Piano Studio of
David Horowitz
Piano Lessons
Horowitz teaches pupils of all ages and background levels. Pupils with no background in piano, or in music in general, are welcome to take lessons. Though classical music study is Horowitz's speciality, jazz, rock, blues, and other popular music styles are also taught.
Studio Policy

Location/Tuiton

Lessons are taught on a weekly basis at Horowitz's studio, or at the child's home. Lessons taught at Horowitz's studio are $45 per hour long lesson, and $35 per 45 minute lesson (only children under 10 are offered the option of a 45 minute lesson). The first lesson is complementary. Lessons at the student's home are offered at a negotiable price, depending on the travel time required. Lessons must be scheduled for a specific time and day each week.

Class Structure and Requirements

The structure for class is private one-on-one lessons. It is sometimes beneficial for parents to supervise the pupil in lessons, however this is not a requirement.

A piano is required for the student to take lessons and practice on. Any style of acoustic piano is acceptable, but it must be kept in reasonable condition, i.e. the instrument is in tune, and the keys are functioning properly. Electronic keyboards are acceptable if the size and pressure of the keys are similar to that of an acoustic piano. These electronic keyboards are called "weighted key" keyboards. However, acoustic pianos are preferred to electronic.

It is not necessary that the piano be owned by the student, per se, but it must be accessable to them on a regular and frequent basis.

Books, music, and other lesson related supplies are regularly used in lessons. Lesson materials must be present at piano lessons always.

Missing lesson materials will not result in a cancelled lesson, but may significantly limit the effectiveness of the lesson.

A variety of sheet music and method books are often assigned to the student. It is necessary for the student to acquire these assigned materials as soon as possible. A three-ring binder is required for consolidating printed handouts.

Parent Involvement

Musical development in a younger child is a three-way effort. Parental involvement is integral to the success of the pupil. The ideal parents must show a healthy interest in the pupil’s progression, making understood to the child the seriousness of the weekly lesson and practicing. These activities must be regarded with the same respect as one regards attending school, or doing homework. The teacher shall discuss the parent’s role in more detail during the introductory lessons with a new pupil.

Practice

Practicing is the most fundamental and necessary aspect of musical development. Practice requirements will be made according to the teacher’s discretion. Parents are also asked to be actively supporting and pushing the student to achieve the goals made, which is especially important when working with younger children. The teacher will determine a minimum time amount of practice that a particular pupil is required to fulfill each day.

Attendance/Lesson Cancellations

I cannot express the importance of good attendance. It is absolutely necessary for the pupil to attend every lesson. Those who disregard the need for good attendance are undermining the integrity of the pupil’s musical development, the piano lesson, and the teacher. For this reason and others, I have adopted an attendance policy. The purpose of the attendance policy is to guarantee the progress of the student. If a student must cancel a lesson, the teacher should be notified at least twenty-four hours in advance. Tuition for canceled lessons cannot be refunded, but if the reason for missing a lesson is valid, and the teacher was given sufficient notice of the cancellation, then the lesson will be made up. Valid excuses include:

A) Illness of student
B) Participation in the observance of religious holidays
C) Participation in musical performances
D) Tragic occurrences in the family

Recitals and Competitions/Festivals

It is essential for developing students to benefit from performance experiences. These types of experiences range from informal performances for teachers and friends in homes or classrooms, to formal recitals in public venues. It is particularly critical for young musicians to gain confidence and comfort in the act of performing for others. Therefore, opportunities to perform in formal or informal situations might be presented by the teacher. It is highly recommended to take advantage of these opportunities so that the developing student can reap the rewards of these experiences.

It is also recommended to make a note of certain etiquette rules that parents and relatives should follow as a recital audience member:

1. Please show respect to all performers by refraining from making any unnecessary noise or visual distractions during their performance. Performing music is not easy, and requires focused concentration. Distractions can sometimes break a performers concentration, causing the performer to be “thrown off” and compromise a performance.

2. Please do not enter a recital if a performance is taking place, but rather, enter in between performances.

3. Recitals may be recorded by video or audio devices, but please refrain from using flash photography until after the recital is complete.

4. Performers traditionally sit on the front rows.

5. It is many times unnecessary to clap in-between pieces, especially if the piece is a multi-movement work (sonata, suite). Usually applause occurs after the end of the last piece that a each student performs.