Commitment and Responsibilities
The decision to begin music lessons with hopes for success requires a commitment - from the teacher, the student and the parent. Because studying music is a process in which skills are developed over time, it is recommended that beginners make a personal commitment of at least six months to a year in order to see the benefits of instruction. Long-term lessons over the course of many years will provide students with the gift of musicianship that will be accessible to them for the rest of their lives!
1. Provide quality, individualized lessons in a positive learning environment.
2. Help the student to develop enthusiasm and respect for music.
3. Discover the uniqueness of each student by respecting their differences in personality and musical taste.
4. Be encouraging and motivate students to practice regularly.
5. Help the student learn how to use their practice time efficiently.
6. Answer all questions and help solve problems.
7. Help the student recognize both the seriousness and fun of studying music.
8. Encourage communication between the student and parent and teacher.
9. Demonstrate a love for music.
1. Attend the lessons and bring all needed materials and books.
2. Be willing to learn by showing a positive and respectful attitude.
3. Practice according to the instructor's recommendations.
4. Complete all written work (music theory) when assigned.
5. Talk to your parents about what you are learning in your lessons - and show them!
6. Make a habit of listening to recordings or various styles of music including classical and jazz.
7. Attend local concerts and recitals whenever possible.
8. Be supportive (by participating if possible) of the music activities offered at your school and community.
1. Agree to follow the studio policies in regard to payments, cancellations and materials needed.
2. Provide the student with a good instrument on which to practice.
3. Make sure the student has transportation to the lessons each week.
4. Oversee and help the student schedule daily practice time according to the instructor's guidelines.
5. Be supportive and listen to your child practice - this provides much encouragement and motivation.
6. Communicate with your instructor - ask questions and address any concerns or issues.
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND IN-STUDIO ETIQUETTE:
Please be respectful of others in the waiting area and of your instructor!
1. Parents: do not bring your son or daughter to their lesson if he or she is contagiously ill. A severe cough, fever, nausea or vomiting. chicken pox, measles and strep throat are all symptoms that should not be shared with others at the studio. If your child has experienced stomach issues early in the day and say they are better in the afternoon - please still wait until the following week. Having a relapse later in the day while sitting at the piano is very unpleasant! Students should not be afraid to tell their instructor immediately if they are not feeling well and need to leave the lesson.
2. If possible, avoid bringing very young siblings into the lessons and/or the waiting area. Small children are welcomed if they can wait quietly. Crying, yelling, loud laughter and running in the studio are all unacceptable behaviors in the studio. Siblings who are waiting their turn for a lesson should bring homework or a book to read while they are waiting. Ask your instructor if the studio computer music programs may be used between lessons.
3. Students should attend their lesson with clean hands. Piano and strings students should keep their fingernails very short. Please make a habit of washing your hands before you come to the studio or in the restroom before the lesson begins.