Overman School of Music
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Introduction: I teach in the students' homes, and do all the shopping for books so that there is no stress for the parent. Students accelerate in their learning much more quickly than in most piano programs several factors such as being in the comfort of their own home and playing on the piano they have practiced on during the week, and the specific program designed for each student, which is tailored to their style of learning. Since I have been teaching for 26 years, I have many excellent area references. I teach all levels and all ages. I am flexible in my scheduling, so if a student is ill or has a conflict, I can usually find a make-up time the same week. I am always on time, and my students have fun working with me. I teach year-round so summer lessons are mandatory, and necessary family vacation times are credited. I love the balance of focused learning and the enjoyment that both the student and I derive from the progress. We use videotape at intervals for repertoire pieces which makes it very fun to see the progress at different time intervals. (Please understand that I do not put any videos of children on the internet. I believe that this could be dangerous. If you are interested in my teaching, my present student's parents would be happy to talk with you.) My passion for teaching piano is the only reason that I teach piano. I keep a low number of students and do all I can to make sure that we have a great match between myself and the student, so there is little chance that we need to terminate lessons, or that the student loses interest. The student and I work together as a team, and I am available during the week during non-teaching hours for consultation which is included in the cost of the lesson. I never feel stress with a student nor vice versa, and a common comment I get from parents is that they find it remarkable that the student is self-motivated to practice. I believe that comes from the relationship that is engendered between the student and me. Parents are always welcome to sit in on any lesson.
27 years in business
(Central Time Zone)
Mon - Sat
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?It may appear that I am a very expensive teacher, but the difference is in the speed that the student learns and the overall value. Some teachers are not interested in the student making the best progress of which they are capable, but that is always my goal. Students get bored or become involved in other activities if a teacher is not keeping them inspired and motivated. My intention is always to have the student outgrow me asap. I have had students for as long as 8 years, when they leave for college, and also have had students that have gotten piano scholarships, but I will never teach just to teach and get a paycheck. Because my program is unique in this regard, the amount spent per lesson is much more practical than it may appear at the outset. If you look at the cost/benefit ratio, my lesson price is quite reasonable.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?First I will get a contact, and then I will set up a time for a pre-interview by phone. This interview will be with the adult student or with the parent. This phone interview allows us to assess each other's capabilities and ask questions that are relevant to a successful relationship. If we both agree that it looks like it could be a beneficial match, we set a time for a home interview. At that time, I see the instrument (keyboard or piano,) the area in which I would be teaching, meet the parent(s) or adult student, and discuss all matters relevant to music and lessons. It is mandatory that the student, regardless of age, have a voice in the decision as to whether or not they want to work with me as their instructor. If both parties agree, then we decide the scheduling. There is a $35 registration fee per student. Lesson payments are made at the last lesson date for the month, for the upcoming month. Supplemental materials are usually free. Methodology books are paid for at the time they are purchased.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?My mother was a professional pianist, and my grandmother even played piano during silent movies, so even though I have a music degree from Morningside College, I learned much more from my family than any professor ever taught me. I started lessons outside the home at age 6, and had no intention of going into music until age 40. It was one of those abilities that doesn't seem special when you grow up with everyone able to do it. I was Executive Director of several BBB's and also attended Law School. This is probably part of my very principled and honest standards, as integrity is of utmost importance to me. I was at a crossroads in life, and questioned myself about what I would really be happiest doing, and the natural answer came through, work with students teaching them music. I have never regretted that choice to this day. I enjoy every lesson and so I am never working. I derive a great deal of satisfaction from hearing a student who has mastered a piece of music, and that has complete theory knowledge.