Piano lessons at Miller Music Studio are conducted on-line using Zoom, Skype or FaceTime. The student needs to have reliable high-speed internet and a computer, iPad or tablet. A tuned and well-maintained acoustic piano or touch sensitive digital piano with at least 76 keys and a sustain (damper) pedal is required.
Lessons are available for students age 5 to 105! Each lesson consists of a variety of engaging activities: instruction at the piano, computer assisted work in rhythm, sight reading and theory, listening lab assignments, and fun cooperative theory games. Small group master classes, preparation for virtual recitals and music history enrichment classes are held periodically throughout the year. Since every child's needs are different, I try to match the student with a piano method book and supplementary materials which will help the student be most successful. The student's family is responsible for the purchase of method books on the recommendation o the teacher. Parents of children under the age of 9 need to be available during the lesson and need to supervise daily home practice. Standard course of instruction is 40 lessons per year, although that may be negotiated to fit your schedule best.
Virtual recitals are important so that the students have many opportunities to have their playing affirmed. We do recitals at least once a semester. We may do live zoom recitals or post a video on an unlisted You Tube channel.
Daily practice is expected. Lesson assignments and practice are tracked through a practice app called Tonara which allows for easy and regular communication between the student and teacher. Parents appreciate Tonara because they can easily see if the student is accomplishing the entire assignment. Piano Maestro, a music reading app, is available to all students who own an iPad.
Make Up Lessons
I offer make up lessons only for sickness or death in the family. Make up lessons are scheduled at our mutual convenience .
If you must cancel a lesson for a reason other that sudden serious emergency or illness, please plan in advance and check to see if there is time in the teaching schedule to rearrange the lesson time if you know you will have to miss a lesson. Lessons cancelled on less that 24 hours notice are charged at the regular rate.
Lessons are available between the hours of 9:30 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. Eastern time Monday through Friday with evening times available as necessary.
What to Have Available at Your Lesson
Students should have a tote, bin or magazine holder for their music books, binder, dry erase staff board, and pouch of tools available on or very near their piano during the lesson. A box of tissues on the piano is a nice addition so the lesson is not interrupted for nose blowing!
It is important to curtail other family members' use of the internet during the lesson as lack of available bandwidth can be a problem.
Caring for Each Other
In this time of virus and social distancing, all of us are experiencing uncertainty and anxiety. We all need to take care of each other with love and compassion. If something happens in your family or in school which throws your family into disarray, it is important to let the teacher know since it may require extra patience and understanding to accomplish a piano lesson.
Please contact me for the current rates and payment methods.