Ms. Steph's Music Studio
Students of all age levels are welcome to elect to take piano lessons. The studio specializes in beginning piano up to intermediate (first five years of instruction). Mrs. Steph Dickes has over four years of experience teaching students aged seven to fourteen.
Students of all ages are open to take beginning guitar lessons. Mrs. Steph Dickes has over five years of experience playing guitar and over two years of teaching class guitar to high school students.
Students of all ages can enroll in flute, clarinet and saxophone lessons. This option is great for beginning students who want extra or specialized instruction to supplement their school lessons. Intermediate and advanced clarinet lessons are offered including solo/contest prep, all-state instruction and college preparation. Flute and Saxophone are my secondary instruments however intermediate and advanced options are also available.
Although piano, guitar, and woodwinds are the studio specialties, as a music educator I am able to and certified to teach multiple instruments including brass, percussion and strings. Mrs Steph Dickes has over eight years of experience teaching band and can offer supplemental lessons for trumpet, trombone, french horn, and percussion. String instrument lessons and voice lessons are not currently offered but can be by special request.
Lessons at Ms. Steph's Music Studio are offered in person and virtually through Zoom. Individual lessons are offered in 30 minute, 45 minute and 60 minute options. The studio also offers studio class/chamber group once a month (included in studio fee). Lessons at MSMS include music instruction, repertoire, music theory, ear training, music history as well as songwriting and composition for more advanced students who show interest.
Tuition is based on enrollment from mid-August to May. Students are allotted 35 lessons per enrollment year. Tuition can be paid in full for the year of at the beginning of each month. Lesson lengths include: Beginner: 30 minutes, Intermediate/Advanced: 45 minutes or 1 hr. A sibling discount is offered at a total of $15/month
Studio Fee - $50 ($75/family) reserves lesson spot, music library lending, recital/studio expenses, contest
Beginner (30 min): $70/month or $700/year
Intermediate (45 min): $105/month or $1,050/year
Advanced (60 min): $140/month or $1,400/year
Cash, checks and electronic payment is accepted. Checks can be be made out to Stephanie Dickes. Electronic payment through Paypal and Square can be accessed through the website on the payment tab
Students have the opportunity to attend up to six lessons over the summer (June and July). Lessons will be charged per lesson at the following rates:
30 minutes - $20, Advanced: 45 minutes - $30, 60 minutes - $40
Event Entry Fees
During the school year, there are many opportunities and events for students to participate. Participation in one contest is covered by the studio fee. If your child is chosen to participate in other music events, the parent is notified of the entry fee and deadline.
Lessons are scheduled after 4pm due to the school day. Studio enrollment is a commitment from August till May.
See full policy on information about holidays and lesson cancellation
Students are responsible to be prepared, practice, and have all required supplies. They should come with clean hands and wait their turn if they arrive early. Students will be required to have a notebook to keep track of their assignments and practice.
Practice is detrimental to music instruction and progress. See full policy on practice requirements
Students are required to perform in the spring studio recital. They are also encouraged to compete in OMTA recitals, competitions and festivals.
Supplies and Equipment
Students are responsible to keep track of their music and provide a notebook to track their assignments and practice.
Metronome: level 2+ students should have a metronome for practice. They are available from any music store or can be an app on a phone or tablet
Piano: students should have an acoustic or digital piano for practice. The piano should be placed in a space without distraction. Acoustic pianos should be tuned once a year. Digital pianos should have 76+ keys and the keys should be weighted/hammer action and touch sensitive.
Parents should be aware of all important dates throughout the year. Updates are available via email and the studio website. Please see the full studio policy on further parent information, the sick policy and parent permissions.
Parents, Family and Friends of Young Musicians,
Thank you for showing an interest in encouraging musical studies for your loved ones. There are so many benefits to studying music and I believe everyone has some connection to music in their own way. Students who take lessons are encouraged to share their hard work and talents with family and friends as well as at church, school and community events.
I am available to answer any questions about lessons via email or by phone (after 4pm during the week). Feel free to contact me anytime throughout the year if you want to learn more about lessons or are interested in singing up.