Successfully growing Music Makers in the greater Columbus, Ohio area since 1987
            Private Piano Lessons for Beginning through Early Advanced Levels  -   Ages 5 to Adult   
New Student Inquiries & Referrals Always Welcome - Initial Interview & Teaching Demo Always Free

*Discover & Express the Music in You*

     Sharon Renkes Piano Studio

Private Piano Lessons for Ages 5 to Adult        Beginning - Early Advanced Levels 
Inquiries & Referrals always welcome               Free interview and teaching demo 
          Growing Music Makers in the greater Columbus, Ohio area since 1987

3: K-12 Lessons/Policies & Costs for School Year & Summer

                        "A Piano makes Sound. A Pianist makes Music."  - S.R.

Lessons for students K-12 are offered year round. New students begin as soon as openings become available in the teaching schedule. A set lesson day & time are reserved for each student, usually one lesson per week. Young children and teens begin with 30 minute lessons, progressing to 45 and 60 minutes as skill level and attention span increase. Private lessons for beginning through early advanced levels take place in the piano teacher's home studio, located in the Clintonville area of Columbus, Ohio. Free on-street parking and WiFi are available. Summer lessons are offered with flexible scheduling, allowing for camps, sports, family activities and vacations.  Parents are always welcome to stay and observe lessons. 

A typical lesson for young children and teens includes note and rhythm reading, body movement, singing, composing, improvisation, solo and ensemble exoeriences with rhythm instruments, in addition to playing full sized acoustic and digital pianos with weighted keys. The correct body mechanics needed for proper piano posture, arm/hand gestures, and pedaling are monitored. All lesson content is age appropriate, with specific teaching materials chosen for each student based on their unique learning styles, individual needs and teaching goals. Scales, Technique and the Classics are always included, supplemented with Popular, Jazz, Sacred, etc.

At each weekly lesson music concepts and skills are presented, taught, practiced and reviewed. The teacher and student set weekly learning goals together and practice instructions are written, discussed and sent home with the student. Concepts taught and reviewed at every lesson by the teacher, plus purposeful practice at home by the student, plus positive support given by the parent can equal a successful music experience for all. 

It is expected that each student will have either an intune acoustic piano, in good playing condition, or a digital piano with 88 full sized weighted keys, on legs or X-stand, plus a pedal and bench, at home for daily practice. The best progress in piano skill is gained with consistent daily practice, 10-60 minutes 5-6 times per week, depending on age and music level. Acoustic pianos do need to be professionally tuned at least once per year.  Expect to budget $100-$150 per tuning payable to a Piano Tuner Technician of your choice.  You can visit Pianos vs. Keyboards and Keys to Success for helpful information on these topics.

Safety first: Parents -  If you drop your child off for lessons, make sure the student is safely inside the studio front door before driving away. Return for pick up on time. The student will wait for you in the living room or on the front porch. Siblings may attend lessons if they wait quietly in the living room or front porch and an adult is with them at all times. Areas of the home open to students and families include the piano room, living room, bathroom and front porch. All other rooms, the garage and the yard are off limits.    

Missed & Cancelled Lesson Policies: All lessons canceled by the teacher will be rescheduled or credited to the student's account.

Student accounts will not be credited for lessons missed or cancelled by the student/parent. There are no guaranteed makeup lessons offered to replace lessons missed or cancelled by the student/parent.

Reschedule Options for lessons missed /canceled by the student/parent: Saturday Open Studio classes are offered weekly. Or a weekday swap with another student may be possible. Let Sharon know your preference.

Extended Absence: Please notify the studio if a student will be absent for 2 or more consecutive weeks. If not, the lesson time will be given to another student on the waiting list as needed. A student's current lesson day & time can remain available upon return by paying a nonrefundable Holding Fee.

Severe Weather: Most times, lessons can continue as scheduled when school is cancelled due to weather. In Winter, the neighborhood roads are usually drivable by late afternoon. Plan to come for lessons unless you receive a cancel message from the studio. If you feel weather conditions make driving too dangerous for you, please call to arrange a Reschedule Option. Let's be safe.

Of Course, Kids Get Sick: If the student is too ill to attend school, please stay home from piano lessons. When there is a diagnosis of Pink Eye, Strep Throat or any other contagious bacterial infection, please give the prescribed antibiotics for 24 hours before resuming lessons. Bacteria and viruses easily travel from student to piano keys to another student and the teacher in spite of Hand Washing, Sanitizers and Disinfectants. Be sure to contact Sharon for a Reschedule Option.

To All My Piano Families: Thank you for sharing your children with me and for being an active part of our piano team. Your involvement tells every student that music is important and that with practice you know they can be successful in learning this new skill and language. Always contact me with any questions/concerns. Together, we'll  find a solution. I love hearing from you!   Sharon    
                         *Discover & Express the Music in You*
Student at keyboard
                       Successfully growing Music Makers in the greater
                                 Columbus, Ohio area since 1987
      Summer Piano Lessons with flexible scheduling                               are offered June 1 - August 31.
            The calendar allows for vacations, camps, sports
                        and other summer family activities.
  Tuition is billed by the number of lessons scheduled.
    $30/30 minutes, $45/45 minutes, $60/60 minutes

  Summer lessons help students maintain keyboard skills and   allows time to focus on learning specific concepts such as sight reading, playing lead sheets/chord charts, music of a favorite composer or style, composition, improvisation, music history.

    All who enroll in a minimum of 4 Summer Lessons
      are guaranteed placement for the Fall Schedule.

 Tuition & Fees for K-12 Students from September 1 - May 31
    are billed in 9 equal amounts during the regular school year.
                           - 30 min. lessons = $100/month -
                           - 45 min. lessons = $150/month -
                           - 60 min. lessons = $200/month -

 Every K-12 student is scheduled for 31 lessons over the 39 week
 school term. The remaining 8 weeks are Piano Holidays and the
 studio is closed. Students are billed for these 31 lessons only. No
 financial adjustments or replacement lessons are needed for the
 8 Piano Holidays. Students who begin lessons after the first week
 of the month will pay a prorated amount the first month.

 Studio Fee & Music: A $50 registration fee is added to all new
 students first billing. Costs for music supplies and entry fees for
 optional auditions, contests and festivals are added to the
 monthly bill as needed. Expect tuition rates to increase due to
 inflation and rising costs. No refunds of tuition or fees will be
 given when a student withdraws from lessons and leaves the

 Payment is due by or on the first lesson of each month.
 Accepted payment forms include cash, personal check,
 E-payment using Zelle, Bill Pay check mailed by your bank,
 Debit/Credit card. (Visa,MasterCard,Discover,AmericanExpress)

 If your Zelle payment or Bill Pay check does not arrive on time
 you will be asked to please call your bank. Electronic payments
 are not foolproof and checks in the mail do occasionally become

     Have Questions, Concerns, Want More Information?
                                        Call,Text or Email today.
                          Student Inquiries & Referrals Always Welcome
                      Introductory Interview & Teaching Demo Always Free
      Sharon's goal is a response to all messages within 2 business days.                                                 
                              Sharon Renkes Piano Studio
                               118 East Pacemont Road
                                 Columbus, Ohio 43202                            (614)306-1246

                Private Piano Lessons for ages 5 - Adult
               Beginning through Early Advanced Levels

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