Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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While I love receiving messages requesting clarification, you may find your answers here in the Frequently Asked Questions...


How often are lessons held and why?

Lessons are scheduled on a weekly basis for 30, 45 or 60 minutes (more available upon request and availability). Regular weekly lessons encourage the student to work towards attainable goals that can be reassessed each week. Less time between lessons has proved to

reinforce good musical study habits, rather than taking lessons every other week. 60 minute lessons are encouraged for strings and intermediate to advanced piano players.


 What are Festivals and why participate in them?

The National Federation of Music Clubs is a non-profit organization and has been around for over 100 years and promotes American Music. Students prepare two pieces of music which must be memorized. The students will then perform both of their pieces for a judge (who is a very nice teacher like myself, or a conductor or professor with extensive knowledge of the instrument you're playing), who then will give positive written evaluations/comments along with a score/points.  Through the years of accumulating these points, they will earn a gold cup (trophy).

Christmas and Hymn Festivals are also held in December and March, respectively. Another goal-oriented opportunity, appropriate songs are learned (not memorized) and performed in front of a judge. Every two years of Superior-rated performances earns a gold medal.


Are there opportunities other than Festival to share what I've learned?

Absolutely! For example, if you would like to learn how to play a particular song for church, we can work on that during your lesson time as a project song. String ensembles are encouraged to play during the Christmas holidays at churches and other venues. Preparing pieces to share at nursing homes, with family or church members, and of course the End of the Year Recital -- are all wonderful opportunities to share what you've learned with others.