Viola/Violin Lessons With JoAnna

Viola/Violin Lessons With JoAnna

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16 years in business

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In short, I love music and education, and people, and what art can do to beautify humans and the world.

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Silver Spring, MD 20904
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

If the student is completely new to the instrument, we work on set-up and beginning stages of playing and practicing, and work out some short and long-term goals. This may or may not including reading the music initially, as it is important to begin with the technical parts of operating the instrument.

If the student is coming from somewhere else and already has some knowledge about music or the instrument, we'll discuss background and I'll have the student demonstrate or discuss their current abilities as they feel comfortable in the first lesson, and we'll work on a game plan for the future with short and long-term goals as we get to know each other.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

30 minute - $45

45 minute - $60

60 minute - $75

Grouped in monthly tuition or summer lesson packages. Single lesson coachings are also available at different rates.

2018-19 Openings are currently on Mondays. Please inquire for available times.

What types of students have you worked with?

All ages, primarily late elementary through adult.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Make sure to ask questions up front, and also explain any conflicts, concerns, or curiosities you may have at the beginning, rather than after starting. Ask about the teacher's background as well. A solid teacher will be able to comfortably discuss this with you, and/or at least a biography should be available to you. Lessons are a commitment from all parties involved and this is all helpful for planning purposes.

Being clear of what you want and expect from lessons at the beginning is also crucial to letting the teacher know if you are taking lessons for the pure enjoyment, or if you have some particular goals in mind. The teacher can then discuss with you how best to achieve these goals, and also to see if you are the right fit for each other based on these goals and commitments.

Finally, please inquire about and respect studio policies and calendars, especially when coming into a home studio, which operates independently. Your time has also been reserved only for you. The teacher is making a learning space for your lessons and does plan and prepare for them as any business would, and with care, and this is much appreciated to honor the studio policies.

My studio has a handbook which will answer most or all questions.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What are you hoping to get out of taking lessons?

What kind of teacher are you wanting to work with you or your student? How do you learn best?

What kind of commitment are you willing to make for lessons AND practicing?

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