LESSON RULES


-Full tuition is due before the before first lesson (automatic monthly payments are available and will be processed on the 28th of each preceding month).
-24-hour cancellation policy. Lessons may be rescheduled within 30 days, after which, they are considered forfeit.
-If the student is late, lesson will end at its scheduled time.
-If the teacher is late, lesson will be taught for full length of time.
-If in the event the instructor is more than 30 minutes late, the lesson will be rescheduled and a free 30 minute lesson will be given.

ILLNESS POLICY
If a student is ill, please call to reschedule the lesson as soon as possible. If the instructor arrives and the student is ill, the lesson will be cancelled with no makeup.

PAYMENT METHODS
-Cash
-Check Written Out to 'Alaina Ferris Music LLC'
-Chase Quickpay: lessons@alainaferris.com
-Visa & Mastercard with 3% Processing Fee.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


DO YOU HAVE A PARTICULAR METHOD YOU USE?

I employ aspects of both Suzuki Method and Carnegie Hall’s Royal Conservatory program. I love classical music, folk, and (dare I say it) pop music. My favorite story to tell is the the one where my student wanted to learn a Demi Levato song and, little did she know, the chords I taught her were the opening chords to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. Music is wide and varied. While curricula exist for a reason, sometimes students need to pave their own path. I strive to be receptive to what is most helpful for my student, whether it be a traditional course or something more individualized. I guarantee my students will learn essentials in music theory, ear training, and technique, regardless of the idiom they are drawn to.

DO YOU HAVE A DEGREE IN MUSIC?

Yes. I studied music at The Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. I have a B.A. in Music and English. I also have an M.F.A. in Poetry from New York University. 

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TEACHING?

8 years.

WHY WEEKLY LESSONS?

Students benefit most from a weekly lesson, they retain what the learned the week prior, and by having the lesson in their weekly routine, they are more likely to gain confidence in their own musical practice at home.

HOW MUCH SHOULD I OR MY CHILD PRACTICE?

The ideal situation is to explore ways to make practice a sustainable part of your week-day routine.

For younger students, 2-3 times a week, 5-20 minute sessions. I also prefer to set goals instead amounts of time. I notice that when a family is helping to encourage practice by setting up a routine (but not requiring it), the student is more productive. I suggest providing the opportunity and structure, but letting the student make the choice. If the student is having trouble practicing, try practicing with them!

If you are an adult student, I recommend finding 2-3 times a week where you can sit down and mindfully practice for 20 minutes to an hour. 

Here is a great article on practicing efficiently and mindfully. 

http://www.bulletproofmusician.com/how-many-hours-a-day-should-you-practice/

DO YOU ACCEPT STUDENT’S WHO CAN’T COMMIT TO THE FULL SEMESTER?

If you are an adult looking for lessons and can attend between the hours of 11am-3pm, then yes, please reach out to me. 

My after school teaching schedule (3-7:30pm), however, is very limited and I have a large roster of students. Unfortunately, I have to give preference to students who can attend for the full semester. 

If you have a family situation which prevents the student from attending weekly, please reach out to me. I will do my best to help you find a solution or, if we can’t work something, I will connect you with another teacher.