Mrs. Sue Swanson, MDiv
Playing music is like learning to speak a new language.
In order to become fluent we need to study technique,
theory and performance skills including:
Playing written music on the keyboard, improvising and sight reading
Producing a beautiful tone
Writing musical notation
Following rhythmic patterns
Understanding musical terms
Developing listening skills in different musical styles and historical periods
Composing music and arranging accompaniments
Learning to play the piano develops skills of:
Patience and Perseverance
I believe in creating a relationship of trust and positive reinforcement
. I take each student at their
current level and ability and encourage them to do their personal best.
Learning to play an instrument as a child is the beginning of a life-long relationship with music.
Even a one or two year introduction to music will lay a
foundation for further musical study at later stages in life.
Remember – It’s called “playing” the piano because it’s supposed to be fun!
It’s no fun if students don’t practice. Repetition is a necessary part of learning.
Practice makes progress.
At the beginning level we require 15 minutes a day.
As the level of difficulty increases the amount of practice time increases.
It is important to make music every day even if it’s just for a few minutes.
Only through practice do you make enough progress to make it fun.
This is essential ***Please be sure to practice right after your lesson –
the same day- so that you can remember what we talked about.
The year begins on Monday September 4 through May 2. I do not teach
the weeks of Christmas and New Year (from December 21 through January 6).
I take two other weeks of personal time off which will be scheduled at a later time.
Lessons are scheduled for ½ hour per week.
The cost is $765 per year payable in monthly installments of $85.
Payments are due at the first lesson of each month.
If you need monthly receipts, please let me know.
Each student pays a one-time, non-refundable deposit of $50 when the lessons begin.
This covers, registration, recital and other materials.
In May, I will bill you for all music purchases from 9/2018-8/2019.
The payment is due in May.
In June, July and August lessons are scheduled on a flexible basis.
Lessons will be $22 each.
I encourage all my students to stay involved in piano over the
summer and to schedule as many lessons as possible!
Call me as soon as possible if you need to cancel or change a lesson time.
I will try to reschedule within the week, if possible.
Otherwise, there are no refunds for missed lessons.
I teach Monday – Wednesday and other days for makeups when possible.
*Please note that each year I take two weeks of paid time off.
I haven’t scheduled either week yet. I will let you know.
Lessons resume on January \7
Spring Break – choose your own week!
May 20-22 last week of school year lessons
Sunday, May 19 at 3:00