At the beginning of every school year I will send out a Google form asking for student availability. I understand sports schedules change from season to season, and will communicate with the parents to find a time that works for each student. Be sure to keep your child’s weekly piano lesson times clear of other appointments. If you forget about your child’s lesson that lesson time will not be made up and the fee for that lesson will be forfeited.
In the summer I will work with each family to find times that work well for all parties. Family vacations and summer opportunities are important and I try to be more flexible when school is not in session.
Parents are always welcome to stay, and especially with younger students I do encourage them to do so until their child is comfortable. If you have other children who will be with you, they are welcome to do homework at the dining room table or play with some of the toys I keep in a bin in the front room.
Please be timely! That being said, do not bring your student more than 5 minutes early (unless prearranged) and be prompt at the end of the lesson (again, unless prearranged). I do like to tell each parent how their child is progressing, and if you are late I cannot take time from the next student’s lesson.
Practice is incredibly important. I would like every student to practice at least 5 days a week, 15-30 minutes for the younger children and 30 minutes to one hour for older, more advanced students. I encourage students to find a regular time every day to practice so that it becomes part of their routine. Is your child an early bird? Encourage them to practice before school. Do they need a break from school in the afternoons? Have them practice, it will help stimulate another part of their brain.
I will always write down what is to be practiced. At their first lesson I will provide a notebook for their assignments. Not only is this a place for recording their practice responsibilities, it is also a great place for them to collect stickers given out for good practice or a great lesson. Please have them bring it tomevery lesson!
Practicing the evening of or the day after a lesson is very important. Your child will get the maximum benefit from their lesson if they take the time to reproduce at home what they learned in the lesson while it is still fresh in their minds.
All books and notebooks need to be brought to every piano lesson unless previously discussed. I suggest using a backpack, string bag, or tote bag to help keep everything together. When packing up for a lesson, please check the piano for any books used for practice. I do not keep extra books for every student on hand!
Piano Studio Class
Several times a year I host a piano studio class for students in my home. It is not required, however, I do encourage all students to attend. Each student will play for the others, teaching them not only confidence and performance skills but also proper audience manners. The children seem to enjoy this and often end up playing multiple times at each gathering. The dates for this school year will be:
During the school year there are certain days I do not teach either due to national holidays or personal commitments. See below:
If you have a lesson time conflict, let me know with at least 24 hours notice. Failure to notify me of a conflict will result in a forfeiture of the lesson fee. I will do my best to find a makeup time if something unavoidable arises but there are very, very few opportunities in the weekly schedule this year.
Sick kids! I go by typical school rules: if they can’t go to school, they can’t come to lessons. Children must be fever/vomit free for 24 hours in order to return to lessons. Do not bring a sick child to piano lessons! Let me know as soon as possible and we will work on rescheduling the lesson.
Emergencies happen. As with sick kids, if there is an emergency, please let me know as soon as possible and we will either work around it or work on rescheduling that week.
Snow days in Loudoun are a bit of a gray area. I usually text with parents the day of the lesson if weather is dangerous. Since we live on a hill with a very steep driveway, I tend to be very cautious.