Individual Lessons for 2016-2017:
The basic individual lesson structure is 75 minutes of instructional time. This includes 30 minutes of individual instruction, 30 minutes of music technology/theory lab, and 15 minutes with other students: ensemble music and/or Music Mind Games. The basic schedule may be occasionally adjusted (within the 75 minute framework) to allow extra work on a particular area, such as extra time for ensemble preparation prior to a performance. The technology/theory time is scheduled directly before or after the lesson and ensemble time. Flex-Term/Advanced students add 15 minutes to individual instruction time and ensemble time becomes optional.
Slots for individual lessons are limited and usually reserved for established Encore Studio students who are continuing or have successfully completed beginning classes and are ready for more challenging study.
Technology/Theory Lab Time
The technology in the studio is intended to provide students with additional opportunities to build and reinforce various musicianship skills. Encore Studio provides an individualized program of music theory fundamentals, ear training, music appreciation/music history, and rhythm drills. This is based on the National Federation of Music Clubs’ levels of music theory. Also, students may play their assigned music with MIDI disks and a digital piano for accurate practice. Notation software is available for those who participate in composition activities. During this time, students may also be asked to work on theory worksheets or books, since they have the most success doing this in a monitored setting. Students will be scheduled to use the Lab tools before or after their lesson. Students are expected to respect all studio property - to use equipment carefully, and only for instructional music purposes. Any damage or theft becomes your responsibility. If I find that students are creating problems, I reserve the right to discontinue their equipment use, or in extreme cases to dismiss them from the studio.