My style is relaxed and my goal is for the student to gain playing skills so that piano is fun rather than stressful and competitive like school and other activities can sometimes be. I purposely keep my studio small with limited recitals (2 per year), and this allows us greater flexibility to reschedule as needs arise.
I began playing piano in 3rd grade and graduated from Mercer University with a B.A. in Piano and Music Composition (2005). I first taught piano in 2000 and have regularly played and sung in church for many years. My husband is a professor of Arabic at UT, we have a 1 year-old son, and just moved to Powell in July 2017.
Cost & Lesson Policies
Half-hour lessons are $20. Forty five-minute lessons are $30. We meet in my home in Powell (near 25W and 130). At the end of the month, I’ll send an email invoice for lessons and any new books. Lessons are weekly. If you need to cancel or reschedule, please do so with at least 24-hour’s notice. Without 24-hour’s notice, payment for the lesson will still be due.
I use assorted materials, but I don’t stick with one particular method as I let that choice be driven by what I think a student needs or will respond to. I buy the books and provide them at lessons; usually a student has 2-4 books at once and uses them a few months. For intermediate-advanced students who are interested, I offer improvisation and how to play contemporary/popular music from chord charts.
Progress is directly related to practice time. In a perfect world, 6 days of practice per week would be great, but that’s rare. Usually students average 4-5 days per week. If practice time is set as part of a family routine, like right after dinner or before school, it seems to be easier. For young beginners, a parent needs to be part of practice time for the first weeks until the student learns what to do during practice time. For very young beginners, practice time will be brief (10-15 minutes/day) until they get past the early learning period. For older beginners and intermediate students, 20-30 minutes/day is great (and this can be divided into two or three 10 minute periods per day).
The one-on-one nature of private lessons makes it inherently personal, which is one reason I love it. But personalities are unique and I ask that you be honest about whether you feel that your child and I are a good fit for each other. I won’t take it personally and I will gladly offer names of other excellent teachers, including those with a more driven, competitive approach. The most important thing is that your child enjoys music without the teacher getting in the way!
Costs vary widely depending on the type and quality of keyboard or piano. For beginners, electronic keyboards are fine until you can determine whether the student will continue, as long as the instrument has standard-sized keys. Getting a used piano in a store is quick and easy while getting one from an individual requires more legwork but is cheaper. If you opt to buy from an individual, please have a pro check it out first to be sure it’s in good shape on the inside.
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