Staccato Music

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Staccato Music is located in Lakewood, Colorado

Please email Chris Renaud-Cogswell at staccatomusic@comcast.net

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


HOURS                                                                                                                                                                    

Staccato Music operating hours: 12:00 – 7:00 pm    Monday – Thursday

Please log in to view the Studio Calendar for current openings.


TUITION AND FEES

2020 - 2021 Tuition:                                                                   

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

45 minute lesson: $45 per lesson.

60 minute lesson: $60 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.  


ATTENDANCE

* 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 inform Chris as soon as possible if students are unable to attend a lesson. If students must miss a lesson, please schedule a make-up lesson. Make-up lessons can be scheduled during any "Available this week" or "OPEN" 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, Chris 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 stidents to move you into. 

STUDIO LOGISTICS

PROMPTNESS: Please be on time for lessons. If students are early for a lesson, please respect other students' time and privacy and wait outside until the scheduled time. If students are late for a lesson, the lesson will still end at the scheduled time. Please be prompt picking students up after the lesson, again respecting the privacy and time of following students.

ILLNESS: Please stay home if students are ill. Chris is always happy to reschedule lessons. 

SPECIAL NEEDS: Please inform Chris of any special needs the student 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 the student sustains a hand or arm injury. We will work on the many one-handed pieces Chris has 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.

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

PIANO ANSTUDIO EQUIPMENT: Students will play Chris's 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.  Additionally, students will use rhythm instruments and other instruments during lessons, with my supervision.

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 use the restroom before coming to lessons. 

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

SHOES: Please remove shoes before entering the studio.

CONTRACT:  Students are not expected to sign a contract to be accepted into lessons at Staccato Music. Sometimes we are not a good match, however, and we may need to find a teacher who will better suit your needs. The ultimate goal is for everyone to have the opportunity to make music.


INSTRUMENT AND MATERIALS

* 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, sustain pedal, a sturdy music rack, and a bench are also a great option. Piano lessons cannot begin until your child has an instrument at home to practice on.

* Chris uses 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 the student's music library. Chris will purchase the student's books and add the amount to the student's monthly invoice. If students have a special interest in a particular artist or genre of music, please let Chris know so we can add this to students' repertoire! All books are required for 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.

* Assignments are recorded on the Staccato Music website and can be accessed any time. 

* 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 students have access to it when they practice.)

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


PRACTICE

       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 and encourage student practice.


Chris's 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. Students may also use the table below as a guide, or at the very least, play each assigned piece 25 times a week. Parents will know if students are practicing enough if they are playing new songs every 2 – 3 weeks, and completing a set of books in a year or less.                                                Click Me

  

  • 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.