What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I really like to have a phone conversation first, then have 4 lessons together to give things a try. Nothing can be evaluated in the first lesson -- the student is usually nervous, and I need a few lessons to get to know the student too. I am very much for open communication, so if something is not working I will be honest and share that with you. I do require 30 days advance notice to discontinue.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
*Currently earning post-master's degree as an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Curriculum & Instruction, secondary education with a music endorsement
*Suzuki Association of the Americas training in June 2014: 51 hours of continuing education in Suzuki method
*Collegiate and graduate coursework in music and music education
*Kodály Level 1 certification, Capital University
*University of London - England, training in dyslexia
*MBA (graduated with a 4.0 GPA)
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Pricing is very simple - a flat, monthly tuition rate based on 46 lessons per year (this means there are 6 times a year when we might skip a lesson and not make it up). The cost is $115/mo for a 30-minute lesson once each week (46x per year), $172.50 for 45 minutes and $230 for 60-minutes. Tuition is due by the last lesson of each month for the month following. No registration fee, no recital fees. Books, recitals, etc. are included in the tuition!
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Pretty simple -- I love to teach. I started teaching piano lessons when I was 12yo, and the rest is history!
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have taught dyslexic, autistic, gifted, typical and special needs students. I love them all. Each student is a different challenged, and there is a special way I can touch each one!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
My MBA! I graduated with a 4.0 GPA, was inducted into the honors society and got it done in 15 months.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Experience and education matter. I have over two decades of teaching experience and am working on a doctorate degree in education. I know I'm not the cheapest around; however, you usually get what you pay for in this business 😉
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Not every teacher is the same, and having a great teacher in the beginning DOES matter. I receive so many "transfer" students who no longer enjoy lessons because they weren't taught properly in the beginning, are stuck and get frustrated. Thankfully, I am usually able to turn these situations around, but it's always better when a student has high quality, fun, engaging, supportive instruction from day one!