Lessons

My teaching studio is open to students of all ages. I teach lessons via FaceTime or Zoom and will also resume in person lessons when it is safe to do so.

I am pleased to offer private lessons in my home studio in Ridgefield, WA. I have more than ten years teaching experience, and enjoy working with students of all ages and abilities. Lessons focus on repertoire, technique, expression, and music theory, and can also include contemporary styles, depending on the interest of the student.

Ready to start or continue learning piano? Please familiarize yourself with my studio policies (below) and if it sounds like we’re a fit, please get in touch!

Studio Policies

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY AND GOALS

  • My overall goal in teaching piano lessons is to create an environment where students are encouraged to discover the joy in music making and constantly challenged to strive for excellence.
  • I tailor lessons to meet the specific needs of each student. This extends to topics of study, method books, and repertoire selection.
  • Through lessons, students are exposed to a variety of different musical styles and eras. While I guide the music selection in this well-rounded approach, I encourage students to have a “say” in the specific pieces we work on, whenever possible.
  • I provide a strong music theory background to all my students, as I believe this makes them better musicians. Theory topics will be a weekly part of lessons and students may have exercises to complete during the week in addition to their practice.

LESSONS

  • Please arrive on time, and be sure to bring all of your books. I recommend investing in a book bag that is dedicated to music books. While I understand that occasional lateness happens, I am usually unable to extend lessons to make up for missed time.
  • Parents are always welcome and are encouraged to periodically sit in on their student’s lessons.. Younger students in particular will need parental support for encouragement and to help them maintain frequent, on-task practice sessions.
  • Siblings are welcome to sit in on the lesson time when accompanied by a parent, as long they are not disruptive.
  • For students who are dropped off, please pick them up promptly at the end of the lesson.
  • Consistent attendance is crucial to a student’s success. Please ensure that they are at every lesson.

TUITION AND MAKEUPS

  • Weekly lessons are offered in 30, 45, and 60 minute lengths. The length depends on the needs of the student – I am happy to offer recommendations based on your situation and experience.
  • Current rates are $25 for 30min, $37.50 for 45min, and $50 for 60min.
  • Tuition is due at the first lesson of the month for the entire month (there are usually four lessons per month, but occasionally holidays or a long month cause this number to change. Tuition paid will reflect the number of lessons in the month).
  • Cash, Check, and Venmo are accepted.
  • If you need to miss a lesson, please let me know with plenty of notice – we will reschedule if possible. (Note: the summer and holiday seasons are typically times when families take time off – we will communicate with each other to make a plan.)
  • Missed lessons (or lessons cancelled within 24 hours will not be made up.

PRACTICE EXPECTATIONS

  • Learning to play the piano takes dedication and discipline. The lesson time is only a small part of the learning process. The student must do most of the work in his or her own practice time. The lesson is not for practicing. If the student does not adequately prepare, it is impossible to move forward.
  • The minimum practice schedule is 30 minutes per day, 5 days of the week. This may be broken into several sessions throughout the day.
  • Practice time should only include focused work on the assigned material.
  • Daily practice is very important. It is much more effective to practice throughout the week than trying to “cram” right before a lesson.
  • Practice techniques will be learned in lessons and should be applied at home. Playing through a piece once or twice is not practicing. Proper practice includes stopping to work notes and rhythms that are consistently missed.
  • I highly recommend that parents assist younger students in their practice sessions to help them stay on track and complete their assignments.