2019-2020 policies

what you can expect from me

As a piano teacher my number one priority is to help my students enjoy music through playing the piano.  My goal is to equip them with enough skills and knowledge to become independent musicians. I will work to motivate my students to reach their personal goals, changing my approach to suit each student’s learning style along the way.  I will not only be prepared specifically for each of my student’s lessons, I will also work to create new activities and performance opportunities for my students. I will continue to develop myself as a musician and teacher independently, as well as through my membership with Denver Area Music Teachers Association (DAMTA).  I will always listen and be open-minded if the student or parent wants to discuss any ideas or concerns.

what I will expect from you

  • Commitment to Practicing  A regular routine is essential to get the most out of your piano lessons.  The recommended amount of practice time depends on the students’ level and goals; but whoever the student, consistency is key!  Spending the duration of our lesson time each week with me is not enough to progress and stay motivated. 

  • Distraction-free Atmosphere  I teach in my students’ homes, which are sometimes very busy places.  To ensure a focused and productive lesson, I ask that background noise be kept to a minimum and the lessons are not interrupted.

  • Supplies  Each student should be prepared with an assignment notebook, the books I recommend for piano study and a pencil for writing in their books (no pens please!).  I may recommend additional supplies as time goes on.  

  • Punctuality  The student is expected to be home and ready with their supplies to begin the lesson at the scheduled time.  Since I travel to my students’ homes and my schedule is very tight, I may be a few minutes late on occasion; but I will always make sure you get all of your time!       

events

November 2, 2019 - Achievement Day at Colorado Christian University  The guidelines for Achievement day are created by CSMTA (Colorado State Music Teachers Association)  This is a non-competitive music event which recognizes and celebrates individual progress in music study, I highly encourage participation in this event!  Achievement Day is a great low-pressure opportunity to experience performance and evaluation, while sharing other creative passions. For more information about Achievement Day and guidelines for this event, please visit missmeganpiano.com to find links.  The registration deadline for this even is October 2.

  

November 10, 2019 from 11:30-12:30 - Group Class at 6th Avenue United Church This 60-minute class will packed with fun activities including music games, performance and playing as an ensemble. All levels are welcome, the activities here will be designed to be altered depending on what level the students are.  Playing the piano can be a lonely activity, so this will also be an opportunity to interact with peers and put skills to work in a group setting! There will be a $20 fee per student to sign up for this class.

March 15, 2020 at 2:30 - Colorado Symphony: The Carnival of the Animals at Boettcher Concert Hall  I want to get a group of us together this year to go enjoy the symphony together.  Whoever wants to join this outing will be able to get in on a group discount.

March 22, 2020 at 2:00 - Miss Megan Piano Recital at 6th Avenue United Church  This will be our studio recital this year complete with a raffle and reception with snacks, I hope all of you can perform on this day!  

April 5, 2020 at 3:00 - DAMTA Student musicale at Shalom Park This is an outreach recital put together by DAMTA, a great opportunity to play for appreciative members of our senior community.   

May 3, 2020  from 11:30-12:30 - Group Class at 6th Avenue United Church (same description as November 10 Group Class, see above)

DAMTA Monthly Musicales at Classic Pianos on South Broadway Students of DAMTA members have the opportunity to perform here every month.  This is a great chance to perform and hear students from other teachers. I will encourage you to sign up for these throughout the year but feel free to ask if you are eager to get signed up for a performance.  The dates for the musicales this year will be: Sept. 15, Oct. 13, Nov. 17, Dec. 15, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 15, April 19 and May 17. More information on these musicales can be found at denvermusicteacher.com/students 

rates & calendar 

From September through May, I will charge a flat rate per month for lessons.  The payment will be based on a four lesson per month rate, but will remain the same no matter how many lessons fall in the month.  Fees for supplies and performances are not included. The flat monthly rates for weekly lessons per student will be as follows:

 30-Min. Lessons = $120        45-Min. Lessons = $180        60-Min. Lessons = $240

 

 A 30-day notice is required to change your time slot or stop taking lessons.

 

I will plan on you during your usual time slot every week September through May with the following exceptions:

        October 31 ---------------------------- No lessons 

        November 25-28: ----------------- No lessons 

        December 23-January 1: ---- No lessons 

make-up lessons

With the appropriate 24-hour notice, lessons can be rescheduled any time possible from September through May.  My schedule is usually quite full, so the more foresight you can have about rescheduling the easier it will be to make-up that lesson.  The best way to get as many lessons as possible is to stick to your time slot and utilize make-up lesson days when offered. Lessons that fall in a ‘No Lessons' period of time will not be made-up. 

  

I have designated one Sunday each month, as well as a few days over holiday breaks for extra make-up lesson time this year.  Make-up lessons will be offered on the following dates: Sept. 15, Oct. 13, Nov. 17, Nov. 29-31, Dec. 15, January 2-5, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 8, April 19 and May 17.

summer lessons

Summer lessons (June through August) will not operate under the flat-rate system.  I highly encourage scheduling lessons as much as possible in the summer so the student doesn’t lose all the hard work they put in all school year.  Students who take consistent summer lessons will be given priority in the school-year schedule starting the following fall. The school year and the summer time will be treated as separate sessions, make-up lessons and payments are not transferable between sessions. 

student goals & progress reports 

At the beginning of each school year, or when you start piano lessons the student [along with me and parent(s)] will discuss goals and interests for the year.  This process is meant to generate discussion on how the piano lessons have been going, and what the student would like to focus on going forward; this way the student, parent and myself have a clear plan of action for the coming school year.  I will send out formal progress reports at the end of December and May, but will be in touch in the meantime if there is anything more pressing to report.

payment information

  • Payments are due in advance by the 1st of each month.  Failure to make payment by the 1st will result in a $20 late fee.

  • Payments can be made using Venmo @Megan-Koegel, a personal payment via PayPal, a check payable to ‘Miss Megan Piano’ or cash.      

  • Invoices will be sent via email. Please inform me if you require printed invoices or receipts.

  • All payments are final, there are no refunds or rollovers.

referrals

If you refer me to another household who signs up for at least one full month of lessons, you will receive a gift of piano books or other learning materials worth up to $20.  Thank you for your referrals!