Lawrence Piano Studio Notes
October 1, 2016
Statements vs. Invoices
Each month I generate a new invoice for your student’s monthly lesson fees. An invoice details the specific charges for that month.
I send invoices for the September lesson fees because the Library/Registration fee is included on that invoice. I also send an invoice for summer lesson fees.
All other months, I will be sending a Statement. A statement is a summary of invoices and payments. The total at the bottom of the statement is the amount currently due.
I would be more than happy to send an invoice to anyone that would like a more detailed account of lesson fees.
I try to collect lessons fees around the first of the month.
Please let me know if you would like a due date later in the month.
Please let me know if you have any questions about billing.
Please encourage all students to practice 5 days a week. (They are always welcome to play more!) I recommend the following:
- Set a regular time to practice every day before or after school, before or after dinner.
- Very productive times to practice are the same day of the lesson and the next day. Everything is still fresh in their mind and practicing comes easier.
- Try to let students participate in decisions about which days they want to practice and at what time. I encourage them to become involved in planning their own schedule.
- Please remember to total and sign the Practice Charts for your student each week. Students record practice time each week on a large practice chart at the studio. When they reach the end of a line, they receive a candy bar of their choice.
Practice Time (an alternative):
Some students and parents have found that having the student play their pieces throughout the day works well. Each time the student passes by the keyboard he/she will play a piece 2 or 3 times. This can happen at different times during the day in 3-5-minute sessions. They record all the time spent at the keyboard that day. Try it out; this may work better than a set schedule.
During the month of October, students (both group and private) will be choosing pieces for the recitals held in December. Please ask your child to share his/her selection(s) with you.
Keep in touch:
If you ever have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s lessons or progress, please feel free to call me at 842-2182.
Web Site and My Music Staff:
In September I sent an email that had the login information for the new student management program I am using. If you haven’t already logged in, please login and reset your password.
You can then communicate with your teacher, check the calendar to confirm or cancel lesson times, send notes directly to your teacher and upload your student’s weekly practice time.
We will also be using this program for students in private lesson to sign-up for the December practice recitals and recitals. I will be sending more information on signing up for recitals later in the semester.
Note Rush is an app I am recommending for students to improve their note finding skills.
This is a flash card app that will work with any piano or keyboard. Note Rush listens to the notes played on the keyboard there are no wires or connections necessary.
Note Rush is available for both iPhone and android phones. The cost is $3.99 for the program.
Please let me know if you have any questions on how to use the program.
Piano: More than just music.
Here are a few links about the benefits of studying piano above and beyond learning to play pieces.
Lawrence Piano Studio Newsletter October 2016