One of my greatest joys is watching people grow, especially if they're growing in the love of beauty.
I've taught piano lessons now for more than ten years. My specialties are classical music and church hymns. I'm strong on theory, and can provide a solid foundation for branching out into other genres.
If your child is still young, but showing signs of interest in music and piano, perhaps you'd like to visit with me to discuss using the curriculum "Music for Little Mozarts." This curriculum includes movement and art as important parts of the learning. This curriculum is also much less demanding of home practice time for the very young children.
Children as young as four and one-half and grandmothers as young as seventy have found joy in piano lessons with Wilma Zalabak. Here's information:
Piano Lessons with Wilma Zalabak
- 30-minute Private Lessons - $104 per month (4 lessons)
- 30-minute Private Lessons, two in family - $100 each, per month (4 lessons)
- One-hour Private Lessons - $200 per month (4 lessons)
- In effect September 1, 2016
- All lesson fees are due on the first scheduled lesson day of each calendar month.
- Fees may be paid by cash or check to Wilma Zalabak.
- Students may be refused service if lesson fees are not paid by the second week of the calendar month.
- Partial lesson payments are not accepted. (Pro-rating is possible for the initial month.)
- There is a four-lesson minimum per month. Please see the Make-Up Policy, below.
- A $10.00 late fee will be assessed to any account with a balance after the 15th of the month.
When your child first begins lessons, for the first two or three weeks, 15 minutes per day is good practice. You can break the 15 minutes up into three or more sessions if you wish. The child should go over everything we talked about in lesson. I write the list in a composition book, so you as parent can see what we did and help your child review it. If a child finishes the assignment before the time is up, he or she can go back over the lesson from the beginning, or review pieces done in previous lessons. Very soon I will want your child to be practicing 30 minutes per day, or as many minutes each day as the weekly lesson is long.
The purpose of piano practice is never merely to be able to play the pieces. If that were the purpose, you could go over the assignment with your child only on the day before the lesson. Instead, the purpose of practice is to gain muscles! That's right. Your child may complain that he or she can't do what I ask at first. Indeed, it is impossible at first, as is any new project in strength training.
Your love and care for the dementia relative or patient is noticed and commended. So get some help for yourself and the one you care for by bringing in music therapy once a week or once a month.
Did your loved one play the piano once? Did he or she take piano lessons? Sing in a choir? Or sing the old hymns in church? Is that person's piano sitting there a now silent reminder of what he or she once loved?
I believe the music is still in there! I've seen it happen when I start playing the old hymns or the easy Bach or Chopin. The eyes light up, the memories come alive, and often the voice opens up to sing some long-ago remembered lyrics and melody.