What is Unique about the Piano Studio of B. J. Harman?
Under my teaching, students learn how to express themselves through artistic performances of various styles of music, and also how to make their own music through improvisation. With a flexible approach, students to learn and discover the satisfaction of achieving goals, while developing a life-long appreciation and love of music. In addition, students receive a comprehensive musical education through theory/aural training, optional music history lessons, and performing for peers.
How much am I required to practice?
Consistency and quality - not just quantity - is crucial when it comes to practicing. I encourage students to practice daily (at least 5 days a week) in order to ensure progress. During lessons, weekly goals and practice suggestions are notated in the student's assignment book. We also spend time discussing ways to efficiently practice specific areas of their music. Here is an article that addresses quantity and quality of solid practice.
Why do I need an acoustic piano? And how often do I need to get it tuned?
Even the best of digital pianos cannot replicate the wonderful feel and sound of a real piano. Acoustic pianos hold their value better than digital pianos do, and are usually quite a worthwhile investment even when buying used. Acoustic pianos should be tuned twice a year by a piano technician (find one at ptg.org). Regular tuning is crucial to the development of the student's aural ear so that the student is hearing the proper pitches of each note on the piano.
What events and opportunities does the studio provide for students?
The studio schedules a number of exciting events for private students and their parents each year!
- Studio Performance Classes | Group performance classes or Recital Parties are scheduled throughout the year to prepare students to perform in front others by performing in front of a friendly group of musical peers. We discuss elements of poise, performance manners and how to provide a professional performance.
- Studio Family and Friends Recital | Performing in a formal recital setting is an exciting opportunity for students to showcase their hard work and improvement over the year in the presence of their family and friends.
- December Recital Mary | This open house party is open to the students and families and students provide the background party music!
- Examinations | Students are welcome to participate in TMTA theory examinations, TMTA music history examinations, and performance evaluations through PMTA festivals, National Piano Teachers Guild or "The Music Development Program" which provides national level certification. These opportunities usually require entry fees.
- Summer Music Camps | Often during the summer months, a themed piano camp is offered. Participation is not limited to my private students, so invite your friends - no matter which instrument they play!
Do I need to pay for books and materials?
All core music is included in tuition. The only music for you to purchase is supplemental "student choice" music purchased by you at the music store or online.
What does my tuition cover?
The tuition rate covers much more than private lessons and core music each year - it also includes group classes and refreshments, piano maintenance, recital hall expenses,, professional memberships, continuing educational development for the teacher, bookkeeping, lesson planning, curriculum development, music research, studio expenses such as copying, software, incentive programs, resources purchased to lend to students, studio insurance and more. All these things allow me to provide the student with the best musical education I can offer.
What if I break my wrist or arm, should I continue piano while healing? Absolutely YES! There is so many things we can still do in lessons during the time of healing. One fun idea I heard from a piano teacher is to have the student sign one of my “one hand only” books and write down what their injury was and how it happened (if they want). Then I take a picture of them at the piano with the book.With some injuries doctors actually encourage students to continue playing as part of their recovery therapy. Be sure to find out if this is the case with your students. Click Here for a list of some of the things we can focus on in during that period of lessons.