Studio Policy (The Gist)
Taking online lessons is a combination of the following; Interactive video's, customized lesson assignments, face to face Skype time, music apps for learning theory, recording, performing, and more!
Student's have 3-4 Skype lessons per month (depending on how many weeks are in the month) and 2 Skype lessons during the month of December. The last week of each month is a YouTube recording or a live online recital.
The cost for online lessons is $100 per student per month. This cost is year round and does not change for missed lessons or during a holiday month.
Live lessons will not be made up if there is a time conflict, a recorded lesson can take its place.
Materials and method books are purchased by the parent.
Performances and recordings are a high priority. Students should make every opportunity to attend online quarterly recitals.
Materials for lessons
During online Skype lessons students will need either a computer or tablet that is connected to Skype. They will also need a binder for their materials, method books, metronome, and a pencil.
Method books and music will be chosen by the teacher, with student input. There is a library on this website with links to each book in Amazon, you may also purchase them from a local music store.
Materials for practice
Students will use their ipad or tablet to refer to their lesson assignment and piano tutorial videos. This is crucial for getting assignments finished in time for their next lesson.
Quarterly group recitals are done through Google Hangouts. Student's love performing online in a casual setting! These performances are crucial in developing the total musician. Student's should make these recitals a priority. During the Christmas season student's are encouraged to find a local recital to join perform in.
Every student stops taking lessons at some point and it’s important that lessons culminate positively. Thus, the studio strongly encourages one month’s notice (30 days) prior to discontinuing lessons. However, at the discretion of the teacher, students may be asked to discontinue lessons at any time if they have unpaid tuition, an excess amount of absences/unprepared lessons, or if they show a lack of interest or refusal to cooperate during lessons.
Student's should use their ipad to view their assignments during daily practice.
A teacher once told me, "You only have to practice on the days that you eat". Practicing daily is essential to becoming a good pianist. Practice sessions should last between 30 minutes to an hour. Student will not progress when they don't practice, they will not enjoy lessons.
Parent's are advised to practice with students or to set a practice time for them. Making a daily practice schedule is crucial to the success of a student. The student's who practice regularly not only progress but also enjoy playing!