1. Highlights of Our Parent-Teacher Meeting
We had a great parent-teacher meeting last month. Many thanks to Ying (Joshua’s Mom) for suggesting it, and to all the parents and teachers who participated and shared their experiences.
Here are some highlights from the meeting that are helpful for all parents to know.
The meeting was recorded and is available to our current student’s parents by request.
- Parents asked if students could have additional lessons that is focused on theory and history of music only.
The answer is yes. The best way to do it is to please let us know you are interested and we will match you with another one or two students who are your age and level to have a small group class. This will make the cost more affordable for the families. You may end up having the extra lessons with your piano teacher or with another teacher in our school based on teacher’s availability. We suggest the theory/history (or musical literature) lessons to be every other week. The tuition will depend on how many students will be in your group.
- Parents asked about Royal Conservatory Exam.
We recommend Royal Conservatory of Music as an alternative to Golden Key Piano School’s annual exam.
RCM exams happen 3 times a year. Parents can register for the exam using their teacher’s code. All the teachers in our school can prepare the students for RCM exam. You would need to buy the books on their website.
Each student is unique. For some students, at some point during their years of music education the RCM exam might be a good choice. As long as your goal remains learning and enjoying the music and not getting a certificate, it can be a good option.
If you are interested in taking RCM exam check with your teacher or with Katrin. It is good to be evaluated and challenged by an outside of our school exam system sometimes.
Here is their website:
- Parents Help or Our Buddy Program?
When it comes to helping the younger students with home practice, very often parent’s help can be not welcomed by the child. We are all familiar with the conflicts that might arise in the result of that.
We have a Buddy Program where our teenagers volunteer their time for 30-minute practice sessions with younger students. The teenagers are supervised by their teachers. The program is good for teenagers to gain “community work” hours,
and share their knowledge of music. And it is good for younger children because it is more fun for them to work with a teenager and look up at them maybe even as their role model in music. If you are interested to receive or give tutoring please email us.
- The importance of communication between parents and teachers
In the meeting we spoke about how important it is to communicate with your teacher about how your child is doing at home. And also to get a feedback from your teacher about how your child is progressing.
If you are too busy to talk to your teacher at the end of the lesson write your message in the Google doc assignment sheet. Or email Katrin Arefy and she will communicate your point with your teacher.