What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I like to meet them before the lessons begin to best evaluate the situation and to be sure we are the right fit for each other:)
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Reasearch, research, research! Learning all social media avenues to keep up with the younger students. In today's society, students use technology more and more. We as teachers, need to recognize and adapt rather than fight. Students today are used to immediate availability. In my studio, if a student shows me a You Tube video that they want to learn-we will. Sometimes,(usually) the song is so new that there is no sheet music available for it. That means, we will sit down, listen to the song. And figure it out on our own. Students love being able to impress friends with the latest music!
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Currently, I have a special trial offer of only $80 a month for a maximum of 3 months (if paid in advance.) After that, I charge a flat rate every month that includes everything. All lessons, books, group lessons etc. That way when a student starts piano. They will always know what their bill is going to be. There are no surprise bills. The more rapidly a student progress, the more books they will need-so books can be a huge expense.With the flat rate-you do not have to pay for the books. Please see my website tuition information page for detailed information.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
When I was four years old, I saw a pianist on the television. That was the day I was hooked! Unfortunately, my parents could not afford piano lessons and an instrument for me. I had to wait until I was old enough to get a job and pay my own way. By then, I was a senior in high school. I progressed rapidly due to enormous amounts of daily practice. by the fall of my senior year, I was accepted into music school.The greatest day of my life! I have been loving it ever since.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I teach everything with a piano keyboard. Organ, piano, keyboard, synthesizer, etc. I have had many years experience teaching ear training, theory, improvisation, how to play with a band, how to perform for money. I teach all ages of students ages 4 and up. Mainly, I do private one on one piano lessons. However, I have taught in group situations before and am certified in Kindermusik. I have a Master's degree in Performance, Pedagogy and Education. Since 1985, I have taught many students with handicaps and other conditions. I always try to make each student feel successful in my studio.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I have an 9 year old student who is a beginner. His family is from Nepal. One day he came to me with the sheet music for the Nepali National Anthem and wanted to learn it. Not only did he learn how to play it- but I showed him how to use my Finale music compostion software and he made an orchestral version of the piece for his family celebration! I can tell you that is one huge accomplishment for a beginner! And, as a plus- he and his family will be able to cherish that arrangement forever!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
When choosing a music teacher- be sure to find out about the educational background of the instructor. Find out what organizations they are involved in and find out if they are music teachers full time. Also, it is good to find a music teacher who performs.If they perform, they are still doing what they are teaching. Be sure the instructor is interested in finding out about what you want from the music lessons. Some instructors will only teach in a specific style. If you are interested in pop, jazz, blues etc. and take lessons from a Classical instructor-you may not be happy with the lessons. Always make sure you ask many questions so that you receive what you want.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
In my profession, the piano lesson is only a small amount of time I spend on my student each week. I spend many outside hours on lesson planning and preparations. I spend hours every day doing research on songs my students have requested. Since I do tailor my lessons individually, that requires much more planning than just being there at the lesson. Also, I spend a lot of time on recitals, piano festivals, music teacher meetings, continuing education, new music research, preparing students for testing etc. It is a large amount of work that most people do not realize happens.