Swank Music Studio

Swank Music Studio

3 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
20 years in business

About this pro

My service stands out because I have a keen sense of the musical opportunities for students in West Michigan. I also have a Masters degree in Music Education K-12 as well as hold a current professional teaching license in the state of Michigan.

My forte is working with beginning musicians to establish a firm foundation on which they can grow musically. I also believe the connection between academic success and the study of music is significant. I make a concerted effort in my teaching to connect school academic studies with music studies. 

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Wyoming, MI 49519
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First step is scheduling a trial lesson. This is an opportunity for me to assess the students needs and to be sure we're a good fit. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
  • Master of Music Education K-12 from Boston University

  • Bachelor of Music Education K-12 from GVSU

  • 20+ years of teaching experience

  • Current Professional Teaching Certificate in Michigan (copy available upon request)

  • Considered highly qualified in the state of Michigan

  • Completed 4 credits beyond Masters Level

  • Former general music, band, choir teacher K-12

  • Work with 30-40 piano student annually

  • Work with 15-20 band student annually

  • GR's annual Michigan Music Conference presenter & attendee

  • Member of Grand Rapids Piano Teachers Forum

  • Member of Music Teachers National Association

  • Para-pro experience grades Preschool-5th grade

  • Tutoring experience grades Preschool-8th grade

  • Urban & Suburban teaching experience

  • Love teaching

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

Single Tuition Studio Rates (pre-paid monthly):

$25 half hour / $37 45min/ $48 hour

Multi-Child Studio Rates (pre-paid monthly):

$45 hour for 2 children, $40 hour per 3 or more children

**In-home lessons available for extra travel fee**

How did you get started teaching?

My mom was a preschool teacher and I had three younger siblings. I was teaching quite young as it was often my job to help my younger siblings with their homework. I also grew up helping her in the classroom as well as during Sunday School and VBS. By the time I was 14 years old I was trusted to cover for my mom when she was absent and put in charge of the preschool/kindergarten VBS class for 5 years before heading to college. 

What types of students have you worked with?

Most of my students are beginners through intermediate band or piano students, however, I do have a few higher level long-term french horn students. 

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

As a parent myself, it is important to do at least 2-3 trial lessons before selecting a teacher. I would encourage parents or potential students to focus on the quality of the instruction, not the aesthetic of the studio or equipment. 

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

What are your goals? What would you like to do in the future? These things will help guide instruction.