Beginning Piano Studio
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37 years in business
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I called to confirm our appointment for my ten year old days prior to the lesson. When we got there, the blinds were closed, and no one answered the door, nor the telephone. My daughter and I were very disappointed. Afterwards, she messaged that she had been taking the trash out.Sep 9, 2019VerifiedBeginning Piano Studio's reply
I really do apologize. I keep the blinds closed full time in the hottest weather anyway. You were several minutes early and I had just run to the back of the building to throw out trash. You must have only stayed a couple minutes, because that is how long it took me. I truly thought I had time. I did offer several later times for the first lesson, but did not hear back. I would be most happy to try again this coming Saturday as well.
My son took piano lessons w Karen & had a wonderful experience. Karen was patient & really seemed to care about the students & their progress. She took the time to teach & never felt rushed like she was looking @ the time just waiting for time to be over, as I experienced w a different piano teacher. I would recommend Karen as a piano teacher.Apr 26, 2015
I haven't really worked with them yet, but I'm sure they're great.Dec 6, 2019Verified
Got back to me quickly with a nice warm greeting and a genuine desire to provide services.Dec 17, 2019Verified
Provider was quick to respond in a professional manner.Oct 29, 2019Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?FEE SCHEDULE (As of July 2019) Flat Monthly Fees of: 45 minute lessons = $140.00 or 1 hour lessons = $160.00 A 60 minute lesson may include the Recorder after moving into the JTM II book, if desired. Termination Deposit is ½ months Tuition. Payment is expected on or by the final lesson of each month. Music is provided at cost. Piano Explorer subscription is $8.00 annually (optional & for grades 4 & up) Late payment fee is $20.00. Deadline is the last day of the previous month. Bounced check fee is $25.00 for banks bounce (or what the bank charges me). Students who are listed in a Recital Program who fail to show will be charged $10.00. Other outside Recitals, Competitions & State Student Evaluations are at cost, usually $5 to $30.00. Most are optional. Included with lessons at No Charge: 15 to 25 minute Weekly Music Lab Monthly 1.5 Hour Group Sessions on Saturday afternoon. Formal Recitals are bi-annual, Various Mini-Recitals Access to Field Trips and any event offered by the local, state & national music teachers associations are included
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?We find a day & time that works for both of us. Since lessons are private, we can begin right away. Tuition is paid to Thumbtack, Materials, at cost, are paid to me on the first lessons. WHAT IS A TYPICAL LESSON LIKE? - Arrive and get your things out - Warm-ups: trills, scales, 5 finger patterns, thirds, octaves, inversions, etc. - Did you have trouble on your assignments this week? If so, we'll go directly to that. - Demonstration of all pieces while working on any problems - Assignment and demonstration, practice and special directions for each piece. - Theory check and new assignment. Complete as needed. - As time permits, review of flashcards, ear training and so forth. - Music Lab (either before or after the lesson as fits in with the students around you) - 15-20 minutes of independent study: musical computer games to support what we are working on, read books about music, composers, music history and so forth, listen to music as supports what we are working on, complete any missed theory assignments, review of flashcards if needed. Use the Assignment Books. They list all things to be done. Please read it each week. Complete and sign off the practice record each week.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Always studying. AA in general music plus 2 more AA and 1 AS degree with honors. Almost a minor in General Music. Bachelors degree with honors. Certified by the National Music Teachers Association. Certified in all ages and stages by Kindermusik. Certified by Orff-Scheuwerk in Level 1 & 2 out of 3. More, conferences, lectures, workshops, master classes, attendance at performances, going back and getting lessons myself, and lots of reading than I can remember. Membership in various music teacher organizations gives me many opportunities. In CA, I had an A+ rating with the BBB for about 25 years. Finally, I hold current Fingerprint and CPR & First Aid, Adult & Pediatric certifications.