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The information below will help you prepare for your first piano lesson! If you have any questions feel free to contact me.
Lessons are held at my piano studio in my home in Winchester, VA near Big Lots off Milwood Pike, or you can go through downtown and come in on Cork Street/Senseny Rd.
My desire is to help students accomplish all of their musical goals. I recommend that students practice 30 minutes a day for at least five days a week, students preparing for college 60 minutes, and beginning and younger students 15-20 minutes per day. If students leave their music out on the piano they tend to practice more.
All students and family members please sanitize your hands upon entering the house. Hand sanitizer will be available on the table by the door. Please NO student or family member with ANY symptoms of any illness will be permitted. STUDENTS NEED TO BE FEVER FREE FOR 48 hours before returning to piano. Students will be scanned with a contactless thermometer before lessons. Students will need to wash their hands in the bathroom immediately before their lesson. Please enter the basement quietly as to not disturb the student before you. Families may quietly wait in the waiting area on the couches next to the piano or in the side room in the basement. Parents may drop off students and go run errands or wait. Well-behaved siblings are welcome to wait unsupervised while they are waiting for their turn. For siblings who would like to do homework while they are waiting, I have a desk area in the side room they are welcome to use, or that room may also be used for younger siblings who need the area to play. If you bring food with you, you are welcome to use my dining room upstairs. I have students with food allergies and cannot allow food in the basement.
Tuition is an average of $22/lesson/thirty minutes each week. Tuition is due monthly at the first lesson and is the same each month regardless of how many lessons are in the month. Tuition cost details are under the “schedule” tab. Tuition is based on how many lessons a student will have over the course of the school year. Some days have more lessons that’s why there is a difference in cost for different days. For more serious students, longer lessons are available. During the months of September through May, you will have your own weekly, assigned piano slot. I do not give refunds or credit for lessons missed due to illness, school or sports activities, or inclement weather. I will, however, offer up to three make up lessons per year based on availability. If Frederick County Public Schools are closed due to snow/ice, I will also be closed. You are welcome to use one of your three make up days if you wish for closings. I will post make up offers on my piano page on Facebook. It will be up to you if you want to make up the lesson and to arrange that. There are no make up lessons available July-August. All make up lessons need to take place during the school year or in June and are based on availability. If I have to cancel a lesson based on my own emergency, you will receive an additional make up day for that.
Tuition is due at the first lesson of each month. Please pay cash, check (made to Jenny Richardson), or by PayPal on the last page of this website. You do not need a PayPal account to use it. Please contact me via text or phone call to let me know as soon as possible if you cannot be at your lesson. Students who do not show up for any three lessons without contacting me will be dropped.
Summer lessons are handled a little differently. Students sign up on a clipboard for when they want to come to piano and tuition is $20/lesson or $100/6 lessons. There are no assigned spots during the summer.
Students need to have these materials at each lesson and at home to practice:
-Metronome (or download a free app)
-Spiral Notebook (or I will give an assignment sheet)
-Folder for loose assignment and music sheets
-All of the books you are currently in (even if you didn’t have an assignment in them the week before)
Performance Dates to Remember for 2020/2021:
October-November FESTIVAL TBA
December TBA, 7:00- Winchester Community Choir concert (2870 Middle Rd, Winchester) only the three selected students will play prelude music, but all other students are welcome to attend this free concert
December TBA, 1:00-2:00 – Christmas Recital at Westminster-Canterbury (300 Westminster-Canterbury, Winchester)*this is an optional performance*
June 5 (tentative), -TBA Piano Recital *all students that are able are encouraged to perform*
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