Lesson Q & A
What Ages Do You Teach?
* I teach online lessons for ages 6 and above, depending on the student’s readiness to take piano lessons.
* Lessons are offered weekly in either 30, 45, or 60 minutes in length.
30 minute lessons: Best for Beginner - Late Beginner Piano Students
(Level Primer - Level 1)
45 minute lessons: Best for Early Intermediate - Late Intermediate Piano Students
(Level 2 - Level 5) to allow for supplemental music, repertoire that is longer in length and extended music
60 minute lessons: Best for Advanced Students who want to fully immerse
themselves in a variety of pieces and activities
* Parents must be present in the home during lessons for children age 6-10.
When Are Lessons?
* Lessons meet once per week during the school year.
* Lessons meet during the summer as arranged by student and Robin.
How Do I Enroll?
* Students enroll for one academic year at a time (August through June).
* New students may enroll at any time during the year.
* Participation in my studio reserves your lesson time for the entire academic year from August through June.
What Kind of Piano Do I Need?
* All students need an acoustic piano or a digital piano. And acoustic piano is preferred because the sound and touch cannot be replicated by a digital instrument, but a digital piano is acceptable if it meets the following minimum requirements:
88 Weighted Keys and is Touch Sensitive
Bench of an appropriate height
Entirely self-contained or on a keyboard stand (not on a table or desk)
What Do Students Learn in Lessons?
Online lessons are taught in a warm, fun and encouraging environment and are tailored specifically to each student’s individual needs and goals. These personalized lessons include a variety of musical styles and activities, including:
*Learning to read music
*Playing music from different styles, including classical, sacred, pop, country,
hymns, jazz and more
*Understanding music theory, sight reading, ear training, and harmonization
*Learning to compose music
*Using technology to enhance lessons and practice via Ipad, YouTube, and Apps
*Learning and reviewing through games and music activities
*Learning about Music History and Composers
How Much Are Lessons? Am I Charged by the Hour/Lesson?
* Tuition for a semester is due and payable at the beginning of a semester or upon enrollment during a semester already in progress by credit card, cash or personal check.
* Tuition may also be paid in monthly installments charged on the 1st of each month by square invoice or by paying with check or cash.
* Piano Lessons will not be provided until payment is made.
* Tuition reminders for students who choose to pay monthly will be emailed approximately one week prior to the due date of each tuition payment.
* Students will need approximately 4-5 new books during the course of a year depending upon their rate of progress. The cost of books usually range from $5-$10 each. Purchase of books is the responsibiity of the student. Students/Parents will be notified about when and how to purchase needed books.
* A Supply List is provided and updated each school year. These items must be purchased before lessons begin and must be kept near the piano for quick and easy retrieval.
* Apps for your IPAD will be needed. Most are free but some will need to be purchased.
* A $25 charge, plus any additional associated fees, will be assessed for all checks returned by the bank.
* Families should expect a 3% increase in tuition rates each year.
2016 School Year Rates
30 minute lessons - $25 per lesson
45 minute lessons - $37.50 per lesson
60 minute lessons - $50 per lesson
What Is Included in the Monthly Tuition Payment?
* Time spent preparing for each lesson as well the actual online lesson
* Piano, Equipment and Website Maintenance
* Instructor’s continuing education
* Teacher subscription services for additional studio liscensed repertoire, theory exercises and games
Is Daily Practice Required?
* The best results come from consistent daily practice, and you will receive the greatest benefit from lessons by practicing at least five days each week.
* If you practice the day of the lesson (immediately after the lesson) and the day following the lesson, you will retain the most information from the lesson.
* The amount of time each day spent practicing is not as important as the quality of time spent each day practicing. Students should practice a minimum of 5 days each week.
If We Miss a Lesson, Do You Offer Make-Up Lessons?
* Excused cancellation from a lesson include sickness or death in the family.
* Please notify Robin by phone call or text message (410-463-0231) ASAP if a lesson will be missed.
* Piano lessons missed for reasons other than sickness or death in the family are considered unexcused and are not eligible for make-up.
* All lessons that I cancel will be rescheduled.
* In the case of excessive cancellations or lack of preparation for lesson, I reserve the right to terminate lessons without refund.
* If an adequate FaceTime connection can not be established within 5 minutes, the lesson will be rescheduled.
What if We Want to Quit Lessons After a Month or Two?
* Enrolling for lessons reserves your lesson time and tuition payment for the entire year until lessons end in June.
* Everyone stops taking lessons at some point. The decision to end lessons should be made with careful consideration with discussion between parent, student and teacher.
* Withdrawal from lesson before the end of the school year requires 4 weeks written notice. There are no refunds for those 4 weeks of lessons.
What supplies do I need in addition to my piano and lesson books?
Supply List 2016 *Amazon links will be provided after registration is complete
Eraseable Colored Pencils
Small White Board
Dry Erase Markers
Dry Erase Eraser
Post it Notes
Deck of Playing Cards
1 1/2" 3 Ring Binder with dividers
3 hole punch
notebook for assignment notes
Wide Staff Paper