A piano lesson program at Christ the Lord Lutheran School is available for students in grades 2-8. It exists to enhance the wonderful music curriculum taught at all levels of our school by giving students the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge needed to play the piano. While mastery of the instrument is always a goal in individual music lessons, there are also known academic benefits in such study and it will help your child become a well-rounded student. Lessons are scheduled during the school day, with the times determined by the classroom teachers to best suit each student’s schedule.
Lu Kolander is the current piano instructor at CTL. She has served in this capacity since the fall of 2001 with prior experience teaching in her homes in Michigan and Minnesota. The weekly contact in the school, as well as the opportunities to get students involved playing for chapel services, Wisconsin Lutheran High School’s annual Piano Festival, and our school’s Christmas Eve and closing services are highlights of each lesson year.
Home practice is essential to the success of any music lesson program. Parental involvement in establishing a daily practice routine is crucial. If your family does not already own a piano, it would be necessary to obtain one before starting. The best option is a good, used, acoustic piano, though many students also practice on an electronic keyboard. If going that route, it is important that the instrument have a full keyboard, weighted keys, and a pedal.
The fee for each 30-minute lesson is $13.50. A set of three books and an assignment notebook totaling approximately $20 will be required as well. Additional charges for music are assessed as needed. The piano lesson calendar year provides for each student to receive 30 lessons. The total number of lessons will be multiplied by the lesson fee and then divided by the four quarters of the school year. This will provide a consistent fee for each student throughout the school year. You also have the option to pay the entire year’s fee or each semester’s fee in a lump sum, if you prefer.
With the possible exception of beginning students, at least two performance opportunities are given to each student during the lesson year. These recitals provide achievement goals for mastery of a piece of music, as well as positive reinforcement of the efforts they are making in their studies. Late beginner and intermediate students will have several other performance options, including weekly chapel services and the WLHS Piano Festival.
Please direct any questions regarding this program to Lu Kolander in person, by email or by phone at (262) 510-8988.