New Student

If you are interested in taking lessons or having your child take lessons, please contact me (barbara.gill5@yahoo.com) for an interview. We meet to talk about expectations, get accustomed to the studio, and see if our personalities work well together.  I play something and the student plays something (either prepared or I teach something easy to the student).

It is important to have an acoustic piano that is well maintained and tuned at least once a year.  Digital pianos and keyboards will not allow students to progress in technique.

During the school year, students participate in private (40 minutes) and group lessons (45-50 minutes).  Students perform in three recitals during the year.  Summer months have private lessons only. Optional performing experiences include Federation Solo festival (March) and concerto (fall or January), UMTA Performance Evaluations (October), Salt Lake Piano Competition (May/June), Monster Concerts and other festivals.

Parent attend the first year of lessons.  A practice coach is necessary for consistent instrument time and progress.

Yearly tuition is based on 40 piano activities divided by 12 months.  40 lessons are divided in this way: 32+ lessons during the school year (which includes 3 group lessons), and 8+ during the summer months.  A $30 registration fee is due in September for use of lending library, copies, supplies, Keyboard Gymnastics, etc.

Charting and keeping track of progress is important in my studio. Students in elementary school participate in incentives during the school year such as Music Money (store and/or auction), High Five Practice hot air balloons, and the 100% Club. All students are invited to take part in the summer incentive. Past themes include Activities for Ice Cream, Road Trip through Utah or Salt Lake to Juilliard, Piano Passport, and Piano Pirates.

The core method used is a mix of Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum (Repertoire, Etudes, Theory, and Four Star) and N. Jane Tan’s Well-Prepared Pianist books for learning to play with gestures, reading rhythms with syllables, conducting, sight-reading mini segments, and exposure to great repertoire.

More Books (Schmitt Op.16, Accelerando Bks. 1-7, Finger Power Primer – Level 6, Faber & Faber Piano Method -or- Alfred’s Premier Piano Course -or- Piano Safari, Hymns Made Easy, music for solo and concerto festivals of Federation) are to be purchased so they are ready for the following lesson.  Please support local music stores whenever possible instead of Amazon.

A monthly memo is sent on the fourth week of the month along with an invoice (email version or hard copy). Scheduling lesson times is done by filling out the “availability form” for Fall. Students mark the top three times and then the juggling of schedules begins. Students may swap lesson times with other students, if needed, but usually everyone’s schedules are packed so the lesson day is the one that works.  Summer lessons are scheduled by parents on a Google Doc.

If things work out between us, please bring the supplies listed on the student supply list (click below) to the first lesson

Now that I’ve given you a glance into my studio, let me know if you have any questions.  I look forward to hearing from you!