Studio Policy

Jessica Spangler’s Holistic Approach Piano Studio, LLC
A holistic and relevant approach to teaching piano and music skills to anyone.
Holistic Approach
The phrase “Holistic Approach” simply means that I teach the student, not the lesson.  Every student has different learning styles, goals, strengths and weaknesses.  I will teach all the elements of music in context of the big picture, not just the written language of music.  I think outside the box and customize the learning journey to help each student reach their own potential.

My goal is to facilitate students' own exploration of the piano and its language so that they can learn to play anything independently.  It's a matter of "learning how to learn," and making connections between all of the knowledge they gain. That comes through a functional, relevant introduction to music, as opposed to going through the motions of a method book alone, to memorize numerous isolated facts and repeat them indefinitely.

I am still not a perfect player and I can’t make any guarantees you’ll be a concert pianist. I am confident, however, that I can teach you in a more effective and balanced way to help you gain the skills you need to play better; whether casually or more formally.

*$20 per up to 30 minute lesson (young beginners)
$30 per 45 minute lesson
$40 per 60 minute lesson
Payment is due for each entire month at the beginning of the first lesson of the month. 
Credits are only received for cancellations with notice.
Books are purchased ahead by teacher and paid for by student in next month’s payment.
There is an annual multi-media fee of $15 per student
Cash or check is fine.

Many teachers have gone to a sports model of tuition, requiring a flat fee regardless of absences, but I will keep my more flexible model if students are as committed as I am.
I require 24 hours notice for cancellation due to scheduling conflict and 2 hrs for weather or illness.  Time is valuable to both of us and since I clean my house and plan my day around a lessons, no-shows don’t get refunded.  You are welcome to request a makeup within the week of a known conflict, and I will try to accommodate.
Cancellations by me are offered a makeup or a credit.
I am a private teacher unaffiliated with any school and therefore do not correlate to their holiday schedule or snow days, so always communicate scheduling issues.  Don’t assume I am aware if your district has been called off.  Always call!

At Lessons
Please park to one side of the driveway or the other. Use the front door.
Bring ALL music I have given you to every lesson until I tell you it can be retired.
Parents are welcome to stay or go during lesson time, but I encourage parents to observe lessons so they can better help their child practice.
At Home
A keyboard is allowed for the first year or so of lessons, but after that a full size, 88 key acoustic piano in working condition must be available to the student for regular practice.  The piano should be tuned once or twice a year.
Regular practice means every day. At least 10 minutes for little ones and at least a half hour for older elementary children. More serious students will naturally require more time to work on longer and more challenging pieces. I tell young students they must be able to play through a piece three times correctly in a row to know it is mastered.  Music must be brought to lesson prepared, the lesson is not “practice” but “rehearsal.”
About Me
I am a life-long musician with training in flute, piano, and vocal technique and performance.  I attended Spring Arbor University received my associates in Piano Pedagogy in 2004.  I am the pianist at Christ Church Fraser in Fraser, MI and I also play for weddings, funerals, and other events.