A unique aspect of Li-San's Piano Studio is the use of a computer lab in which students will be able to revise and add to the knowledge of the concepts they learn in the piano lessons. These include activities that will greatly improve sight reading ability and aural skills, and widen theory knowledge and its application in music composition. Students make much faster progress in their music playing and listening skills when taking their piano lessons in combination with computer lab sessions. All school aged children (age 6 years +) are advised to use the computer lab, while for adults, it is optional.
Li-San will always supervise the first computer lab session to show the student how to use the computer software and assignment book. In the following lab sessions, if the student is old enough, they will work more independently. Li-San might have another student scheduled for a piano lesson during computer lab time for older students. If this is the case, then the student will have noise cancelling headphones to use at the computer, and lessons are at a discounted rate. The computer lab is equipped with a computer, midi keyboard, headphones, and a wide variety of music software including Sibelius, Music Ace Maestro, Children's Music Journey, Piano Suite Premier, Alfred's Interactive Musician,Auralia and Musition.
Li-San aims to provide the most fun and effective lessons. Li-San is a full time professional piano teacher, and is totally committed to the enjoyment, improvement and eventual musical independence of each student. Tuition includes weekly sessions at the studio, which can be either individual or partner lessons.
Full amount for the term is paid in advance of a 5-week term, as detailed in an invoice. If the student needs any books, the teacher will buy necessary books for students and add the cost in the invoice. Those taking online piano lessons will buy their books independently. Books can be bought from Sheet Music Plus.
Individual Piano Lessons
Tuition for a 5 week term:
a) 45 minute lesson = $210
b) 60 minute lesson (could include 20 minutes of supervised computer session) = $280
Trial Piano Lessons
New students may take a couple of trial lessons before committing to regular lessons. I find that doing 2 lessons rather 1 is better at determining how interested a child is in learning, as the student can do the homework with the expectation of showing the teacher the following week.
Trial lesson fee: $85 for a 2x45 minute lessons or $115 for 2x60 minute lessons.
The 60 minute lessons could include supervised computer lab time.
Discounts for Referrals
Receive $20 discount on your next term for each referred student who has taken a 5 week term of lessons.
After 6-9 months of individual lessons, students are encouraged to attend 60 minute performance classes, where they perform for other students as part of their training. Students play music related games, and always have lots of fun around other students. Performance classes are usually held once per month on a Saturday afternoon, and consist of 3-6 students. The date and fee of $20 is noted in the invoice for each term when appropriate.
Online Piano Lessons
Students who live far away may choose lessons through Skype. An advantage of Skype lessons is that you can take a lesson wherever you are in the world with a professional teacher. We need internet connection, laptop with a webcam and microphone or an iPad placed next to your piano, and you're ready for your lesson. You need to position your webcam, laptop or iPad so that it shows a clear view of your hands on the keyboard, and position your computer monitor, laptop or iPad so that you can clearly see the screen.