|PREPARED LESSONS -
Students who come well prepared ENJOY their lessons!
- Establish a definite daily practice schedule. It
should not be the last priority after athletics, school and social events.
Remember, it is not how long you practice, but how well you practice. Please
read "Getting The Most Out of Piano Lessons" under the menu item
Keys to Success.
- ALL books are to be brought to each lesson, unless
I specifically instruct you to leave it at home. Written work is to be
completed before the lesson, or lesson time will be taken to finish it.
- The lesson assignment book contains a practice
record which is to be filled in daily.
- Please come with well trimmed nails and clean
hands. Gum will be wrapped and deposited in the "gum graveyard".
- Parents, be your child's personal cheerleader.
Praise often and honestly!
- Provide the best piano possible. It must be well
tuned and in good working order.
- The practice room needs to be pleasant,
comfortably heated/cooled, with good lighting and free from distraction.
Siblings need to respect this practice time. Create a family attitude that time
at the piano is free of interruptions.
- Love music! Listen to the best available. Watch
recorded performances together. We live close to cities of cultural
opportunities. Attend performances whenever possible.
|MATERIALS - You will
||A well tuned piano, metronome, music, "tuned in" mind
and ears, and a DESIRE to learn!
|GROUP LESSONS aka Piano
||These are held approximately every 6 weeks and are
free! Students have an opportunity to perform pieces that have been selected at
lesson before an audience of their peers. This develops self-confidence and
poise at the piano, and provides a learning atmosphere for recital manners as
well as audience manners. Students receive motivation from their peers and
build friendships through theory games. I also provide a short lesson of music
history. Attendance is expected and strongly encouraged.
|| All students will participate in a Spring Recital held
in mid-May. Students are expected to be fully prepared to perform two weeks in
advance. Please encourage your student to play and perform often, for friends,
family, church, school etc. I will be happy to help them prepare for these
special performances. Some students are invited to participate in the Gold Cup
Festival held each spring through National Federated Music Club. There are
nominal fees involved with this festival.
||If a student regularly misses lessons, a conference
with the parent will determine if lessons will continue. Please call me if your
child is sick or MUST cancel a lesson and a make-up lesson may be scheduled at
the teacher's convenience. Regular attendance is necessary for consistent
progress to be made. When a student is unprepared for any reason, it becomes
even more important for him/her to attend the lesson.
expected to arrive on time and be picked up promptly. Tardiness results in lost
lesson time. Please enter and leave quietly so that another student's lesson is
not disrupted. A calendar of piano parties and holidays will be provided at the
first lesson. If schools are closed due to inclement weather, music lessons are
canceled for that day as well.
|We are in a partnership together...parent, student and
teacher. We want to work together for the best experience in the study of
music, the universal language. Parents, feel free to attend lessons, and if you
have any concerns or suggestions, please contact me.