The primary goal of the studio is to develop lifelong music lovers, as well as proficient musicians.Competitions, festivals, annual exams and recitals are optional opportunities for students of all ages. There are two private Studio performance events per academic year for which most students choose to prepare: a Winter Recital in December and a Spring Recital in May. Certificates of recognition and other awards are presented. The Private lesson fee is based on 8 weeks per session. Tuition rates are equal for all ages and levels. Rates for children include six private lessons and two 60-minute long group lessons (no private lesson during group week). Rates for adults include eight private lessons.
|Director's Fee (piano only)||Faculty Fee (piano/voice/guitar)
|30-minute Private Lesson: $356||30-minute Private Lesson: $292
|45-minute Private Lesson: $529||45-minute Private Lesson: $432
|60-minute Private Lesson: $698||60-minute Private Lesson: $576
Monthly Group Lessons are part of the “Private Lesson Program” for students 18 years and younger.
Group lessons are always 60 minutes long, regardless of the length of the private lesson. This is an important component and several concepts and activities impossible to cover in a private lesson (because of time constraint and / or performance orientation) are offered at the group. Just a few of the activities left for these special encounters are:
- Music Appreciation: Students have the opportunity to listen to different music styles (e.g. baroque, classical, romantic, impressionistic, jazz, etc…) and discuss elements such as musical texture, harmony, patterns, history, to name a few.
- Music Composition and improv: given a few music elements, students compose or improvise pieces as a group or individually, and perform them for the group.
- Theory Review: this is the most fun at a group. While playing games such as “Musopoly”, “Musical Bingo”, “Music Adventures”, “Musical Spin and Tell”, etc, youngsters review all kinds of rhythm patterns, intervallic reading, and other theoretical concepts that are key for sight-reading and understanding music at the piano.
- Performance Etiquette: Playing for a group is infrequent for piano students. The studying of this instrument is one of the most isolated activities. This group atmosphere gives them the opportunity to not only play and rehearse stage manners and enjoy having an audience, but also to be “good listeners” at a concert. We talk about and practice “good behavior” for on-stage as well as spectators.
To keep the nature of group lessons as an opportunity to connect with peers in a social musical experience, parents are not permitted in the studio.