Communications and Lesson Visitors

COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS

This handbook is prepared in August and covers as much information as possible for the entire year.  It is important for parents to read this handbook. In addition, occasional memos will be sent by email with reminders of upcoming deadlines and any changes that may occur throughout the year. If a hard copy is wished, let me know.

Parents are encouraged to contact me with questions as necessary. Email is preferred, but telephone is available. If I am teaching you may reach my husband or an answering machine and I will return your call as soon as possible. I check my e-mail at least once a day on most weekdays.

PARENT VISITS TO LESSONS

Unlike band or choir rehearsals or sports practices where much of the learning takes place during the rehearsal, all of the reinforcement of private lessons takes place AFTER the lesson, during the student’s practice time. It is very important for parents to be aware of what is happening during their student’s practice time. In some cases, especially with young children, parents should assist with the practice. With older students it is often best to be a silent observer, offering as many compliments as possible and only offering corrections if absolutely necessary. This will vary with each student.

Parents of students in grades two and earlier are required to attend lessons.

Parents are invited and encouraged to attend the last lesson of each month to hear and see their child’s progress. This lesson will be a regular lesson, enabling you to learn of the strengths in your student’s playing and also to learn of areas in which you can encourage progress. This is particularly important for students of elementary or middle school age.

Adult students may invite spouses or other interested individuals to this lesson if they wish.