I'm so happy you've decided to begin your musical journey—or perhaps continue one already well under way!

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Before you begin, I want to let you know that Harp On the Hill is a small studio.  Purposely small.  Purposely eclectic.  I am not a 40-student studio, and never will be.

 

Which means, of course, that I have a limited number of spaces available. If no spot is currently available, you can request to be added to the Harp on the Hill Studio waiting list.

PS.  That's me, a few years before I began my own musical journey!

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*MONTHLY Tuition Rates: 

60-Minute Solo Lessons

Monthly Tuition:  $242.83
 

The majority of students at Harp on the Hill Studio take individual one-on-one 60-minute lessons. 

90-Minute Solo Lessons

Monthly Tuition:  $360.33

90-minute lessons are offered for advanced students, as well as for those who want the broader range of musical exploration that 90-minute lessons offer.

Buddy Lessons

Read more about the Buddy Lesson Program here.

30 minutes solo + 30 minutes overlapping time

Monthly Tuition:  $195.83* per student

*NOTE:  Monthly tuition is calculated according to the number of lessons per year, divided by 12.  Most months have 4 lessons.  However a few have 5, and some only 3.  Monthly tuition averages this out so that students pay the same fixed amount every month.  An invoice will be sent out on the last day of each month for the following month’s tuition. 

Special Note for Parents

 

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This means that even if your kid loves listening to music, loves dancing to music, loves playing music (when it is a piece they have already mastered)—they still probably won't love practicing music. 

 

And that's where you—the parent—come in. 

 

You don't have to be a musician yourself.  You don't have to know anything about music at all 

 

You only have to know about routine and habit.  And of course, you are already an expert in that.  You've been getting your kids to brush their teeth, do their homework, go to bed on time, and so on since the very beginning. 

 

You already know the power of habit.  And you already know that it isn't always easy to create them.  It can be a struggle.  It can be full-out war.  But you know that the struggle is worth it.  Because once habits are instilled, they last.  They last even when the going gets rough, even when motivation might temporarily wane, even when life gets super busy. 

 

As a teacher, I am going to do my absolute best to motivate your child to practice—by giving them repertoire that they are excited to learn, by developing a positive teacher-student relationship with them, by suggesting habit-tracking apps that can make the ritual of practicing a little more enticing, by holding occasional studio practice challenges, and so on. 

 

As a teacher, I am the motivation builder. 

 

As a parent, you are the habit builder. 

 

We are equal partners in your child's musical journey.  In fact, I believe that your role is even greater than mine.

 

In short, before you sign your child up for music lessons, you should know that, as in any journey worth taking, there is going to be some tough-slogging. It might seem like an endless uphill trek.  There are going to be days when your child whines that they are too tired, that they want to go back home; times when they plunk themselves down on the path, times when they refuse to budge.  This doesn’t mean that the journey isn't worth it, or even that your child really wants to go back home.   It just means that they need a little push, a helping hand to get over a rocky part in the path, an encouraging word, or maybe even just a snack.  You know what motivates your child.  You know how to help them build good habits.  You've done it all before. 

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Before you sign your kids up for lessons, you should know something. 

 

There are a few miraculous, self-disciplined, enthusiastic children who will never need to be told to sit down and practice.  I was one such child.  They do exist.  

But they are extremely rare. 

If your child becomes a life-long music learner—which is what I hope for each and every one of my students—we will share the credit.   They will remember me fondly.  But they will thank you—for making them stick with it, for encouraging them, for harassing them, yes, even for not letting them have any screen time until they've finished their daily music practice. 

It's worth remembering that an uphill trek is the one that affords the most beautiful vantage points.  There will be many along the way.  When your child reaches one, stop and enjoy it with them.  And know too that at a certain point, once enough of these scenic lookouts have been reached, the act of climbing itself will become a pleasure.  And that's the point you will be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy watching your child continue on their own.