Spicer Music Studio

Spicer Music Studio

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2 employees
41 years in business

About this pro

My studio offers hour lessons for students to get a well rounded foundation to their musical studies.  Students spend private one-on-one time with the teacher and the balance of the hour in the Learning Lab.  The lab offers a teaching assistant that guides the learning of composers, learning rhythm using cups, technical exercises, composing and more!  Students really enjoy their time and can't believe the hour has already gone by!

I love watching the progress that my students make.  As a teacher, I want to challenge my students, but not overwhelm them.  I want my students to be successful, so I am patient and I encourage them through the ups and downs of learning.

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Saint Cloud, MN 56301
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I don't have a set way or formula as each student is different.  I make the lesson and the learning fit the student.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have had college courses; but, truthfully, none of my students have read those books and know the "text book way to act during lessons"!  It has been the 30+ years of teaching that has given me the insights and experience that I use to teach each individual that takes lessons.

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

Pricing is based on what type of lesson you are taking.  I do offer a second family member at half price to keep music affordable to families.

How did you get started teaching?

I wanted to be a piano teacher and so I asked my piano teacher if she could show me how.  She took me under her wing and mentored me with my first students.  She gave me more insight than I learned in college because of being a piano teacher herself with experience.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have work with preschooler's to retired adults.  I have worked with students with autism and mild retardation.  I have taught one-on-one, group and music in school.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Currently I am excited about the Learning Lab that I've been able to add to my studio.  I've been frustrated that I wanted my students to learn more and I didn't have time to do that.  The lab now gives that opportunit! 

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

When you start with a new teacher, please stick with the lessons.  There will always be ups and downs, but at the end of the year it is worth it.  Keep the lines of communication open between yourself and the teacher also helps.

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

Parents should realize that students need the guidance and interaction of the parent at home in between lessons.  Students don't know how to practice their lessons and or they lose focus and need an adult to help them stay on track.  If there is not good practicing at home, the student will not progress.  If they don't progress, they get frustrated.  If they get frustrated, they'll want to quit.