ABOUT THE STUDIO
The lessons are available at Center Stage Performing Arts Studio in Quincy Center, MA.
2-6 Recitals per year, working with a professional accompanist. (in 2010-2011 school year we had 6! recitals)
ANY LEVEL, ages 6+
The dedication, enthusiasm, and experience I bring as a flute teacher allow my students to concentrate on more than just playing an instrument. Nurturing responsibility, encouraging patience and kindness, instilling musical sensitivity, and developing mind and listening skills are some of the special features of my teaching philosophy.
I focus on developing strong fundamental skills, such as a diaphragm-based breathing, developing finger technique, ear training, working on tune, rich tone and vibrato. I have a lot of different exercises in my arsenal that will help to build these skills and draw on a variety of methods, depending on the individual interests and needs of the student.
AT THE LESSONS WE WILL WORK ON:
* Flute technique
* Development of a beautiful, rich sound
* Breath control with a diaphragmatic support
* Developing controlled vibrato
* Ear training, intonation
* Music theory, expression marks, dynamics
* Understanding musical phrases and forms, learning aesthetic interpretation and musical organization
* Understanding complicated rhythms and time signatures
* Sight reading
* Learning effective practice strategies to maximize productivity
* Building performance skills and overcoming performance anxiety, guidance through the entire performance preparation process, performance feedback through audio and video analysis
* Music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic and Contemporary Periods
* The importance of musicianship
* Effective use of the musical body
* Injury prevention (prevention of pain, tension, fatigue)
* Correcting ANY problem with a body posture, hands and an embouchure
* discarding bad habits – musical, physical and mental
* weekly individualized feedback
Yulia Berry will provide a positive and enthusiastic atmosphere for learning and will offer many performance and enriching activities. She will continue to further her teaching skills and music knowledge by belonging to professional organizations, attending workshops, reading professional publications, and engaging in other activities leading to professional growth. Ms Berry will encourage a feeling of success at each student’s individual rate of learning and guide each student towards musical independence with a balanced program of theory, flute technique, ear-training, sight-reading and performance opportunities. She will make flute as fun and entertaining as possible!
When students enroll, they are reserving their placement in the studio for the entire year. The enrollment agreement is a firm commitment and guarantees your place in the studio. Please understand that the tuition you pay reserves an exclusive weekly time in the schedule for your child. Unlike a doctor or a hairdresser, I cannot re-sell that time nor can I create extra teaching time in which to give lessons.
The student agrees to arrive at each lesson punctually, well-prepared, and with all necessary materials. If you arrive five minutes late, your lesson is five minutes shorter. You reserve the time slot, not the number of minutes.
Music Lessons are available year round:
Fall Semester: September 1st through January 31st
Spring Semester: February 1st through June 30th
Summer Session: July 1st through August 31st
Fall and Spring semester each consists of 18 weeks of private instructions. For students, enrolling after the start of the semester the number of lessons will be prorated.
For summer semester students can choose the number of lessons and dates of the lessons.
Group programs (Music theory/ear training and Chamber classes) usually run in 6 or 8 lessons sessions, which can cross semester boundaries.
You will be given the studio calendar with all dates for the lessons, recitals and piano rehearsals for the whole year at the time of the registration along with a full copy of the studio policies.
TUITION AND PAYMENT
Registration is complete when full payment and a registration fee have been received by Yulia Berry’s Flute Studio. Only completed registrations qualify to start lessons and/or classes at Yulia Berry’s Flute Studio.
ANNUAL REGISTRATION FEE
A registration fee of $30 must accompany each student's registration form and payment for a semester. This fee includes a library fee for all materials loaned to the student during the year as well as all printed handouts and worksheets. In addition, the registration fee helps cover administrative costs (printing, postage, supplies, awards); reserves the student's place in the studio; and recognizes our mutual commitment to a year of study.
The annual fee is non-refundable and is due at the time of registration with a completed registration form for each new and returning student even if a student starts lessons after the school year started.
RATES for school year 2017/2018
30 min lessons: $48 per lesson
45 min lessons: $66 per lesson
60 min lessons: $72 per lesson
WHAT TUITION COVERS
Tuition covers not only the contact time spent with the student, but also the time spent in preparation for the student:
* An individualized plan for the student's course of study
* Development of teaching materials
* Teacher's training and experience
* Professional organization memberships to enhance teaching skills and provide students with opportunities for competitions, exams, and festivals
* Studio expenses of renting the studio space, bookkeeping, copying and incentive programs
* Continuing education
We have at least 2 formal studio recitals each year (the dates are on the studio calendar). All students are encouraged to participate in these programs.
Recitals are major events in our course of music study. They provide a wonderful opportunity for developing poise and confidence, as well as being an important goal for polishing repertoire to high quality. They also serve as a valuable musical experience, listening to other flutists at various levels of study. Recitals are considered performance classes, for which there is no additional tuition charged. (These are "bonus" lessons!)
However, all unavoidable fees for recitals will be billed by an invoice a month in advance. The fees cover a rent of a venue, accompanist work on that day, printing programs and posters and will depend on the amount of participating students.
These events provide students with further incentive to practice and excel, and can have a positive effect on a student's sense of accomplishment. Recitals build confidence and reinforce the concept that good practice habits result in good flutists.
Parental support is essential for the child's musical growth. Show interest and enthusiasm for his/her musical accomplishments. Attend their recital programs and help to make them a "special" event for your child.
All students will be required to rehearse with an accompanist before a recital and every 8-10 weeks between (this applies to intermediate and advanced students only).
While my schedule is quite full, I welcome new students. If you (my current student) refer a new student to me and he./she registers for flute lessons, make sure he/she mentions your name and you will receive one free flute lesson.
The first lesson will give us a chance to get to know each other. It will allow me to assess your current skill level, strengths and any areas that need work. It will also give you a chance to ask questions. If you have had previous lessons, bring all your books and a prepared piece to play for me. We will discuss what goals or plans you have in mind and I may recommend some books/music for you to purchase based on your skill level.
Home practice is critical to students’ progress. Lesson preparation should receive as much priority as homework for any other class. A minimum of thirty minutes a day, five-six days a week is generally necessary for beginning-intermediate level students. A minimum of sixty minutes daily practice is recommended for intermediate-advanced level students. We will discuss proper practice techniques and have a clear outline of what the student needs to focus on.
Students who consistently refuse to practice or make an effort to practice week after week may be dropped.
Remember to work with your child in setting up a daily practice schedule as soon as each new season approaches, whether it is the school year or summer vacation. A "set time" each day will help them remember without constantly having to be reminded and will also help insure that you are getting your money's worth out of music lessons. The study of music is rewarding and enjoyable, but it is also work! It is probably the first serious commitment your child has ever made. As you know, your child will be only as committed as you are. Each student will move along as quickly as the assigned material is sufficiently mastered. It is my sincere desire that my teaching and your support at home (with encouragement, praise, and discipline when needed) will form an affective team. By working together we can make music one of the most enjoyable experiences your child will ever encounter. This is one of the few avenues of training that they will carry with them for an entire lifetime.
SPORTS AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Although this is a private flute studio, and is not affiliated with any school district, it is no less an educational institution--and must be regarded as such. It is the position of this studio that flute/recorder lessons are to be treated with the same level of importance as any other subject your child may be studying in school. It is also the position of this flute studio that sporting events and other extracurricular activities are not considered valid excuses for not practicing during the week. Please respect my curriculum and my commitment to your child's musical education by maintaining a priority level for flute studies equal to that of other school subjects--regard it as a "private extension" of academics that would otherwise be unavailable to your child.