Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Music
Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
Music study and performance is a lifelong discipline and a very personal form of expression. Music lessons help students of all ages improve multiple skill areas including math and reading, communication, self-esteem, goal setting and achievement, confidence, consistency, and personal responsibility. These are all important skills that stay with a child throughout adulthood.
Besides developing confidence and performance skills, studies have shown that elementary age students that take piano lessons perform higher on math tests than students who do not take lessons. (Shaw, 1999)
Another very important aspect of any lesson is parental involvement – a young student will have trouble progressing unless a parent supervises a practice schedule for their child, and is positive and supportive during the learning process.
Like many young girls, I took piano lessons, played the flute in the school band, and loved to sing. Through the years, I developed my skills not only in music, but as an educator as well. Now as an adult, I can share my love and knowledge of music with others through music education. Do something special for someone today... give them a gift that will always be with them - the gift of a music education.
My Musical Education Background
34 Years Experience in Private Piano Instruction, 30 years as an Accompanist
10 years as a church pianist (soloist, accompanist, praise band (5 years))
4 years as a choir pianist, (50-60 members)
8 years experience as keyboard player with classic country bands/musicians
15 Years Experience as a Vocal Coach and Vocalist
3 Years Experience in Public School Music Education - Elementary (Florida)
Bachelor of Arts in Education, University of Kentucky, 1992
Master of Arts in Education, Secondary Education, 2008
Alabama Certified Teacher, Secondary Education, Business Education 2003 - 2013
Genres and Subjects Taught
* Piano - Beginner through Intermediate and Early Advanced
* Voice - Beginner through Intermediate
* Music Theory
* Music Writing & Composition
* Church Vocalists, Praise Team Singers
* High School Musical Theater Students
* Coaching and Prep for Auditions including College Entrance Auditions for Degrees in Music
* Summer Lessons - Dependent upon enrollment
Monthly lessons give students one private lesson per week or 4 lessons per month. Monthly Lessons are paid for in advance on the first lesson of each month or before and are discounted in comparison to weekly lessons. Monthly rates apply only when lessons are paid for in advance, in full, and accounts are current. To hold a lesson time, the initial registration fee should be paid for in advance.
I prefer to conduct an evaluation lesson and meet prospective students prior to accepting a new student. During this meeting, I conduct a short lesson and evaluation, as well as answer questions about lessons and policies. Piano evaluations cost $35.00 Vocal evaluations lasting an hour or more cost $50.00
Customized vocal exercises and practice recordings are included in the cost of tuition. Materials such as downloaded instrumentals, additional tutorial books, and sheet music are an additional cost.
Current Monthly Rates for Private Lessons: Tuition is based on a monthly rate and covers 4 lessons per month.
30 Minute Lesson: Children's Piano. $20 Registration Fee. $20 piano books. Tuition: $80/month.
30 Minute Lesson: Adult Piano. $25 Registration Fee. $20-25 piano books. Tuition: $100/month
30 minute Lesson: Voice. Child, Teen or Adult. $30 Registration fee. Tuition: $100/month
45 Minute Lesson: Piano. Child, Teen or Adult. $30 Registration Fee. Tuition: $120/month
45 Minute Lesson: Voice. Child, Teen or Adult. $35 Registration Fee. Tuition: $140/month
60 Minute Lesson: Piano. Child, Teen or Adult. 2 children/siblings may share this lesson. $40 Registration Fee. Tuition: $140/month
60 Minute Lesson: Voice or Voice/Piano Combination Lesson. One Student. $40 Registration Fee. Tuition: $150/month.
Please call for other rates (multiple children, parent + child/children, songwriting/composition rates.)
Weekly Lessons are lessons set and paid each week or every other week. Great for people who have busy schedules or who travel a lot.
Piano is $40/hr, Voice is $50/hr. For adult lessons only.
Special Needs or Disabilities:
If a student has special needs in any area (learning ability, behavioral, emotional, social, physical challenges or other medical problems) these must be disclosed so I can choose appropriate learning material and plan lessons that best suit that student's needs and abilities without causing injury or stress. I may not be able to accommodate everyone so please disclose all necessary information. *Special Needs Students may be charged a higher tuition rate after assessment.
These are private lessons for one child at a time. They do not cover the entire family. Please refrain from bringing other children (including toddlers) to your music student's lesson. If they wish, parents may observe their child's lesson from the outside waiting area or remain in the music room during the lesson, but are respectfully requested not to interfere with the lesson.
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
Ages 5 - 75
Adults welcome! It's never too late to learn. :)
Each child is unique and is evaluated during the first lesson before a recommendation is made concerning lesson type and/or length. 8 years old is a good age to begin piano or voice lessons, though a child may begin younger if mature. Combination voice and piano lessons are also available.
Under age 7: Students younger than 7 may be accepted, but all young students must be evaluated first to determine attention and maturity level prior to beginning piano or voice lessons. I have taught piano students as young as 4 and 5 years old, but each child is different, so please call if you have questions.
Currently all lessons offered are private lessons - one on one with the teacher.
My Certifications and Awards
Alabama Certified Teacher - Secondary Education, Major in Business Education
My Musical Influences
Great teacher. Kids have learned a lot. Very nice.