Young children and babies should be immediately taken out of the studio if they
Lessons: become a distraction.
Students attend lessons once a week for 30, 45 or 60 minutes No food or drinks are permitted at piano lessons. (This includes the studio,
during the months of September through May. Summer lessons are study room and hallway.)
available and encouraged during June and July. There are no piano Students and their families should remove shoes upon entering the studio and
lessons in August. Due to scheduling demands, there are no make-ups students should have clean hands and trimmed nails. Please see bulletin board
given for missed lessons except in the case of bad weather or teacher illness. If possible, for studio dress code.
arrangements may be made to swap lesson times with another family. During the
summer months, families will not be invoiced for vacation dates. However, a 24 hour An adult must accompany young children to the restroom. Please be sure the
notice is required for summer absences. Students may also attend weekly theory classes toilet is flushed and the is lid closed. Thoroughly wash hands.
during the months of September through May. There are no group lessons during the Please remember that this is a home and must be treated differently than
summer months. a business.
Parents are encouraged to attend lessons in order to assist and encourage their
child(ren). Small children should be taken outside if they are disruptive in any way. Fees:
30 minute lesson: $23.50
Tips for Success: 45 minute lesson: $35.25
Please be sure your piano is in good tune, you have proper lighting and that the 60 minute lesson: $47.00
room is free of distractions during your practice session. Please consider purchasing Group classes with no private lessons: $10.00*
a high quality, acoustical piano. Musikgarten: $10.00 per class
Parents should be positive and encouraging about practice and progress and Annual Materials Fee: $12.00
should supervise daily practice. This may mean actually sitting down with the Additional Activity Fees: Fees vary per event
student each day to help him practice and understand his assignment. Carefully *Group classes are free for all piano students of Patricia Blanchard. Group charges only apply to
follow the practice assignment sheet. those who are not taking lessons at Blanchard Piano Studio.
Parents and students should work together to establish a particular time of day for
practicing. This time should be a carefully guarded priority. Family members and Payment of Fees:
friends need to respect this time.
Please call or email the teacher if there are questions about the assignment or if there All lesson fees are paid monthly, in advance of the first lesson of the month.
are any concerns about lessons. Refunds will not be issued for missed lessons.
Students should play often for family and friends.
Lesson invoices will be ready for pick up one week before the due date, which is
Students should participate in activities offered throughout the year. (See back cover.)
the first lesson of the month. Please return your payment in the brightly colored
Students should attend recitals, concerts and workshops.
Conferences: Registration fees for activities are billed at the time the teacher needs to send
No conferences are planned for the 2009-10 school year, unless specifically in registration for a particular event. Fees for activities are non-refundable.
requested by individual families. Mrs. Blanchard is always available by email Book fees will appear on your bill the month after the books are given out.
or phone to discuss progress or answer questions.
The materials fee covers assignment sheet copies, folders, binders and other yearly
Conduct Guidelines for Lessons: supplies.
Respect and kindness towards others at piano lessons is a priority, especially with
many students participating in group classes. Simple thoughtfulness of others will Patricia Blanchard is a graduate of Appalachian Bible College and is a member
go a long way in fostering a positive learning environment. While group classes of: Music Teachers National Association, Maryland State Music Teachers
are very enjoyable, there is still a lot of important learning taking place. Please Association, Music Teachers Association of Southern Maryland, Music Teachers
refrain from any activity that would hinder others in their learning. Association of Charles County, Music Teachers Association of Greater Calvert,
During waiting and transition periods, students are invited to use the back The National Guild of Piano Teachers, Choristers Guild and is a certified
study room, remain quietly in the studio or sit outside. They may play on sidewalks Musikgarten instructor.
or the in cul-de-sac, but please, no roaming in the yard or flower beds. Please
do not walk on the stones under the deck or kick up stones in the driveway.
Activity List for 2009-10
(More activities will be added later after MTACC and
MTAGC set their calendars.)
September 27, 2009: MTASM Traditional Hymn Festival
October 16-17, 2009: MSMTA Keyboard Test
October 17, 2009: MTASM All Boys and All Girls Recitals
November 21, 2009: MTASM Ensemble Recitals
December 5, 2009: MTASM Christmas Recitals
February 13, 2010: MTASM Students in Recital
March 13, 2010: MTASM Spring Festival Policy Statement
April 17, 2010: MSMTA Theory Test 2009-10
May 8, 2010: MTASM Honors Competitions
Scholarship Donors: 47345 Francine Court
Park Hall, MD 20667
If you are interested in providing scholarships for students to study piano or
to participate in activities, please let Mrs. Blanchard know!