Overview of being a student…
Dr. Bondurant is a highly sought after flute, piano, and guitar teacher and has limited openings. She has an unusual wealth of knowledge about music in general. Lessons are not filled on a first-come-first-serve basis, but rather on the potential and dedication of the student.
She accepts students ages 5 and up; younger students do best with 15 minute lessons so are typically paired with a sibling or a parent. They should know their alphabet, counting numbers, and left from right. Adult students are also welcome!
Students are taught to read music right away. They are encouraged to learn all styles of music, in addition to technique and method studies. Dr. Bondurant keeps 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. The goal is to give them the tools to be independently able to pick up a piece of music and enjoy playing it well.
The first step is to schedule an interview/audition where the student will be evaluated, though no previous experience or music knowledge is required. The student will be notified within 2 weeks if they are accepted or waitlisted. If the student is accepted, they will have 2 calendar days to sign-up.
Students are expected to practice a minimum of 2 hours a week, though more is encouraged.
Dr. Bondurant will travel to your home for lessons, which are between 30 minutes to 1 hour. The 2019-2020 rate is $50 for 30 minutes, $65 for 45 minutes, $80 for 1 hour. Family discounts are available.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in tri-annual ABRSM Exams in theory and the bi-annual ABRSM performance Exams, though it is not required. The Associated Boards of the Royal School of Music, London England (ABRSM) can lead to college credit after Level 5. (See ABRSM Website for costs and schedule). Group theory classes will be scheduled outside of regular lessons for students who are taking exams.
There are 2 recitals a year - 1 Spring and 1 Winter. Participation is not required but is strongly encouraged. Recitals are extremely motivational for both parents and students.
If the student is interested in playing with other students, Dr. Bondurant will pair students according to their skill level.
A list of required books will be given to the student; it will be their responsibility to acquire them no later than the second lesson. The required books are chosen specifically to integrate exercises, theory, technique, and musical styles, as well as vocal skills; providing students with a fun and efficient way of learning.
Cancellations must be done within 24 hours to receive a make-up lesson. With less than 24 hours lessons are forfeited.
Invoices are sent monthly via PayPal and are due on the last lesson of the month or no later than the 30th.