What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Lessons are taught once per week, 37 weeks per year. A monthly tuition fee covers the cost of individual lessons, group lessons, lab time, and recitals.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Please contact Samantha Luck to set up a time to meet at the studio before lessons begin. The interview is at no charge and takes about 30-minutes. Thanks!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Bachelors of Music Therapy with a major in Piano and minor in Voice. 23 years of teaching experience.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I began taking piano lessons at the age of 2. I also studied voice, guitar, pipe organ, harpsichord, percussion and harp. I began teaching a few students while I was in high school with the help of my private teacher. I continued teaching while I pursued my degree in Music Therapy and opened my formal studio in 2000 after receiving my degree. I am dedicated to making private lessons available to all interested students, regardless of their level of ability.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Children (2 - 12), teens, college students, adults. Students with autism, PDD, Aspergers, sight and hearing difficulties, Downs syndrome, physical, developmental and emotional challenges.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
For the last 6 years I have been learning to play the lever harp. I am beginning to perform in the community and am having a great time!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Ask a lot of questions! Remember that you are interviewing the teacher, not the other way around. It is more important to find someone who will work well with you or your child than simply pick the nearest or least expensive teacher.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
What type of music would you like to learn to play?
Do you own an instrument? If not, what type of instrument is required for lessons (acoustic pianos vs. keyboards, etc.)
What is the main focus of the studio? (some teachers are focused on competition while others are more focused on playing for personal enjoyment.)
MTNA.org (Music Teachers National Association) has an excellent list of questions for parents to ask potential teachers.