Frequently Asked Questions
The PS School Festival, held once a year in the summer, is designed for three purposes: To persuade the students to pay attention to detail and reward them for doing this (expression, rhythm, technique, etc.,) to give me (Peggy Still) an idea of the improvement of our many students and also help the teacher reinforce the importance of detail, to prepare the students for auditions/competitions - give them an idea how this process works (need original music, must be on time, preparation needed, etc.) Each year we award all the participating students with a certificate and those making superior scores with a trophy (the trophies get bigger for their second year, third, etc.)
The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (London, England) Examination Program is the most complete program we have found. It is recognized as the best program in the world. It stresses the importance of theory, ear training, repertoire, scales & arpeggios etc. For years PS School trained many students in music and they were technically very good - but performance is not enough in the world of music. To become a professional musician, major or minor in music in college, or even a serious hobbyist, these things must be learned. Most colleges will not accept students into their program (even music minors) if the students cannot pass the entrance exam containing these items.
Some students like the challenge and take two exams at once.We prefer for students to start out with one exam (can be overwhelming.) Students can use the ABRSM exams as a legitimate activity on their college applications (even if they don't want to major/minor in music) and they can always know they have been prepared for any musical path they desire.
The application requires a tape/CD of the student - our recording studio is equipped to help students with this. As a service, we record only PS School students and teachers and charge a very reduced rate.
Students should check with their instructor each week for openings - if there are no openings because other students have not given notice for missed sessions, then makeup sessions cannot be given. (However, this is rare - most students give notice.)
There is no makeup of a makeup. Your monthly tuition payment guarantees your spot and guarantees the instructor an income and the school. No credits or refunds will be given for missed sessions, students missing sessions frequently will be dropped from enrollment at PS School. Teachers missing sessions are required to provide a substitute approved by PS School or give the students 1 week notice for a makeup. If they fail to do so, then a refund will be given to the student. Any teacher continually missing sessions will not work at PS School. To make progress, consistent attendance is very important.
PS School cannot guarantee your spot can be held if you pay late - even long term students. If you need to pay late for personal or financial reasons, please contact Peggy directly so that something can be arranged.
We understand that personal situations may require this, however we cannot hold spots and ask the teacher and the school to lose money. When you re-enroll there is a $50 registration fee. We require a monthly written notice of discontinuing enrollment (for students wishing to return later) so that we may have adequate time to fill your spot - this is customary and usually required by most music schools and stores. If you have given sufficient notice, we will make every attempt to find you a spot when you return with what we have available.
You can review different pianos and apply on-line They then show up at your door with a piano. Simple. For more information, you can also contact Peggy Still.
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Date: May 12, 2007
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