Students are taught all types of music from classical to jazz, popular, blues and more. Although basics are the key to learning how to play the piano, it's also important to find those special songs or types of music that "speaks" to the student. They become more engaged playing music that has meaning to them. When a student says, “can I really play that piece”, you know they are excited, willing to practice and share with others.
My love of teaching piano lessons has greatly blessed me through developing wonderful relationships with my students, helping them to expand their gifts, talents, and abilities plus encouraging them to excel to the highest level desired. Many students have excelled further in the music world as professionals, teachers, directors, plus writing and playing their own compositions. All others I trust still love to play music at the piano!!
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Initially goals are determined with the student (and parent). A new beginner student starts with a basic foundational series of lesson books. Each book progresses a student through another phase of learning how to read music, understand theory behind music and how to play the piano. In addition, special music such as classical, jazz, and popular songs are interspersed for fun and added variety. Typically, transfer students continue with lesson books from former teachers with adjustments made where needed.
I grew up in a home full of music. I studied piano from the age of 5 to 18. I had extensive training with a teacher from Julliard School of Performing Arts and the President of Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. I received a teaching certificate from University of Northern Colorado and additional piano studies from Colorado State University School of Music. I have been teaching piano lessons for the last 23 years which has been the greatest "hands-on training" working with children to adults, and from beginners to advance students. Other involvements in music have been: playing the piano for musical events and performances, singing in choirs, musical events, and on A Cappella quartet.
Weekly private lessons are from 30, 45 or 60 minutes. My fee structure is: $30.00 for 1/2 hour lesson; $45.00 for 45 minutes; $60.00 for 60 minutes. Payment for the month is due the first lesson of each month. When possible lessons can be rescheduled to a more appropriate time during that week. If 24 or more hours of advance notice is received, a missed lesson is not charged.
Although I've enjoyed music all my life I was caught up in the business world as an owner or an employee in various companies. About 24 years ago I decided teaching piano lessons was a great way for me to give back and help others with something that has been so instrumental in my life. Little did I know the rewards that I would receive teaching others the love of music at the piano plus the special relationships that have been created along the way.
In 1998 I started teaching in Fort Collins, Colorado. I have taught children through adult students, from 5 to 80 years of age, from beginners to advance, including some with special needs where adaptations were required. I have also worked with many multi-family members throughout the years. Many of my students have gone on to other music careers after high school graduation. I trust others still enjoy playing music at the piano!!
PIANO RECITALS: Typically twice a year we have a piano recital for students to perform their favorite music. I should say, the adult students have a option on whether to play or not!! I enjoy finding those special pieces of music that "speaks" to each student and that they will enjoy practicing for extended period of time in preparation for the recitals. How exciting it is to watch them share their musical gifts and talents with others.
Ask others for recommendations of piano teachers. Many teachers have websites for further research. It's a good idea to actually have an interview between the teacher, student and parent, if applicable. A good portion of the lesson is based on a relationship created between the student and teacher. A safe, encouraging, supportive, and enjoyable experience is vital to lessons as well as actually learning how to play the piano.
Is the piano studio conveniently located? What does the teacher expect from the student and parent? What does the teacher provide in a lesson? How long should the lesson be: 30, 45 or 60 mintues? What is the fee structure of the lesson? What if a lesson is missed? Are there piano recitals?