FIRST THINGS FIRST
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Simply divide your 9 week lesson amount by 9.
No. In order to be fair to the student, their assessment should be made over the nine week term. This would allow the student to get to know the teacher and other students in the class. It will take more than one lesson to get an understanding of what is involved with learning to play the piano. Lessons start from the very first day with books being given out and songs being assigned.
No. I give out a paper keyboard to all students to map out new keys when we are in class. You can manage successful home practice with this paper keyboard. There is also an app on this site for the student to practice with the number row keys on their keyboard. There are also apps available on tablets.
No. The piano students will be playing on an instrument every week during the lesson time. This is instructional time where concepts and songs are learned and reviewed. Proper practicing is to be done at home between lessons.
No. It distracts the students. I need their full attention.
Yes and no. No if they leave wrappers around or if they leave an untidy mess from their snack. The following is not allowed: No pop soft drinks, juice boxes, popcorn, potato chips or anything else that's greasy or crumbly. May I suggest fruits vegetables or quality drinks including water which is excellent.
Yes. Please have them get in touch with me.
No. Not at this time. I'm continuing to focus on the students in the school. I ask all guardians and parents to continue to have your children explain by showing you what we are doing in our lessons. I invite you to learn their songs too. You can learn to play by joining your children's weekly learning adventures when they practice at home. You can share quality time and by learning at your children's pace you can more easily manage your extremely busy adult schedule. Many of my student's guardians/parents have become very good piano players by learning from their children's lessons with me.
My mother began teaching piano lessons in 1947 and continues to teach now. I'm currently teaching at a school that my principal was previously the principal of at William Treadway P.S. in Scarborough with my mother. My mother has been teaching at William Treadway P.S. since it opened over 50 years ago. I constantly teach the children of parents that my mother taught when they were children.
My father operated our family music store in Scarborough for twenty years. A huge list of world famous musicians frequented our music store playing and teaching at our traditional classic Hutt House of Music Scarborough store. I learned more than imaginable from the music store's atmosphere.
Everyone please say, "Hello!" to one of my precious students, Joan Bailey. Joan is the 5th piano student over starting from the left in the front row. This 2011 summer Joan phoned me asked if I remember her. I remember every student. I have every note and record of every student since I began to teach. This photo is Joan's 1968 Donwood P.S. piano recital photo with me. Joan wanted me to know that my influence inspired her to become an elementary school music teacher in Orlando Florida! Joan and all of my students inspired me for me to work hard but gently and patiently with offering lots of praise to help children enjoy playing the piano! We're making a difference together.
We now support during the school year vacation time by extending our weekly 1 hour lesson time beyond the hour throughout the school year. Once you have been caught up to any missed lesson by attending the additional weekly lesson time, your weekly extra additional lesson time is at no cost. There is also an entire extra month of free piano lessons in April on different days of your choice providing that the home practicing has been getting done.
Yes of course but they must not disrupt the ongoing lesson. All students must be picked up by the time the last lesson ends.
After a grace period of five minutes there will be a late fee of two dollars per minute applied starting from the lesson end time.
Watch for the date stamp on songs after every lesson. The list of song(s) to be practiced are on the practice sheet in the binder. Merit stamps will appear on songs that are completed. The piano progress report card will be given out every nine weeks. Your children's piano report card will provide their progress information in detail.
This could be due to a number of reasons:
I suggest a simple bag from the dollar store. Preferably a clear bag because the music books can be seen inside.
We use Howmar's GETTING STARTED along with the music writing books MUSIC MAGIC and STAFF BOOKS.
Wait. This situation has resolved itself 99% of the time with the music books being found at home. However if you are certain the books are lost, you can purchase replacements.
By keeping all or some of the music writing books at the school, I can stay after class to mark them without any lesson time loss. If a student arrives without their music books at their lesson, the student's music writing books are still available and a song book can be borrowed for playing.
Every student's music books are vital at the lesson. We are all part of the team. The teacher, parent/guardian and student together. It's the parent and student part of the team that has the responsibility of bringing the music books to class. I suggest to have the music books packed and ready to go to school the evening before the lesson. Placing the music book bag by the door to be seen as a reminder to go to school the day of the lesson works very well.
There are three things we say out loud. 1/Naming the notes. 2/Saying the note values. 3/Counting the beats out loud.
Whether there's one student or a group hearing me they all listen to me at the same time when I'm teaching. Students successfully learn in a much larger group in their daily classroom.
I bring a car load of instructional keyboards to class. Students have hands on in our piano class. It would take about 100 pages to list the 100's of teaching skills and techniques that I use now.
My many years of group teaching experience has taught me how to effectively manage the classroom lesson to maximize time and learning. I maintain an organized, friendly environment in which to learn. Students are expected to put forth a genuine effort and treat each other with respect. All musical concepts are continually reviewed and reinforced and built upon as we progress through the lessons.
My tone is always positive and I always approach every student with the utmost respect. I continually slip in the needed music facts with light explanations over and over and over to reinforce what each student needs to know. I continually change the format of our lessons. My piano students always do a lot of playing in every lesson. The students usually start playing the minute our lessons start. They learn new songs together as a group on the keyboards note by note properly .
When each student plays on their own the other students are doing their music writing. Everything in the music writing books is designed to help the piano playing. I always stay focused. I have many years of experience to be able to operate my classes with precision multi leveled time management. Time management is paramount to reaching outstanding accomplishment levels with getting the most done in every lesson. My classes are relaxed and comfortable but energetic and warm and happy with constant motion.
I'm a parent of four children, I understand and I care.
To learn a lot about how the lessons are taught I encourage all parents to ask your children about what we've done each week in our lesson. Ask after every lesson.
Yes. I usually have the assistance of additional teachers at no extra cost to you.
HOME PIANO PRACTICE
Yes certainly. The difference between students that practice at home and a student that does not practice is so extreme that the daily home practicing students are capable of excelling comfortably with confidence by playing their songs accurately.
Piano lessons are as valid as other school subjects. When you have passed a grade eight piano exam you will have a proper high school subject credit from your piano lessons that you are beginning now. Students must do their homework with all subjects as we know. Parents should remind their children to practice every day and should listen from the background while hearing the song(s) being practiced property over and over several times. Practice should be scheduled in before free time activities. Any time of day can be practice time. You will find a date stamp on the song(s) that are to be practiced. Practice sheets list the song(s) to be practiced and parents are to mark down how many times each song is to be practiced. Parents are to sign the practice sheet at the end of each week. The best time to start the practice for the week is as soon as possible after each lesson. Once the child learns the basics they are encouraged to expand with other music books or creating their own music.
Thank you for your call, I'm very grateful for your interest. I'll phone you as soon as possible, please forgive me. Meanwhile you can email me at: email@example.com or you can leave a comment on this website. I'm out teaching everyday and I stop returning my phone messages at about 9:00pm.
Yes. Please read the notes placed in the cover of their piano binders as they appear. Please check every week after every lesson for these notes.
I am occasionally available for your input and questions for a reasonable amount of time by phone at: 905.477.2762 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or at this website www.howmars.com.
Yes! I'm inviting any high school students that are looking for quality community hours to have their parents get in touch with me please. Helping with giving out and collecting things with the piano class is simple and easy. Basic music knowledge is required.
THIS PIANO LESSON WEBSITE
Yes! There is a fully interactive learning section here to help the piano students. These games will help reinforce information we have learned in class.
Students participating in the exam will be charged the exam fee to offset examination costs such as materials, location, examiners, assistants, certificates, etc.
The price varies depending on your child's piano level. I always strongly recommend taking the additional piano examination lesson help. There are up to 9 additional piano examination lessons available at the piano exam location where students get to play the actual exam piano. Students that take the additional exam help always achieve the highest marks with their playing and music writing.
THE PIANO RECITAL
Yes! Students must be prepared to perform in the year end recital by having practiced their song(s) so they are at their performance – level best. All current students are expected to perform. Keep in form that this is a concert and formal dress is required. The recital is the culmination of the year’s efforts, where students can showcase their musical progress.
All family members and friends are welcome to attend without needing any prior notice.
Your child’s song will be selected from material done in the class over the year. Keep in mind there are other children in the class and we try to avoid repeats.
Your children are welcome to attend summer lessons at my home. Register here. We look forward to continuing on when school resumes in September.