Academic Year 2018-2019
Welcome to Alma’s Studio! Teaching piano is a huge joy for me and I want to thank you for making this joy possible. Whether you are a returning student or a newcomer, parent of a child or adult, please read these policies carefully to see what you can expect from me and what I will expect from you.
I am a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music, England and have a B.A. in Music from Oregon State University. I also hold a B.A. in English Literature from the American University in Cairo, Egypt. I have over forty years of experience in teaching and performing. I am currently a member with the Oregon Music Teachers Association, the National Music Teachers Association, and the Federated Music Clubs of America. During the academic years 2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14 I lived and taught in London, UK and was a member of the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA). Since October 2014 I am back in Oregon. I am a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) and an OMTA Syllabus Adjudicator.
Your responsibility will be to provide a piano for practicing and a quiet environment. It is preferable if piano practice is scheduled at a specific time during the day and does not compete or interfere with other family activities. It is recommended that you tune your piano once a year. There is no need to tune a digital piano. Practicing on an acoustic vs. a digital piano is much preferred.
Help your children establish a regular practice time each day. Regular practice for short periods of time is much more productive than a few enormous practice sessions. Younger children will need supervision during their practice.Once the students reach their 11thor 12thyear, they will be expected to maintain their own regular practice without reminders from the parents. Encourage your student to attend concerts of classical music and to listen to recordings of excellent music, piano as well as instrumental and choral.
Please arrive at the lesson preferably 5-10 minutes ahead of time because of possible traffic and other last-minute emergencies. Make sure your children’s hands are clean, their nails cut short, and they have all their materials on hand.
Come prepared with your books, a big smile on your face, clean hands, and an open mind and heart.
Students are expected to devote regular practice time five to six times a week. The duration of the practice is not as important as is its regularity. The students will be given a calendar where they can mark the days of practice in the week.
Participation in Activities
Activities outside the regularly scheduled piano lessons are completely voluntary. They will be agreed upon by students, parents, and teacher.
Books and Fees:
I will provide the books and instructional materials for the lessons. I will invoice each family on the last lesson of each monthfor materials, lessons, and fees. Payment is expected on the first lesson of the next month. The fees during the 2018-2019 year will remain the same. However, in future years, you may expect an appropriate increase due to changes in the cost of living and other factors.
Fall-Winter-Spring (July 2018 – June 2019)
60-minute lessons: $44 per lesson
45-minute lessons: $33 per lesson
30-minute lessons: $22 per lesson
If a lesson must be cancelled, please give me 24-hour notice so that I can adjust my schedule. In these cases, I will make every effort to make up the lesson. If the notice is less than 24 hours before the lesson, the missed lesson will be charged. If, due to unexpected circumstances like an illness or emergency, the 24-hour notice is not possible, please do notify me anyway of the expected absence. However, the lesson will not be made up.
The goals for all students are:
- To work together towards creating and interpreting music and enjoying it. Music is FUN.
- To approach piano playing as a life-long process of learning. The joy is in the ride.
- To develop discipline.
- To learn how to play the piano with a beautiful tone and musical expression.
- To learn how music is “put together”, and to explore the wonderful system of relationships with which composers loved to experiment.
- To help develop healthy and confident individuals through the study of a musical instrument.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERFORMANCE
- Ensemble Festival (fall)
- Sonata/Sonatina Festival (fall)
- Classical/Romantic/Impressionistic-Contemporary Festival (fall)
- Music at the Mall (Christmas time)
- Bach Festival (January)
- OMTA Syllabus Adjudication (fall and spring)
- Iva Turner Competition, grades 8-10 (June)
- Federated Music Clubs Festival (spring)
- Studio recitals (winter and spring)
Last revised 6/28/2018