Mirabilis Studio

for Guitar


Private Lessons     •Calendar     •Tuition     •Absences     •Commitment     •Practice     •What you will need     •Location     •Instructor


Welcome to Mirabilis Studio for Guitar.  Please read the information below to learn more about the studio.


Students come to the studio with many different interests and abilities.  With this in mind every student will eventually follow a personalized course of study.  However, essential to any study of music is the development of good technique and the ability to read standard music notation.  Everyone studying at Mirabilis Studio will begin with those goals in mind. 


Reading music forms the basis for understanding musical composition and expression.  By studying written music, students learn at a pace which also allows them to develop solid technique in both hands before working with more challenging music.  Learning sight-reading and basic technique simultaneously fully prepares the student for a lifelong enjoyment of the instrument. 


Intermediate and advanced students will follow an individual course of study which may include:


Popular styles of music (blues, rock, country, jazz)

Advanced music theory

Songwriting/composition

Advanced classical studies


The student may choose to combine different styles and focuses. 


PRIVATE LESSONS


All guitarists in the studio learn in a private lesson setting.  Parents are welcome to sit in on part or all of the lesson.  Beginning students will usually start with a half-hour lesson.  Once students have developed the necessary skills they will also join the master classes.


Half-hour Private Lessons offer an opportunity to gain an introduction to the instrument and/or continue development with consistent one-on-one instruction.  In addition to learning the instrument, students learn the basics of stringing and tuning the instrument as well as basic guitar care.  Lessons emphasize technique, sight-reading, theory, and ear training.


One-hour Private Lessons are for those who desire a more comprehensive and intensive course of study.  Students will develop a well-rounded repertoire with an emphasis on both technique and expression.  Lessons cover advanced technique, theory, sight-reading, ear training, and repertoire.


Master Classes  Several times during the year we gather as a studio to perform for one another and to study more in depth a particular musical topic.  Students are divided by age and ability and work in a small group. 


The purpose of the master classes is to provide students with an opportunity to perform in a relaxed atmosphere for others who are also studying the instrument.  Master classes prepare players for recitals and other public performances.  They help to build confidence and they provide valuable feedback from peers and instructor.  Additionally, topics and studies not included in the private lesson setting are explored.  Topics include: musical styles & composers, artists, and instrument construction & maintenance. 


Master classes are held in lieu of private lessons for that week.


There are four master class groups based on a combination of age and ability:

    Primary A—young beginners up through 5th grade

    Primary B—students up through 8th grade

    Secondary—young intermediate players up through 12th grade

    Adult—advanced young players and all adults


Youth classes meet for one hour and the adult class meets for two hours. 


Recitals  In May and December the studio offers its public recitals. 


In the fall semester students are assigned an ensemble.  The December recital focuses on ensemble performances. 


For the spring semester students may select a piece to be performed either as a solo or as a duet with the instructor.  The May recital focuses on these solo and duet performances.


For a full list of events take a look here.



CALENDAR


The year is divided into fall, spring, and summer sessions.


Fall session begins in September and runs through December.

Spring session begins in January and runs through May.

Summer session begins in mid-June and runs through early August.


Lesson are held weekly except during holidays and master class weeks.  Lessons average out to four meetings per month.


The full Calendar is here.



TUITION


Half-hour private lesson:  $100 per month

One-hour private lesson:  $200 per month


Payment by check is preferred.  Cash is also accepted. Monthly payments should be made at the first lesson of the month.  After the 15th of the month payment is considered overdue and we will send you a reminder via email.


Payment for the summer session is slightly different from the fall and spring sessions.  Instead of a monthly charge, there is a single charge for the summer session which can be paid in one or two installments.  From June through August there will be 8 lessons including one master class.  The specific dates are on the calendar.  The total cost for the summer semester is $200 for a half-hour slot and $400 for a one-hour slot. 


As always, we do our best to accommodate travel and other plans during this time.  Lessons can usually be rearranged or made up when times are available.



ABSENCES


Students are expected to be at their lessons each week.  If due to illness or other serious reasons a student must miss a lesson, please give as much notice as possible.  If possible, lessons will be made up at a time available to both the instructor and the student.  If, for any reason, the instructor has a schedule conflict, the lesson will be rescheduled as soon as possible.  



COMMITMENT


Your instructor is committed to providing the highest quality study environment and guidance with a sensitivity to the development of the individual student.  Fulfilling this mission requires a reciprocal commitment from students and, for younger people, from their parents.


In order to fully enjoy the rewards of playing the guitar, students must be willing to commit to the discipline of a regular practice schedule.  Consistent practice is a necessity for training the mind and body to play a musical instrument.  This also means committing to a given lesson time slot and arriving in a timely manner.  Parents of younger students should aid and encourage their children in fulfilling these commitments. 


PRACTICE


Students must create their own practice schedules.  Practicing must be regular and consistent for the development of strong musical skills.  Practice schedules will vary from student to student but a general recommendation would be for daily practice of at least 20-30 minutes.  It is more effective to practice daily and for a shorter time period than to practice for long stretches once or twice per week.  More advanced players should be investing an hour or more to daily practice.


Students should also designate an area specifically for practicing. Students are more successful at maintaining a practice schedule when instrument, music, chair and stand are easily accessible.


Your instructor can only guide; it is the student who must have the discipline to do the work in order to develop the skills to play the instrument well.



WHAT YOU WILL NEED


Guitar:  Students must have an appropriate instrument for the style and skill level of their study.  Your instructor can help you to choose an instrument that will work for you.  All students must have an acoustic guitar which is not too large for them.  Nylon-stringed instruments are preferred but steel-string guitars may be used in certain circumstances. 


Text:  Beginning students will use different texts depending on age, ability and interest.  All texts will be made available from your instructor but you may purchase them on your own if you prefer.  Texts for more advanced students will be selected on an individual basis. 


Folder/Binder:  Each student will need a lesson folder for keeping track of lesson assignments and additional sheet music. Folders should be the 3-prong type with pockets.


Chair/Bench:  An appropriately-sized, sturdy chair is necessary for good playing posture.  (To test this, sit on the chair with your feet flat.  Your thighs should be parallel to the floor).   Adjustable piano benches work well for this.  Ask your instructor if you would like to purchase one.

 

Music stand:  A simple, portable music stand is sufficient to hold the book and other music.  If you prefer you can also get a sturdier model.  These can be purchased at any musical instrument store. 


Footstool:  A small footstool is used in order to raise the instrument to the appropriate height.  These can be purchased at StringsbyMail.com or another musical instrument store. 


Optional Items:  Students may also wish to have a tuner (electric or tuning fork), a gig bag or guitar case, guitar stand, guitar wall-hanger and extra strings.


The instructor will give full details of the requirements for each student at the first lesson.


LOCATION


The studio is located at Peterson Place at 840 Earl Garrett Street in Kerrville, Texas.  The studio is in the small building behind the main house.  Parking is available in the parking slots on the side of the building.  Please do not park in the turnaround area at the back of the parking lot.  If you prefer you may also park on the street. 


More information on the studio location can be found here.


                                                                                       

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InstructorKevin McCormick




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