Maple Grove Piano

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Maple Grove Piano 2012-2013 Policies

Education BA, BS Piano Performance and Music Education, Pillsbury Baptist Bible College, Owatonna, MN Student of Drs. Sigrid Luther and Joyce Goodman.  

Teaching & Professional Affiliations:

  • Panama City Christian School, Panama City Florida, 1974-1975 Classroom Teacher
  • Minnesota Music Teachers’ Association: Member since 1998:  Certified.  
  • MMTA Contest Hospitality Chair (2003-2005))
  • State Piano Contest Chair (2005 – 2006)
  • Vice President, Piano Contests (2006-2010)
  • Judge Education and Certification Co-Chair (2010 – 2011)
  • MMTA Technology Chair (2008 –2012) 
  • MMTA Contest  and Piano Exam judge (1999-Present)
  • Chair of MMTA Judge Education and Certification Committee (2011 to present).
  • Music Teachers’ National Association since 1998:  Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) by MTNA in 2006
  • West Suburban Music Teachers’ Association, (1998 – 2011)
  • Founder and President, Northwest Suburban Music Teachers Association, a local association affiliated with MMTA, for teachers and students in the NW Suburbs of the Twin Cities.

Enrollment will be considered after a personal audition of the student and conference with the parents (or yourself if you are an adult student). Enrollment is understood to apply for the entire term of the school year (September through July). The month of August is a break for all. (See Summer Lessons below.)

  Parents and students are asked to fill out and sign a student information form prior to enrollment.  The Enrollment form is to be completed online @ maplegrovepiano.com/register online Enrollment is complete when this form is submitted online and your check for the enrollment fee of $120 ($105 Early Bird).  Payment of the Enrollment Fee reserves your student’s place in the Fall Schedule. The final due date for all registrations is Thursday, August 9, 2012. A discount of $15 per student for Early Bird Enrollment ($105) will be granted for registrations in my possession by July 26, 2012. The registration fee covers miscellaneous office time to work on scheduling, emails, copying and organizational time to submit proper paperwork for each MMTA event entered, a personalized assignment binder and materials I create especially for the individual student, photocopying, folders, handouts, incentives, the trophy each student may earn, continuing education, borrowing of all materials from my music library, planning time outside of the contact time with the student, and more.

Tuition and Billing Tuition is billed per studio year (approximately 38 lesson weeks) and divided equally into 11 monthly tuition payments. Tuition statements are sent by email monthly using Quickbooks. In addition to tuition, statements also include the cost of fees for festivals, competitions, and other sponsored events, which are separate and are not covered in the Registration Fee or Tuition. Payment is due by the first lesson of each month, September through July. New students will choose either 45 or 60 minute lessons. Please discuss your student’s lesson length with me before registering. 

Discounts: $5 (30 minute lessons); $10 (45 minute lessons); $12 (60 minute lessons) is granted for early payment by the 1st day of each month. A late payment penalty of $20 per student will be assessed for payments made after the day of the first scheduled lesson of each month. You may need to mail your payment on occasion to avoid the late payment penalty. Your cooperation is much appreciated.  Please Note: There are about 32 lesson weeks from Sept-May, and 6 more lessons between the end of May through July

Tuition for 2012-2013:  

  • 30 minute lessons 11 monthly payments of $110 (discounted to $105) (special permission required)
  • 45 minute lessons  11 monthly payments of $158 (discounted to $148)
  • 60 minute lessons 11 monthly payments of $210 per month (discounted to $198)

What Does Tuition Cover?

  • Teacher Experience
  • Teacher Formal Education
  • Time spent with student
  • Time spent planning for student lessons
  • Trips to music store
  • Shipping costs associated with music
  • Sales, Property and other taxes
  • High quality Instruments
  • Upkeep of instruments
  • Teacher Accomplishments
  • Teacher Publications
  • Student use of computer, iPad, keyboard
  • Planning recitals
  • Administrative time for scheduling, answering emails
  • Time spent keeping accounts up-to-date
  • Teacher continuing education
  • Teacher salary
  • Teacher retirement
  • Office Supplies
  • New Software to stay up-to-date

Calendar   By submitting the enrollment form online found on the studio website, a student/parent is committing to a full year (September through the end of July) of study with Maple Grove Piano, taught by Marcia Vahl, NCTM. The yearly calendar includes weekly private lessons and 2-4 group lessons for a total of 38 total lesson weeks. Please consult the calendar placed in your student’s notebook and included on the studio website for the yearly calendar

PLEASE NOTE  By submitting your online enrollment form, you are contracting with Maple Grove Piano, with Marcia Vahl, NCTM as teacher, under all the terms listed in the policy.

Summer Study  The studio calendar includes 32 lesson weeks from September through May + 6 lessons to be scheduled at your convenience during the last part of May, June, and July. Students take 6 lessons during the summer to retain concepts learned during the school year & to avoid spending the fall months reviewing & getting back into shape. In April I provide a schedule of available teaching weeks for the end of May, June & July. Lessons need not occur in consecutive weeks to allow for vacations, camps, etc. Students will have the opportunity to take more than the required summer lessons if desired.

Music and Materials   I am happy to generously lend the music from my library to all students. The cost for borrowing music is covered in the enrollment/materials fee. 

Absences and Illness  Tuition is based on enrollment, not attendance, and lessons you choose to miss or cancel will not be made up. The studio is a full time career and no makeup lessons are available. When mutually convenient, occasional exchanges of lesson times may be arranged with enough notice (the week before), using the swap list placed in every student’s notebook.  I will assume a student is coming unless I hear otherwise. If school is cancelled, lessons may be scheduled for earlier in the day when possible. If your child is sick enough to stay home from school he/she will not benefit from a lesson in a constructive way.  Please do not send him/her for a piano lesson. Let me know if you would like me to conduct a lesson by Skype at the student’s regular time.

Discontinuing Lessons  Every student stops taking lessons at some point.  Please make this decision thoughtfully with plenty of discussion between the teacher, parent, and student so that lessons can cease with a positive sense of closure.  For this reason, the teacher requires one month's notice in writing prior to discontinuing lessons.  Note: At the discretion of the teacher, students may be asked to discontinue lessons at any time if they have unpaid tuition, an excess amount of absences/unprepared lessons, or if they show a lack of interest or refusal to cooperate during lessons. 

Your commitment when enrolled is for an entire year, September 2012 through July 2013. Students are expected to take ALL of the lessons for the year in which they are enrolled, and payment for the 11 months of the studio year is required.

Parents are welcome to sit in on any lesson if they choose. The function of the parent in the lesson is to observe and take notes of the teacher’s practice suggestions to the student.

Your Home Piano  A well maintained acoustic piano at home is essential for success.  Electronic pianos and keyboards are fun and have their place, but they do not do not respond the same way to the musical and technical demands of my studio and will hamper the student’s progress. I am happy to work with families in purchasing a good piano at a price they can afford.  Students deserve a good piano on which to practice. that the vibrations that go through your body from the strings on a real piano are addicting. You can't get the same tonal shading on an electronic instrument even if the keys are weighted. When you learn to create emotion with vibrations you don't need an audience. You are the instrument and the audience. 

Practice Guidelines Students are expected to be prepared for each week’s lesson. A regular time should be set aside each day for practice in order to establish a routine that will become a daily habit. Daily practice is important for reinforcement of concepts and to avoid cramming just before the lesson, which is never successful.  Six undisturbed practice sessions per week are recommended. Of course it is very important for students to practice for results as well as minutes. Lessons are designed to achieve goals each week through regular practice. Remember “You get out of it what you put into it.”

~Unprepared lessons cost the same as prepared ones, but their value is substantially compromised.~

  • Important note: Sometime during the course of taking piano lessons, your child may say something like, “I don’t want to practice,” or “I’m too tired to go to piano lessons,” or “I don’t want to go- I want to play with my friends,” “I want to quit,” etc… Just be aware that your child’s interest will probably not be consistent; but to be successful, you will need to be consistent in your encouragement and commitment to music instruction. In most cases, simply acknowledge your child’s comments, but then go on with your normal routine just as you would if you heard the comment, “I don’t want to brush my teeth,” “I don’t want to stop playing with my toys,” or “I don’t want to go to bed.”

Questions  I am always happy to talk to my students and their parents. Please feel free to contact me about anything regarding piano lessons. Please leave a message at 763-355-7306 or E-mail me at [email protected].  I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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