12 Rio Viale Ct.
Sacramento, CA 95831
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
When you enroll into lessons, you are paying to secure a specific time, on a specific day. This is your time that you are paying for, and this time is set aside, for the entire Lesson Cycle, as your exclusive time. As such, classes missed for any reason cannot be credited, nor made up. However, students may attend another class of similar level at their convenience.
DO I HAVE TO PLAY IN A RECITAL?
Recitals are very rewarding experiences, and give us a goal to work toward. While recitals are meant to be a fun and enjoyable experience, I know there are some people for which the idea of performing in front of a group is not their goal or desire. I do offer extensive performance coaching prior to a recital to learn how to perform confidently. I strongly encourage participation in by recitals, they are not required.
DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR MY OWN MATERIALS?
Yes. Piano Foundation 1-9 materials cost $35 to $50.00 depending on whether you buy digital or physical materials. Materials last three to six months and may vary depending on the student and program. Periodically, supplemental materials will be necessary. Supplemental prices range $10-$25.00 Siblings only need one set. The Simply Music Student Home Materials are a complete audio/visual package that are absolutely integral to the learning process.
Yes. Flute method books 1-9 materials cost approximately $25. Materials last three to six months and may vary depending on the student and program. Periodically, supplemental materials will be necessary. Supplemental prices range $10-$25.00 Siblings only need one set.
DO I NEED A PIANO?
You do not need an acoustic piano. A keyboard is fine. When searching for a keyboard please make sure it has a sustain pedal, not button. Also a full size keyboard of 88 weighted keys is preferable, but smaller versions will also work.
HOW MUCH DO LESSONS COST?
The traditional approach to teaching piano has hidden costs – the ones you can put a value on, and the human cost of the struggles many students face in traditional lessons. For shared lessons, my fees are roughly the same as the private lesson fees of a large, local, traditionally based music education institution. I know the results that the Simply Music program produces. I also know that in traditional lessons – even the top-dollar lessons – you could spend well over $3000 and 2 years to play as well as I can teach you in 10 weeks for less than $350.
Fees for Simply Music Piano Lessons consist of 2 components:
1. Home Materials Fees: Please see “Do I have to pay for my own materials?”.
2. Lesson Fees: Lesson fees are due on a monthly basis, meaning that you pay the same rate whether there are 3, 4 or 5 lessons in a month.
Shared Lessons: ($125/Month) This dynamic yet intimate learning environment provides an additional layer of observatory learning, fun camaraderie, and wonderful group synergy. Shared lessons range between 30 and 50 minutes long depending on the number of students in the class.
Flute lessons are also offered in private lessons ($140/Month)
DO YOU OFFER GROUP CLASSES?
At my studio I only offer Simply Music Piano in small groups. While shared lessons may on the surface seem impractical, the dynamic, interactive format of my lessons actually allows a powerful, effective experience via its application of multi-sensory, receptive and generative learning strategies. At the same time, they are fun and allow students the opportunity to experience playing for and learning from their peers.
Flute lessons are offered both in group and private format.
IS IT TRUE THAT YOU DON’T TEACH READING?
I absolutely do teach reading, but I delay the process until the student has developed a confidence and breadth of experience of actually playing. If you think about the way we learned our first language, we began by learning to speak, developing a practical grasp of communication before the additional layers of complexity such as reading and writing were added. If you remove the complexity of deciphering the code on the page, you will be more free to establish a natural, musical relationship with the instrument, and will then be free to focus more fully on sourcing instructions from the page. Typically, this process begins towards the end of the first year of lessons.