Frequently asked questions
Do you give private lessons or group classes?
Normally I give private lessons — I like to make sure that my students get lessons that are optimized for the way they learn. On occasion I will give classes to pairs of students where each student gets half of the lesson time while the other observes.
What styles of music do you teach your students to play?
My students play alot of classical and celtic music, since these styles work so well on the instruments I teach. I do add a smattering of pop and film music, if this inspires the student. My goal is to give my students pieces that they enjoy while broadening their musical horizons and introducing them to new music.
What is the youngest age you will teach flute or recorder to?
A student must be at least five years old to take flute or recorder lessons since these instruments require finger dexterity.
Do you teach piano to teens or adults?
No, I specialize in teaching piano to children under the age of 11. However, I do teach flute and recorder to students from the age of 5 until well past the age of retirment!
Do your students give concerts?
Yes! Concerts are a wonderful way to celebrate a student's achievements. I hold an end of year recital at a nearby church. In March, I host a Celtic Music workshop for my students giving them the chance to play in a relaxed atmosphere acompanied by a live acoustic band. And, in June 2020 we had a very succesful online concert with over 150 views!
Do you organize groups for your students to play in?
Yes, absolutely! Playing music together is so much fun and part of a well rounded musical education. Every spring I organize duos, trios and quartets for students to rehearse and perform with. My flute and recorder players are accompanied in the end of year recital by piano or guitar. And finally, our yearly Celtic party includes playing with a live band!
What do you charge for lessons?
Please contact me for pricing information.
What kind of commitment do you ask from your students?
Lessons not working out for you? No worries - they can be stopped at any time (with 48 hours notice) and any payments made in advance will be reimboursed.
What about lesson cancellations?
I do ask for 24 hours notice if you need to cancel your lesson and ask that we reschedule the lesson for another time, either later in the month or at the end of the semester. Without 24 hours notice, I will charge for the lesson but I will use that time to look for new repertoire and exercises for you or I may make a video recording for you to work with.
How do payments work?
If you are taking in person lessons, I ask for post dated checks for the semester, one for each month, dated for the first day of the month. If you are taking online lessons, I ask for an e transfer for the month's lessons before the first lesson of the month.