“To play without passion is inexcusable!”

What do Tuition Fees Include?

My commitment to your/your child's musical advancement is a full-time effort and goes above and beyond the hourly rate you pay.

Your tuition fees include:

  • instruction in piano and theory/musicianship
  • a guaranteed place in my studio
    • my terms and conditions allow for a maximum of two make-up lessons per term (conditions apply). (These make-up lessons are generally provided in my free/family time.)
  • my preparation and planning for each lesson, also including
    • searching for appropriate repertoire for your particular needs,
    • searching the internet for suitable recordings of repertoire for students to listen to (which saves you from having to purchase CDs)
    • designing, photocopying and binding the annual Practice Diary for each student (this takes the best part of a week in January each year)
    • preparing worksheets and information handouts,
    • keeping up to date with the latest musical publications, tutor/method books and musical software,
    • arranging and supervising rehearsals for duets and trios,
    • sourcing and creating material for the various 'studio challenges'
    • attending professional development workshops and conferences,
    • practising and keeping my own performance skills up to standard
    • networking with other teachers to share teaching ideas
  • providing performance opportunities for students:
    • planning and organising soirées and recitals,
    • opening my home and rearranging all the furniture for soirées at least four times a year
    • seeking and providing information on concerts and performances that may be of interest to students and their families to attend
  • holding AMEB exams in my studio whenever possible, thus
    • enabling you to sit for your exams in a familiar environment on a piano you know well, and
    • saving you travel time to Ashgrove
    • I receive no remuneration/benefit or compensation from the AMEB for hosting exams for either my students or those of other teachers exmined in my studio. (I often need to have a number of students from outside my studio examined here, in order to meet AMEB minimum time requirements for an examiner to come to a private studio.)
    • It is also an AMEB requirement that I have the piano tuned immediately prior to exams, which is an additional expense, especially if the piano isn't really due for a tuning.
    • if I am unable to hold the exams in my studio, I try to arrange for them to be held at a colleague's studio, and I make time to be there to encourage the students. (Unfortunately I generally cannot manage to get to Ashgrove when students elect to sit for their exams at other times of the year.)
  • managing the business, including:
    • keeping accurate records of lessons and activities
    • book keeping, taxation records
    • keeping the website up to date
  • my business running costs, including:
    • purchase of professional quality instruments
    • piano tuning and maintenance
    • studio running costs
    • computer and appropriate peripherals and software
    • purchase of copies of all the teaching books and repertoire I use in lessons
    • purchase of additional equipment for the studio, such as video camera and video editing software, webcam and high quality microphone for Skype lessons
    • professional memberships and subscriptions

You might like to read this fantastic article from Elissa Milne on how to prepare you child for piano lessons, especially if I am not able to start lessons with your child immediately: http://elissamilne.wordpress.com/2011/08/10/10-things-you-should-do-before-your-child-begins-piano-lessons/

I try to be flexible about my policy on make-up lessons, because I know that life happens. You may be interested to read the following article on make-up lessons written by a parent: Make-up lessons from an Economist's Perspective.

 

Brenda Hunting's Piano Studio, Shailer Park.
Studio phone: 07 3102 7265
Mobile: 0413 290 982
brenda@brendahunting.com
PO Box 7352, Loganholme 4129

 

 

© Brenda Hunting 2013