• T E A C H I N G •
Grace’s teaching experience has spanned across a variety of student levels. From the serious full-time student, to the active hobby player. Grace has a variety of different teaching related techniques to help her students rise to meet their musical goals.
Over the past 6 years, Grace has regularly maintained a private studio of around 3-6 students studying full-time (once per week). As an active performer, she keeps her studio small to give each student the best of her pedagogical techniques.
Grace’s younger students based in New York have yearly performances in NYSSMA and regularly receive a minimum of 90 in their respective wind levels grading. Her former students in South Carolina would receive numerous Superior ratings at the yearly Solo & Ensemble conference, and several placing in the Region 4 Band.
S T U D I O P O L I C I E S & E X P E C T A T I O N S
Thank you for taking interest in furthering yours or your child’s musical goals and education. Selecting a performing musician to teach you or your child makes an incredible difference in the quality of education a student may receive. I thank you for choosing this studio for private study.
A few general points…
• Always feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Reaching me via email is the easiest way to get in contact with me at email@example.com
• Expose yourself and your child to great music! Go to concerts, listen to recording of great flutists, and make efforts to attend pro concerts. In the NYC tri-county area this should be easy.
• Lessons are different from ‘tutoring’ like other subjects. They generally are not something a student takes to ‘catch up’ on. Though they certainly will help a student advance quicker. Lessons are specialized one-on-one sessions designed to provide the student with expertise instruction on their instrument from a performing musician of that instrument. This instruction should go far above and beyond the sphere of what a band director has the time and expertise to do in a classroom.
2. Required Materials (after the first lesson)
• A good working instrument for lessons as well as at home practice. If you do not already own a flute, I can make recommendations and assist you in purchasing an instrument that is right for the student. Maintaining a quality instrument is essential. Instruments of bad quality or faulty construction are almost impossible to play well, and result n many students getting frustrated and discouraged with themselves.
• Cleaning cloth/rod and microfiber instrument cloth.
• Metronome and tuner. These are available for purchase at any music store or online. I recommend the Korg TM50 Instrument Tuner and Metronome model; it is both a metronome and tuner for a great value.
• A music stand for at home practice. Available for purchase at any music store or online. This is essential for students to practice properly.
• A “Flute Notebook,” A three ring binder filled with dividers and blank notebook paper. This is used for lesson assignments, practice records, listening reflections, as well as any handouts provided by myself.
• Any books or materials recommended by the instructor.
• Tuition is due at the first lesson of each month. If a student fails to meet this payment schedule, lessons will be terminated.
• Tuition costs includes the weekly lesson as well the time and effort I put in outside of the lesson time.
• Lessons are priced accordingly, regular pricing for those in White Plains and pricing with travel to your home outside of White Plains:
4. Cancellation / Make up Policy
• If you need to miss a lesson, please give me advanced notice (24 hours minimum) so that we can reschedule. Attending regular lessons is very important to achieve a good practice schedule and musical development. Rescheduling is better than canceling. Please try to avoid conflicts during lesson times including doctor appointments or school activities.
• Failure to reschedule or cancel a lesson within 24 hours before a scheduled lesson will result in being charged for that lesson. Unless in the case of an emergency.
• If I need to cancel or reschedule a lesson, I will try my best to contact you within 24 hours of the scheduled lesson. Any lessons that I miss will be made up.
• If you must cancel on the day of the lesson, you can send me an email or call me as soon as you can.
• If you are running late to a lesson, please call to let me know. I often have ensemble rehearsals and certain times I am not available throughout the day and may not be able to extend the lesson if you are running late.
• Finally... Flute lessons are a very positive experience. I look forward to helping you achieve your musical goals!