Ian's Music Studio

Creative Music Education

Ian’s Music Studio is a safe place that welcomes people of all races, religions, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, and body types. We respect, celebrate, encourage, and nurture the unique musical and creative possibilities of each individual.

Lesson Schedule

Lessons are typically once weekly. We have two sessions, September to December and January to June. Summer lessons  can be arranged on an individual basis.  At the end of each session we will chat about your (or your child’s) progress and your goals for the upcoming months.

What You Need

Piano set up:

  • an electric keyboard or an acoustic piano (if you need help finding one contact me),
  • a smart phone, tablet, or computer with a webcam and microphone, with internet access for online lessons.
Music:
  • for students in Winnipeg, I will pick up your music for you and drop it at your home
  • for students further afield, I will send you links to order the music online, send it by mail, or email PDFs
  • I do this because often music publications look similar and have similar titles with slight variations
  • any costs for music will be added to your monthly invoice

Set-Up for Online Lessons

All lessons are online by Zoom.

 

Before lessons begin I will e-mail you a Zoom link. This link will for lessons all year.

 

What kind of device should you use?

A tablet or laptop is best. I periodically share my screen to show certain elements of the music and it is helpful to have a screen big enough so students can read the music. In a pinch a phone will work.

 

Place your device at:

  • either end of the keyboard so the camera will pick up the profile view,
  • about 6 to 9 inches above the keyboard (propping the device on a small table with a few books works well),
  • and at a right angle to the keyboard.
This allows the students to easily talk to me and for me to observe their technique and posture at the piano.

Practicing

Consistent practice is key! Practicing daily with few skipped days is important for students develop their skills. How to practice the specific music will be discussed in each lesson and ‘Lesson Notes’ will be emailed to parent(s) and/or students after each lesson.  

Fees

30 minute lesson $25

60 minute lesson $50

Payment

Invoices will be emailed on the 20th of the month. Please pay for the coming month’s lessons by Interac e-Transfer or Wise.com on or before the 1st of each month.

Missed Lessons

To cancel a lesson, please contact me via email with 24 hours notice. If it is less than 24 hours before your lesson, your fee will be forfeited. Make up lessons will be scheduled as time permits.

Temporary Discontinuation of Lessons

If your situation changes and you need to temporarily stop lessons, we can discuss options and work on other arrangements together.

Full Discontinuation of Lessons

Four weeks notice, or payment of the equivalent of four weeks, is required when discontinuing lessons outside of the typical end of lessons in December or June.