Welcome To MimizMuzic Studio
“The study of music and the habits of discipline that it enforces are not a frill, but the best possible preparation for other endeavors – life, for instance.”
-Richard Dyer, Boston Globe music critic
My mission is to instill in my students a lasting love and respect for
music that will enrich their lives for years to come.
With a B.M.Ed, from Butler University, M.M. from Western Michigan University, and Special Studies at Indiana University, I not only learned piano performance, but also Piano Pedagogy - the study of how to teach piano.
Since I first began teaching almost 30 years ago, my results have consistently been a testament to the fact that my methods work for all ages and levels, beginner to advanced. In the course of education, it is a rare opportunity when a student receives 100% of the teacher’s undivided attention for a full 30-60 minutes. To be able to provide this through the bond of music -- which has been a basic essential of education and the humanities for several centuries -- is an honor for me. The relationship between piano teacher and student can grow strong, and in many cases teacher and student become life-long friends. I look forward to helping you reach your goals. Get in touch today so we can start working together.
Why Study Piano?
Studies show those who play piano are giving their brain a healthy workout. Every time you play piano you are using your logical, creative, visual, auditory, emotional, and motor functions….all at once! Because you are strengthening your brain by exercising your mind, your neural connections, language skills, memory, and coordination all improve.
It’s never too late to learn piano. Adults who learn to play piano notice an improvement in dexterity and concentration as well as a decrease in fatigue, anxiety, and depression. Piano lessons are a powerful way to exercise your mind and soothe your soul.
For both children and adults, studying piano can:
Assist in time management
Improve your math skills
Improve cognitive development
Teach you to persevere
Strengthen your finger, hand, wrist muscles
Increase your concentration and focus
Improve your memory
Help you better express your thoughts and feelings
Build your self-confidence and poise
Improve your coordination
Stimulate your imagination
Increase your self-expression
Encourage you to work without supervision
Increase your patience
Help you develop more self-discipline
Foster deeper appreciation for diverse array of music
I promise to provide a positive and enthusiastic atmosphere for learning. I will teach the language of music to my students. I will tailor the curriculum to the student’s specific needs and in the case of adult students, select for study the genre of music the student requests. I will offer performance and enrichment opportunities . I will instill a feeling of success at each student’s individual rate of learning and guide each student toward musical independence. I will do this by teaching and expanding on the fundamentals of music: rhythm, melody, and harmony, as well as ear-training, theory, technique, and a varied repertoire.
Successful students come from homes in which there is an expectation from parents of daily practice and a commitment to the long term process of learning to play piano. Parental encouragement, reminders, planning, and rewards are essential.
BY ENROLLING YOUR CHILD IN PIANO LESSONS, YOU, THE PARENT, ARE MAKING THIS COMMITMENT TO GUIDE YOUR CHILD THROUGH THIS PROCESS.
Children don’t yet have the ability to fully understand what that commitment means.
Parents can support by:
Assisting in arranging the time for child’s daily practice
Showing interest in child’s daily practice
Helping younger children organize practice time
Reviewing the weekly lesson assignment with your child
Providing an acoustic piano in good condition (keyboards should have 88 keys, weighted keys, and pedals)
Ensuring student arrives at each lesson punctually with all music and assignment books
Checking your email regularly; communication is by email
Keeping in touch; ask questions as needed
Drop-off and Pick-up
Arriving at your lesson 5 minutes early is a good idea so you can remove your coat and gather your books. If you arrive 10 minutes late, you will have a 10 minute shorter lesson. Prompt pick up is equally expected. Please understand that if students must wait for pick up, they will most likely be waiting alone. MimizMuzic Studio is not responsible for unsupervised students.
Lesson time spent with student
Selecting and ordering music for each student
Piano tuning and maintenance
Recital venue and programs
Group lesson workshops
Education level and number of years of experience
PRIVATE LESSON TUITION
30 minute private lesson $150 per month
45 minute private lesson $210 per month
60 minute private lesson $270 per month
PARTNER LESSON TUITION
45 minute partner lesson $150 per month per student (students must be similar age and level)
Teaching the primary elements of music can be very successfully conveyed to 6-10 year olds
via Partner Lessons. In fact, the stimulating social interaction between the pair is an
atmosphere ideal for learning.
Enrollment includes 37 scheduled lessons.
Lesson cost is divided equally over ten months, September thru June, resulting in ten equal monthly payments.
Monthly tuition is due by the 1st of each month
Monthly statements will not be mailed
A $20 Late Fee per student is assessed if tuition is not received by the close of business on the 10th of the month.
Payment may be submitted by personal check or scheduled as auto-bill pay from your bank
Tuition is effective September 1, 2020
REGISTRATION FEE $35
Each student pays an annual Registration Fee for
Office Hours spent on email and phone calls
Scheduling and re-scheduling lessons
Studio overhead and supplies
Website cost, maintenance
The Registration Fee is collected with the Enrollment Form, Tuition, and Music Deposit at the first lesson in September.
MUSIC DEPOSIT FEE $50
Each student pays an annual Music Deposit Fee. The Deposit Fee will be held and drawn from to purchase all music books, sheet music, and materials used during the entire year for the student as needed. An up-to-date account balance will be available to you at any time upon request. Any money remaining in your account at year end will be refunded to you. You will be billed if more money needs to be added to your account.
Students receive a 5% tuition discount if annual tuition is paid in full in September.
Refer a new student who enrolls in lessons for at least three months and receive $100 cash.
Recital and Performance Opportunities
In addition to the annual Spring Recital, likely May or June 2021, there are typically several opportunities to perform with, or for other students through the year. Given the current season where we're all navigating impacts from COVID-19, we will certainly pause traditional group gatherings. We will "play by ear" how to address performance opportunities as the year progresses.
Generally, opportunities to showcase student progress with smaller audiences are a highlight of the Fall season, including a Piano Party, and celebrating with seasonal tunes. Throughout the year other opportunities to perform in the community may arise, as well as participation in the MMTA competitions as appropriate. There will also be random At-Home Recitals so I can meet the family and see your piano.
Periodically through the year, a week will be devoted to Group Lessons. Group lessons enhance the private lesson and are held in lieu of private lessons on group weeks. In addition to performing for each other, we may practice ear training, theory, study a composer, play music games, reinforce rhythmic concepts, etc. Students always enjoy Group Lessons because not only is it a great chance to meet other students and enjoy some camaraderie, but it is just plain fun!
Missed Lessons and Cancellations
Please try to select a lesson time in which you feel confident you will have no conflicts. A student who does not attend a lesson for any reason (other than illness, family emergency, or school event) will simply miss the benefit of that lesson. It will not be rescheduled.
Students are allowed to reschedule one lesson from September thru January and one lesson from February thru June because of any of the allowable reasons (illness, family emergency, school event).
Rescheduling will not be available for other reasons. (Examples: transportation issues, sport conflicts, vacations, etc.)
Reschedules may occur in the form of a group or partner lesson if individual times are not available.
Students who are ill, with a drippy nose or persistent cough, should not attend lessons. If you are too sick to attend school, you are too sick to attend your lesson. The Studio reserves the right to send students home who are ill and attend their lesson anyway.
Tuition is non-refundable. Piano tuition is a flat monthly fee, analogous to housing/rent. Payment is due regardless of usage.
Students who notify the Studio after 12pm to cancel their lesson for that day will forfeit that lesson. It will not be rescheduled. Advance notice is preferred so your lesson time can hopefully be filled by another student.
Any lesson cancelled by the Studio will definitely be made up.
If school is cancelled for a snow day, WE WILL HAVE LESSONS IF IT IS POSSIBLE TO TRAVEL ON THE ROADS AND IF THE STUDIO DRIVEWAY IS ACCESSIBLE. The Studio will contact you personally and we can discuss circumstances on a case by case basis.
One month's notice in writing is required if you wish to discontinue lessons any time during the year. If notice is not given, you are responsible for the following month's tuition.
Practice is the Key to Success. Musical practice comes thorough Practice, Persistence, and Patience.
Practice is defined as an action done again and again to improve a skill. As a parent, you are making an investment. Safeguard your investment by ensuring your child makes TIME to practice. Lack of time to practice is the #1 reason students come to their lesson unprepared. Do not over-schedule. Parents can help children find time by re-arranging schedules or eliminating some of their activities.
Check on your child's practice progress during the week. Read the written assignment to help your child follow directions
Successful, satisfying piano study is dependent upon consistent practice habits. Make practice part of your daily routine, just like brushing your teeth!
Top Four Practice Tips
1. Aim for 5 to 6 days of practice EVERY week.
2. Practice right after your lesson when everything is fresh in your mind.
3. Practice short sections, a few measures at a time, not the whole piece.
4. Do not set a timer or attempt to cover your entire assignment.
MimizMuzic Studio, Acton Center, MA