Starla Jackson, B.M.E., M.M.
Huntsville, Texas
Welcome!  Starnote Piano Studio has been a leader in piano education in Texas for 30 years.  If you are contemplating enrolling your child or yourself, I look forward to a personal meeting for a complimentary evaluation♪♪♪♪Starla Jackson
SURPRISE! ANY CHILD OR ADULT OF AVERAGE INTELLIGENCE CAN LEARN TO PLAY THE PIANO!  An unfortunate but common misconception is that only "talented" students should study music. Nothing could be farther from the truth! Would a child be denied English classes just because he did not plan to become a best-selling novelist?  Would math be eliminated from his curriculum because he was not expected to achieve the goals of Einstein?  Of course not!
ALL musicians, whether hobbyist or professional, study and play for their personal enjoyment and pleasure--and it is no pleasure to play poorly.  Every student deserves the best instruction available, regardless of his personal reasons for wanting to study the piano.
Lessons are designed enabling students to learn and succeed.  Failure is NEVER an option. Each week, students experience the joy and pride of musical accomplishment, leaving the studio with a positive sense of having mastered a musical concept.
My goal is to provide students a sense of confidence and achievement, while simultaneously challenging them to greater levels of musical accomplishment. Flexible teaching styles enable me to tailor curriculum to best suit each student's uniquely personal learning needs.
Music instruction is an investment that yields a lifetime of dividends. Educators and psychologists have proved that music training:
  •       improves coordination between thought and action
  •       encourages orderly thinking
  •       develops concentration and self-discipline
  •       fosters mental alertness and accuracy
      T U I T I O N
      The study of music is an investment for a lifetime of enrichment.  It is not a product which is purchased weekly. 
      As with private school or dance or karate classes, music tuition
      is billed monthly.  The monthly rate is based on 45 lessons per calendar year. Tuition for 45-minute lessons is $70/month. Tuition for 60-minute lessons (recommended for adults and intermediate students) is $90/month.
      Please bring any music you already own to the initial consultation for evaluation.  Print music provided by the instructor is billed at cost,including sales tax and postage. 
      Starnote Piano operates under the following guidelines set forth by the The National Music Teachers Association. 
          "Tuition is charged on a monthly basis. The statement
            amount is always payable in full, regardless of the reason
            for student absences. Advance notification of student   
            absences is a courtesy, but will not result in credits or
            refunds.  Lessons missed due to serious illness may be
            rescheduled within 6 weeks of the absence."    

      1.  Parents must make music study a priority so their child will not consider it an option. Absences for birthday parties, shopping, scouting, sports, dances, or other social functions are not excused absences. 
      2.  Schedule your child's practice as a regular part of his daily activities.  Never allow practice sessions to be missed except in emergency circumstances.  Students must commit to a 5-day practice week. Beginning students will have very little home practice at first until a store of knowledge is acquired. 
      3.  Never permit a student to cancel a lesson due to lack of practice!  This only results in falling farther behind.  
      4.  Keep your acoustic piano tuned and maintained regularly. 
      Spring and Fall are the best times. Please contact my Tuner/Technician Madilene Loosier at (936)581-0094.

      5.  How quickly will a student progress?  Students will advance in accordance with their dedication and commitment to rehearsal time between lessons, as well as following the instructor's practice directions. 
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