Goal 1: Provide Quality Lessons by Performers
Tritone Music School is owned by professional musicians. Tom Garling is a jazz trombonist who performs/travels with well known artists such as Frank Sinatra, Jr. His wife Chieko is a piano player who actively performs classical piano pieces and jazz improvisation. She also works as a cocktail piano player for private/corporate parties. It is our standard that all teachers be performers who show good examples to our students. Our student recital always hosts teachers' performances at the end.
Goal 2: Make Lessons Affordable
Our lessons start at $21.00 per half hour. (Second child gets $5 discount.) Group lessons starts at $12.00 per student for a 40 minute class. If you pay the full amount for a semester in advance, you will get a 5% discount.
Goal 3 : Make lessons Fun
There is no specific requirement for practice time. All teachers are prohibited to ask "How much did you practice?", unless it's a compliment! Of course, if you practice more, you will get better quicker. But how about other activities? Kids are very busy, and they need to have fun as children. If you don't have time to practice, it's still OK. Let's practice and play together in your lesson time. If you do practice, great!! You will get new materials and go on to the next step much quicker.
So, how do we encourage students to practice? Answer: Students will pick songs they love and want to learn, even songs that are popular now! We will teach them how to learn songs by ear, which is an important part of our philosophy. All private students are required to fill out a "Wish List" at the beginning of each semester. A program supervisor will pick a song from the list and make an arrangement to meet the particular student's level.
Goal 4: Support Musicians/Teachers
The music industry is not easy. Most musicians, including college faculty, do not have employer-provided health insurance or retirement programs. We are no exception. Our ultimate goal is to hire full-time teachers with benefits and health insurance!
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