Piano

Instructor and Lesson Options

McGowan Music Studios provides a variety of instructors, curricula, and availabilities that will enable you to meet your musical goals.  Each instructor maintains his or her own individual studio policies and tuition rates, and tuition is payable directly to the instructor.  Click on an instructor name in the summary below for more information.

 

Instructor Lesson Format Age Range Experience/Level Payment Options Availability
Michael McGowan Miller 1-hour Group, or 30-, 45-, 60-Minute Individual 5* to Adult Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced Per 18-week semester, or per month Mondays through Saturdays
Lee W. Kikuchi 30-, 45-, 60-Minute Individual 5 to Adult Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced Per month, per lesson Wednesdays
S. Andrew Smith 30-, 45-, 60-Minute Individual 5 to Adult Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced Per month, per lesson Thursdays, Fridays

*5 years old is an approximation when considering beginning an instrument.  Some students may begin a bit younger while others may best begin at 6 or 7 years of age.  Each instructor can best determine whether your child is ready to begin piano after a personal interview.

Michael McGowan Miller

Mr. Miller’s piano curriculum utilizes an organized syllabus based on the six-part Music Tree Piano Method by Frances Clark.  Assignments from this series are paired with a unique lesson dynamic to create a long-lasting foundation in music literacy, while also developing skills in coordination, confidence, and discipline.

School Year

The piano school year is comprised of two 18-week semesters, Fall and Spring. Fall Semester begins August 22, 2016, and ends January 14, 2017. Spring Semester begins January 16, 2017, and ends May 27, 2017.

Download the 2016-17 School Year Calendar for additional important events.

Tuition and Payments

Download the 2016-17 Tuition Chart

Tuition for Fall and Spring semesters is based on and is billed for a maximum of 18 lessons in each semester, and can be paid on one of two basic plans, by the Semester or by the Month. The Monthly Plan is the average of 18 lessons over the two 5-month periods in which the lessons occur, August through December and January through May. The Semester Plan is the total of 18 lessons less ten percent.

Tuition for the Semester Plan is due on August 10, 2016 for Fall Semester, and January 1, 2017 for Spring Semester. Tuition for the Monthly Plan is due without demand on the first day of each month, August through December (for Fall Semester) and January through May (for Spring Semester). Tuition for both plans is due without demand; no invoices will be issued unless the paying party (parent or student over 18) specifically requests an invoice in advance of the due date.

If payments for either plan are not received by the 5th day of the month, the student’s lessons will cease and regularly scheduled lesson times will be relinquished, or a late fee will be applied. There are no refunds once lessons have begun.

Individual or Group lessons missed by the student for any reason cannot be rescheduled. Lessons missed by the instructor will be remedied to benefit the student by means of a tuition credit or alternative lesson times. Such remedies will be made at the discretion of the instructor.

In addition to tuition, an annual registration fee of $25 per student will be applied on August 1 of each school year, or when any student joins the studio during the year. This fee is applied to required method books, materials, and copying costs that occur throughout the school year.

Curriculum and Lesson Formats

Curriculum for all lessons is based upon The Music Tree Piano Method by Frances Clark. This method consists of six levels that includes Primer, Part 1, Part 2A, Part 2B, Part 3, and Part 4. Each level consists of a Lesson Book and an Activities Book. Students who complete each level (Primer through Part 3) will receive a certificate in recognition of their achievement at the conclusion of the Spring Recital. Students who complete Part 4 will become Young Artists, and will be specially recognized at the conclusion of the Spring Recital.

Individual Lessons are customized to the learning pace and dependency of the student. Lessons are scheduled for 30-, 45-, or 60-minute periods based on instructor evaluation and recommendation. Group Lessons are structured toward the independent student, and around musical concepts (patterns, vocabulary, styles, performance) that encourage students to interact musically, socially, creatively, and confidently. Groups can consist of 2 to 6 students of same or similar music literacy level (based on Music Tree Method Levels).

Please arrive early for your lesson, with required materials, and with clean hands. It is also wise to wash your hands after the lesson to decrease the possibility of spreading germs. If you have any questions regarding scheduling, or would like to discuss the progress of your child, please contact me to schedule a separate time aside from your regularly scheduled lesson time using the contact methods listed below.

Beginners and Transfer Students of All Ages

Beginners and Transfer Students are introduced to the piano in a 30-minute Individual Lesson Format, specially designed to build a firm long-lasting foundation in traditional classical music literacy. The student will develop skills in note reading, ear training, performance, fundamental technique, and composition while completing the Primer and Part 1 levels of the Music Tree Piano Method. Materials are provided.

Late Elementary Students

Late Elementary level consists of students that are currently working within Parts 2A and 2B levels of the Music Tree Piano Method. Group or Individual Lesson Formats are available weekdays in the late afternoon/evening and Saturdays, and may utilize the keyboard lab, individual studio, or large group room. Assignments are individualized and continue the development note reading, ear training, major/minor patterns, basic music vocabulary, performance, and composition skills. Materials are provided.

Intermediate Students

Intermediate level is an extension of the Late Elementary level and consists of students working within Parts 3 and 4 of the Music Tree Piano Method. Group or Individual Lesson Formats are available weekdays in the late afternoon/evening and Saturdays, and may utilize the keyboard lab, individual studio, or large group room. Assignments are individualized and continue the development of more complex skills and patterns of note reading, ear training, major/minor tonalities, complex rhythms, major/relative minor scales, music history, performance, and composition. Materials are provided.

Advanced Students

Advanced level consists of students that have completed Part 4 of the Music Tree Piano Method. Group or Individual Lesson Formats are available weekdays in the late afternoon/evening and Saturdays, and may utilize the keyboard lab, individual studio, or large group room. Assignments are individualized and structured to further develop more complex patterns of note reading, ear training, major/minor tonalities, complex rhythms, major/relative minor scales, music history, performance, improvisation, advanced theory, and an exploration of compositional styles such as theme and variation and basic binary and ternary forms. A broad spectrum of repertoire is explored and technical facility is refined through a thorough study of all scales and arpeggios. The structure is flexible to suit the musical tastes and interests of the student. Materials are provided.

 

Lee W. Kikuchi

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S. Andrew Smith

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