What instruments do you offer lessons for? Currently, I offer piano, guitar, ukulele, baritone ukulele, and songwriting lessons.
How do your lessons work? Students REGISTER ONLINE and will then be prompted to schedule a time slot, typically for half an hour once a week.
Where do your lessons take place? I have studios in downtown Franklin and Knox (Ninevah), PA.
How often should I schedule my lessons? Weekly! Occasionally, I'll offer the chance to schedule bi-weekly if weekly isn't an option, but weekly is preferred for consistency.
How much are your lessons? $20/half hour
Are books included? No, a list of materials used in lessons can be found linked HERE. Students are welcome to bring their own learning materials as well!
What books do I need to buy? For new beginning students, I typically start the following cirriculum:
Piano: Faber Piano Adventures (Lesson, Theory, Technique & Artistry Books), plus an exercise book (Dozen A Day or Fingerpower)
Guitar: Mel Bay's Complete Children's Method OR Alfred's Guitar Method for Adults
Ukulele: Alfred's Complete Kids Ukulele Course OR Hal Leonard Ukulele Method
If you're unsure of what to purchase, don't hestitate to reach out!
Does every student go through the same program? Not at all! I have a standard method book for each instrument that functions as a basis for lessons, but I'm extremely open to tailoring the lesson program to the the students needs and goals.
Do I have to bring my instrument to my lesson? Yes! Students playing hand-held instruments such as a guitar or ukulele are expected to bring their instruments to lessons. Keyboard students are not required to do so.
What happens if I want to cancel? You can view my complete cancellation policy HERE, but you can text me or cancel online up to 10am on the day of your lesson to not retain financial responsibility for that lesson. Lessons canceled after that point are considered a charge, but if the cancellation is communicated, a makeup lesson can be scheduled pending my availability.
What about snow? My schedule will mirror Franklin Area School District cancellations for my Franklin location and Keystone School District cancellations for my Knox students. If your student is home from school due to weather, their lessons are cancelled. Courtesy text messages will also be sent out on severe weather days.
How often should I (or my child) be practicing? It depends on how long your student has been taking lessons. Beginning students (roughly the first 1-2 months of lessons) should emphasize frequency. Practicing for 5 minutes 3 times a day will be better for their brain/fingers than practicing for a solid 15 minutes to develop technique/muscle memory. After the first 2 months, students should begin practicing for the length of their lesson time at least 4 times per week, or 3 times through each of their lesson pieces, whichever takes longer.