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ENROLLMENT: Piano study at Now Embodied Sound Studio (NESS) is for 12 months (September 2019 through August 2020). New students are considered after completing an audition with the child and conference with the parents.
PRIVATE LESSONS: By registering to study at NESS you or your child are agreeing to study music as outlined in this document during the 2019-2020 school year. It also involves a commitment to steady and continued work effort, but the results include great satisfaction and the reward that comes from making music.
LESSON TIME: The lesson time is both a commitment of the teacher to the student and a commitment of the student to the teacher. There will be no changes made to the lesson time for any reason. A trade sheet will be distributed at the first private lesson. If for any reason you are not able to attend a lesson, you may phone another student to trade lessons times.
GROUP CLASS: This class is included in the private lesson tuition and meets regularly throughout the school year. Group class will include a combination of percussion based community building, a Dalcroze curriculum designed to augment the listening skills of each student and prepare him/her for aural skills portion of the Music Development Examinations and performance class. At the heart of the group class is the opportunity to share the work and spirit in music. Students will learn the confidence that comes from performing and sharing the art of music making with students at a similar level.
SCHOOL YEAR: The school year will begin after Labor Day and runs though Memorial Weekend. During the school year students will have a scheduled time that does not change. It is your responsibility to prioritize the private lesson. If other activities arise throughout the year and conflict with the lesson, you will be faced with a choice. But know that the choice to not take the scheduled lesson has a cost consequence. During the months of June and July and into early August, you will be able to schedule 6 private lessons using the bookings page on the website.
PRACTICE: Practice is the single most important factor in achieving success in any endeavor. Practice is the student’s daily contact with his/her instrument. I recommend parents read two books: The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin and Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else by Geoff Colvin. It is generally ideal to spend short, but focused and quality time at the keyboard several times per day. All students are expected to practice the length of the private lesson five and a half days per week. This allows one day away from the piano, and a half practice on the day of the lesson. If a student is unable to commit to this level of practice, it is better to avoid beginning piano lessons. Instead, students could participate in the Eurhythmics based classes or the drumming class to gain exposure to music.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” ~Aristotle
MIDWEEK CHECKPOINT: Feel free to record one or two elements from the assignment sheet midweek and email it to your teacher. Feedback will be given as time allows. This midweek check serves as a good checkpoint for continued development as the student learns and works. It also assures that no time is wasted with inefficient work as feedback can be offered to the student.
ATTENDANCE: The lesson will begin and end at the time scheduled. The teacher will be responsible for the child only during the scheduled lesson time
Lessons missed by the teacher will be rescheduled at a mutually convenient time or a qualified substitute will be provided during the missed lesson time. The teacher may also offer a skype or video lesson if traveling.
A trade sheet will be distributed at the beginning of the year that will include phone numbers, lesson times. If you have a conflict with your lesson time, you are encouraged to contact another student to swap lessons. Once a swap is initiated, contact Mr. Kline to inform him of the change. I encourage you to work with the other families. If you can swap, please do it.
There are no make-up lessons and no refunds for any lessons missed by the student for any reason. As you make choices to attend or not attend a lesson, know that this is always a choice you make. Know that if you choose another activity instead of the piano lesson, you are sacrificing the time scheduled.
Time missed for tardiness at the start of a lesson will NOT be made up at the end of the lesson. Please arrive 5 minutes prior to the scheduled start of your lesson.
LIVE CONCERT PERFORMANCES: One of the great advantages of living in a large metropolitan area includes vibrant venues for live music. Committing to piano study includes committing to acquainting one’s self with and experiencing live music. Jazz and classical venues are recommended. Additionally, the YouTube, Spotify, Amazon Music and iTunes are all terrific resources to expand your child’s knowledge of music.
REGISTRATION: For those registering for piano lessons, the receipt of the registration form AND non-refundable $150.00 registration fee will secure your space in the studio. A lesson time will be selected after the registration material has been submitted. The registration fee covers the cost of music, materials, participation in the In-House audition and participation fees associated with Junior Pianists Guild Auditions. If participating in the Music Development Program, you will register for this audition separately.
MUSIC: Music will be provided by the teacher as needed, the cost is covered by the registration fee paid at the start of the year.
PARENT ATTENDANCE POLICY: Parents of all students under the age of 8 should attend all private lessons and take notes for practice at home. This will allow you to remain informed about the child’s progress while assisting in practice at home. If unable to attend the lessons, parents should consider video or audio taping the lessons.
TUITION AND PAYMENT: Tuition is paid either annually or monthly. Students choosing to pay monthly will pay 12 equal installments due on the 1st of the month, beginning September 1, 2019 and ending August 1, 2020. I work to make lessons affordable to everyone and will work with anyone committed to the art of embodying music through the piano. When you register online, you will be asked to give your credit card. If you choose to pay monthly, the payment will be automatically drafted from your account monthly.
– Weekly 45-minute lesson 38 private lessons & 7 performance classes
Annual (Due Sep. 1, 2019) – $2,740
Monthly Installment Payment (Sep. 1, 2019 - Aug. 1, 2020) – $230
– Weekly 60-minute lesson 38 private lessons & 7 performance classes
Annual (Due Sep. 1, 2019) – $3,560
Monthly Installment Payment (Sep. 1, 2019 - Aug. 1, 2020) – $300
PAYMENTS: If you select to pay annually, the tuition is due with the registration materials. If paying monthly, tuition is due on the 1st of the month. If selecting to pay monthly, you will be asked to supply a credit card upon registration. This card will be used to collect the monthly payment during the first week of the month. The other option is to choose to write twelve pre-dated checks and submit them to Mr. Kline in an envelope. Mr. Kline will deposit the appropriate check the first of each month.
LATE FEES: If the payment is not received by the 5th of the month it is considered late and will incur a $20 late fee for each student registered. Excessive late payment will result in exit procedures and discontinuation of the lessons.
PERFORMANCES: All students are expected to participate in studio-sponsored recitals, studio classes, festivals, auditions and competitions for which the teacher believes he/she may be successfully prepared. Performance dress is expected at all events with the exception of the studio classes.
COMMITMENTS: Your family can determine the right choice of activities for each child. In observing students over the past 20 years of teaching, students who choose piano and one athletic activity along with school tend to have the most success. Children and adults achieve the most success when time is available to mentally re-charge. Piano study is a significant commitment of time and mental energy. Children, who have many more commitments than these, often begin to experience frustration.
A GOOD ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENT: In order to produce the best possible sound, the student should have the best acoustic instrument available. If possible, the student should practice on a grand piano. If a grand is not available, a high-quality vertical piano is an excellent alternative. It is not recommended that students practice on an electronic keyboard.
PIANO TUNING: Your piano is an investment that should be maintained well. Please plan to have your instrument tuned at least two times per year.
Students must bring the following to each lesson and group class:
All books containing current literature and theory
Practice equipment should include:
A good acoustic piano with an appropriately sized bench.
CONTACT: You can reach Matthew Kline in the following ways:
3 – Lessons Begin as scheduled
12 – Group Class 1:00-2:30 PM
9 – Group Class 1:00-2:30 PM
11-15 – No Lessons – CTI Leadership
25-29 – No Lessons – Thanksgiving
8 – Group Class 1:00-2:30 PM
14 – Holiday Musical Party
19 – Last Day of Teaching in Fall Term
20-Jan. 5 No Lessons - Winter Break
6 – Private Lessons Resume
25 – Group Class 1:00-2:30 PM
3-7 – No Lessons – CTI Leadership
15 – Group Class 1:00-2:30 PM
17-21 – No Lessons – TTT and DCF Conference
9-13 – Spring Break
18 – Group Class 1:00-2:30 PM
2 – Group Class 1:00-2:30 PM
4-8 – No Lessons – CTI Leadership
16 – Spring Recital (To be confirmed)
22 – Final Day of Instruction during school year
June, July & August
Schedule 6 lessons throughout the summer using the bookings feature on www.nowembodied.com.
This schedule allows for 36 private lessons and 7 performance classes.
Group Classes (Included with private lessons)
There will be 7 group classes from October to May. See the published schedule below for precise dates. Remember, these classes offer an opportunity to develop deep listening, an opportunity to perform for one another and preparation for the Music Development Programs using the unique experiences found when embodying the moment in sound.
Saturdays from 1:00-2:30 PM
Group Class Dates:
December 8 (Note Sunday)