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Covid online lessons...success!
Online group classes on Zoom in the Covid days…
Piano lessons with some silly fun on Facebook messenger...
Facebook Messenger video chat lessons, clearly the most fun app for online lessons!

Fees & Schedule
Top question, what is cost? $145/mo for 30 min weekly lessons; $200 for 45 mins; $265/mo for 1 hour. 

Practice Support & Logs
I give handwritten notes on a weekly checklist practice log, or I can text/email students/parents. Important that you’re on top of the tasks, especially if we’re training for classical exam; our weekly milestones don’t leave much wiggle room before a June exam. Keep the notes easy to access so you can track against all tasks easily. 

Practice habits – what you put in you get out, and for younger children: well, parents must supervise practice. Yelling at your kid to practice is not helpful. Please follow my guidelines for creating the practice container to set this up as an automatic activity. Beginners and children under 10 must be supervised following the practice log, only for about 2 months. If you can’t make this time, ask your student to practice beside you while you’re doing your paperwork or housework and talk about each activity. Please attend lessons and participate actively for the first two months to understand the nature of our work and study.

Youtube Video Playlists for Practice Support

Here’s my channel; if you subscribe you’ll get all the new videos and this is really the easiest way to find the one likely recorded for your latest works.

Royal Conservatory of Musicexamination information

Here is where piano and voice students can get background and preparatory information on RCM exams. Do they qualify for some high school credits (yes!) and how? Dates, fees, what to expect. Sample videos of exam candidates in action so you can really see what happens and not be so nervous!

I really encourage students to not be in such a panic about this scary WORD “exam”. The examiners and the RCM are so happy to have you and really want you to succeed; this organization dedicates itself to preparing quality musicians and is incredibly supportive. Remember, they are on your side! They want you to participate in the RCM. They will do everything they can to help you be comfortable. Your job is to practice properly and diligently during the year,  be prepared, and to just keep going when you make a mistake; most of us do flub up a bit or a bunch under pressure and it doesn’t mean you’re a bad student or a failure! Growing up is about learning to roll with the punches, not about being perfect.

Voice / Dramatic Speech Resources

Tongue Twisters Articulation   – Typical tongue twisters for articulation and projection exercises.

Three Principles of Good Singing – Summary of my singing approach.

Rescheduling, Cancellations, Discounts

  • 30 days notice required for cancellations. Why? Because I have blocked that spot for you and need some time to fill it with another student. Honestly, music is the long game, and if you’re planning to study a month or two hoping for a quick fix, well, you will be disappointed! There is no instant gratification in music study, and the payoff of your hard work and perseverance is immense, unlike anything else you have known.
  • Rescheduling permitted twice per term (Sept-Dec, Jan-June), and you must make up the lesson during the same week; they don’t hold over indefinitely.
Piano lessons on Zoom….we can do online or in person as regulations allow.