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Very experienced, lessons are well planned, can progress at my own paceJan 26, 2020Verified
As an adult looking for beginner lessons I was a bit nervous at first but I'm very happy that I found Shannon. He is easy to work with and keeps my lessons interesting so that I'm continuously progressing. He's very versatile in his style and I believe I'm learning more from him because he is a working professional musician. If you are looking for piano lessons I highly recommend checking him out!Aug 1, 2018Verified
I am a music major on break for the summer. Shannon heard what i wanted from my lessons and helped create a customized lesson plan to fit my needs. He is very obviously passionate about teaching , and maintained an open dialogue such that I was able to ask questions and recieve fleshed out answers. I have had very unmotivated and non-personalized music teachers in the past and I was exstatic to find that Shannon was neither of those things.Aug 1, 2018Verified
An experienced musician and music teacher, who is flexible and receptive, and who tailors curriculum to teach student's preference. As a result you get a student excited about music lessons-rare occurrence!Jul 11, 2018Verified
I love the fact he teaches my girl all the essential elements of piano and how to be good at it. He always give her positive remarks which boost up her enthusiasm, eagerness and confidence to be good at what she likes. He has been a very good and positive mentor to her. Overall he is indeed an amazing instructor and a master in the art of piano.Feb 25, 2018Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?FREE ENROLLMENT LESSON: The first piano enrollment session and consultation is FREE. Every student gets a free 45-60 minute lesson, assessment, and consultation before enrolling in the academy for the semester. Our instructors will introduce new students to our methods, custom curriculum approach, policies, discuss the student's goals, and make recommendations. We want students to feel confident that one of our instructors is the best fit to both teach them and help them meet their goals as a student and musician. Our teachers do not overbook ourselves. We keep a waiting list. We are looking for students who are a good fit to learn from one of our instructors and who are also interested in participating in our community performance program. After working with the student for about 30 minutes our instructors spend the last 15 minutes discussing enrollment and showing students how we use TeacherZone.com as a convenient scheduling, learning, and billing platform. PRICING/TUITION: Our music & arts academy operates in three semesters. The Fall Semester (18 weeks), Spring Semester (18 weeks), and Summer Semester (10 weeks). 90% of the curriculum and sheet music we use is included in our rates. Student binders and access to our learning management software via teacherzone.com are included. Our tuition rates reflect our diversity of performance experience, instruction experience, education, proven custom curriculum, and our ability to teach multiple instruments, genres, and styles (classical, jazz, blues, rock, pop, country, Christian, broadway): CURRENT RATES: 30 minute weekly lessons range from $120 - $150/month 45 minutes weekly lessons range from $180 - $225/month 60 minutes weekly lessons range from $240 - $300/month HOMESCHOOLING, SINGLE INCOME, DAYTIME, and MULTIPLE STUDENT LESSON DISCOUNTS: Shannon and his wife homeschool their four children. They know how expensive kids are and how challenging it can be in Portland to support a family off a single income. Because of this we offer discounts to: 1. Homeschooling Families 2. Single Income Families, 3. Families Enrolling 3 or more students 4. Discounted Daytime Lessons Participation in our performance program, students bands, and additional group classes are discounted for students enrolled in weekly lessons. ABUNDANT PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES: Traditional recitals are available twice per year. Students in the performance program will perform more regularly throughout the community at senior care facilities, recovery centers, churches, hospitals, homeless shelters, and at community fundraisers. We plan 1-2 student concerts per year featuring our student bands. CREDIT CARD, ACH, & CASH PAYMENTS: Payments are due the first week of each month. Billing is automatic once setup online at teacherzone.com via credit card, ACH, or cash payments. CANCELLATIONS: If you need to cancel for any reason, and you cancel with 24 hours notice, our teachers update your practice notes and record a short video makeup lesson. Students are allowed to reschedule 2 lessons per Fall/Spring Semester, and 1 lesson per Summer Semester. Our most successful students have a minimum of one lesson per week. Consistency, accountability, and creating regular practice habits are the keys to success. PRACTICE EXPECTATIONS: Students are required to time their practices every week on TeacherZone.com. Parents are expected to partner with us to keep student's accountable to time all their practices. We will set clear achievable goals and offer rewards for students that reach them. Each semester we give out Practice Warrior Awards, and Top Practicer Awards to exemplary students. We also give out small monthly awards to children under the age of 10 that exceed their practice goals. We ask that students try to practice the assigned material a minimum of four times per week between lessons. Each student is assigned a username and password to their own personal student portal on TeacherZone.com where students: 1. View their practice assignments 2. Watch video tutorials 3. Listen to recordings 4. View/print charts 5. Time their practices VACATION/HOLIDAYS: We account for holidays and common vacation times when we build our school calendar for each semester. FELLOWSHIP MUSIC & ARTS ACADEMY LOCATION: All lessons take place either at your home, or at Shannon's home studio on the western side of Tigard, Oregon, just south of Beaverton, OR. ONLINE SESSIONS: We offer online lessons nationwide to students ages 7 and older. We also offer online makeup lessons for students that are sick. Online piano rates start at $60/hr.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?We offer a free 45-60 minute enrollment lesson, consultation, and assessment. We want to be confident our instructor is both a good fit to teach the student, and that the student is a good fit for our studio and performance program. The student should feel comfortable with their teacher's personality and talent level. We ask a lot of questions to best understand why each student wants lessons and what the end goals are for them, so we can tailor a teaching plan specific to their learning style and goals as a musician. After the free lesson and consultation, students ready to enroll choose a lesson length, time slot, and tuition package. They leave the free introductory lesson with exercises to begin practicing.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?The founder Shannon Bengford studied privately with multiple degreed piano instructors for 14 yrs. He holds his BA in Music from Luther College (2001) with an emphasis on classical piano and composition. Since 1999 Shannon has been performing professionally. Shannon was primarily classically trained but has taken courses in jazz and improvisation and worked privately with a professional jazz player and dance accompanist while in college. Shannon was hired to improvise for dance classes for 3 years in college and is an expert at improvisation and soloing. Shannon has directed and performed in choirs and for musical theater. He also has composed incidental music for various theater productions in Chicago and scored electronic music for an amateur documentary film. His composition work was nominated for a Jeff Award in Chicago. All of our current teachers that work for Shannon at FMAA have various musical degrees/musical education and have either taken lessons and/or gone through training with Shannon. They are very familiar with the studio's goals, customized curriculum approach, and vision.