DewMusic Studio
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Lessons

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Voice Lessons

Voice lessons are available for ages 12 and older. Younger students who are interested in singing will receive a mixture of voice and piano lessons. I teach a wide variety of genres including musical theatre, jazz, contemporary, classical, opera, and pop/rock. (And yes… lessons are available for college students and adults!)

On music experience: It is best if students are able to read music or have experience playing another instrument, preferably piano. Students who cannot read music may require additional music theory materials.

Voice lessons focus on a variety of music styles to promote the development of proper breathing, resonance, and tone production, in addition to performance style and interpretation. Lessons occur once a week, every week

  • Required Materials: Students should have access to an acoustic piano or small keyboard for practice purposes. Voice students must bring a 3-ring binder, current music repertoire, and a bottle of water to each lesson. Recording devices, such as iDevices, smart phones, small audio recorders, or USB flash drives are strongly recommended.

  • Practice Expectations: Voice students are expected to practice enough to reach their lesson goals each week. Practice should focus on both vocalises and repertoire; voice students must memorize their repertoire. 

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Piano Lessons

Piano lessons are available for beginner through early advanced, beginning age 6 and older. Lessons address the fundamental aspects of playing piano through the use of proper technique and music theory. Students will learn a variety of music styles including classical, popular, jazz, and blues. Lessons occur once a week, every week.

  • Required Materials: Must have access to a fully functional and well-tuned piano or full-sized weighted keyboard or digital piano for daily practice. Students should bring their music method books and repertoire to each lesson. Additional materials (piano book bag, metronomes, music, flash cards) may also be recommended.

  • Practice Expectations: A student’s progress is determined by dedicated practice, not by simply attending lessons. Ideally, students should practice at least 4-5 days a week. Specific amounts of practice time are not assigned to each student. Instead, students should practice long enough to complete their weekly assignment.

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Flute Lessons

Flute lessons are available for 8 years and older. Lessons will address the fundamental aspects of playing flute through proper technique and music theory. For beginner students, it’s important to know that making a sound on the flute can be difficult in the beginning and to be ready for a little time getting used to blowing into the flute. Don’t let that discourage you though. Every instrument has difficulties. 

( Yes! I teach adult flute lessons too! It is never too late to start learning, and I’m happy to help former flute students find their sound again.) 

Required Materials: Must have a fully functional flute. If you don’t have a flute and you’re interested in purchasing one, I’m happy to assist. Students should bring their music method books and repertoire to each lesson. Additional materials( Notebook, pencil, flashcards) may also be recommended.

Practice Expectations: A student’s progress is determined by dedicated practice, not by simply attending lessons. Ideally, students should practice at least 4-5 days a week. Specific amounts of practice time are not assigned to each student. Instead, students should practice long enough to complete their weekly assignment.

 
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About

Michel Dew is the definition of an entrepreneurial artist. Freelance flautist, songwriter, and educator, she graduated cum laude from the Boston Conservatory in 2013 with a Bachelors of Music in Flute Performance. In addition to flute, she studied piano, voice, and pedagogy. Her teachers include renowned players Geralyn Coticone, Ann Bobo, Jeff Zook, Rhonda Larson, Kazuo Tokito, and Ervin Monroe. She has performed in masterclasses with notable musicians Marianne Gedigian, James Galway, Joseph Silverstein, Rhonda Larson, Amy Porter, and Michel Debost.

As a soloist, Michel has performed professionally in Boston and in the Chicagoland area. She has participated in competitions across the United States and was honored as a finalist in the James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition. Her woodwind quintet was the winner in the Boston Conservatory Chamber Honors Competition for two consecutive years, and she is a founding member of the Kelkarna Trio, an innovative saxophone, flute, and piano ensemble in Boston. She is also a founding member of Peridiam, a Chicago-based classical/contemporary flute and horn duo.

Michel discovered a passion for songwriting while participating in a ProArts program at the Berklee College of Music. After starting her own band, she made her first professional recording at Studio 52. Her songs incorporate her classical training with her contemporary style, resulting in music that dares to be different.

To achieve her goal of bringing the joy of music to children, Michel established her first private studio in the greater Boston area in 2014. Her 15+ years of classical training, combined with a decade of professional childcare experience, provide the basis for a unique approach to her teaching style. Drawing on her expertise in child development, she tailors her lessons to each individual student. For those in school, private lessons complement school programs

Michel is currently sharing her vitality, knowledge, and love for music with students at her private studio in Evanston, IL.

 
 
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DEWMUSIC STUDIO POLICIES

DewMusic Studio endeavors to provide quality music lessons by integrating a variety of teaching methods.

Students will receive private lessons. The following policies explain how DewMusic Studio runs and what is expected of students.

DewMusic Studio's teaching philosophy centers on creating dedicated music students with a life-long love of music. The policies below reflect those goals.

Studio Semester and Number of Lessons

The Fall/Spring Semesters are based on a 9 month calendar (Sept. – May). Fall Semester has 15 lessons and Spring Semester has 19 lessons. Most studio breaks coincide with the school systems in this area, but some holidays (e.g. Columbus Day) are not observed and lessons will occur.

 Summer Schedule is announced mid-spring. Students who take lessons in the summer are guaranteed a spot during the Fall Semester. Students who take the summer off will be placed on a waiting list for Fall.

Please Note: There are no reimbursements for missed lessons and tuition is never adjusted unless the teacher cannot provide the promised number of lessons. 

Tuition Payments and Schedule

Lessons will be paid in monthly installments beginning the first lesson of every month. DewMusic Studio accepts Check, Cash, and Venmo/Paypal.

Tuition reserves your weekly time slot and studio membership. It also covers the cost of:

  • Lesson planning and repertoire selection

  • Piano tuning and maintenance

  • Incentive programs and game materials

Tuition does not include the cost of music. Students should expect to spend approximately $50 per year on repertoire.

  • $20 Late Fee for all payments received past the 2nd lesson of the month

  • Forgot your payment? Miss the first lesson? Venmo/Paypal or drop-off/mail payment to avoid the late fee.

  • If payment is not received by the second lesson of the month… no lesson will be given.

  • Should something come up where you cannot financially fulfill your commitment to your lessons, advanced notice and open, ongoing communication is appreciated and encouraged!

Inquiries: For current tuition rates, please contact DewMusic Studio via email (dewmusicstudio@gmail.com).

Missed Lessons

Lesson times are standing appointments; a student’s lesson time is reserved for only them each week, and it is their responsibility to attend. Dance classes and sports teams do not offer reimbursements if you cannot attend a rehearsal or game – music lessons are no different. Because specific times are set aside for specific students, a student who does not attend a lesson will simply miss the benefit of that lesson.  

  • Students who are ill SHOULD NOT attend lessons. If you are too sick to attend school, you are too sick to attend your lesson. Please notify the teacher ASAP if you cannot attend. 

  • “No-Show” Lessons are Forfeit: Repeat “no shows” will result in removal from the schedule without tuition reimbursement. (3 Strike Rule!)

  • Exceptions to the Rules: The more notice given, the more flexibility YOU have to reschedule. Look at your schedule in advance!Life can be crazy sometimes – talk to me – open communication is key!

Lesson Procedures

Please arrive at least a few minutes prior to your lesson. Students are expected to bring all materials (assignment folders, music books, and otherwise) to every lesson.

Keep it Clean! ALL students are REQUIRED to wash their hands before each lesson. Students must also remove wet/muddy shoes before entering the studio. (Bring an extra pair of clean shoes or socks!)

Food, gum, and non-water drinks are prohibited in the studio.

Waiting Room: Please feel free to relax in the waiting room. This allows the student my full attention and vice versa. exception – Feel free to use the restroom. Well-behaved siblings are welcome in the waiting room. Do not allow children to climb/play on the furniture.

** Siblings who take lessons back-to-back are welcome to wait in the studio and silently read, draw, play on tablets, or work on homework during each other’s lessons. Please bring enough materials to stay occupied.

Contacting the Teacher Outside of Studio Hours

Questions? Need to talk? Quick questions can be handled during your lesson time, text is welcome between 8am-8pm Monday – Friday.  Email me at any time and I'll get back with you as quickly as possible.

Practice Expectations and Instrument Requirements

If there is a lack of progress, there is probably a lack of practice! A student’s progress is determined by dedicated practice, not by simply attending lessons. Ideally, students should practice at least 4-5 days a week. Specific amounts of practice time are not assigned to each student. Instead, students should practice long enough to complete their weekly assignments.

The quality of practice time is more important than the quantity of practice time.

Parental Support is an extremely important factor in musical training. Students whose parents take an active role in their progress tend to be more enthusiastic and productive. Create a quiet space where the student can practice, and schedule a time for practice each day.

Instrument Requirements: All students (voice included) should have regular access to an acoustic piano or an 88 key modern digital piano with a weighted hammer action. The 61 key keyboards sold at most large retail stores are not satisfactory for the continued study of piano, though they will suffice for voice lessons if necessary. Acoustic piano should be kept in good working order and should be tuned at least once a year.

 Holidays / Studio Breaks / Teacher Cancellation

Please Note that the studio is NOT closed on every national holiday. Sometimes Monday students WILL have lessons on a day when there is no school. The studio is ALWAYS closed on:

  • New Year’s Day

  • Memorial Day

  • 4th of July

  • Labor Day

  • Thanksgiving/Black Friday

  • Dec. 23rd – Jan 1st

Additional Studio Breaks or days off may occur during holiday breaks or between semesters, and are always announced well in advance. The calendar is subject to change.

If the Teacher Must Cancel Lessons (this happens very rarely), students will be offered an alternative time slot.

Discontinuation of Lessons

Music is a lifelong pursuit, but lessons are not always possible for a multitude of reasons. Whatever the reason, I will never take discontinuation of lessons personally. Remember: if you are unsatisfied with your lessons for any reason or if you are contemplating quitting lessons, please speak freely to me about your concerns.

Discontinuation of lessons requires a 3 week notice – This gives us time to wrap up any current projects and discuss how the student can continue to follow their music goals. This also allows me the necessary time to fill that empty lesson slot so that I can avoid a loss in income. Thank you for your consideration.

Mutual respect is a key goal in our studio. As studio owner, I reserve the right to remove students from the schedule if they have poor attendance, poor practice habits, or if they repeatedly break any studio policies

 
 
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Fall 2019 Registration

Semester Dates: September 3rd-December 11th

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After you submit this registration form, someone from DewMusic Studio will contact you via the email address you provided regarding method of payment. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at dewmusicstudio@gmail.com. Thank you!

Lesson Scheduling

 
 

 

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Classical Media

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Location

 

Evanston, IL 60202

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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