For kids ages 7-18
The mfMusic Studio Accelerated Piano Club Program gives kids the skills to excel in playing the piano… no matter what life looks like outside of lessons! Piano Club is one-on-one personal lessons in a group setting, designed to help students of different abilities and skill levels to advance quickly through their books while learning music literacy, healthy technique and artistry skills faster than with traditional lessons. Lessons are catered to your child's personality and interests, so your child can engage at the piano in ways that excite them, and they can play the music they enjoy the most!
WHAT PARENTS AND STUDENTS CAN EXPECT IN PIANO CLUB
AT MFMUSIC STUDIO
The best way to learn how to play piano...is by playing piano! In each class, students of all ages learn to play anywhere from 2-6 songs, and leave knowing how to play their songs correctly. Do you remember taking piano lessons as a child and dreading the practice time in between? We fix the practice problem so it is a breeze for parents and students! Students leave their lessons feeling confident and excited about playing piano at home, because they master their songs during the lesson!
Students learn how to problem solve and take responsibility for their learning, and they become confident sight-readers and piano players! Due to our heavy emphasis on sight-reading and student independence, students also tend to level up in their books at a faster rate than the standard estimates.
COLLABORATE WITH OTHER MUSICIANS
One of the most fun things about knowing how to play a music instrument is to be able to make music with others! Playing duets, trios or quartets has never been easier when fellow musicians are in the room together. Rhythm and musicianship skills improve rapidly when working to “stay together”. While the majority of lessons will focus on independent playing, multiple opportunities will be provided for collaborative playing.
Students in Piano Club are constantly empowered, supported, and celebrated. Each year at mfMusic Studio we have a new studio theme that focuses on completing various skill-based challenges. Students earn badges of recognition as they complete each task and level up in skills needed for great playing. At the end of the year, all students are recognized at the Annual Spring Recital for achievements such as graduating levels, earning badges, participating in special performance opportunities or NCMTA adjudicated events.
SCHEDULE WITH EASE
Unlike sports, dance or many other activities, our music lessons work around your schedule. We are so flexible, we can accommodate even the busiest of families. We offer unlimited lesson rescheduling. No guilt-trips! This means you or your child won't fall behind due to your busy schedule. Nor do you end up paying for lessons missed due to conflicts or illness.
PAYMENT AND PRICING
Annual Membership Fee
A $65 yearly fee will apply to each long-term student upon completing the registration form and on August 1st of each following year. This fee helps to cover the following membership services:
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP SERVICES
36 Weekly Lessons
Sheet Music, Books and other Lesson Materials
4 Musician's Meetup Events Per Year
Studio T-shirt (distributed prior to Spring Recital)
Access to Studio Resources
Access to Adjudicated Events through NCMTA
Piano Club Lesson Fee
Lesson fees are determined for the academic year, August through May. You may choose to pay fees in one of the following ways:
Lesson fee for year paid in
TEN equal monthly payments
Due the 1st of each month and paid in advance of lessons, Aug through May
Paid by auto-pay through CoinHop.
If a payment processing problem is not resolved in 7 days of the due payment, a $15 charge will be added.
60 Minute Lessons: $165 per month
Lesson fee for year paid in
TWO payments (discounted rate)
Due Aug 1st & Dec 1st
Paid by check, Zelle or Apple Pay
60 Minute Lessons: $809 x2
Total lesson fee for year paid in FULL (discounted rate)
Due Aug 1st
Paid by check, Zelle or Apple Pay
60 Minute Lessons: $1600
On the occasion that the student chooses to participate in festivals, auditions, and competitions offered each year at the teacher’s discretion, the cost per event will be made known to the student prior to the event and an invoice will be sent to the parent. Payment of fees must be paid prior to registration.
Attendance is expected at all scheduled lessons, as each lesson time is reserved for that student. The lesson time will be visible on the studio calendar located in the student portal. (You will receive a password upon enrollment.)
There will be no tuition credits or refunds for missed lessons or recitals. If a student needs to miss a lesson due to illness or schedule conflict, AND a minimum of 5 hours notice is given, students may log in to the portal to cancel the lesson. A make-up credit will be issued that can be used to select a make-up lesson time from other available slots. Your cancelled lesson will become an available make-up slot for another student to use. Make up credits must be used by the end of the academic year.
Should the instructor need to miss a lesson, students will be offered a make-up credit or, in special circumstances, a refund of a single lesson fee. No shows will not be permitted a make-up.
DO NOT attend lessons in person if the student is showing signs of illness. Students must be fever-free for at least 24 hours prior to the lesson. The lesson will end immediately for students who are showing signs of illness with symptoms such as coughing and/or sneezing repeatedly or uncontrollable runny noses. Please respect the health of the instructor and other students who share the space and materials of the studio.
In the event of inclement weather, lessons will NOT be cancelled or rescheduled. Use your best judgment to decide if you will still attend. If you feel it is not possible, lessons may be rescheduled with notice.
We are closed for the following major holidays in 2023-24:
Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving (Nov 22-26) , Christmas and The New Year (Dec 20– Jan 2), Easter Week (March 25-29), Memorial Day, July 4th
Piano Club students should arrive no earlier than five minutes before their lesson time and no later than the start time of the lesson. Students should be picked up no later than five minutes after their lesson is completed. Please park on the street and do not block the driveway at any time. Students should remove shoes upon entry. Please wear socks!
Every student discontinues lessons at some point. Ideally, this decision is made thoughtfully with plenty of discussion between the teacher, parent, and student so that lessons can cease with a positive sense of closure at the end of the term. Enrollment is understood to be for an entire academic year, August through May. If you choose to stop lessons during the academic year, then one month’s written notice is required via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment for lessons will be canceled exactly one month from the date notice is given.
At the discretion of the studio owner, students may be asked to discontinue lessons at any time if they have unpaid tuition, an excessive amount of absences, damage to the studio or property, or if the student shows a genuine lack of interest.
We love to celebrate student achievements with photos and videos posted on the studio website, or social media platforms of Facebook and Instagram. Posts may or may not include first names only. If you desire that images of your child not be posted, please notify us in writing via email to email@example.com
PRACTICE SPACE AND MATERIALS NEEDED FOR A SUCCESSFUL LESSON EXPERIENCE
Parents should ensure that the student has:
A well-lit practice space away from distractions – TV, siblings/friends, pets video games
Access to an audio player with QUALITY speakers that allow for playing at normal performance volume along to a recording
Access to portal Online Resources during practice time
A piano kept in good repair and functioning properly with all keys and pedals working. Acoustic pianos should be tuned once a year. Digital pianos should have 88 weighted keys, full sized pedals (at least the sustain pedal), a sheet music stand and should be housed on a sturdy base (preferably a furniture-style stand, not an X or Z stand so it will not wobble)
A piano bench at the correct height for the size for the student, which is demonstrated and practiced in lessons – please make adjustments as needed with extra books to sit on or purchase an adjustable bench
A tote bag of appropriate size to carry and keep binder and all books organized
Optional: personal headphone to bring to lessons (headphones will be provided for any student not wishing to supply their own)
Optional, but recommended: Access to a variety of music game apps – see blog post here for recommendations