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!
My children are always excited to go to their piano lessons because Sara makes it fun and interesting!Nov 29, 2016
Mrs. Brenner was very kind and accommodating. I really enjoyed working with her and look forward to continuing lessons.Nov 29, 2016Verified
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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