Sara Marie Brenner - Brenner Music & Academics

Powell, OH

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

Lessons with me are engaging, upbeat, positive, focused and FUN! I treat each student differently -- I create individual strategies and lesson plans for every student. I also conduct any necessary research between lessons to make sure I'm doing everything I can for the student. With academic tutoring, I'm also willing to communicate with classroom teachers to help support the child. In addition, I'm currently a doctoral-level student earning an Ed.S. (Education Specialist) and Ed.D. (doctorate) in Curriculum & Instruction. In addition to the other certifications and coursework that I have done, I am truly both educated and experienced to help students both academically and with piano/music lessons. For my music students, I have group classes and recitals on a regular basis. These are all included in the tuition. The only extra charges with me would be for any outside events or competitions that a student decides to do that are organized by a larger group that has a fee for participation, and any books or materials that the student needs. Tuition with me starts at $115 per month for 46, 30 minute lessons per year.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I get to work with differently people every day, and be creative to help each student accomplish whatever we are working on. There is never a dull moment! I need to keep my brain working, and that's part of what I love about teaching -- I am constantly being challenged to figure out new things and solve problems for my students. It's the connection that I develop with every student that is so magical for me!
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Location

Powell, OH 43065

Years in business

25

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

17

Reviews

7 Reviews
  • Shelly M. Nov 29, 2016
    Piano
    My children are always excited to go to their piano lessons because Sara makes it fun and interesting!
  • Sabrina M. Nov 29, 2016
    Singing Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    A great first experience
    Mrs. Brenner was very kind and accommodating. I really enjoyed working with her and look forward to continuing lessons.
  • Atul T. Nov 14, 2016
    Piano Class
    Mrs. Brenner is teaching piano to my 4 year old son from last few weeks and so far our experience is wonderful. I really liked her way of teaching. She is very patient and handle the situation very well when my son starts loosing focus. I am very much sure we will continue with her for a long time.
    Sara Marie B. Nov 15, 2016

    Thank you so much! It's a pleasure working with you and your son. 😊

  • Summer H. Dec 28, 2014
    Singing Lessons
    Verified Review
    My daughter and I had a great meet and greet! My daughter is looking forward to singing lessons at the beginning of January.
  • Carmen C. Oct 21, 2014
    Piano Lessons
    Verified Review
    Mrs Brenner is a diligent teacher, full of zest and very passionate about what she does. My daughter is very happy having her for a teacher and looks forward to her lesson every week. I highly recommend her!
  • Moira B. Sep 30, 2014
    Sara is an excellent instructor. I couldn't have asked for a better piano teacher for my 4 yo son. She understands how children learn, gives gentle and effective corrections and is sweet as can be.
  • Jackie S. Aug 9, 2014
    Mrs. Brenner is an enthusiatic music teacher. She teaches out of her home and she has always been on time. You can tell she loves what she does and is very encouraging to her students. I wish she had been around for my children's piano lessons, but she is available for my grandchildren.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
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!
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) *BA
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!