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    Jacalyn McNeilOffering private lessons in
    Folsom, California
    About MeContact Me
    My name is Jacalyn (Jacki) McNeil. I have lived in the Folsom area, with my husband of 47 years, since 2004. We share our home with our miniature schnauzer, BeckyJo. (Becky is crated during lessons.) I have taught piano for the past 19 years.

    When I was in the fourth grade, I received a piano for my birthday. An elderyly lady in our church, Mrs. Bollier, was looking for a good home for her piano, and my parents decided it would be ours. What excitement I felt when I saw that PINK piano on the back of a pick-up truck. Yep--pink! Of course, it wasn't long before my mother refinished it; after all, it was in our living room!

    When I was in high school in Western New York, students needed to have a major to graduate. Mine was music. During my four years of high school, I was the accompanist for the Advanced Chorus. I've also been a church pianist/organist and have accompanied choirs, soloists, vocal groups and played at weddings and funerals. I attended Cedarville College (now University) in Ohio for music, with a major in voice and minor in organ.

    My passion is teaching. To see the light in a student's eyes when a concept is grasped is the utmost reward for me. Most students are going to take piano lessons because they just want to have fun. I love to teach the younger kids, but my students are also teenagers, moms, dads, singles; I even had a retired female Army officer several years ago! That was sure a challenge--loved every minute of it, and by the way, we're still good friends.

    In the past, I have taken very young students (ages 5 and 6). Due to my current student load, the earliest age I now accept is 7 years, or second grade.

    My goals for each student are to learn responsibility, by forming a regular practice schedule; respect (as well as manners) through interaction with me; and most of all, to have fun with music. The last thing I want is for a student to think that practicing and attending a lesson are torture! I desire a stress-free atmosphere in the home when it comes to practicing, as well. Therefore, if necessary, I will work with the parents to establish a doable practice schedule.

    Lessons are $25 for 30 minutes. I count the number of lessons taught during the year (September through May), multiply that number by $25 and divide by 9 months. Example: 32 lessons x $25 = $800 ./. 9 = $89.88. I round it up to $90/month. A three-lesson month will cost the same as a five-lesson month, each $90.00. Due to my student load, no make-up lessons are given, unless there is a cancellation by another student. I have a different set up during the summer months of June, July and August. During each one of those months, I take a week of vacation. The choices for summer lessons are: 1. take the summer off; 2. take lessons 2x/month ($50); or, 3. take lessons 3x/month ($75). Payments can be by personal check, cash, bank check mailed directly to me, PayPal or Venmo. The monthly fee is due at the first lesson of each month.

    I currently teach using the Faber's Piano Adventures Method Series and "Succeeding at the Piano" Series (Helen Marlais); both programs include Theory. I also enjoy it when students bring their own music. My students perform an annual Christmas recital, which has been held at the Harris Center-Three Stages Recital Hall, Folsom Lake College, for the past five years. The recital is scheduled on the second Thursday in December. I do not have spring recitals. A recital fee is charged: $25/student or $40/two siblings.

    I teach in my home, which is in the Broadstone area of Folsom (Oak Avenue and Riley). I do not teach in students' homes. I do not teach group lessons, but prefer to teach one-on-one.

    An interview with the student and parent(s) is required prior to scheduling a lesson day and time. I do not charge for the interview and also do not have any registration or set-up fees. Students reimburse me for any music I buy them. I do require each student to have a metronome. Please contact me, and I'll be happy to set up an interview time with you and/or your child.

    Lesson Schedule (subject to change):
    Mondays through Thursdays, 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Fridays, 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm (all times are currently filled)
    No Saturday or Sunday lessons

    I am contracted as an outside vendor with Charter University Prep, Visions in Education (home-schooled children) and Innovation Education Management (South Sutter Charter School) and can be paid through their voucher programs, if you so choose. I have a City of Folsom business license and have passed the Live Scan, which means I have been cleared by the FBI and the DOJ to teach children in my home.

    I am excepting new students, though at this time, space is very limited. References are available upon request.

    Thank you for taking the time to read my profile.