Amy's Teaching Style
Amy will teach each person as if he or she is a professional musician in the making. This does not mean undue pressure is applied to students! The method is, instead, so much more effective and rewarding than pressure. Treating each student like a superstar means that students will never be taught tricks or music "shortcuts" from the studio, leading to a false sense of instant achievement. Pfafftown Piano believes tricks and shortcuts insult the capabilities of students and are, frankly, a waste of time. Instead, all students will receive a steady pace of accurate, effective, music education that will build a solid foundation which will support their learning and and serve them well in the future. Lessons are tailored to the individual student, and we will have lots and lots of fun!
Family Responsibility and Performances
Students agree to arrive at each lesson punctually, well-prepared, and with their assignment books and music. To make good progress, daily quality practice is necessary. Contrary to most assumptions about piano lessons, very lengthy daily practice is unnecessary. It is much better to work in a focused manner for 10-15 minutes a day (or more) than a couple hours before the lesson. And here's a secret: the teacher can tell the difference when practice is rushed!
All students are encouraged to play at our casual Christmas performance, and at the more formal year-end recital in June. Both events are professional, yet low-key celebrations of achievement in piano, not stressful situations. In addition students who are interested may participate in end-of-year auditions for a judge secured by the studio. As a whole, the studio has earned "Superior" ratings five years in a row!
Students may practice at home on acoustic or digital pianos (look for a digital piano with weighted keys). Beginners may use a keyboard for a short duration after starting lessons, and may contact the teacher for leads on acquiring an acoustic or digital piano that is preferable.
Lesson fees cover not only the actual lesson time spent with the student, but time preparing for each student as well as materials and fees, including:
- An individualized method for each student's course of study
- Training and experience
- National Guild of Piano Teachers membership
- Theory Materials
- Bookkeeping and scheduling
- Website cost, maintenance and technology
- Time spent on correspondence
Any lesson that the teacher has to cancel will be credited to the family account. Missed lessons due to unavoidable illness/sickness will be credited. Students who choose to take several lessons off for a vacation or a leave not associated with illness will receive one week's credit only. Absences lasting months or more will not be credited past one week. No payment credit or makeup will be provided for no-shows.
Students identified by photo or video may appear on the Pfafftown Piano website, Facebook, or Instagram page. Students will never be named in full, but might be named by first name only, and only in celebration of a skill, birthday, special event, or the like. Students will receive the media release form at registration.