Sara Marie Brenner - Brenner Music & Academics
About this pro
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. 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!
Years in business26
Times hired on Thumbtack17
Number of employees1
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- 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