Dr. Kathleen Bondurant - Professional Music Instructor

Dr. Kathleen Bondurant - Professional Music InstructorLESSON INFORMATION

Please Call (512) 692-9272

Flute and Piano Lessons
Beginning Guitar Lessons

Vocal Coaching

Flute Choir beginning September
Small Ensemble Classes beginning September

Woodwind and Brass Coaching

Tutoring in Music Theory and Composition

Specializing in Talented Young Students

Beginning Adults are Welcome, Too!

"A very fine teacher and performer..."
Julius Baker, Principal Flute, New York Philharmonic

"One of the best teachers in the country!"
Jim Walker, Principal Flute, Los Angeles Philharmonic

"Excellent college preparatory piano instruction!"
Ray Santisi, Professor of Piano, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA

"Not your average neighborhood teacher...She's great!"
Sir James Galway, Soloist and Principle Flute, Berlin Philharmonic
 
How much do you charge?

Rates are effective February 2016:

$50 per half hour or $195 per month for four lessons
 
Usually, I recommend a 30 minute lesson, unless the student is advanced, or I find that we are unable to cover the material in 30 minutes and need more time.  CANCELLATIONS REQUIRE 24 HOURS NOTICE FOR RE-SCHEDULING, OR THE LESSON FEE WILL BE FORFEITED. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS.

 

RESERVING A TIME

For specific times/dates available for lessons, please complete the Prospective Student form on my Contact page and list the times you may be available. After you send the Prospective Student Form, you will receive a personal call from me. (Or in the case of web camera lessons, a confirmation email from me.)  After we decide on a mutually convenient time, I will send you an email confirmation of the lesson appointment and an invoice for a one lesson deposit to be paid through Paypal.  This means of payment is quite easy once you receive the invoice.If you are unable to make the first lesson, rescheduling is possible, AND YOUR PAYMENT IS APPLIED TO THE FIRST MONTH OF LESSONS.  If you do not attend the first lesson, or call to reschedule, your payment for the first lesson is forfeited. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS.

 
FAQ's
1. How long have you been teaching? For over 35 years.
 
2. Why should I bring my child to you, rather than our neighborhood piano teacher?
If you want the best for your child, experience, education, a nationally recognized and proven track record, and student success. will be among your first considerations in choosing teacher. I have studied with some of the top teachers in the world, and I apply their teaching techniques, in addition to my own, to your lessons, even if the goal is just to play well and have an appreciation for music, or if you want to learn music for a profession.
 
3. What is your teaching philosophy?
I teach students to read music right away. They are encouraged to learn all styles of music, in addition to technique and method studies. I try to keep them interested with songs they recognize and will enjoy playing. Each student will have an individually tailored course of study, and this can also include writing music, music theory, and singing. My goal is to give them the tools to be independently able to pick up a piece of music and enjoy playing it well.
 
4. How often will I (or my child) have to practice?
Ideally, practice for the week should be 5 times the length of the lesson, eg. two and a half hours for a 30 min. lesson. However, younger students may only be able to tolerate practice 10 to 15 mins. per day. It is important to be consistent with practice regardless of how much time you can devote to this endeavor. So, even if you can only devote a few minutes, but do it every day, you will still make progress!
 
5. How do adults benefit?
If you are a beginner, I can help you achieve that goal of learning to play; or if you already play, help you brush up on your technique and performance skills, and make recommendations to help you improve your playing.

6. How do I know if my child is ready for lessons?
If your child knows right hand and left hand, ABC's and counting numbers, then it is possible to start piano. Not every young child is mature enough to concentrate for 20-30 mins.

7. Do we need to have our own instrument?
Yes. You may have a relative or friend who can lend you a keyboard, guitar or flute. It does not have to be connected to the computer for me to be able to hear it.

8. Can I stay and listen to the lesson?
Parents are welcome to sit in on lessons. Especially for younger children it is important for the parent to be somewhat familiar with the lesson assignment and teaching expectations.

9. How can I keep my child interested in music?
Learning an instrument, and being able to perform on some level, should be regarded as a great accomplishment. Have your child show off skills for visitors or relatives. Attend concerts of all styles. Listen to music in the car and at home. Sing along with songs that your child learns to play.

10. Do you have recitals?
Recitals are optional and are held usually twice a year. Recitals are designed to incur as little stress as possible. Students may memorize music, but it is not required. A recital gives the student a chance to showcase a favorite piece and to have a completed goal.

11. Are there educational benefits as a result of studying a musical instrument?
Studies have shown that besides building self-esteem, music increases the ability to focus, concentrate, achieve goals, and adds to study discipline. Students who study music tend to score higher on tests. Many doctors and scientists have music as a hobby because it is relaxing, functions as a creative outlet, and uses another part of the brain than is required in scientific work.

12. Are lessons offered year around?
Yes, with the exception of vacations during the school year and a couple of weeks in July or August.

For more information:
drbondurant@gmail.com