Studio Policy 2020-2021
Music study is an essential component of a child’s education. The objective of this studio is to develop the musical potential of each student in the areas of general musicianship, technical proficiency and performance.
A daily practice schedule is essential for progress and enjoyment in piano study. Parents are encouraged to create the structure for their child’s practice. Mastery during each practice session is more important than actual minutes. Age and level of advancement are considered when deciding how much time the student should practice. This will be determined by the teacher along with the parent and student.
A practice schedule of 5-6 days a week is encouraged. Less than four days results in minimal progress and enjoyment.
Assignments and practice directions will be written in the lesson notebook weekly. Students are encouraged to read the notebook and follow the lesson assignments.
Students will be asked to record their weekly practice time in their notebook. For students in grades 1-7, parents are asked to sign the practice record.
It is important for students to practice on a piano that is in good condition and well-tuned. It is recommended that pianos be tuned at least once a year.
Students will need a metronome for practice.
Recommended Weekly Lesson Length
30 minute - younger beginners
45 minute - older beginners through intermediate level
60 minute - late intermediate and advanced level
Tuition is a flat monthly fee during the regular lesson schedule from September - May. During summer break from the beginning of June until the end of August, lessons are billed at a per lesson fee. Please contact me for current rates.
Group Lessons and Performance Classes
Four group lessons and two performance classes scheduled throughout the year. These classes are designed to develop stage presence and confidence during performance. There is no extra charge for these classes. They are considered make-up lessons in the event of a missed lesson.
Students are encouraged to schedule three or more lessons during the summer break. Summer lessons are essential for skill maintenance as well as continued progress. Lessons may be scheduled on an individual basis and are charged at the per lesson fee. Payment may be made at the end of the summer for the total number of lessons taken.
Lessons for the 2020-21 school year will begin on Tues., Sept. 8 and conclude on Fri., June 4. This makes for approximately 36 lessons with holidays as scheduled on the studio calendar.
RECITALS AND PERFORMANCES
Recitals are scheduled in January and late May. Participation in the recitals is required. Participation in the WA State Music Artistry Program, Musicfest Northwest and Piano Guild Adjudications are optional but encouraged for goal setting and feedback on progress. The teacher will advise students when they are ready to enter these additional events.
Cooperation and communication between parents, teacher and student is essential. Parents are encouraged to speak with the teacher often concerning their child's progress.