Personal checks, cash, and Venmo are accepted at this time.
The current half-hour rate is based on the hourly charge. Please call JD for the current rate.
You can pay weekly, after each lesson(s), or you can pay for the month, in advance.
Everything, with the exception of the core books used. They are $7 to $9, depending on the level needed. All other materials are included: additional pieces that parallel the material from the books, FlashCards, assignment books, etc.
No. JD will bring the required books to the lessons and you will simply reimburse him at that time.
There is a 24-hour cancelation policy, which also includes any change to the scheduled lesson time. Please see this page for more detailed information.
This is the single, most important factor when taking lessons, and it will determine the overall success or failure of the lessons. It is covered in copious detail with all students at all stages of the lessons. In the beginning, the student is asked to play each assigned piece a minimum number of times daily. Then, as the student progresses and the music becomes more challenging, exact practice habits and methods are discussed and instructions are given so that the student’s time and effort is applied in the most efficient manner. It is critically important that these suggestions and instructions are followed by the student. Otherwise, failure is pretty much guaranteed.
Students who habitually don’t practice will need to ask themselves if they really want to do the lessons and learn to play the piano. Piano lessons are not a required subject; you have to want to learn it, and you have to accept the responsibility that comes with that commitment.
ThomaStudios piano lessons are fun, and they are kept that way deliberately. They should be fun. But, at the same time, there is a certain amount of work that needs to be applied by the student in order to gain the fulfillment that comes with the lessons.
No. But local references are gladly given out just by asking. You will need to speak directly with JD for this referral.
Additionally, ThomaStudios respectfully asks that all new students be willing to agree to a 6-lesson minimum commitment. This allows both the student and JD to properly assess the student / teacher dynamic to see just how the lessons work and whether they are in everyone’s best interests. This is completely impossible with only one lesson and does not allow enough time for the proper evaluation process for everyone involved.
ThomaStudios has learned from experience that group lessons are not the best approach to piano lessons. There is always an inherent difference between two or more students' ability to take in the material covered during the lessons. Some catch on quickly, some more slowly. That disparity makes group lessons difficult for most students. Some may feel bored, being held back by the slower students; or the slower students find it difficult to stay on pace with the faster students. ThomaStudios one-on-one approach is far more effective since the lessons are automatically adjusted for a student's strengths and weaknesses, and the material and pace is adapted accordingly.
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