Mission & Policy

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Piano Studio is to strive for musical excellence while teaching life lessons through learning the piano. Using piano repertoire and keyboard skills we seek to have each student develop the skills necessary for a lifetime of enjoying playing the piano and sharing it with others.


Studio Policy:

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 I am delighted that you have decided to study piano with me! I will teach you the language of music. My studio has a positive and enthusiastic environment, and I will tailor the curriculum to match your specific learning needs. I believe that learning music is a very important part of any education and I have established the following policies for my studio to help you gain the most from this experience.



What you can expect from me:
  • Music from the classical and popular repertoire
  • Piano technique to enable you to play the above repertoire
  • Music reading skills
  • Rhythm and counting skills
  • Music Theory
  • Performance Skills
  • A love for all music and the skills to play it!
What I expect from the student:
  • Ask questions if you don’t understand something. There is no such thing as a “dumb” question.
  • Write out rhythm on assigned music and any other written assignments.
  • Come to each “Piano Party” prepared and ready to perform!
  • Have trimmed fingernails and washed hands.
  • Bring ALL of your books to lessons


Tuition & Credits 
Tuition:
Lesson fees are per term, NOT per lesson. Each year there are three- 4 month long terms and these are subject to annual review. Each term you are guaranteed:
  • 12 private lessons
  • 2 Piano Parties (Performance Classes)
You may pay by the month ($75.00) or by the term ($300). There is a 10% CASH discount (books and other accessories are excluded). You also have the option to pay via Venmo, an app for smartphones. If you choose to pay this way, you will receive a receipt via email.
Tuition is to be paid the first week of the month. If tuition is paid after the first week of the month, a $15 late fee will be applied. Each month you will receive an invoice which will include the cost of any books or accessories you have purchased in addition to tuition.
Each year in August, there is a yearly registration fee of $35.00 to help defray the costs of Piano Parties, music incentives, candy bucket and prize basket incentives, bookkeeping, scheduling, website cost and maintenance, and time spent on email and phone calls.



Missed Lessons:
  • Any lesson that I have to cancel, a credit will be given to you.
  • No credits or makeup lessons will be provided for students who miss lessons for any reason.

Tardiness:
Please know that I understand that some days just don’t go the way we have planned. Unfortunately, with the amount of students that I have, if you are late, I cannot push into the next lesson. I am happy to take you or your student as tardy, but te lesson will end at its regularly scheduled time.

Media Policy and Release
From time to time I use photos and short videos of my students that I will post on Facebook or Youtube and on my website. These kinds of videos and posts are helpful to other teachers and inspires the students. If you DO NOT want your own image(s) or your child’s image(s) to be used, please check the box on the last page of this policy. In general, the students love to see their pictures and videos on my website or teaching page. They find it motivating and exciting to think that others want to know what they are learning. Besides, it is a great opportunity for you to “brag” about your own or your child’s accomplishments! By signing our studio policy, you agree to let The Piano Studio use photos and videos of your student.
I also have a Facebook page where I post students’ pictures, winners of competitions, Piano Party prize winners, and studio announcements. For the most up to date information on what is happening in our studio, please visit our Facebook Page. Like the page so that it will appear on your feed. 

Calendar & Purchasing Music
Calendar:
I try to follow the Washington County School District’s calendar in regards to holidays. I will indicate what days will be non-lesson days on your term calendar, with reminders on your monthly invoice. If you have any questions, please text or call.
Purchasing Music:
To make things easier for busy parents, I purchase all music and give it to students at their lessons. If I don’t have the music you or your student needs I will text you a link from which you can purchase it. That way, you won’t have to guess if it is the correct level or not. You will receive an invoice for any music that you or your student receives at their lessons. Please pay promptly. While I never skimp on the quality of music, I try to choose music that is of reasonable cost and will best suit you and your student’s needs.

Practicing & Practicing Guidelines for Parents
Practicing:
Ahh, the eternal question from student to teacher . . . “How long do I have to practice?” Students who are going through the time and effort of taking lessons should plan to practice daily. A minimum level of practice is 6 days a week. Though there are busy times in all of our lives, if you or your student finds that week after week they are unable to meet the minimum practice level, I may choose to discontinue their lessons and refer them to other instructors that might better suit their practicing habits.
Practicing Guidelines for Parents:
  • Set regular practice times and remind yourself or your child to practice
  • Keep the piano in good working order and in tune. If you need the name and number of a piano technician please let me know.
  • Provide a practice environment free from distraction (no TV or iPod music playing during practice time)
  • Listen to your child play. Keep your comments positive and encouraging.
  • Make sure friends and family respect practice times.
  • Know that there will be times when your student will resist practicing. There are ages that are more difficult to motivate to practice than others. This is NORMAL. Be understanding of occasional lapses, but stress the need for regularity.
  • Don’t allow your student to skip a lesson because he or she has not practiced. The student who hasn’t practiced is the most in need of a lesson.
  • Don’t emphasize how long the practice time is, but how much has been accomplished.
  • Feel free to text or call me when you have a question or comment (good or bad). The best way to reach me is by email (iteachkidspiano@gmail.com) or via my cell phone (435-256-5271). I usually don’t answer the telephone during lesson times, so texting is usually better. Though I may not respond immediately, I do make a point of responding to you before the end of the day.
The times listed here are based on the average concentration/attention span for a given age. Also, this time can be broken down into two or three sessions if the student is having difficulty with concentrating for extended periods of time. Practicing daily should be the goal.

Age
Practice Time (in minutes)
> 6
10-20
7-8
15-30
9-10
20-30
11-12
30-45
12 +
45-60

Please realize that when new concepts are introduced to the student, the practice time might be elongated in order to perfect the principle/idea assigned. When it has been mastered, the practice time usually returns to the normal time frame.

Performance Opportunities
Piano Parties
Piano Parties are my own version of “recitals”, although not as formal. These parties provide students with the opportunity to become comfortable playing in front of their peers, and help prepare them for performing in front of a judge at ZPPAF .
At Piano Party, there is always a group lesson, individual performances, and, like any good party: food! Additionally, there are prizes and raffles for answering questions about our group lessons.

Zion’s Piano Performing Arts Festival (ZPPAF)
This is required of all my students . . . no exceptions. (First year students and transfer students are given the option of participating the first year.)
ZPPAF is normally the last half of April. The registration fee of $15 is due the first week in February. As the date gets closer, I will give you more information. We usually start picking our pieces by July-September in order to have them ready by April.

Please remember that although I want to make studying music enjoyable and fun for you or your student, music involves a lot of hard, concentrated effort. I sincerely hope that the combination of my teaching and of your encouragement and discipline at home will make studying music a wonderful experience for all!

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