PIANO LESSONS

Rebecca Hass Piano Studio offers piano lessons to students of all ages and ability levels, providing an encouraging, student-centered musical education. I want music to be fun and satisfying for everyone, and to help students to develop a lifelong love of music.

Music speaks to people in many ways, so I customize lessons with this diversity in mind, covering many styles from classical to jazz to pop and more. I am enthusiastic about tailoring lessons to individual students of all ages, from beginners to the advanced! I take a current, well-rounded approach, including a mix of styles, emphasizing creativity, composition, and improvisation, balanced with building skills in reading music. We do fun studio challenges, group lessons, and I use many tools and games to help reinforce learning musical skills in different contexts. I believe in empowering students to play music they really enjoy and truly learning to speak the language of music.

A trial lesson is available to new students. Check out the FAQ below or contact me with your questions using the form on this page.

* As of September 2017, my studio is currently full - if you would like to get on the waiting list, please contact me here! *

RATES (flat monthly tuition for students under age 18)

30-minute lessons: $126/month

45-minute lessons $189/month

60-minute lessons: $252/month

CLIENT REVIEWS

"Thank you for all you do for [my kids] - you have made music/piano a beautiful and accessible thing for them. Your lessons are positive and constructive and our children look forward to learning from you each week. Thank you!"

Erik Brandt, parent of 3 students

"Rebecca is an excellent piano teacher for adult students. Not only am I learning to read and play music, but she fosters an environment were we can discuss creativity, culture and music as language. I am energized by our lessons, it is thrilling."

Katie Nulicek

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MUSIC LESSONS?

There are so many! Music makes lasting changes on the brain, including:

  • large and small muscle development
  • improved language development
  • improved spatial reasoning and pattern recognition
  • improved hand-eye coordination
  • better integration of the left and right sides of the brain
  • problem-solving skills
  • development of discipline, persistence, and patience
  • evaluation skills
  • creative expression
  • development of confidence

More info on the benefits of music lessons at broaderminded.com


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do lessons work?

For school-aged students, lessons take place on a weekly basis (with breaks for holidays) at a consistent time. During the summer, scheduling is more flexible, but lessons are required to hold a place in the fall schedule. With adult students I am more flexible about scheduling, especially with those who can come during the day. I offer 30-minute, 45-minute, and 60-minute time slots, but recommend 45 minutes or more except in very young children.

What is unique about lessons here? What styles do you teach?

I am enthusiastic and encouraging, tailoring lessons to each individual student and where they are in their own learning. My well-rounded approach includes a mix of styles, emphasizing creativity, composition, and improvisation in addition to building skills in reading music. We do fun studio challenges, group lessons, and I use many tools and games to help reinforce learning musical skills in different contexts. I believe in empowering students to play music they really enjoy.

At what age do you recommend beginning lessons?

I don’t judge readiness by age, but rather by development - that your child knows numbers 1-5 and letters A-G, and can sit and focus for at least 10 minutes at a time. Showing an interest in music and rhythm is also a great sign!

Do i have to know anything about music before starting lessons?

No, you can be a complete beginner - I enjoy teaching all levels of students, from beginning to advanced!

Do i need a piano right away? Is a keyboard acceptable?

Yes, you will need an instrument to practice regularly. I definitely recommend having a piano, but a keyboard can suffice, as long it has 88 weighted keys. You’ll notice that a keyboard feels different than playing a piano and doesn’t have the same range of sensitivity, limiting development of technique and expression. I am happy to assist if you are shopping for pianos.

How much will my child be expected to practice?

This varies by student, but a good guideline is to practice at least the length of the lesson every day - practice is the single most important factor in making progress. Frequent practice is more effective than long, infrequent practice - if you only have time for 10 minutes of focused practice each day, that will yield more progress than 60 minutes once a week.

How can parents help with and motivate students to practice?

The best advice I can give is to schedule practice time and have it happen at the same time each day (such as after dinner), making it an expected part of the child’s routine. Know that motivation will wax and wane, but consistency and encouragement will pay off! Kids age 7 and younger will need parental guidance to stay on task. I have many tools and tricks to help with this!

Should parents be present during the lesson? How much parental involvement is expected?

Parents are more than welcome to sit in on lessons, especially for kids age 7 and younger, since they will need more guidance during the week than older children.

Are performances, recitals, or contests required?

Recitals, held twice a year, are not required, although strongly recommended - usually almost everyone participates. I create an open, welcoming environment for performing and emphasize the joy of sharing music with others. There are other performance opportunities during the year, both through Chanson and through my affiliation with MMTA (MN Music Teachers Association). Opportunities for exams and contests are also available, although this is not a main focus in my studio.

How is tuition collected? How does monthly tuition work?

I send out invoices via email during the last week of each month, which are due at the first lesson of the month, and paid by check, cash, or credit card via Wave Accounting (payments handled through Stripe). A flat tuition rate is charged each month (during the school year), regardless of number of lessons in that month. This holds your slot in my schedule and reflects the fact that tuition goes toward many things, in addition to lesson time. Lessons for adults can be structured more loosely.

Where does my tuition go?

Besides time spent with students, tuition goes toward many things, including prep time, space rental for lessons and recitals, music selection, memberships to professional organizations, music research, continuing education, self-employment taxes, my education and experience, studio/office materials, and more!

Are there additional materials or costs i should expect?

At the beginning of each school year, I charge a $50 materials fee to cover purchase of books and supplemental materials for each student, but that’s it! Recitals and group lessons are both included in tuition.

How flexible are you with scheduling? Do you give make-up lessons if a student is absent?

Due to my busy schedule and having a shared studio space, I can’t guarantee make-up lessons when a student cancels. If I have another cancellation, I may offer that spot. If I have to cancel, I always make up the lesson.

Do you travel for in-home lessons?

No, I give all lessons at my studio space (Chanson Voice and Music Academy, 795 Raymond Avenue in St Paul), where I have access to all of my teaching resources. Having done both, I feel strongly that there are many more benefits to being in a dedicated teaching space, including increased focus and reduced distractions.

Do you offer trial lessons?

Yes, I do offer a trial lesson, so that you can try without committing to a whole month. After that initial lesson, monthly tuition is pro-rated if starting mid-month.