As a studio, we participate in events together so that each student can complete the following goals each year:
- Perform on two formal studio recitals
- Perform for an outreach event
- Perform in a chamber music event
- Participate in informal jury evaluations
- Participate in the annual ASTACAP evaluations and progress one level
- Give a solo or shared recital (annually for high schoolers; every other year for younger students)
- Attend three classical music concerts, one per semester
- Give a musical report or presentation (at studio class or elsewhere)
- Progress in theory workbooks
Many students make goals to participate in region and state orchestra, solo and ensemble, and local youth orchestras. Studio classes are held approximately monthly to allow students to practice performing in front of each other in preparation for these activities.
Before signing up for regular lessons, a trial lesson and interview will be held with the prospective student. This gives us the chance to meet, work together a bit, and see if we can make a good teacher/student team. This is a great time to talk about your goals, evaluate your technique, gauge how much time you’re able to commit to practicing and lessons, and ask questions about the studio tuition and attendance policies.
Most students in the studio are in junior high or high school. Currently, there are no openings for beginning students. Students as young as 7 or 8 are occasionally accepted if they have previous experience with music lessons or supportive family that has music training. For students younger than age 7, I recommend finding a great Suzuki or other private teacher specifically trained in teaching young children.
For students under about age 12, parents are requested to attend lessons and take notes so that they can help their child practice at home. For students about 12 years or older, parents are asked to make the transition from “assistant coach” to “cheerleader.” They are no longer required to attend lessons, and they are asked instead to help their child take their own notes and establish their own practice routines. Audio and video recordings are strongly encouraged to aid at-home study and practice.
Please see the tuition and attendance page for up to date information on lesson rates and attendance policies.