals, and to demonstrate a positive attitude and interest in
learning to play. The repertoire for lessons is geared toward the interest of the
student, and I do teach jazz, blues, and popular music in addition to the classics.
Please let me know what your interests are so that we can work together to find
the perfect musical fit for you!
I offer two weekly lesson types: 45 minutes and 60 minutes in length. I recommend
at least a 45 minute lesson. An hour lesson is ideal as there is much more one-on-one
interaction. In addition, students learn faster, feel more confident in their capabilities,
understand music better, and enjoy music to a greater extent. Thirty-minute lessons
are not recommended and are currently being phased out of the studio.
Group Lessons and Performance Classes:
Included in tuition fees are group lessons, performance classes, and recitals. These
dates are scheduled at the beginning of the semester and are on the studio calendar.
Please make every effort to attend all of these classes as they provide important
learning and developmental experiences.
A group lesson is a class with other students (typically 4 or more) that are around
the same age and skill level that are held multiple times throughout the semester.
These lessons last an hour and include musical games and other learning activities
that are appropriate for the age group. Group lessons are very valuable and provide
significant learning opportunities. No books are required unless specifically indicated
prior to the lesson.
A performance class is a class with other students (typically 4 or more) and should
be attended by all students. This usually occurs a few weeks before a recital and
will be at least an hour in length. During the class, it is expected that the student
will perform from memory their selected piece(s) in preparation for the recital.
This is an invaluable time for students to practice their performance and to observe
other students and learn from them. After each student’s performance, I work with
each student to help them understand and enhance their performance. Please note
that participation in a recital is optional, but is strongly recommended. Even if
you decide not to participate in the recital participation, I strongly recommend
that every student should make an effort to attend these classes.
If you are in the process of searching for a piano instructor and are interested
in a trial lesson, I am happy to accommodate you. If you are interested in a trial
lesson, I can arrange a 30 minute lesson for $30.
Additional Lessons During Breaks:
During the course of the year, there are some breaks which are outlined in the studio
calendar (winter break, spring break, pre-summer, and post-summer lessons breaks).
Please contact me if you would like to purchase additional lessons during these
times. If I am available, I am more than happy to schedule additional lessons.
I do understand the temptation of “taking the summer off” and not continuing lessons
from June through August. It is important to realize that when taking the summer
off, one loses a bit of what they have learned during the year. Many students excel
during the summer due to the extra practice time, and I encourage everyone to take
summer lessons. In the spring, I will send out an email with options for the summer.
In addition, those students that wish to ensure that they retain a space for the
following fall semester must participate in summer lessons. For those that choose
not to take lessons during the summer, lesson times in the fall semester will be
given on a first come, first serve basis beginning on August 1. If you do not take
during the summer, please contact me on or after August 1 to inquire as to availability.