Notes & Details
Notes to Parents
It has been said, “Life is like a piano. What you get out of it depends on how you play it.” Providing your child with a music education is an investment in your child’s future. In making it possible for your child to play a musical instrument, you are providing the opportunity for self-expression, creativity, social interaction, and achievement. Parental attitude, support and involvement are important factors in a child’s ability to successfully learn to play and enjoy music. How do you fit in?
Provide a quiet place for your child to play the piano.
Schedule consistent daily time for playing the piano.
Praise your child’s efforts and achievements.
Encourage your child to play for family and friends.
Expose your child to a wide variety of music.
Encourage your child to talk with you about his or her piano classes.
Encourage your child to make a minimum two-year commitment to his or her music studies.
Use “practice” as a punishment.
Insist your child play for others when s/he doesn’t want to.
Ridicule your child’s mistakes or less-than-perfect playing.
Apologize to others for your child’s weak performance.
Expect rapid progress and development in the beginning. IT TAKES TIME!!
First and foremost, we offer the most motivational course of music education that we know of. Likewise, we expect our students to have a positive attitude.
Notification is appreciated if a student must miss a class. The new material from that class will be sent to the student by e-mail. It will be the student’s responsibility to go over it before the next class. Questions about problem spots are always welcome between classes, but, due to everyone’s busy schedules, makeups cannot be given.
On days of inclement weather, Keyboards Unlimited will have classes if possible. Please call 317-432-6291, check your e-mail, our website or facebook page for the status.
Students will be introduced to the piano through a fundamentally-sound method series. Christmas songs, “mystery songs”, and other “fun” popular pieces will be an important part of the curriculum for all students. Bonus music will be offered to students who are capable. Please remember to bring music to every class. Searching for extra copies of “forgotten” music takes away time from everyone.
Your child will be learning the fundamentals of reading music. We are presenting music to your child that is educational and entertaining. Just as a school teacher teaches the concepts of reading words and encourages outside unassigned reading, we encourage you to visit a music store and choose extra music for your child to read and play. Being able to sit down and play a favorite song is what playing the piano is all about and we encourage you to encourage your child to do so.
Students are encouraged to play the pieces several times a week. (We prefer to refer to it as “playing” rather than “practicing”.) Assignments are sent home in writing as a part of our VIP (Very Impressive Pianist) program. Parent signatures are required. As with anything worthwhile, it takes time to master.
Recitals are looked upon as celebrations of what the students have learned and are held at the end of the year.
At the discretion of the instructor, it may be beneficial for your child to transfer to a different class. The transfer will occur as soon as a space becomes available that is suitable for your child’s abilities.
School-year program: $20 family registration fee + $15 per student music fee + $90 per student monthly fee respectfully requested by the 15th of the month from August through April
On-site school opportunities: $220 for 14-week program ($20 discount when paid in full). Second semester program length and cost to be determined upon completion of first the 14-week program.
Summer camp: $159 per camper
Summer private lessons for continuing KUPS students: $20 per half hour with optional $9 half-hour theory lesson.