Lessons are customized to the learning needs of the individual student, and are designed to teach the whole student. All lessons use proprietary materials and techniques, especially lessons for beginners. Students are taught in a way that moves them into intermediate and advanced repertoire quickly and confidently.
Our program of lessons, classes, and recitals is designed to develop presentation and social skills as well as musical ability. These presentation and social skills are important for future success in any field that requires performances in front of peers, including business presentations, board meetings, teaching presentations, and speaking engagements.
Lessons for Newborns through Adults
Regular Lessons for ages 5 and up, including adults.
This is the Primary through Advanced Program. Each week, students attend their private lessons (two per week), plus a weekly Group Lesson and a weekly Reading Class.
The Group Lesson and Reading Class build on and reinforce what is being learned in the private lessons. Just as importantly, the Group Lesson teaches social and presentation skills in an informal recital setting. The Reading Class helps students understand the norms of music-reading, and speeds up their learning and retention.
Learning confidence in playing music is important to students' success and their desire to continue playing for life. In addition to the weekly informal recital at the Group Lesson, students also participate in a Composers' Recital in the winter, and a Formal Recital in the spring. Throughout the year, performance opportunities may be arranged at nursing homes and to benefit charities.
Students in the Primary through Advanced Program learn piano or voice performance, ergonomic playing and singing technique, how to play by ear, how to sing while playing the piano, chord theory, general music theory, and music-dictation and composition skills. All theory teaching is done "hands-on," not just with books.
Furthermore, a guided Composition Project during the winter helps each student create an original composition from scratch. The students play their compositions at the exciting Composers' Recital.
Preschool Lessons, for ages 2-5, combine private piano and voice instruction with general music education, to give the child a head start in music and academics. The twice-weekly lessons are called Mommy-&-Me and Daddy-&-Me, because they actively engage both the parents and their preschool children. (Grandparents are welcome also!) As the child matures, the lessons gradually evolve for the child's growing understanding and attention span. This way, the early lessons flow seamlessly into regular lessons as the child advances.
This all-in-one course is perfect for the family that hopes to encourage life-long piano skills and become a musical family. Preschool children learn just as well in groups as individually, so friends and siblings can join together to form a group, if desired. One fee for the whole family makes lessons economical.
The students and family attend the weekly group lessons with the older students. (See above.) Accommodations are made to ensure that preschool students can participate also.
Babies & Toddlers have their own special lessons. Our specially-developed SongSchool and Motor-Skills Development lessons are for the youngest children and are 30 minutes long, twice a week (60 minutes total). They are taught in your choice of two styles: 1) privately for a family, and 2) in a small group of friends. Our emphasis is on developing musicality and linguistic ability in children, and equipping parents with skills for raising musically-confident children. This early stage is the most crucial time of a child's development, laying the foundation for their speech, rhythm, pitch, and numerical understanding. There is also a Family Class that the students are welcome to attend, in addition to their private lessons. Students and parents interact and share with other families, for learning how to interact musically and socially. Children who participate regularly in this encouraging class environment grow up to become comfortable and confident in sharing music with others.
We have something special for those age 55 and over, of all levels! Our Senior Music Society provides recreation and fun for those who are learning to play or sing, for those who are refreshing their skills, and for those who just want to associate with like-minded musical friends. Refreshments are served during these relaxing, social piano and voice sessions. Beginners are welcome. Private Lessons for Adult Beginners are also available in our Regular Program.
Homeschool Classes: These courses satisfy state requirements for general music education. They are available for Co-Ops, Groups, and Families.
"Introduction to Music" teaches music reading, singing skills, music theory, and music composition.
"Introduction to Music History" teaches about music throughout the eras, examining also the context in which the music was developed; this context includes events on the historical timeline and related developments in art, literature, and dance.
Music Therapy - Adapted Piano and Voice Lessons are available for those students who need them. Please email the instructor for more information.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition is charged as a whole, but many people like to know what the per-lesson cost is. Students attend private lessons twice a week in our school, with lessons being 30-45 minutes at $37. Students also attend 1-2 group classes per week, for a nominal charge. It is the combination of multiple lessons and classes per week that builds our students' muscle memory, creates confidence, helps them find friends to be excited about seeing here, and motivates them to practice and do well. Our students shine!
Note: The Group Classes are only for students who are enrolled in the private lessons. They are not offered separately. Some subjects are more fun to learn in a group setting, and that is why we offer the classes. The students also make friends with the other students, and they all look forward to seeing each other at the music classes. Having musical friends and being involved in group musical activities is the most important factor for producing children who grow into musically-active adults, according to one demographic study that we read. That is true from our experience as well.
Tuition Payment Options
- Annual payment: A discount is offered. This is the best way to assure that 100% of the lesson time is spent on the student.
- Monthly installment payments: There are no finance charges for monthly installment payments. However, no discount is offered, and there is a once-a-year accounting fee of approximately $30. For monthly payments, a deposit of one-month's tuition is required, so that payments are always one month ahead. This deposit is applied to the last month of lessons, so you do get it back. If you are a new student, the deposit is not due until the fifth week, so that you can try out lessons for a month.
- Note about Partial-Term Enrollments: Lessons for students enrolling mid-year, and any lessons offered in 8-week sessions, may follow a different tuition schedule.
There is an annual charge to cover the cost of registration, recitals, family membership in the Suzuki Piano Basics foundation, a family subscription to Piano Explorer magazine, and studio upkeep and maintenance. If the family is paying monthly instead of annually, then there is an accounting fee.
Books & Materials
Books and materials are charged on an as-needed basis. Because our policy is to invest in learning materials that will last the students for a year or more, the cost of the materials is balanced out by the length of their usefulness.
Workshops & Special Programs
From time to time, opportunities might arise for selected students to participate in special events, such as festivals, city-wide recitals, intrastate student conventions, and out-of-state masterclasses with renowned teachers from conservatories and overseas. If a student qualifies for these opportunities, then those costs will be charged separately.
Further information about tuition costs and policies may be obtained by emailing the instructor.