01 | When do you teach lessons?
As of April 2015, I teach Tuesday through Friday from 10 AM-9 PM, and Saturdays from 10 AM-4 PM. The studio is closed Sundays and Mondays.
02 | How can I pay for tuition?
Danielle accepts credit card, debit cards, Paypal, checks, and cash. There is a 3% service charge for Paypal and debit card transactions. Lessons must be pre-paid before the lesson is given. Monthly students are required to pay for the next month’s tuition by the 25th of each month to avoid late fees.
03 | Isn’t it better to receive lessons from a big studio that employs lots of teachers?
There are benefits and drawbacks to receiving lessons at a large studio as opposed to a personal studio. Here are some important points to consider:
- Students in large studios are at the mercy of the administration’s often rigid policies, and payment plans.
- The quality of teachers in large studios runs the gamut. I have been to several interviews for large studios where they have hired me on the spot with no background check, reference checks, or teaching observations! This is unfortunately a scary, and common practice.
- Teachers in large studios (and I speak from experience) are often over-tired from having a constant stream of students filing in and out for hours at a time, and a lack of control over their scheduling and environment. I have the freedom to schedule myself in such a way that every student gets a fresh, alert teacher and an environment conducive to learning!
- Similar to the above, private teachers have the ability to occasionally decide to give longer lessons when needed, even if “the hour is up,” and unfortunately, this is not an option for teachers in large, cattle-call studios.
- In a private studio your teacher can work with you on a sliding scale. I often work with families experiencing economic hardship along with college students on limited incomes to make lessons as accessible as possible.
- Many studios have a rapid teacher turn-around due to low pay and/or lack of attachment to the studio. Changing teachers frequently stunts growth.
- It is easier to develop close, trusting relationships with students and their families in a private, independent studio environment. Many of my former students have, and continue to be like family to me. This actually encourages progress and growth!
04 | Do you put on recitals?
Yes! I organize one to two large recitals per year, which allows students to showcase their best work to date. Venues in the past have included halls at UC Irvine, local churches and piano halls. Check out our media page for photos and clips from these events.
05 | Am I too young/old to take lessons?
Danielle has extensive experience working with students of all ages, backgrounds and levels and is able to effectively tailor lessons to each student’s specific needs. The only requirement is that students approach lessons with a great attitude and a desire to learn.
06 | What materials do I need?
If you are interested in having in-home lessons you’ll need a working, in-tune piano or keyboard. All students must have a notebook, pencils, their sheetmusic, and a voice recorder for lessons.
07 | How do you determine tuition rates?
Lesson fees are based on education and experience. The following table reflects the average cost of piano/voice lessons in Los Angeles and Orange Counties based on my experience. You will of course, be able to find teachers who charge less than the average, but ultimately, when a teacher charges far below the market cost it should be a red flag to parents and students. Quality teachers with experience, education, performing careers, and references charge tuition rates that adequately reflect these traits.
|Teacher with limited experience, working on Undergraduate degree:||$20-40/hour|
|Teacher with undergraduate degree in music||$35-50/hour|
|Teacher working on graduate degree||$50-60/hour|
|Teacher with Master of Music & experience||$60-75/hour|