Playing The Piano
Private idividual instruction according to the student's learning modality. I am experienced in teaching children 6 years old through High School aged youth. I have also taught beginning Adults. I am a member in good standing with the MTNA and NFMC. My students take part in the Federation festivals. I provide a safe, comfortable and fun learning environment in my home. I have taught for more than 25 years and have had my private studio for 5 years.
I love to teach and I love people of all ages. Helping them learn to play the piano makes my day joyful.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have 16 years of Piano lessons with Katherine H. Townsend from 4yrs of age through my two years of college at Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyoming, where I majored in Elementary education and music.
I moved to Montana where I home educated my 5 children.I taught private piano, Music appreciation, and music history to our home school group there from 1989 to 1997.
I then worked as a para professional in the pre-school special education program of the Great Falls education district.
Moving to Utah I was a church musician at Moutain Vista UMC for many years as a keyboardist and children's choir director.
I started this private piano studio in 2014. I am a member of the MTNA and NFMC and attend ongoing learning opportunities each year in state conferences , webinars, and local chapter meetings of the Utah music Teachers association. My students play in the Federation festivals and I serve as a judge in these festivals. I recently have served on the board of the Jordan River chapter of the UTMA in the position of Vice President of Membership.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
My standard fee is $34 an hour. This is $17for a 30 minute lesson. I have my students pay tuition which also includes a material fee. Tuition is $70per month for a 30 minute weekly lesson or $105 per month for 45 minute weekly lesson. At the end of winter semester and spiring semester we have an all studio recital which is included in this tuition. Fees for competitions and festivals are extra.
How did you get started teaching?
I have always loved to teach children from the time I taught my younger brother who is 8 years younger than myself. Teaching and music are my two passions.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with many begining children as well as intermediate tranfer students and advanced transfer students.
My youngest student is 4 years old. I have taugh adult beginners as well.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Ask if they are certified and how much experience they have teaching.
Ask them if they have had a recent background check.
Tell them what your goals are and expectations are and ask if the teacher believes they can help you reach those goals.
Ask the teacher what her requierments are for practice and participation in activities outside the studio lessons.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
How many other activities do you have besides piano?
Do you have time to commit to practicing a minimum of 30 minutes at least 5 days a week besides your lessons?
What are your goals regarding these piano lessons? Do you have long term goals beyond this?