Studio Policy

Fees for weekly lessons:

  • 45-minute lesson………………………..$39 + tax
  • 60-minute lesson………………………..$52 + tax
  • 60-minute a la carte lesson…………….$60 + tax

Materials required for study:

  • An acoustic piano that is well-maintained and regularly tuned at least once a year. Learning to play the piano requires musical listening and strong, sensitive fingers.  Besides being in tune, the piano also should have well-regulated action so that the keys respond properly. If your piano has not been tuned since last year, please make an appointment as soon as possible.
  • OR an 88-key digital keyboard that has fully weighted (hammer action), full-size keys and a sustain pedal.
  • A piano bench at the proper height and a footstool for students whose feet don’t reach the floor when placed flat.
  • Well-trimmed fingernails to allow proper hand position at the keyboard.
  • Canvas bag or similar carry-all for piano materials

Performance fees:

  • Spring Recital ……………………………. Depending on location, $8.00 – $10.00 (per family, covers building rental and piano tuning)
  • PEP auditions …………………………… $15.00-$20.00 per student (3 pieces performed)

Performances:

I encourage students to take advantage of as many performance opportunities as possible. They are expected to perform in the recitals (adult students may choose whether or not to perform).  Most students (excepting very early beginners) enter the PEP auditions which are held locally.

PEP stands for Performance Evaluation Program.  More information can be found at https://www.albuquerquemusicteachers.org/events/detail/pep/

Piano Practicing (Children):

Piano practicing should have the same priority as homework, sports, and other activities.  To make the best progress in music study, daily practice is necessary.  A regular time for practice, free from distractions, should be set aside each day.  This helps develop self-discipline and good work habits.  Parents need to teach their children to go to the piano 5-6 days a week and adequately practice the week’s assignment. You as parents can show your children a great deal of support simply by listening to pieces they are learning, discussing each weekly assignment, and just being generally positive.

Sometimes a student practices more efficiently by practicing in two shorter sessions each day.  Try this out to see if it’s a good plan for your child.

In the meantime, keep me posted on your child’s reaction to lessons, practicing, performing, the music studied, and enthusiasm shown or lack of it.  You are always welcome to sit in at lessons.  When questions or concerns arise, feel free to call me weekdays anytime before 1:00 PM or in the evening after 7:00 (weekends, call anytime).

Piano Practicing (Adults):

Practice as many days as your work/family schedule allows, even if you can only manage 15 minutes at a time.  As stated above, daily practice is necessary in order to make the best progress in music study.  To help develop self-discipline and good work habits, try to establish a regular time for practice, free from distractions.

SUGGESTED DAILY PRACTICE TIME

Grades K-2:  15-30 min.

Grades 3-5:  30-45 min.

Grades 6-8:  45-60 min.

Grades 9-12:  1-2 hours