Katie Caulley, piano and voice teacher
Bachelor of Music Performance, University of Oregon
Member of the Oregon Music Teachers Association
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My Teaching Philosophy
The goal I have for my students is that they will fall in love with making music and have the freedom to do whatever they want with music through a well-rounded education. From the beginning my students develop skills in improvisation, intervallic note reading, theory, technique, composition, ear training, and musical interpretation. I focus on classical, jazz and popular styles. I teach by the discovery method which makes learning more active for the students so they grasp concepts better and develop the ability to learn independently. I understand that each student’s learning style and interests are different and I teach accordingly. Some students may be interested in studying for purely recreational or therapeutic purposes. I fully respect that and work with many children and adults to achieve therapeutic and recreational goals. I also work with children and adults who have professional goals and offer opportunities for them to participate in competitions and state evaluations.
Opportunities for Students
I am part of the Oregon Music Teachers Association (OMTA). The OMTA offers many great programs for my students to be a part of. Recitals, competitions, composition workshops, and Syllabus are a few of the opportunities available to the students of OMTA members. I recommend the Syllabus program to many piano students because it provides a solid foundation in music theory, ear training, performance, and an understanding of musical literature. Through syllabus, students prepare pieces of different periods and work on theory, ear-training, and technical skills in preparation for a private evaluation each year with an adjudicator who is a respected expert in piano education. Studying the Syllabus is great preparation for college music courses.
Through the Harmony Roadhouse Music Studios our students have opportunities to perform at public venues. We sometimes have students play with teachers or with other students to make a small band. In addition to these performance opportunities I offer winter and spring recitals each year and occasional group classes.
The school year is divided into three, 3 month terms:
Fall Term….. September, October, November
Winter Term…. December, January, February
Spring Term ….. March, April, May
Ten lessons are offered during each 13-week term. The three extra weeks compensate for holidays, teacher in-service days, and make-up lessons.
Summer lessons will be paid individually, as schedules allow. The rate for individual lessons is $25 for 30 minutes, $35 for 45 minutes, and $45 for 60 minute lessons.
Tuition is charged by the term, giving you the option of paying in full at the beginning of the term, or making equal payments spread over the number of months in the term. This system makes it easy to remember the amount due because it is the same for each payment, and it provides me with a stable income. Please remember to make tuition payments the first lesson of the term or the month. I do not bill formally, but will send an e-mail reminder or a Paypal bill if you request it. These rates include the regularly scheduled lessons, recitals, and group classes.
Tuition rates for 30 minute lessons are $250/term or $84/month
Tuition rates for 45 minute lessons are $350/term or $117month
Tuition rates for 60 minute lessons are $450/term or $150/month
Tuition rates for 75 minute lessons are $550/term or $184/month
Tuition rates for 90 minute lessons are $650/term or $217/month
The length of lesson depends entirely on the student’s attention span and the amount of material that is comfortable to learn each week according to one’s practice time and learning speed. Voice and piano lesson time can be combined. Families with more than one child in lessons may pay for the total amount of time used between their children. If a student wants to try just one or two lessons before committing to a month, they may pay accordingly. If a student needs to cancel or reschedule a lesson, please provide as much notice as possible. Lessons may be rescheduled the week of the missed lesson or the following week, but will often need to be rescheduled during the makeup week.
Before quitting lessons, a student needs to give a month’s notice.
This policy allows time to resolve issues that could cause negative feelings about their own musicality or the experience of lessons. Giving a teacher one month’s notice also gives the teacher time to replace the income.
The Needed Materials
Piano students need to have daily access to a tuned, working piano in a place that is free from distractions. A digital piano is fine as well (88-key, weighted, touch sensitive keys with a pedal) and is sometimes easier to keep in a good practice space. A keyboard (not full-sized) will work for a trial period.
Voice students will need to use a recording device and a cd player or mp3 player. They should bring a recording device (even if it is just a phone or mp3 player with a record function) to each lesson, but I can record and send an mp3 through email occasionally if needed.
All students will be expected to have occasional access to a computer and the internet to look up and listen to music.
Students will need to bring a notebook or notebook paper in a three ring binder to each lesson. The notebook will be used for assignments to be written in during the lesson and for practice times to be recorded. Next to the recorded practice time, parents may initial to vouch for their children’s practice. I will also record payment information in the back of the notebook and it can serve as a communication tool between parent and teacher. A three ring binder is very helpful for holding additional papers that a student may need.
I generally pick up books at the store or order books online needed for lessons, and students reimburse me in the next tuition payment. I often recommend extra items like a bag to bring the lesson materials to class, flashcards, recordings for listening, and a metronome. I will write recommended items in the student’s assignment notebook.
I started begging my parents for piano lessons as soon as my friends started getting them and finally when I was ten I got a piano for Christmas and started lessons. In Junior High School I was begging my parents to quit, but by the time I was in High School I knew I wanted to be a professional pianist. The main reasons for the change were: 1) I started lessons with a teacher who was filled with a passion for music. 2) I started playing piano for my church and the use of my skills was fulfilling and exciting. 3) I found friends that also played piano and we had group lessons in addition to our private lessons. I worked through the ten levels of the OMTA Syllabus, then auditioned for the Piano Performance program at the University of Oregon. I was accepted and received full scholarships. I studied classical piano, jazz piano, voice, choral directing, composition, harpsichord and organ. I studied the organ with the renowned performer and pedagogue, Barbara Baird for three years and I earned my Bachelor of Music Performance, specializing in the Organ in 2005. I was a music ministry assistant with the recording artist Julia Brown following my graduation. It was then that I discovered that I truly loved teaching and I started teaching full time. I also work in music ministry and youth ministry and my husband and I are the adoptive parents of three beautiful girls.