Below, you'll find my teaching policies. If you have any questions about these policies, please call me at (303) 664-1514 or send me an email.
Please use the exchange list to switch your lesson with someone. If you will be out of town for the entire week I will try to provide a make-up lesson for you at some point within that current semester.
I will provide a make-up if I need to cancel or if the weather is unsafe to drive in.
I will email you updated exchange lists with my student’s names, phone numbers and email addresses. (Please let me know if you’d rather not take part in this.) It is your responsibility to try to switch your lesson with another student's if a conflict arises with your schedule. Every student reserves the right not to trade if it is inconvenient for them. Please be courteous and get back to those who contact you. Please let me know as soon as possible of any exchange or cancellation.
Recitals are very important because they prove to be beneficial in a student's sense of dedication, presentation, and accomplishment. There will be 2 mandatory recitals for ages 5 through 17 during the school year, one per semester. The ten dollar recital fee is included in the Payment Plan A & due with the first month's payment of Plan B.
Those students having to miss the recital due to illness, travels or some other emergency will be asked to prepare some other musically creative assignment, such as a paper, artwork, etc.
Parents are asked to bring snacks or light-colored drinks to share for the reception that follows each recital.
Dates, times and a map to the location of the recitals will be given a few weeks before the recital.
Good behavior is important for a successful piano lesson. I have found that this is more easily achieved when I am able to work one-on-one with the student. This is why for most cases I ask parents to simply drop their child off for their lesson. You may contact me by phone or email if you need to discuss something or please let me know if you’d like to speak with me at your child’s lesson. Parents will be made aware of behavioral problems and the lesson may need to be ended early or the student dismissed if the problem persists.
Please try to arrive no earlier or later than 5 minutes of the start and end of the lesson time. Rather than ringing the door bell or knocking, please come in quietly in case another lesson is in progress.
I ask that parents not park in my driveway.
Practicing is crucial to the study of and advancement at the piano. I strongly encourage consistent, everyday practice. This produces quicker results than irregular, unscheduled practice. The parent's participation in this process is so important. Please confirm every week that your child has prepared their entire week's lesson and is bringing all their books and materials to each lesson. Please help younger children with theory assignments and song-playing. All children/teenagers should be listened to regularly to give them a sense of pride and achievement in their progress. A grade using a system of smiley faces will be written in each student’s notebook after their lesson which will let parents see their child’s preparedness level and/or behavior for that lesson.
All students need to keep their nails trimmed to facilitate their technique at the piano.
Also, please keep your piano in tune and working properly. (Tuners usually suggest once a year.) This is important in a student's ear training and also makes playing much more enjoyable!
GROUP LESSONS (for Children):
Group lessons provide an important opportunity for students to interact with other children in learning about musical theory and history by performing for one another, playing musical games, learning about classical composers, listening to musical C.D.'s and watching educational videos. These hour and a half long group lessons will occur about every month and a half in place of the private lesson for that week.
I will ask for your daily schedules for that week a couple of weeks in advance and email you their designated day & time the week before the group lesson.
PERFORMANCE GROUPS (for Teenagers/Adults):
The teenager and optional adult performance group in which we
share in a pot luck is a fun chance to meet other students,
perform for each other and learn about a composer, instrument or
other musical theme.
These lessons are optional, however I strongly recommend them as it will improve your piano skills to have to prepare a piece of music to present to an informal audience (plus, we just have a good time!)
These meetings generally last about 2 ½ hours and will occur every 5th or 6th week.
Please try to arrive no earlier or later than 5 minutes of the start and end of the lesson time. Rather than ringing the door bell or knocking, please come right in quietly in case another lesson is in progress.
I ask that students not park in my driveway.
Thank you for choosing me to help you and/or your child uncover the wonderful gift of music!