Jubilee Music Studio
by Jodi A. Hiser
Celebrating the joy of music for the glory of the Lord
Psalm 33:1-3
 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: How much do lessons cost?
A: Piano lessons are $20 per 30 minute lesson and $30 for 45 minutes. Harp lessons are $30 per 30 minute lesson and $45 for 45 minutes.  Jubilee Juniors Class will be $10 per preschooler for each 30 minute class.
 
Q: When do I pay for lessons?  
A: Lesson tuition is due at the beginning of each month and is due in full for all the lessons of the month.
 
Q: How can I pay for lessons?  
A: Jubilee Music Studio accepts cash or check. 
 
Q: When are lessons offered?  
A: Please contact Jodi for available lesson times.
 
Q: What can I expect in my first lesson?  
A: Your first lesson in harp or piano will be an introductory time to get to know one another, and a time for you the student to tell me your musical goals, how you learn best, and what learning style suits your personality. If you are a beginner, we will start our learning with hand and body position, and note names. If time, we'll learn our first song.
 
Q: What can I expect for each lesson after?  
A: Whether it be harp or piano, our time together in lessons will be structured mostly the same. We will discuss technique used during the week, the student will play their assinged pieces, critique will be made on how to improve, practice skills will be discussed, and as time permits, we will work on the ever-evolving skills of ear training, listening, sight reading, musical theory, performance, and musicianship.
 
Q: How often are students required to practice?  
A: Younger (5-8) students are required to practice 20 minutes per day, 4 days a week. Older students are required to practice 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week. Advanced students will require additional pracitce time.
 
Q: Do I need to know how to read music before I come to my music lesson?  
A: No! :-) There is no pre-requisite knowledge of note reading needed. However, as a student in a music studio, you must be willing to learn. If you do not know how to read music, please use extra practice time to get familiar with the notes and learn them on the staff. We will work on fun ways to remember each note.
 
Q: What do I do if I cannot make my lesson?  
A: Please call, text, or email Jodi about your cancellation 24 hours prior to your lesson time. A make-up lesson will be given to you.
 
Q: Are make-up lessons available?  
A: No.If you cancelled your lesson within the appropriate 24 hour window, then you will be offered a discount for the next month of lessons. If you were unable to notify within the alloted time window needed, then no discount can be given for the missed lesson. 
 
Q: What if Jodi cancels a lesson or class?  
A: If Jodi cancels a lesson or class, then a make-up lesson will be offered or a proper refund will be given.
 
Q: What materials are needed for music lessons, and is this an extra cost in addition to lesson tuition?  
A: Every student will be required to purchase their own music books and their own music tools. This is an extra cost in addition to lesson fees. Items needed to be ordered will be notated to you two weeks prior before needing them. Please be dilligent to aquire them in a timely manner. Also, every student will need access to a computer, a printer, and a CD player. Each student will also need a metronome when they achieve certain levels in their performance. Jodi will guide each student to know the appropriate time to purchase the metronome.
 
Q: How do I get the materials needed?  
A: There are several websites in which to buy music books. Jodi's personal favorite for harp music is: www.vanderbiltmusic.com.  A favorite piano website for ordering books is: www.pianoadventures.com. Metronomes, CD's, and CD players can be purchased at many places. Contact Jodi if you need help.
 
Q: Do I need to have a harp or piano at home to practice?  
A: Yes. You will need an instrument at home to practice. Pianos must be in tune, and tuned once a year, include a bench with proper height, and must not have any sticking or broken keys. If you are using an electronic keyboard, it must include the full 88 keys, have a damper pedal, and have "weighted" keys. Harps can be bought or rented. If you are a young beginner, a troubador or folk harp is recommended.  If you are older, a concert pedal harp is recommended. It is wise to rent a harp for a while to get the feel and assurance before committing to buy.  Contact Jodi with ideas of where to rent a harp.
 
Q: Do I need to bring my harp with me to my lesson?  
A: No, not unless you feel it necessary. Jodi has a concert pedal harp, folk harp, and a lever harp in the studio for you to use.
 
Q: What should I bring to my lesson?
A: You should bring your music books, your assignment notebook, and any CDs or items that were loaned to you. 
 
Q: Are performances offered? And, are they required?  
A: Yes, performances are offered. Each student is highly encouraged to participate in the seasonal recitals held by Jubilee Music Studio. One recital is held in the late spring/early summer, the second is held in the winter holiday season.
 
Q: How can I contact Jodi?  
A: Cell -- 214.404.5012    Jodi's email -- thehisers@aol.com