Here are some answers to commonly asked questions:
What lessons are best for me?
𝅗𝅥 PartnerPLAY: Beginners (ages 4-9) in their first two years of piano study. These group classes will see students exploring the piano together. We make sure that students have learned their material before they go home to practice it.
𝅝 PartyPLAY: Students who have already completed at least two years of piano lessons. Classes are designed in an overlapping/rotating lesson format.
♪ PowerPLAY: Beginners (ages 10+), adults and more advanced students who are pursuing piano exams. For students interested in taking piano exams, separate theory classes may also be recommended in preparation for conservatory assessments. Theory classes will be discussed and offered on a case-by-case basis.
𝄻 PerformPLAY: It is recommended that all students attend these classes to build their experience performing. Points of practice will be preparing to perform, the never-perfect performance, engaging the audience, bowing and so much more!
What are overlapping/rotating lessons? Rotating lesson consist of three parts: Private Lessons, Private Lab Time and PartyPLAY. Private Lessons included one-on-one interaction with the instructor and is geared towards mastering solo tasks (scales/technical exercises, chord progressions, improvisation, repertoire pieces, etc.). Private Lab Time provides students with the opportunity to use technology (iPad/computer/digital piano) to practice, sight read, complete ear training assignments, complete writing/composition assignments, etc. PartyPLAY is the group portions of lessons and are geared towards collaborative learning (ensemble playing, singing, improvisation, duets/trios/ensemble repertoire pieces, theory games, music history, etc.).
Can parents sit in on lessons? Parents are welcome to stay at the studio during lessons, either in the piano room or in the music lab/waiting room. Be aware that because there is always learning going on, we ask that anyone who chooses to stay observes quietly so as not to disturb the student(s).
What is the lesson schedule? Lessons commence the Tuesday after Labour Day and end the third week of June. There are no lessons on holidays. The studio follows the Rocky View School Division's and the Calgary Catholic School Board's calendars for Christmas, Easter and spring breaks. There are no lessons during the Alberta Piano Teachers' Association Conference in September. There are 16 lessons per semester for a total of 32 lessons per school year; excess lessons that fall within the studio calendar may be cancelled at the studio's discretion.
Do you offer make-up lessons? Because the studio is run at full capacity, there isn't room in the schedule for make-up lessons. With appropriate cancellation notice, students may request an Online Lesson (Zoom) or Practice Video (recorded and e-mailed within 24 hours following the cancelled lesson time) in place of their lesson at the studio. Cancelled lessons are considered forfeited lessons and there will be no refund. Students should not come to their lesson if they are too ill to attend school the day of the lesson and/or if they exhibit the following symptoms:
- Shortness of Breath
Are books included? The cost for any books is included in the studio fee.
What type of piano should we have at home for practice? An acoustic piano is the best instrument to play on. However, a digital piano with full-sized (approx. 1 inch) weighted keys with the full keyboard (88 keys) and a pedal is also sufficient. A smaller keyboard is okay for the first year, but an upgrade is needed for the second year.
How much do I need to practice? The amount of daily practice expected depends largely on the level and age of the student and how fast they want to progress. A reasonable guideline is a period equal to the lesson length OR, for younger students, three times their age (5 years old = 15 minutes per day; 10 years old = 30 minutes per day). This can be broken down into multiple practice sessions each day if desired. As with anything requiring practice, the more you do it, the better you get. Students who practice 7 days each week will see the most growth every year.
What are the fees? There is a non-refundable $100 studio fee due at the time of registration. Tuition fees vary based on the type of class you are enrolling in; CONTACT US for details.There is no additional fee for PerformPLAY classes.
When do I pay? Studio fees are invoiced at the time of enrollment for each school year. All other tuition fees are invoiced on the 1st of each month (August through May). Payments are due the same month of the invoice date.
Invoices that are past due will have a $20 late payment fee per student added to it and lessons will be suspended until payment is made. Outstanding invoices more than 14 days overdue will result in the termination of lessons. Cheques returned NSF will have a $30 charge applied.
How do I pay? The studio accepts payment via cheque and e-mail money transfer.
Do you have more questions? Are you ready to join our music family? CONTACT US to share your music goals and start PLAYing!