About My Studio
Welcome! I am a retired secondary school Music teacher. I have been teaching music to children, teens, and adults for many years. In my home studio, I gear your lessons to best suit you---your level of knowledge about music, your experience on piano, and your musical goals. The environment in my studio is friendly, patient, and positive! Sound like something you might enjoy?
Style of Instruction
It All Depends On Your Goals!
When you come in to meet me, we'll chat about your expectations and come up with a plan together. Here are some of the areas of focus I can provide to you, depending on what you hope to achieve.
Perhaps the best way to progress in your knowledge and skills as a beginning piano player is through the use of a well-designed method book. These provide a natural, step-by-step process for learning. Basic information about music theory and how to read music notation is built into these books. I use several great method book series, because students are successful with them!
RCM Levels and Exams
Some students prefer to work their way through the Royal Conservatory of Music piano levels. The challenge, thoroughness, and musical integrity of this time-tested approach develops excellent skill and musicianship. I teach up to the Grade 8 RCM Piano Level. Some students begin with the method book approach, develop a passion for playing, and then decide to work on conservatory piano style lessons with me!
In addition to using method books or RCM repertoire books, my students have the opportunity to work on music that they choose for themselves. They might bring in a favourite pop song or video game theme to learn. I understand that one of the greatest joys of learning to play piano is to eventually be able to play a piece that you've always loved. We keep some fun in our lessons!
My Rates and Studio Policy
Beginner Level $20 per half hour lesson
Intermediate Level $24 per half hour lesson
All lessons are purchased in semesters, not individually
2019-2020 Payment by Semester:
Fall Semester: Tues. Sept. 3, 2019 to Fri. Dec. 20, 2019
16 lessons = $320 (Beginner’s Level)
Winter Semester: Mon. Jan. 6, 2020 to Fri. March 27, 2020
10 lessons = $200
Spring Semester: Mon. March 30, 2020 to Fri. June 26, 2020
13 lessons = $260
For the 2019-2020 Studio year, if you pay for the entire year by Friday, September 6, 2019, you will receive a 10% discount on your entire year’s tuition!
Methods of Payment:
There will be no lessons on:
Studio holidays (these will be communicated before each semester)
* Studio Holiday will be Jan.21-28, 2020
March Break (March 16 - 20, 2020)
Christmas Break (Mon. Dec. 23, 2019 - Fri. Jan. 3, 2020)
2. A maximum of 2 make-up lessons per semester will be provided, at no additional cost, for the following:
3. Make-up lessons can be scheduled, for $20 , for absences due to other reasons.
4. All make-up lessons for a semester must be completed before the beginning of the next semester.
5. Final date for completion of make-up lessons will be Friday, June 26, 2020.
6. When lessons are cancelled due to teacher illness, they will be rescheduled at no extra cost. If rescheduling is not possible, the cost of the lesson will be refunded.
We use piano method books in our lessons. You will be responsible for purchasing that book from me, unless you would like to go to a music store to purchase it on your own.