Piano and Harp Instructions

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Congratulations to:

Leah Widener:

1st place winner, 2013 Music in the Mountains Competition

1st place winner, 2013 Tri-Counties Music Competition

 

Leah Widener:
1st place winner, 2012 Music in the Mountains Competition

1st place winner, 2012 Tri-Counties Music Competition

Leandro Cappuano:

Honorable mention, 2011Tri-Counties Music Competition

Morgen Harvey:
2nd place winner, 2011 Music in the Mountains Competition
1st place winner, 2011 Tri-Counties Music Competition
1st place winner, 2011 Grass Valley Rotary Music Competition in Concert Sierra Scholarship Winner 2011

Leah Widener:
2nd place winner, 2011 Music in the Mountains Competition
2nd place winner, 2011 Tri-Counties Music Competition

Rocky Lubbers: 2nd place winner, 2011 Tri-Counties Music Competition

Annie Strugatsky: 1st place winner, 2010 Music in the Mountains Competition
2nd place winner, 2010 Tri-Counties Music Competition

Morgen Harvey: 2nd place winner, 2010 Music in the Mountains Competition
2nd place winner, 2010 Tri-Counties Music Competition

Nikita Gamolsky: 1st place winner, 2010 Tri-Counties Music Competition

Leah Widener: 2nd place winner, 2010 Music in the Mountains Competition
2nd place winner, 2010 Tri-Counties Music Competition
Rocky Lubbers: 3rd place winner, 2010 Tri-Counties Music Competition

Morgen Harvey: 3rd place winner, 2009 Tri-Counties Music Competition

Annie Strugatsky: 2nd place winner, 2009 Tri-County Music Competition

Yeal Sigal: 1st place winner, 2009 Tri-County Music Competition
Michael Sigal: 3rd place winner, 2009 Tri-County Music Competition

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“Classical music is one of the best things that ever happened to mankind.
If you get introduced to it in the right way,
it becomes your friend for life.”

Yo-Yo Ma


POLICIES

Lessons:

In most cases, lessons are once weekly and run between a half hour and an hour, depending on the age and advancement of the student. Instruction includes study of repertoire, technique and theory. I also try to include improvisation, harmonization and ear-training as lesson time allows. I usually insist that students study a variety of styles, but I am comfortable making accommodations to emphasize a student’s particular interests.
My goal of the teaching is to develop the natural ability that each student possesses and help them mature as an artist while building a solid foundation of technique.
I will focus on giving a well-rounded musical education, through exposure to the master composers, as well as providing an understanding of music theory with which students can fully appreciate the pieces they are studying.
I will make every effort to keep lessons fun and encouraging.

Tuition:

Tuition is due at the first lesson of the month for the planned lessons in that month. Holidays and vacations are taken into account at the start of the month.

Absences:

I understand that there are times when students simply cannot come to a lesson because they are too sick or have a conflicting event that is impossible to reschedule. I request 24-hour advance notification for absences. Students who need to cancel a lesson should contact me by phone (mobile is best) and email or text to make sure that I am aware of the cancellation. If ample notice is given, I will try to find a mutually agreeable make-up lesson time. If we cannot find a make-up time, I will apply a tuition credit for that lesson to the next month or to summer lessons. Students who cancel at the last minute or for frivolous reasons are not eligible for a make-up lesson or tuition credit.
If I must miss a lesson due to illness or some other event, I will do my best to schedule a make-up lesson. If that is not possible, I will credit your paid tuition toward a lesson in the upcoming month or toward summer study.

Supplies:

Usually I prefer to purchase music for the students so that I can be sure they are getting exactly what I want.
Parent Observation:
Parents are encouraged to be involved and supportive of their children’s lessons, and are welcome, but not required to attend lessons. In fact, I have found that most students actually do better without their parents observing and there is ample scientific research to support this conclusion. It is easier for me to develop clear communication and rapport with the students when they are not concerned (consciously or unconsciously) about the presence of their parents. With younger students, I endeavor to write everything down so parents can have written reference. Parents who are particularly distracting to me or to the child will be asked to leave during lessons. While I understand that every child has different needs and develops at a different pace, I encourage you to please be sensitive to your child’s need for autonomy.

Contacting me:

Students and parents should feel free to contact me with questions at any time.

Practice:

Students are expected to practice daily. . Parents need to be willing to monitor practice and commitment. Obviously, the more practice a student does, the more he or she will excel. Below are some approximate minimal guidelines for practice expectations:

Student’s age Minimum daily practice time

4 – 7 15 – 20 min.

7 – 10 30 min.

10 – 13 45 min.

13 – adult 1 hour

Students who are serious and want to progress quickly should double the above times.
Keep in mind that focused practice is infinitely more valuable than “going through the motions”. A concentrated 10 minutes is worth more than 30 minutes spent with a wandering mind. Students should be prepared to discuss any issues that arise with their practicing and should always be honest about the amount of time spent. I expect my students to use the online practice log to make notes about how their practice is going and any problems they have encountered during the week.
Having a distinct, scheduled practice time generally works better than trying to “fit it in” around other activities. If it becomes a habit, success will follow.

Performances, Competitions, Evaluations:

I expect all my students to participate in recitals. Student recitals are held twice a year, at which time students have the opportunity to perform for each other and their families.
• I strongly encourage students to attend as many live concerts as possible. There is simply no substitute for hearing live music! Listening to plenty of music is the surest way to develop the musical sensitivity needed to play well. Many of the music recitals are free or low cost. I will announce about them in the “News”.

Useful Links for practicing theory of music:

http://www.musictheory.net/Theory explanations. Excellent exercises under “trainers”.

http://teoria.com/Explanations of music theory elements. Helpful exercises available on this site.

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