MUSIC STUDIO POLICIES
Please read over my studio policies before you begin instruction with me, as these were designed to make our lessons as seamless and productive as possible. Thank you in advance!
General Lesson information
1. Lessons are only held at my studio in Phoenix during our agreed-upon lesson time.
2. Please respect our scheduled lesson time by arriving on-time and not before. Extra lesson time cannot be offered if you arrive after your scheduled start time.
3. Students are asked to remain in the music area while at the studio.
4. Lessons are tailored to each student’s own personal goals and desired outcomes. At the beginning of each semester, I help all students define 1-2 musical goals that they are excited about and feel are achievable.
5. At the end of each lesson, I will assign an appropriate mixture of scales, etudes, theory, solo and ensemble pieces to be practiced at home in preparation for the next lesson.
6. Weekly attendance is very important for musical growth. As such, please make every effort to stick to our predetermined lesson schedule. All lesson cancellations and changes require 24 hours’ notice to avoid billing for the session.
information for PARENTs
1. PICK UP / DROP OFF: If your child is very young, I encourage you to stay for the duration of our lesson until his or her attention is properly honed. If you’ll be dropping off your child, please note that if he or she is not picked up promptly at the conclusion of our session, extra tuition charges will be billed.
2. COMMUNICATION: Parents are responsible for helping their child complete their weekly assignments and establish good practice habits at home in an encouraging, nurturing way. Please let me know of any concerns or issues your child may be having so that I can determine a helpful solution.
3. OBSERVATION: Parents are welcome to attend lessons, but are encouraged to remain in an observational role for the duration of the lesson. I do recommend parents sit in on a lesson once per quarter to check in on their student’s practice habits.
4. LESSON MATERIALS: Please help your child remember to bring all of their music and assignment books to each lesson.
PIANO LESSON SPECIFICS
1. To prevent the spread of germs and keep everyone healthy, please wash your hands upon arriving at the studio.
2. Students should keep fingernails short to properly develop their piano playing technique.
3. Occasionally, I may need to touch a student’s arm or elbow to demonstrate proper technique. Please let me know if you or your child has an aversion to touch so I can alter my instruction.
4. Full electronic keyboards with weighted keys are acceptable for at-home practice for the first 6 months of lessons. After that, a traditional piano is necessary to fully grasp piano instruction. I am happy to assist you in finding an acoustic piano and tuner.
CLARINET LESSON SPECIFICS
1. In addition to clarinet books, students must bring all parts of the clarinet, the neck strap and at least 4 working reeds to every lesson.
2. The clarinet needs to be in full working order before your lesson. If your instrument is in need of repair, please let me know and I can provide a list of repair shops in your area. If you’re considering purchasing or upgrading to a new horn, please speak with me first, as I can recommend the best options for your specific needs.
3. To prevent the spread of germs and keep everyone healthy, please brush your teeth and wash your hands before each lesson.
AT-HOME PRACTICING GUIDELINES
1. Students should review their assignment book throughout the week between lessons and practice each item assigned.
2. Remember to fill out your practice log honestly. Knowing how much time you are truly practicing will give you strong insight into your progress and areas for improvement.
3. Try to think of each of our lessons as a “mini performance” of what you’ve practiced all week. You should always try your best, but shouldn’t worry if it isn’t perfect.
4. Older students should practice 5 times per week, for the length of time their lesson runs. For example, if their lesson is 60 minutes long, they’ll want to practice for 60 minutes each day.
Younger students should start with 5 minutes a day, 5 times per week. Parents, ask me about ways to inspire your student for home practice if you notice they are feeling frustrated or aren’t practicing.
5. Listen to the assigned musical pieces, and keep a music journal with thoughts about what you’ve heard to be shared in lessons.
6. Remember to bring an open mind and heart to each lesson. The goal is progress, not perfection.
Studio classes – group practice sessions held before the semester recital – will be offered once a semester as time allows
Semester recitals are open to all of my students in order to build performance skills
Students are strongly encouraged to attend concerts for inspiration and to gain knowledge about the artform they are studying.