1. Make Use of the Home Activity Sheets
Every lesson in the 3 WunderKeys method books is followed by a Home Activity page. Even parents with no musical background can use these activities to reinforce what their child learns in his weekly lessons. Each Home Activity Page engages WunderKeys students in fun activities that get your child used to the routine of home practice; creating good habits from day 1.
2 Make Real-World Connections
WunderKeys parents can expand upon the concepts learned in each lesson by relating concepts to real-world situations. Create opportunities for patterning, for sorting, for counting and for number recognition. Use the names of the Finger Friends while doing activities at home ("Can you use your Pointer Panda finger to squish down these balls of cookie dough?"). Point out numbers, patterns, high and low sounds, and more than and less than situations you discover in every day life.
3. Bond on the Bench
Set aside piano practice time that is free from interruptions. Sit with your child and enjoy the process of watching him learn a new skill. Create opportunities for your child to "teach" you. Re-read the stories that accompany each lesson and discuss how each character was feeling, why your child found the situation funny, and what the character was learning about the piano. Avoid multi-tasking during piano practice time. Your child will look forward to having your undivided attention and will associate these feelings of happiness with piano practice!
4. Send Home Duets
Each WunderKeys duet contains lyrics that parents can sing or speak to help their child learn his cues for when it's his turn to play. Parents can assist in finding the correct keys for their child to play and helping their child to memorize their part in the duet. Teachers can email a video of how the duet sounds when played together for your child to watch and/or play along with.
5. Above All Else...
Use at home practice time as a way to create positive feelings towards the piano. Celebrate your child's success and make regular time at the piano a part of your family's routine. Doing so will set your child up for a long and happy future at the piano!
I offer a program that will work for students who are learning to play for just enjoyment up through students who want to study music in college and expect to be playing advanced repertoire in high school to prepare for that. Depending on where students fall on this spectrum, they can participate in all studio events, or just some. I do require students to participate in the end-of-year recital (Except Adults or students dealing with extreme performance anxiety).
Every year students are invited to participate in 4 performance classes (lessons in a group setting), a Master Class with Alexander Peppe' on how the piano works at Starbird Music, the SUMMERJAM (performance for students who do creative projects in the Summer), a Halloween Piano Bash, and a end-of-year recital in June. Students are also invited to participate in events and festivals put on by the Maine Music Teachers Association. It is my hope to give students a feeling of community within the studio and to feel comfortable learning how to play the piano in their private lessons and also in group settings and performances.
Student and Family Responsibilities
Practice is never an easy task but it is very important to the student’s piano study. It is up to the student and the student’s family to motivate the student to practice 5 times a week. If student is under the age of 7 they will be exploring music through CD's, some lesson material I send home from class, and songs they are working on. It is up to the student’s family to sit down with their child and go over their assignments 1-2 times per week. (More than that is great as well!) Wunderkeys students will also have workbook material to go over each week. (If you are looking for preschool lessons, click here-->http://jps.mymusicstaff.com/Preschool-Piano-Policy-and-Rates
Students must have an acoustic piano or keyboard with a pedal at home to take lessons in order for them to practice each week.
If something occurs at home or school that is affecting your child, let me know so that I can be more sensitive to the child during their lesson.
30 Min. Lessons: $144.00
60 Min. Lessons: $241.00
90 Min. Lessons: $352.00
Every other week 30 min.: $76.00
Every other week 60 min.: $127.00
Monthly tuition is calculated by multiplying the lesson rate by 36 weeks between September and June and dividing by 10 months. There are 38 weeks in this model. Two Flex weeks are included in case the teacher or the student is ill or misses a lesson.
If a lesson cannot be attended due to illness, weather, or other activities, or if I cancel for any reason, tuition will remain the same. I will offer opportunities to have make-ups but expect the month to be paid in advance. All 10 months during the year will have an opportunity to make a lesson up whether it be a make-up day, a performance class, or a master class. If lesson is not cancelled 24 hours in advance, a make up will not be provided (unless student is ill).
Tuition will be due on the first of each month. There will be a $15.00 fee if payment is not made by the 10th of each month. You can pay your monthly tuition by credit card, check, cash, or paypal. If you pay online, you will be charged a 2.9% online transaction fee each month. If you miss a lesson, I cannot guarantee a make-up lesson but will always put available lessons on the online calendar. If a student quits lessons in the middle of a month, there are no refunds.
There is a $55.00 registration fee every September (start of school year) which will cover music, fees for recital venues, festivals, master classes, and materials that I purchase for student lessons. I have already purchased studio licenses for theory books and materials for student’s binders that are legal under copyright law.
I know that students will not be able to attend every lesson throughout the year, but I do expect to be given 24 hour notice if a student will not be attending their lesson. Feel free to call, text, email, or log in to the website to cancel your lesson. If a scheduled lesson is missed without notice, a make-up lesson will not be provided. Students should not attend lessons if they are sick. Please let me know the morning of if this is the case and register for an available lesson or performance class. If students are only mildly ill, please let email me and I can send a video lesson or we can do a phone or Skype lesson.
If there is bad weather, a snow day, or I need to cancel for any reason, I will send out text messages and emails.
In order to hold your lesson time for fall, students must attend 7 lessons in the Summer (3 for every other lessons). Monthly Tuition is a bit less but must be paid in order to hold lesson time. Students are encouraged to pick a Summer Project and perform in the SUMMERJAM. Summer Session starts Monday July 10th.
I will be teaching on Labor Day, Columbus Day, Martin Luther King,Jr. Day, and Memorial Day so please let me know in advance if you will not be attending your lesson on these Holidays. There are no lessons during Thanksgiving Week, Christmas and New Years weeks, February Vacation, and April Vacation. During Feburary and April vacations I will offer Make-Up lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 2:00PM and 6:00PM. You can register for one on the on-line calendar. I will also hand out a studio calendar at the beginning of the year.
If you agree with my policy/philosophy of teaching, I will provide a meeting/interview at my studio where we can talk about goals and go over the program. We can look over scheduling and also get an online account set up. This is no cost.