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Students spend three weeks listening to music from our curriculum before starting lessons. If they have taken lessons previously, I use the material that they have and blend it with my curriculum or transition from the previous material to my curriculum.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with a minor in English, as well as 11 years of musical training. This has helped me become effective in starting young students on a path to continue music lessons through high school and enjoy music for life.
I charge an annual fee, and families have the option of paying for lessons at the first lesson of each month, or at the beginning of each semester.
When we moved to central Pennsylvania, I encountered a family who was looking for a piano teacher. I told them that I could help them get started until they found a permanent teacher since I was a stay-at-home mom at the time. Through word of mouth, the students just kept coming and coming, so that I have been able to continue in this career and live out one of my dreams of giving the gift of music.
I have enjoyed teaching students from age 3 to age 90!
One of the highlights of our program is a music marathon where the students use their skill and artistry to raise support for a children's charity. The students like the idea of playing in a venue where people are walking by rather that seated in an audience that focuses directly on them. They also like to take turns playing their pieces throughout the marathon rather than playing the piece just one time as they do in our traditional recitals.
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What kinds of music do you like? Does the teacher enjoy teaching that type of music? Are you willing to learn the kinds of music that the teacher teaches? How can you make time for practice in your schedule?