Dr. Wright teaches from the Faber and Faber Piano Adventures method. The links below provide detailed information about the method.
Link for Parents
Link for Students
Link for Teachers (you may be interested in what’s available to instructors)
Depending on the student’s age, fine motor skills, and abilities, the student will begin in one of four series:
My First Piano Adventure - Written for ages 5 and 6, My First Piano Adventure® captures the child’s playful spirit. Fun-filled songs, rhythm games, and technique activities develop beginning keyboard skills.
Basic Piano Adventures - For beginning students ages 7 to 11, start at the Primer Level. Progressing through the eight levels of the basic edition (Primer through Level 5), the correlated Lesson, Theory, Technique & Artistry, and Performance Books work together to support the whole musician.
Accelerated Piano Adventures - For older beginners ages 11 and up, use Accelerated Piano Adventures. In pacing and appeal, the books are ideal for the middle school beginner and continue the tradition of learning music through discovery, creativity, and adventure.
Adult Piano Adventures - For adult beginners, the Adult Piano Adventures “All-In-One” books provide a comprehensive introduction to music notation, chord playing, rhythm, harmony, and musical form—all through engaging music.
Beginner lessons focus on note and interval recognition, use of a method book and repertoire, scales, and etudes for technique.
Intermediate and advanced students focus on advancing their technique and repertoire, with careful attention to performance practice and musicality.
Depending on age and ability, students also play a variety of music from Broadway, Movie Themes, Billboard Top 40, Jazz, and other genres.
Students are responsible for ordering their method book(s). I would suggest ordering through Amazon. Please be sure to order the current edition and a new, clean, unmarked copy.
PRACTICE & PARENT INVOLVEMENT
At each lesson, students will receive a lesson assignment detailing what is to be practiced during the coming week. My philosophy of practice is goal-oriented, not time-oriented. However, students are encouraged to practice for shorter periods each day rather than one longer session the day before the lesson. In your lessons, in addition to teaching you how to read music and perform music at the piano, Dr. Wright will be teaching you how to practice. Dr. Wright will also provide both the student and parent guidance to what time commitment you will need to put in per level.
Parents are to attend all lessons for any student under age 18. It would be beneficial if the same parent attends each week. During the lesson, parents of students under level 2 will sit at the piano with their students. Parents should sit with their children at home while they practice. Music study and practice can be a wonderful sharing time for students and parents. While parent involvement is encouraged, parents are urged to be supportive and not overly aggressive in their demands on the student.
Each semester students will participate in 1 studio class outside of their lesson, typically on a Sunday afternoon. These are required, not optional. Studio Class is meant to introduce students to other peers who are learning the piano as well. Each Studio Class involves a musical game, an opportunity for the student to play a pre-assigned piece in front of their peers with minor critique from the teacher (for the purpose of learning from each other), and a healthy snack.
There is a separate Studio Class for students who are studying voice.
Students will participate in 2 recitals:
The Winter recital takes place in December, is less formal, doesn’t require the student to memorize their music, and typically focuses on pieces for the holidays and winter.
The Spring recital takes place in May, is a formal recital, requires students to memorize their music, and focuses on a wide array of musical genres and styles.
Voice students will sing on the same recital that piano students perform.
LESSON LENGTHS AND DELIVERY
My First Piano Adventure – Students take two weekly lessons at 20 minutes each.
Basic Piano Adventures – Students take one weekly 30-minute lesson. Students who reach Level 4, will move to one weekly 45-minute lesson. Advanced students may choose a 60-minute lesson.
Accelerated Piano Adventures – Depending on the student’s age, abilities, and interests, the student will either take one weekly 30 or one 45-minute lessons.
Adult Piano Adventures – Adult students will take a 45-minute lesson. Advanced adult students may choose a 60-minute lesson.
Bluffton students will have lessons in the home of Dr. Wright, which is located in Hampton Hall. Hilton Head Island students have lessons at All Saints Episcopal Church, where Dr. Wright is the director of music and organist.
Dr. Wright is well-versed in online teaching through FaceTime and Zoom. Students who are recovering from an illness or during a time like a global pandemic, students will receive online delivery.
Dr. Wright makes use of online resources like musictheory.net for note and interval learning.
FEES AND PAYMENTS
Fees for Dr. Wright’s studio are based on the instructor’s education, average rates of other professional musicians in the profession, and community music schools.
30 Minutes Lessons $28.00
40 Minute Lessons $37.00 (For students in My First Piano Adventure series)
45 Minute Lessons $42.00
60 Minute Lessons $56.00
Payments are submitted electronically through PayPal, Apple Pay, Venmo, or Zelle. Cash and checks are not accepted.
Students/Parents pay for lessons in advance. It is preferred that payment for the entire semester be submitted at the first lesson of the semester in September and January. If a student or parent has difficulty in doing so, they may choose the two-payment plan per semester where ½ is due in September and November for the fall semester and in January and March for the spring semester.
Studio Classes and Recital fees are paid in the following manner: Each semester, students take a fall (October) and spring (April) break; parents will pay for the break week. That payment goes toward that semester’s studio class and recital.
Because space is limited, students are to commit to studying for the duration of at least a semester, a year is preferred. No refunds will be made after the 2nd week of lessons. If a request for a refund is made before lessons begin, a full refund minus one month of study will be granted. Otherwise, the amount refunded will be prorated in addition to the processing of a studio fee of up to one month of study. There will be no refunds for lessons after the first class. Please note that refunds will be made via PayPal, Apple Pay, Venmo, or Zelle. Students/parents who are on the 2-payment plan per semester are still required to submit the remaining balance at the time of the 2nd payment due date.
GENERAL STUDIO GUIDELINES
A piano student MUST have access to a weighted keyboard and/or piano before beginning study. An acoustic piano (non-electronic) should be serviced and tuned by a technician at least twice per year. Dr. Wright will be happy to provide you the name of two technicians in our area.
Voice students should be simultaneously enrolled in piano lessons with Dr. Wright or another teacher. Students may also elect to take guitar or sign up for a weekly music theory lesson.
Students are expected to be on time for their lessons. Dr. Wright will wait 10 minutes for a student who might be late. If the student arrives LESS than 10 minutes late, they will receive a lesson for the remainder of their time slot (the lesson will still end on time). If a student does not arrive after 10 minutes, Dr. Wright is NOT required to stay any longer to wait. This lesson will be considered a "no-show" and will not be made up.
If the student must miss a lesson, Dr. Wright should be contacted at least 24 hours before the scheduled lesson. With 24 hours advance notice given, Dr. Wright will reschedule 1 lesson for an excused absence by the student per semester. Without at least a full day’s notice, for any reason, the student will forfeit the lesson. Only illness or family emergencies will be considered excused absences. Other conflicts, such as birthday parties, family vacations, etc., are not considered excused absences and will not be made up. There will be assigned days each semester for make-up lessons.
Any lesson missed by Dr. Wright will be made up. If Dr. Wright must reschedule a lesson, the student will be notified 24 hours in advance, unless there is an emergency. The missed lesson will be made up on the assigned make-up lesson day for that semester.
A word about summer lessons. Students continue lessons in the summer. Because of the vacation and travel schedules of both Dr. Wright and students, the lesson schedule is flexible. Students should have a minimum of 2 lessons per month for June, July, and August; 3 lessons per month are normal. Payment for these lessons will be made monthly.
For transparency and responsibility purposes, a contract is required of each student.