I teach piano lessons at the Shepherd Music School in Rogers, as well as in the student’s home. Lessons are billed monthly based on a semester commitment. Read more about lesson logistics at the bottom of this page. Feel free to contact me for more information.
What is the Right Age to Begin?
I have taught students as young as five years old, and sometimes that’s fine. Only you best know if your child is ready – and this includes the solitary practice that all students must embrace in order to prepare for lessons. Progress comes quickly when a student is ready to learn.
What Is My Ideal Student?
He doesn’t exist! Each student has her own goals, personality, and willingness to practice. A good teacher guides a student through peaks and valleys. Not all progress is linear; there are long plateaus where a number of factors can slow forward motion. I prefer to teach a student who is motivated to learn and wants to participate in music festivals and group recitals.
A good rule of thumb is five days of practice per week in the amount of the lesson time. For 45-minute lessons, this would be five days of 45 minutes practice per day. For very young students, this may be cut back or divided into two short practice sessions per day.
I am a member of the Northwest Arkansas Music Teachers Association (NAMTA), the Arkansas State Music Teachers Association (ASMTA), and the Music Teachers National Associations (MTNA).
I presented a lecture-demonstration to NAMTA on March 10, 2018, based on The Arrau Technique.
There are two festivals annually in which you can participate, as a result of my NAMTA/ASMTA membership. It’s hoped everyone will participate in the festivals!
- NAMTA Sonatina Festival, November 2018, NWACC in Bentonville
- ASMTA Region One Festival, April 2019, University of Arkansas in Fayetteville
There are group recitals at the conclusion of each semester at Shepherd Music School. Preparatory recitals in advance of each music festival are offered. However, the schedule for the 2018-19 program year has not yet been announced.
Each term is 18 weeks in length, from August to December, and January to May. Lessons during the summer are also available. The semester ends when all lessons are given, including make-up lessons. Make-up lessons must be finished by the end of the semester.
Lesson Cancellation and Make-Up Lessons
- A maximum of two make-up lessons per semester are offered for excused absences.
- Planned absences require at least 24 hours advance notice.
- Emergencies require at least one hour prior notice.