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Saturday, January 22, 2011

THE PIANO TEACHER

     My name is Cari Horton. I am a piano teacher in Bountiful, Utah. I am taking new students beginning February 2014.  I will only be teaching eight to ten students. I will teach lessons during the week after work or on Saturday.  I live off Orchard Drive and 1800 South.  My son lives in Syracuse, Utah near Smiths.  He has agreed to let me teach piano at his home on Saturdays also.  I am currently taking names for reservations in Bountiful and Syracuse.  .
     Call me or email me if you are interested or if you have questions.  My phone # is 801-755-9501. My email is chorton16@gmail.com.  The first piano lesson or consult is free. You and your student can come and visit. We will talk about my program and do a few fun things.  This also gives you a chance to ask questions and gather information that will help you make your decision.  

Friday, March 13, 2009

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION

I have taught piano on and off for almost thirty years.  I enjoy teaching. I have also mentored other piano teachers as they start their studios. I am also currently working full time for the State of Utah.

I have studied piano under various teachers in Davis County. I am a composer. I have been a choir pianist for years and have served as the ward choir director. I am currently a ward organist.  I studied Early Childhood Education and Music at Brigham Young University before I became a stay-at-home mom. Once my children were older, I went back to school. I graduated in May 2009 with a Bachelors Degree in Behavioral Science and Health from the University of Utah.

This combination of musical training, education background, stay-at-home mom and a behavioral science education has given me an interesting perspective on the process of learning to play the piano. I see piano teaching from an elementary education perspective and a mother's perspective.  I also see piano lessons as a way to change behavior.

I feel that my piano-parent experiences were particularly helpful in designing the way I teach piano.  I have six children who have taken piano from a variety of piano teachers.  I believe that many piano teachers do not realize how piano lessons can impact a parent.  I know how to make piano lessons easier on parents.  I know how to make piano fun for children.   

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

I feel strongly that the process of learning to play the piano is more important than the product or performance.  I don’t believe in creating a negative process to produce positive results. My goal as a teacher is to create a positive process to produce positive results. Positive results are not all about musical results. Positive results can include behavioral results. I teach children about self-discipline, hard work, working with people and creating a positive belief in self.

I also feel strongly that every child learns differently and that a successful piano lesson should be tailored to the child’s individual learning style. For that reason, I enjoy using a variety of methods and tools. The best teaching methods are the ones that encourage and motivate your student. I focus on teaching beginners, mid level students and students who may have struggled with piano lessons in the past.

PRESCHOOL PIANO LESSONS

Many preschool children could benefit from some type of music program, but they are not really ready for traditional piano lessons. There are preschool music programs but they are expensive and most parents prefer to spend their money on a more traditional preschool. So how do you give your preschool children music training?

I have developed a program called 'PreSchool Piano Lessons'. I have taught private lessons to preschoolers in the past.  A preschool piano lesson lasts for about 10 to 15 minutes. Each lesson consists of several preschool music activities that teach basic music concepts.  The goal at each lesson is to keep a child’s enthusiasm for music and for piano lessons at a high level. A preschool lesson also includes rewards, treats and prizes. Preschool piano lessons gradually turn into regular piano lessons when a child is ready.

I do not currently have time in my schedule to teach preschoolers.  But because of many requests from across the country, I am currently working on a book that describes my preschool program and activities.  The book will be designed to help parents or teachers who would like to teach preschool piano in their area or in their home.  When the book is completed, I will post information on this blog about how to purchase the book.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Regular Piano Lesson Cost:: Approximately $60 per month.  I charge $15 per thirty minute lesson.  I charge by the semester.  For example, I count how many lessons I will be teaching from September 1st to December 31st.  I teach every week except for major holidays and a few personal vacations.  I multiply the number of lessons by $15 to get a total for the semester.  You can pay the entire semester at once or you can divide the cost evenly over the four months, September through December.

Refunds:  I do not give refunds.  You pay for the lessons whether you come to them or not.  You are reserving a slot that I can't replace with another student.

Credit:  If I miss a lesson for whatever reason, I will give you a credit on your next month's payment.

Make Up Lessons:  If you miss a lesson, I am willing to schedule a make up lesson for you.  I am available on Saturday afternoons and during the week after work.

References available upon request.