Joan Glotzbach Piano Studio
I enjoy working and teaching students aged from 5 to 95! Music is very rewarding to me and I perform in many different aspects of it - Piano, keyboard, organ, percussion, bells and choir. My favorite aspect is in teaching smiling faces and people who have a good attitude.
I really enjoy watching people grow in learning music and especially helping students enjoy music and see how it can enrich their lives.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
When meeting a new student, I ascertain what they already know about music and playing the piano, and what they want to get from taking piano lessons. Then I provide music books and tools to help them meet their goals. They will reimburse me for applicable items.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Attended Florida State University and completed Bachelor of Music at University of Alabama in Huntsville with a major in piano and a split minor in organ and voice. Started lessons at age eight and have been teaching for over 40 years. I am a member of Music Teacher's National Association, Alabama Music Teacher's Association and Huntsville Music Teacher's Association and enter interested and qualified students in auditions and competitions. I have taught ages 3 through 72 and have been active in several types of music - Directing orchestras for musicals, directing choirs, playing bells and percussion in Concert Bands, and playing keyboard in a Big Swing Band.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
I teach 30 minute lessons for $30, 45 minute lessons for $45 and hour lessons for $60 once a week and ask students to pay by the lesson.
How did you get started teaching?
I began piano lessons at age 8 and have always enjoyed music in all its various forms. As I grew, I knew that my greatest joy would be in helping others to learn the wonderful effects that music can have on individuals and also how it can be therapeutic to the soul.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have taught pre-schoolers, elementary ages, teenagers, adults and even a retired Army Colonel! I only want to work with people that want to learn. A smiling face is always appreciated!
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
Last year my students had a Halloween Recital and dressed in their favorite costumes. We usually have a Christmas/Winter Recital and always have a Spring recital.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Try to match personalities that would be appropriate for the student. Also, find out their qualifications - especially if the student wants to major in music.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
They need to have an instrument to practice on, and enough time required to learn the lessons given each week. Everyone learns at different paces, but the student needs to have an atmosphere that would be conducive to practice without distractions.