I teach piano to all ages-- from beginners to adults!! (it's never too late to learn!!)
My desire is for my students to learn to LOVE playing the piano. I teach in a 3-prong method: 1) The Classics (emphasis on technique & musicality) 2) Playing by reading a chart (melody & guitar chords) 3) Playing by ear.
I believe music is a language. Therefore it should be taught in all of its forms. Plus-- it's more FUN!! I want my students to be able to play ANYTHING they choose, whether it be Church music, music from the radio, or their own compositions! I also want them to be able to sight-read easily (play anything at first sight)
In a Nutshell
LESSONS- are 45 min. each, with an additional 15 minutes at the computer (full of music games)
THEORY CLASSES- 4-6 during the year; duration an hour. Classes are grouped according to musical level and age. We play games, emphasizing ear training, notation, music history & theory.
REPERTOIRE CLASSES- held twice a year. These prepare students to be able to perform to the best of their ability. Students are trained in performance techniques and stage presence.
RECITAL - (Talent Exhibition!) Held in March or April prior to finals, etc., at a place TBA. Everyone plays 3 times, and a FUN time is had by all!!
PARTIES - a Christmas party and End of Year Party -- for students & up to 4 of their friends!
ACOUSTIC PIANO -Tuned with a bench of correct height & working pedals. ******A keyboard that 'plugs in' will NOT work. We will pass up its capabilities in one to two lessons!! METRONOME - A working metronome, either manual or electric.
FESTIVALS & CONTESTS FEDERATION- Adjudications (NOT contests) including Duet Festival, Solo, Hymn, Theory and Concerto Festivals. I will be researching the availability of these in the McKinney area. CONTESTS - Will be offered to any students who are interested. (generally 8th grade and above)
FEES MONTHLY TUITION - Call for current monthly rate (Sept. thru May) BOOK FEES - Revolving Book Fee covers all books at cost, and fees for Festivals, Recitals, etc.
SCHEDULES ANNUAL SCHEDULE - A printable Annual Schedule is available on this website (click HERE) (or a printed copy is available from me on request). This allows students & parents to plan accordingly. The schedule has been carefully worked out so that every student gets exactly the same number of lessons, regardless of the day of the week their lessons fall on. LESSON SCHEDULE - I do my best to accommodate parents and students' busy schedule. I will definitely work with you!!