Teaching Mission:

I believe that all students, no matter age or ability, have the ability to improve their skills. My goal is to provide well-rounded music education and inspire my students to enjoy music as much as I do. Lessons will include tone production, technique, music theory and history, and solo and ensemble repertoire. Students will be invited to participate in studio recitals throughout the year.

Pricing:

For pricing, please email me at steph at flutingsteph dot com. Prices are available for 30, 45, 60, and 120 minute lessons. Prices are also available for private and group lessons as well as ensemble coaching.

Lesson Policies:

Effective August 20, 2018

Attendance

In order to maintain steady improvement on any musical instrument, it is critical to prioritize regular lesson attendance. Your tuition guarantees that your weekly time slot will be available for you- if you choose not to use that time, it is gone forever. Please keep this in mind when considering other activities.

 

If a student or parent has a medical or family emergency, make-up lessons may be rescheduled at the discretion of myself. Credits for lessons will only be given if:

  • I must miss a regularly scheduled lesson.

  • Public schools are closed due to weather.

 

As a courtesy, make-up lessons may be arranged for lessons missed due to unavoidable scheduling conflicts. Make-up lessons are scheduled on an availability basis and are not guaranteed. 24-hour notice is required.

 

Required Materials

An instrument in good working condition: Please arrange to have necessary repairs made promptly.

Original copies of assigned lesson music: This includes scale and etude books as well as solo music. Photocopies are not acceptable- they are easily lost, less durable, and usually a copyright violation.


Metronome with subdivision capability: I recommend the Korg MA-1 as an inexpensive, versatile option. There are also a number of smart phone apps available, though these should be used with the phone in airplane mode to eliminate distractions.

 

Tuner with multiple octave range. You may choose to purchase the Korg TM-50 which is a metronome/tuner combo, available for purchase on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Korg-Instrument-Tuner-Metronome-Silver/dp/B01KAWUFIE/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1534892187&sr=8-2-spons&keywords=metronome+korg&psc=1


Music stand for home practice: tables, pianos, etc. are not good substitutes as they do not allow proper posture.

 

Pencil with eraser for making notations within your music.

Practice Expectations

Consistent practice is required of every student. The amount of time spent daily will vary depending on the student’s level of experience, but all students should plan for a minimum of 5 days of thoughtful practice per week. Improvement on an instrument requires a team effort- this team includes me, the student, and the student’s family. Parents, I ask you to help me by making sure your students practice regularly and in a distraction-free environment.

 

Accompanist Fees

Learning to play with others is not only a vital skill, but the most fun part of making music! Much of the repertoire you will be learning is written for your instrument and piano, which adds harmonic and melodic structure to support your solo part. Playing with an accompanist will improve listening, leadership and teamwork skills- expectations for professional behavior with your accompanist will be discussed in detail. I will arrange for a pianist to perform for our studio recitals and our lessons leading up to performances will include accompanist rehearsals. Professional accompanists require a fee for rehearsals and performances- this will vary depending on the event, but I will let you know of all accompanist fees several weeks prior to beginning rehearsals. Payment directly to the pianist will be due at the time of the rehearsal or performance.

 

If you have any questions or concerns about lesson policies, please contact me.