Staccato Music


Staccato Music is located in Lakewood, Colorado

Please email Chris at

You may also call or text:  (303)489-6505


Staccato Music operating hours: 2:00 – 7:00 pm    Monday – Thursday

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2019 - 2020 Tuition:                                                                  

30 minute lesson:  40 lessons per year; $28.25 per lesson.                             

45 minute lesson: $42.50 per lesson.

60 minute lesson: $56.50 per lesson.

Tuition is paid by the lesson or ahead for the month. Payment is due on the first scheduled lesson of each month.   

Accepted forms of payment: Checks, Cash, Stripe, Zelle          

Please expect yearly rate increases.                                                                  

Method books and sheet music prices vary and are in addition to tuition.                                                              

Recital fee: $20.00

Bounced check fee: $34.00, plus any damages incurred.      

Replacement value of any lost, damaged, or stolen property.  


* Students are assigned a weekly lesson time and attend a minimum number of lessons per year, according to their agreed upon amount. A studio year begins and ends on August 1. 

* Please let me know as soon as possible if you are unable to attend a lesson. If you must miss a lesson, please schedule a make-up lesson. Make-up lessons can be scheduled during any "Available this week" time slot listed on the studio calendar.  

* The studio will be closed on the following holidays:  New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Eve, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day. In addition, I will periodically take vacations, usually around Christmas, Spring Break, and during the summer.

* The studio is open and lessons will be held during summer months and all other school breaks and holidays not specifically noted.

* Changing lesson times either temporarily or permanently can occur only if there is an open slot for you to move you into. 


PROMPTNESS: Please be on time for lessons. If you are early for a lesson, please respect other students' time and privacy and wait outside until your scheduled time. If you are late for a lesson, the lesson will still end at the scheduled time and the time will not be made up. Please be prompt picking your student up after the lesson, again respecting the privacy and time of following students.

ILLNESS:  Please keep your child home if he or she is ill. I am always happy to reschedule lessons. Sick children infect me, my family, and the other children in the studio. Illness takes away my ability to work, and a sick child has difficulty concentrating.

SPECIAL NEEDS: Please inform me of any special needs your child may have; including but not limited to learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, gifted/talented, autism, allergies, medical conditions, fears.

HAND / ARM INJURIES: Please continue to attend lessons if your child sustains a hand or arm injury. We will work on the many one-handed pieces I have written and arranged especially for this situation. We will also focus on other skills such as note reading, rhythm, and song-writing!

RECITALS: Students are encouraged but not required to participate in recitals. A Recital fee of $20.00 is collected for all participating students.

PARENT PARTICIPATION: Parents are encouraged to attend lessons. Regular parental attendance at lessons increases student success.

DISCIPLINE: It is my job to teach your child to love music and to learn how to create fun and beautiful sounds on the piano. I will ask you to attend lessons to help manage discipline if your child is uncooperative or disrespectful.

SIBLINGS: Siblings are welcome if a parent is present. Please keep interruptions to a minimum. Please stay in the studio. The other areas of my home are private.

PIANO AND STUDIO EQUIPMENT: Students will play my 1925 Howard Baby Grand Piano and/or Yamaha Clavinova during lessons. Only fingers are allowed to play the keys. (No pencils, drumsticks, toys, etc.) Hands must be clean. No food or drink is allowed on or near the piano. The piano is not to be kicked, banged on, sat on, leaned on, or used as a bed. Additionally, students will use my iPad, Macbook, iPhone, Digital Keyboard, rhythm instruments, and other instruments during lessons, with my supervision.

INSTRUMENTS: My family owns several professional musical instruments which are kept in the studio. These instruments are not to be touched by students or students' family members. If your child is curious about one of the instruments, I will be happy to arrange for a demonstration. Students may even be allowed to play them! I have other instruments which are available for student use with my supervision during their lesson, and frequently incorporate these into our lesson plans.

PARKING: Please park “head in” (not parallel) along directly in front of my house allowing enough room for two cars to park side-by-side. Please do not park in front of my neighbors' houses or in front of the mailbox. Please be cautious of children in the cul-de-sac.

PLAYING OUTSIDE: Students and siblings are not allowed to play in my yard. Please do not climb my trees.

RESTROOM: Please have your child use the restroom before they come to their lesson. Using the restroom during a lesson uses valuable time.

CAT: Please be cautious. I have a cat that likes to scratch. Please let me know if you have allergies.

SHOES: Please remove shoes before entering the studio.

CONTRACT: You will not be expected to sign a contract to be accepted into lessons at Staccato Music. You will be expected to read through the information on these pages and honor the regulations I have set forth, as they are the tools I use to run my business efficiently. Sometimes we are not a good match, and you may not agree with my methods. In this situation, I am happy to help you find another teacher who will better suit your needs. My ultimate goal is for everyone to have the opportunity to make music.


* Students must have a piano and piano bench: Please keep your piano tuned and in working order. Children will find it difficult to practice on a piano that has sticky, broken keys or is drastically out of tune. Digital pianos with 88 touch sensitive, weighted keys, attached pedal, sturdy music rack, and a bench are an acceptable option. Piano lessons cannot begin until your child has an instrument at home to practice on.

* I use the Piano Adventures curriculum for beginning and early intermediate students through level 3B. Once a student has completed level 3B, we will begin adding individual composers and music compilations of repertoire to his or her music library. I will purchase your child's books for you and have you reimburse me for the cover price of each book. If your child has a special interest in a particular artist or genre of music, please let me know so we can add this to his or her repertoire! All books are required for each and every lesson even if no new material is assigned. Students are always welcome to bring music they would like to learn and old music acquired from friends and relatives. If it is music above the student's level, we can pick out parts they are able to play or wait until they are ready for it.

* I will provide a Practice Record every 32 lessons.The practice record is how I track your student’s practice habits, which songs or sections of songs he or she is working on, and how long they have been working on them. This is your child’s "lesson plan" and it is essential they have it each and every week. Please notate your child's practice time in the practice record. If the practice record is lost for more than 2 weeks, you will be required to purchase a new one. Practice Records are $1.00.

* Metronome: Every musician needs a metronome for home practice. You can purchase one online, at a music store, or download a metronome app. (Make sure it is accessible to your child when he or she practices.)

* Staff Paper: Staff paper should have wide lines (6 - 8 staves per page.) You may also customize and print your own         at:


      Click Me*Consistent practice is fundamental in learning to play a musical instrument. The more a student practices, the more successful they will be. Parents are expected to supervise student practice.

* My preferred method of practice is to work on assigned pieces or assigned sections of pieces as long as it takes to play them correctly 10 times in a row, several days a week. You may also use the table below as a guide, or at the very least, play each assigned piece 25 times a week. You will know if your child is practicing enough if they are playing new songs every 2 – 3 weeks, and completing a set of books in a year or less. 


  • Primary and Level 1: 10 minutes a day, 4 - 5 days per week
  • Level 2A and 2B: 20 minutes a day, 4 - 5 days per week             
  • Level 3A and 3B: 30 minutes a day, 4 - 5 days per week              
  • Level 4 / Early Intermediate: 40 minutes a day, 4 - 5 days per week
  • Level 5 / Intermediate: 50 minutes a day, 4 - 5 days per week 


* For the student who loves music and loves their piano lessons, but doesn't practice, they will still be encouraged to focus on some sort of progress at each week's lessons. This can be in note reading, rhythm, fluidity, fingering, separate hand practice, technique, music analysis, dynamics, phrasing, artistry, etc. I want students to always stay interested and inspired. Please be aware that without practice, progress will be very slow.         

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