Amy Greer, Pianist and Teacher
I learned a long time ago that my job as a teacher was not limited to the fine art of playing the piano. At their best, music lessons not only can develop one’s individual musicianship, but also can provide a place where good work habits, problem-solving skills, creative thinking and personal expression can be encouraged and nurtured. Because making music should be a natural extension of who we are and not something limited to a few gifted people, I believe in teaching the practice of becoming a musician, as much as teaching the techniques of learning to be a pianist.
Individual lessons are 45 minutes or 60 minutes in length.
Students are expected to participate in group performance classes 3-4 times per semester. These are generally offered on Fridays and Saturdays. In these classes, students learn performance etiquette, music theory and history, participate in rhythmic and movement activities, and perform for their peers.
Recitals and Other Performances
There is one formal studio recital every term. There are also opportunities for students to participate in competitions and contests at various levels.
The teaching year is divided into fall semester (mid-August through mid-December) and spring semester (mid-January through mid-May). There is also shorter (8-weeks) summer session in June and July.
In the fall and spring, tuition is billed by the semester, as follows:
$855/semester or $171/month x 5 payments (tax included).
45 minute lessons= 16 private lessons and 3 performance classes
60-minute lessons= 12 private lessons and 3 performance classes
A studio fee of $20 is charged annually.
Payments can be made either in total at the beginning of the semester, or divided into five equal payments that are due on the first lesson of the month. Payments received after the 10th of the month are subject to a $25 late fee. There is a 10% discount for families with two or more members taking lessons. Except in extreme circumstances, no credits or refunds will be given.
Only one make-up lesson is offered per semester, scheduled as needed on designated days. If for some reason I must cancel a lesson, a make-up will always be given.
All students are required to schedule a minimum of five 60-minute lessons or six 45-minute lessons during the summer session in order to retain their spot in the studio for the fall semester.
Students are expected to practice at least five days per week. The amount of time will vary depending on the level of the student, but generally speaking, students should practice their entire assignment in every practice session. This usually translates to 20-30 minutes for first and second year students; 30-45 minutes for third and fourth year students; and 60 or more minutes for high school students.
Students make the most progress with parental encouragement and support. This can take a variety of forms, but regular (even daily!) reminders of practicing and sitting with smaller children while they practice is often a good idea. Parents are always invited and encouraged to stay for their child’s lessons.
All students must have daily access to an acoustic, full-sized piano (upright or grand). Electronic keyboards may not be used as daily practice instruments.
Prospective students should schedule an interview/trial lesson. A parent is required to be present for this session.
College and Adult Students
Lessons for adults are scheduled on an a la carte basis depending upon the student’s schedule and musical goals. Payment is required at each lesson.
60-minute lessons=$60 per lesson
A special rate for college students may be available.
In addition to traditional piano lessons, coaching sessions for musicians of all kinds—singers, instrumentalists, music teachers, and pianists—on issues such as practicing and performance techniques, pedagogy, musicianship, improvisation, and creativity are available. These lessons are generally an hour in length and are scheduled as needed.
Workshops for teachers and musicians are available in a variety of formats, from 1-2 hour sessions to weekend workshops or even extended residencies. Topics range from pedagogical issues in the piano lesson, the psychology of performance and practicing, fostering creativity in students and teaching, movement and rhythm in the studio, and the development of musical and pedagogical priorities. Sample workshops include:
Avoiding the Small Potatoes: Thoughts On Pedagogy. An interactive workshop for teachers which focuses on rethinking pedagogical priorities and conventional wisdom.
Not Just Creative Teaching, but Teaching to Create. An extended workshop for teachers and musicians focused on developing creativity both in ourselves and our students.
Rhythm and Movement. A series of workshops for teachers and performers using rhythm and movement exercises from Dalcroze Eurhythmics and other music education philosophies.
Beyond Policies: Building a Thriving Studio. A workshop designed to help music teachers build a studio that supports their personal values, musical strengths, and pedagogical beliefs.
More Than Just Technique: Teaching the Whole Musician. Taken individually or consecutively, these workshops focus on pedagogical issues of piano teaching viewed through a holistic and integrated lens.
Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh My! A series of sessions that deal with the psychological issues surrounding practicing and performing.
Additional lecture/workshop topics are available upon requests. Schedule allowing, recitals and/or master classes can be offered in conjunction with various workshops.
For more information, or to schedule an interview/trial lesson contact:
Amy Greer at: email@example.com or 505-573-5121