• CALENDAR: No Lessons: September 3, November 20-25, December 21-Jan 6, April 1-7, May 27.
  • MY RESPONSIBILITES: I will do my best to treat every student as an individual, providing a positive and enthusiastic atmosphere for learning.  I will be prepared for their lessons and will work to engage, motivate, and inspire them to the best of my abilities, giving them tools to be successful at home. I will have open communication with parents including their student’s needs, progress, expectations, and efforts. I do not issue studio cancellations based on local school closings. I will issue my own independent closings and will notify parents via text.
  • STUDENT AND PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES: Students agree to arrive at each lesson punctually, well-prepared, and with their assignment books and music. Students attend once a week for a 30, 45, or 60-minute lesson based on their level. The studio calendar has 36 weeks scheduled from August to May. The week of group class, there are no private lessons as the group class will be in lieu of the private lesson. When students enroll, they are reserving their place in the studio for the entire year. Students are also expected to register for a minimum of 4 summer lessons. Summer lessons will be arranged during June and July. Tuition will be based per lesson. The enrollment is a firm commitment and guarantees your place in the studio.
  • TUITION AND FEES: Tuition covers not only the actual lesson time spent with the student, but time preparing for each student as well. This includes a plan for each student's course of study; training and experience; recital preparation and repertoire planning; professional organization memberships; and continuing education. Tuition is based on a ten month fee. For your convenience, ten (10) equal monthly payments are to be made for the 36 lessons. Contact Mrs. Lockman for tuition details. 
  • LESSON TIME:  The student receives 36 lessons- this includes private and group. Lessons begin Monday, August 13, 2018 and run until Friday, May 17, 2019. The scheduled lesson time belongs to the student. No tuition credit will be given for missed lessons. 
  • SUPPLIES: Each student should have for each lesson a small 3-ring binder for assignment sheets along with a pencil. It is extremely important that all students come with their assignment and music materials to all lessons.  Loaned music: students are responsible for this music and will be billed for music lost, torn or mutilated. 
  • RECITALS and EVENTS: There will be two recitals-student participation is expected. The AIM Festival is Saturday, November 3 at Bethel College. Solo and Ensemble (ISSMA) will be 1/26/2019 (registration through school choral teacher). The Stickley Competition-March 15&16, 2019, and the Guild- possibly April 26-27. I urge all students to participate in at least one event (Guild) besides the recitals. 
  • PRACTICING:  Students progress at different rates, but all students do progress if consistent time is given to daily practice. 
  • GROUP LESSONS: Activities include: a chance to perform for peers in a relaxed setting; theory games; ear training and theory instruction. 
  • REMINDERS: Lessons begin and end on time. If a student is late, their lesson will be shortened so as not to affect the next student’s scheduled time. No food or drink in the studio. No fake/long fingernails allowed in the studio.




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Free notation software –

If you have an iPad or iPhone there are so many apps out there to choose from. Below are some fun ones you might try out with students at home to reinforce what they learn during their lessons!

Moozart (FREE)A fun app for preschool and kindergarten students especially. Students create their own song using a farmyard animal chorus.

Music Flash Class ($3.99)Electronic flashcards. The app allows you to set what notes to drill and students can go at their own speed. Perfect for students just beginning to learn notes. Many note name apps have timers and can cause frustration if students are just learning.

Flash Note Derby ($0.99)Note naming app in the form of a derby race! The speed of the race can be set to slower or fast timers to fit the ability level of the students.

Isle of Tune ($2.99)Create your own unique musical journeys from street layouts. Roadside elements are your instruments and cars are the players.

Note Rush ($3.99)One of my favorite note-naming apps because it gets right to the heart of the skill of note-naming: location on the piano. The interactive app “hears” your piano and students must play the correct pitch. Different theme settings like ladybugs or outer space available.

Note Works ($4.99) – *iPad only*
NoteWorks is a musical game, designed to teach note recognition and improve sight reading skills. Hungry Munchy is eager to swallow elusive blue notes. Your goal is to help Munchy catch each note as quickly as possible.

Rhythm Lab ($4.99) – *iPad only*Customizable rhythm app.

Blob Chorus (FREE)This ear training app is fun and silly, but really works!  Each of the blobs in the chorus sing a note, and then the king blob sings his note.  The aim of the game is for the student to identify the blob that sang the same note as the king blob.

Tune Train (FREE)Great for students who are interested in composing. This app allows students to draw visual melodies then transcribes their melody into written notation.



What’s appropriate?

While digital keyboards of today are of much higher quality than those of the past, they will never be able to replace the feel and touch of an acoustic piano.

A healthy piano technique can only be truly developed through acoustic piano use. I understand parents don’t want to “spend too much money on an instrument until you’re sure they’re going to stick with it,” but poor practice instruments often contribute to students disinterest in continuing. Unlike digital keyboards, acoustic piano’s hold their value if well maintained.

There are plenty of acoustic pianos out there to be found. Check Craigslist to start! If you’re unsure, a piano technician can even look at a piano for you and give you an estimate/report on the condition it’s in and possible cost to get it in good working condition.

Piano Care

Keeping your piano in good condition means all the keys are in working order, the pedals are functioning, it is placed on an inside wall away from a fireplace and preferably not in the same room as a fireplace, and it is tuned twice a year.

Yamaha’s care instructions are: “Keep the keyboard clean: The keyboard should be wiped periodically with a soft, dry cloth. Never use cleaners containing alcohol, as the keys will become cracked. If the keyboard is very dirty, wipe it with a cloth dipped in a solution of soap and water and wrung out well. The same cloth should not be used for cleaning the surface of the piano, however. A good habit to cultivate is never to play the piano with dirty hands.”

Some analogies to help you understand the importance of having a real piano 🙂

  • If your      child wanted to learn to paint would you say to them, “we will buy you      some paintbrushes, but only after you’ve mastered painting with finger      paints.”
  • Learning  on a keyboard and expecting students to advance is like sending students  to tennis lessons with a badminton racket with the same expectation of      advancement.
  • It’s like teaching someone to swim with a blow-up pool.

 Please choose to invest in an appropriate instrument!