You must agree to these policies by completing the Studio Policies Form.
A. GENERAL INFORMATION
1. You are not only paying for a piano lesson. You are also paying to reserve that time slot in my teaching schedule. Students are responsible for all lessons for the term except for holidays (i.e. Christmas, March Break, Easter, and Statutory Holidays). If you choose to take a vacation other than scheduled school holidays and stat holidays I do not offer make up lessons. You will have to forfeit the lesson.
2. Please be punctual for lessons. Students arriving late will only be taught the remainder of the scheduled lesson time. If I am late due to working a little longer with a student that needs extra help, I will make up the time during your lesson.
3. If you plan to withdraw from Piano lessons, I require three weeks notice.
4. I of course offer make up lessons if I have had to cancel for personal reasons.
5. If you need to cancel a lesson due to illness or for some other reason, if I receive at least 24 hours notice, I can put you on a cancellation list and offer you a time slot if someone else has cancelled. I do not guarantee make up lessons but will try my best.
B. STUDENT INFORMATION FORMS/PERMISSION FORMS
Registered students need to fill out the Student Information Form.
C. PRACTICE EXPECTATIONS
Learning to play the piano is an on-going endeavour that requires dedication and discipline on the part of the student. Piano study is a partnership between student, parents and teacher. The lesson is a very small part of the week. It is the responsibility of the student and the parents to see that the remainder of the week is productive.
Piano lessons are expensive! The following are guidelines to enable the student to get the most out of his/her lessons.
1. Regular practice from each student – a minimum of 5 days per week.
2. The amount of time spent in a practice session is dependent on the goals for that week. The emphasis needs to be on MIND SPENT NOT TIME SPENT. However, here is my suggestion for the minimum time requirement for daily practice:
Beginners– 15 minutes for the first four lessons
After the initial lessons – two 15 minute sessions or a solid 30 minutes
Grades 1 and 2 – 40 Minutes
Grades 3 and 4 – 50 minutes
Grades 5 and 6 – 1 Hour
Grades 7 and 8 – 1 Hour and 15 Minutes
Grade 9 – 1 hour and 30 Minutes
Grade 10 and ARCT – 2 to 3 Hours
4. I always write specific practice instructions in the student’s organizer each week. The student is expected to read and follow these instructions. Younger students may need a parent to help with this. The Student practice form needs to be filled out so I know when and how many times the student has practiced. This helps me tremendously when I am teaching.
5. Please provide a well-tuned and cared-for piano, placed in a location conducive to concentration (not necessarily isolated). At the very least, please provide a good keyboard or electric piano with at least 4 octaves, a pedal and touch sensitive (weighted) keys that can be played loud or soft (not a volume) – touch sensitive. Help your child by working with them to establish a regular time for the daily practice.
G. PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES:
1. Piano Performance (Group) Classes are held in my studio every term. Students have the opportunity to perform for one another, learn about stage presence and how to cope with their nerves. These classes give the students a short-term goal and motivate them to practice. They also are fun and help them by allowing them to meet other students and hear the repertoire others are playing.
We learn about music history as well which includes listening to music from that time period and often sharing our personal musical tastes using YouTube at the end of class.
2. One concerts is held:This year it will be on Saturday May 13.
3. Competitions are excellent goals and exposure for everyone. At the competition you are given a critique and a mark from the adjudicator. This is a perfect opportunity for those preparing for an examination!
4. An Examination with The Royal Conservatory of Music is a very well-rounded test of musical skills. The levels range from Prepatory A and B to Grade 10. It is not necessary for all levels to be examined, however, students must learn the material in between the examinations taken. Advanced students who have a keen interest in performing should aim toward achieving an ARCT in Piano Performance. For those students who are interested in teaching piano, after receiving your Grade 9 piano certificate, you can enroll in the first portion of the ARCT in Piano Pedagogy.
For more information, talk to me or check out the RCM website.
ARCT stands for “The Associateship of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto.
If you have any questions or concerns, I will be happy to discuss them with you.