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    Karen HesterlyOffering private lessons in
    Weslaco, Texas
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    Ancient saying: “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.”.

    Did You Know that Music Lessons help children
    *Learn pattern recognition and problem solving: reading music is learning to recognize patterns in the music and on the piano
    *Raise Self Esteem by doing something well
    *Improve Eye and Hand Coordination
    *Help Children to Concentrate for an extended period of time: in group piano or band not concentrating results in student playing a solo
    *Fosters Music Appreciation by learning all kinds of music styles
    *Provides Emotional Release: the piano is the place to go to relieve stress

    Small touch sensitive keyboards or a well tuned piano at home for practice are required for any class. First purchase or rent the keyboard or piano, then call to schedule lessons. I'll be happy to make suggestions if you would like to call or you are welcome make an appointment to come over to talk to me. Often parents who want to try piano and see if the student will be interested are not aware that the student is expected to have a piano at home just as you would purchase a guitar if you were taking guitar lessons.

    1. Five and Six Year Olds: Children start with sing along songs and notes on the staff. $17.00 per class or $68.00 per month starting in September plus $5.00 for the first book. Reading music requires the ability to read from left to right as in reading a book. It is very helpful if young children must be able to read an easy sentence in order to have some independence at the piano. If you want to prepare your young child for piano, teach them to read so that their eyes know how to move and listen to and sing folk songs with them. Parents who are willing to work with their children at reading make good candidates for piano at an early age. Parents are not required to know how to read music but must be willing to learn a few basic facts.

    2. Seven year olds through middle school. Registration requires payment of at least $68.00 for 4 lessons plus $5.00 for the first book.
    Students begin with the folk songs and contemporary songs. Students age 7 and up are encouraged to start with a full sized piano either digital or acoustic..Classes are $17.00 per class or $68.00 per month starting in September.

    3. High school teen students may begin with folk songs, contemporary music and seasonal songs and chords. Students must be patient to work on learning to read the notes and hand positions for a few weeks before we can play familiar popular songs. Registration requires payment 4 lessons or one month plus $5.00 for the first book.

    Transfer students will be placed according to note reading ability.

    4. Private lessons for children and adults: 30 min. $25.00 per lesson or $100.00 per month for one lesson per week or $200.00 a month for 2 lessons per week plus books.

    5. Partner lessons: two 30 min. lessons back to back so both students receive an hour of instruction. $25.00 each lesson or $100 each per month starting in September.

    If you have ever considered lessons for yourself or your children, I would be happy to talk to you. I've successfully taught many students of all ages over the years and would enjoy talking to you about how learning music benefits your entire life! I will be glad to answer any and all of your questions and concerns. And remember, regardless of your age, it's never too late to learn! Adults that have always wanted to learn to read and play piano but never had the time, well, NOW is the time.

    My Teaching Background
    I love teaching group lessons and enjoy the classes! I have taught privately for over 40 years and group for several years, and now almost all my students are in a group. I have also served as Choir Director/Organist for various churches in Boerne, San Antonio, and in the Rio Grande Valley. I began piano at the age of 7, and continued through college, adding 7 years of organ study at UTSA in San Antonio as an adult. I grew up in Pharr but my husband and I left when he went to work for Delta Air Lines. I also worked for United Air Lines for 10 years in New York City and Atlanta until shortly after our son was born. When my husband retired we returned to the Valley and we now live in Weslaco.

    Making music and making friends combine in classes to create a rewarding musical experience. A class takes on a spirit and energy that is impossible to achieve in individual lessons.

    You may email to set up a trial lesson or call me @956-968-5102. Transfer students may fit into a current group. New students may be able to take private lessons until they can work into a group. Several people starting together may form a new group. New groups usually form at the beginning of a semester: Fall, Winter, and Summer but may be formed any time there are 3 or 4 students who would like to begin class. You may register and ask to be notified when a new group is starting. I am located near John Knox and Memorial Elementary School.

    Lessons are Monday-Thursday after school.
    Group lesson fees for children and teens
    $17.00 per lesson, Group lessons are affordable, quality lessons, with each student on a good instrument and longer lesson time than private at a lower cost. Lessons are 45 min. for elementary and 60 min. for teens and adults.
    For lessons September through May the tuition is $68.00 per month.

    Group Adult Classes An adult is a student who is past high school.
    $68.00 per month payable by the month in advance. At least 3 adults must sign up to form a group class.

    If you are interested in learning to play, I would look forward to meeting and working with you.
    Centrally located to Weslaco, Donna, Alamo, San Juan, Edinburg, Edcouch, Elsa, Mercedes, and Progreso.

    Karen Hesterly @968-5102 or @533-9692
    2 blocks north of John Knox Village on west 8th St, one block west of Border Ave.

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