Welcome back to a new season of music-making together! I’m including some thoughts
and dates for you to consider.

Some dates to pencil into your calendar:

♫   Tues., Aug. 15, 1:00-1:30 pm—Bonus Piano Party for students who have pieces ready

♫   Sept. 1-5: Regular vacation—no lessons. I will take my annual vacation this week

♫   Friday, October 24, 3:30-5:00: Piano Party. For you newcomers, a piano party is an
informal, confidence-building event for  students only. Each student plays a memorized
piece and I serve refreshments afterward. It is held at my home.

♫   Dec. 22-Jan. 2: Christmas Break.  No lessons.

♫   Friday, February 20--3:30-5:00: Piano Party (see above)

♫   Sat., March 7-- 8:00 am: Solo/Ensemble Event @ BHS—by invitation only for able &
ambitious students wishing to be evaluated by a college piano professor

♫   March 23-27: Spring Break. No lessons.

♫   Sunday, April 26--2:00-4:00: Piano Recital. This is a dress-up event. Family and friends
who enjoy music are invited to attend. Location to be announced

Some reminders:

♫   October is a good time to get your piano tuned after the furnace is turned on for the
season.  (List local tuners and their phone numbers).

♫   Lesson rates will remain the same again this year: $___ per month. When you hire me
to teach your child, you are renting my time for that half-hour each week. I must
reserve that time whether your child comes or not. Think of it this way—you
pay your rent or house payment whether you are at home or on vacation. You are
renting my services for 48 weeks per year  (I take two weeks at Christmas, one at
spring break, and one week of vacation which are “made up” in the five-lesson
months). If a student must miss a lesson, I will attempt to reschedule it, but only on
my normal teaching days (Tues., Wed.,  or Thurs.). One reason I keep my rates so
low is that I realize there will be times when we cannot schedule makeup lessons. I
hope this clarifies my policy. Obviously if I personally have to cancel a lesson (due to
illness, an extra vacation, or whatever), there is no charge for that lesson.

♫   Please make every effort to sign the student’s practice record each week. This is not a
lack of trust of the student on my part, but it guarantees that the parent reads any notes
or reminders I may have written on the page. It also helps the student to be more
accountable for the money you’re spending for lessons.  

♫   Observe your student as he or she plays at home. Is the bench at a comfortable height?
The arms should be level with the keyboard. Remember: he has probably grown since
last year. Is there enough light? Do the child’s legs reach the floor? Is there a good
place to store music?

♫    It is a great encouragement for a student to have an appreciative audience. Ask him to
play you his favorite piece from that week’s lesson. Realize that some pieces require
more than one week’s practice to polish. Also, we will not polish every piece to the
same degree; each piece has its own purpose—perhaps introducing a new fingering or

♫    If your child isn’t practicing at least four hours each week, he’s not moving along as
quickly as he could. Set a regular time for practicing and help him stick to it. Talent is
not all that it’s cracked up to be. You may have noticed that some new students are
moving along faster than some veterans. Learning a new skill is less about ability and
more about hard work. If your child is not progressing as rapidly as you would like,
take a look at his/her practice habits. Is he or she consistently at the piano four hours
each week, concentrating on the music not just fiddling around?  The most successful
students are those who, week-in, week-out, carefully practice their assigned pieces.
Just as you wouldn’t expect a child to learn math in one thirty-minute session per
week, playing the piano requires work beyond the lesson, as well. The student learns
to play at home, not in the studio. Do everything you can to help foster the habit of
faithful, scheduled practice.

Thanks for your on-going support. You and your children bring me great joy.

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