Lessons are scheduled weekly and are available for 30, 45, or 60 minutes.
Students will receive 31 lessons and 2 performance classes from September through May. Summer lessons are available from June through August, and the student may choose the number of lessons to fit busy summer schedules.
All students play in 2 recitals each year. Currently these are not part of the tuition, though that is subject to change in the future.
Imagine if you went to the gym for 9 months and made great progress, then took 3 months off. Much of that hard work goes right out the window! Piano lessons are a very similar situation. Parents can feel that their child has earned a summer-long break, but the child then is frustrated in the fall when he or she has backtracked considerably. Current students are expected to take a minimum of 7 summer lessons.
Students who do not sign up for summer lessons relinquish their spot in the studio.
Tuition is a set, pro-rated monthly rate and is due at the first lesson of each month. A one-time $50 books and materials fee is due at the beginning of each year (September). Festival and competition fees are to be paid separately and are due a month before the scheduled event.
All students pay a registration fee at the start of each school year (September). The fee is used to cover materials and music books throughout the year.
"Your child will progress musically only as far as their instrument will let them."
Yes, students will need a real, acoustic piano with working pedals. Pianos must be tuned at least once per year. Piano lessons don’t just teach the student to read music and keep a steady beat, but also to make beautiful music! Good pianos are available in all price ranges, with many available for free via social media.
Weighted keyboards, no matter how expensive, are no substitute for a real piano.
All pianos and 88-key keyboards are the same length, and the depth and height vary by make and model. Many people initially say a piano won’t fit and then when it is in their home suddenly the spacing works out! If you have room for an 88-key keyboard, you have room for an upright!
Your tuition is buying the teacher’s time, training, and experience. Please try to keep this standing appointment. If a lesson must be missed please give at least a 24-hour notice. Makeup lessons are not offered, though students may swap times with other students to avoid missing a lesson altogether. Lessons missed by the teacher will be credited or made up.
Each student who registers for lessons in the fall makes a commitment for the entire school year (September through May). Thus, ending lessons is only appropriate at the end of the school year. If an exception to this policy is necessary, a month’s notice is required. If notice is not given, tuition for one month will still be owed.
Absolutely not! Have you ever heard of an adult student who regretted starting piano lessons? As with any new venture, you must be willing to put in the time. It doesn’t need to be hours every day, but an adult’s week could fly by without a single note played. Schedule in the time each day to get to the piano, attend your weekly lessons, and you will be absolutely amazed with yourself!
Students must meet all of their weekly assignments. At each lesson we will review practice techniques specific for that week and set a personal practice goal. Regular practice is absolutely essential for successful music lessons. It doesn’t matter how skilled the teacher is if the student isn’t willing to put in consistent time during the week. All students are expected to have clipped fingernails to ensure proper piano technique.
Parental support is a must for the child’s musical growth. In addition to a good instrument, students need uninterrupted practice time and encouragement. While it is important for children to develop independence they sometimes need to be reminded to practice. Leaving it completely up to the child to remember to practice daily usually results in lack of practicing and the whole experience fizzling out. Younger students might need parental help during the week to to make sure they are following their weekly assignments.
Parents should also see that their child arrives to his or her lesson on time. If a student arrives late, his or her lesson will not be extended past the scheduled time.
It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure the safe arrival and departure of their child.
We set weekly practice goals at each lesson recorded in their notebook:
•Pre-School/Kindergarten: 15 minutes x 5 days
•1st/2nd: 25 minutes x 5 days
•3rd/4th/5th: 35 minutes x 5 days
•6th/7th/8th: 45 minutes x 5 days
•High School: 60 minutes x 5 days
Many parents stress that they want their child to just ‘have fun’ with piano lessons. They aren’t pushing for their child to major in music or give solo recitals, and that is absolutely fine!! Adults beginning piano for the first time often want to play more familiar pop-oriented music. While not everyone will be a professional pianist, it is a wonderful and invaluable skill to have throughout one’s life. We learn many different styles of piano music and work to make a solid piano foundation. Creating a strong foundation enables the student to be able to learn new music independently, whatever the genre.
Though the goal may be to ‘have fun’, it is not fun for either the student or the teacher when the student arrives unprepared. Whether the student is learning standard repertoire or arranged pop songs, a consistent practice schedule is a must!
K-12 students are encouraged to participate in performance opportunities in the Saint Louis area throughout the year. Performances motivate students to practice and master their pieces. In addition to festivals and competitions we will hold at least two studio recitals per year. All K-12 students participate in recitals in November and May. Adult students may participate in very low-key events twice a year. These events are a wonderful chance for adult students to work towards a goal of preparing a piece and to meet other like-minded students.
For adult students, performing is not mandatory but attendance is encouraged.
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