Dear Parents and Students

Thank you for considering piano lessons with me through Nipawin Bible College. I am looking forward to teaching many students this year. Here are the details for the coming year and what you need to do to officially register. Registration Deadline: September 11. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions.

Myra Schmidt
Music Director,
Nipawin Bible College

w - (306) 862-5095
c - (306) 812-7782
myra@nipawin.org

Dates

Registration Deadline: September 11, 2020

September - December

Total of 11 Lessons
Begin the week of September 28, 2020
End the week of December 14, 2020
No lessons the week of November 9
No lessons on Thanksgiving (October 12) - This lesson will be made up either on November 9 or December 21.

January - June

Total of 19 lessons:
Begin the week of January 11, 2021
End the week of June 2, 2021
No lessons the week of February 15 for Semester Break (TBD based on school calendar)
No lessons the week of April 5 for Easter Break

“There’s nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.”

Johann Sebastian Bach

Scheduling

Scheduling

Please register by September 11 so that a schedule can be made.

A schedule will be made as soon as possible based on requests on the registration form.

Please check off ALL dates and times that would work for your family.

Families registering 2 or more students will be scheduled back to back on the same day unless otherwise requested by the parents.

NOTE: Lessons will not be rescheduled due to conflicts with sports games/dance competitions.

Lesson Times

Lesson time is determined by the level of music at which your child is learning. Here are the recommended times:

  • Beginner - Grade 3 piano: 30 minute lesson
  • Grade 4-6 piano: 45 minute lesson
  • Grade 7+ piano: 1 hour lesson

Other arrangements can be made at the parents request. If you’re not sure what level/grade your student is at, please contact Myra for an assessment meeting prior to the registration deadline.

Fees & Payment

Payment
Payment is made to Nipawin Bible College:

By cash or cheque at the Nipawin Bible College Bookstore

e-transfer to kendall@nipawin.org - please indicate that these are for piano lessons and who you are paying for.

Fees are non-refundable.

Fees must be paid by the first lesson if paying the full amount for the term.
If paying monthly, the total must be paid at the beginning of the month for the next month of lessons.

Missed Lessons

If you know prior to the beginning of a term or month that you will be missing on a lesson day, please let Myra know so that arrangements can be made - either rescheduling (if possible) or adjustment to fees.

If you need to miss a lesson after payment has been made, please inform Myra as soon as possible (at least by 1:00p.m. of lesson day). If notification has been given, lessons will be rescheduled if possible or a credit will be given on the next payment term.

If no notification is given for missed lessons, lessons will not be rescheduled nor credit given for the missed lesson.

If Myra is unable to be at a lesson, you will be notified as soon as possible and a credit will be given on your next payment.

NOTE: Lessons will not be rescheduled due to conflicts with sports games/dance competitions.

Fees

By Term

30 minute lesson

45 minute lesson

1 hour lesson

September - December
(if paid by first Sept. lesson)

$165

$247.50

$330

January - March Lessons
(if paid by first Jan. lesson)

$165

$247.50

$330

April - June Lessons
(if paid by first April lesson)

$120

$180

$240

30 minute lesson

45 minute lesson

1 hour lesson

Monthly

$16/lesson

$24/lesson

$32/lesson

September/October - 5 Lessons

$80

$120

$160

November - 3 Lessons

$48

$72

$96

December - 3 Lessons

$48

$72

$96

January - 3 Lessons

$48

$72

$96

February - 3 Lessons

$48

$72

$96

March - 5 Lessons

$80

$120

$160

April - 3 Lessons

$48

$72

$96

May/June - 5 Lessons

$80

$120

$160

Payment must be made for the full month at the beginning of each month.

Performance Opportunities

Recitals

Each student will perform at least one piece in the recitals that will take place in December and June (dates TBD). Families and friends are invited to attend (The number of guests will be dependent on COVID-19 restrictions). It is understood that not every student is a confident performer but preparing a piece of music for performance helps develop musical ability.

Music Festival

Students will be strongly encouraged to enter at least 2 pieces in the music festival. More information will be given in November and arrangements for registration will be determined with the parents closer to the registration deadline. Registration takes place mid-January. Dates to be determined.

Exams

Taking an official exam at the end of the year is not required although students are encouraged to do so.

Students wishing to take an exam through Royal Conservatory of Music or Conservatory Canada will be prepared to do so at their appropriate grade level. Please inform Myra by January if you would like your student to take an exam (students at a grade 5 or higher level should indicate in October for more preparation time).

Why Perform?

Performance offers opportunities for student growth:

*To improve skills and build confidence
*To gain confidence and good technique
*To build preparation techniques
*By watching and learning from other performers
(For more specific ways: https://www.thepiano.sg/piano/read/top-20-reasons-why-performing-recitals-important)

Music exams offer

*Motivation and inspiration, working from a carefully structured syllabus towards a definite goal
*A measure of personal progress and attainment against internationally recognized benchmarks
*An objective guide to improve your musical skills
*Assessment by a respected and independent musician who's highly trained and is monitored
*Performance opportunities and a real sense of achievement
(need more reasons?: https://us.abrsm.org/en/our-exams/why-do-an-exam/)

COVID-19 Response

Social Distance - Teacher and Student will endeavour to maintain the 2 metre distance during the lesson.

Masks - Students are not required to wear masks though they may wear one if they so choose. The teacher will not be wearing a mask.

Sanitizing - the piano, bench and door handles and other surfaces touched by the student and/or teacher will be sanitized between each family group.

Students will be asked to wash their hands thoroughly and/or use hand sanitizer before beginning lessons (sanitizer will be available as they walk into the lesson studio)

Illness - If your child is ill with any contagious illnesses (cold, flu, suspected COVID symptoms, etc.), please do not send your student to lessons - contact Myra as soon as possible of their illness and subsequent absence.

Meet the Teacher: Myra Schmidt

I have been playing piano since I was 6 years old.  My dad began my piano lessons but my aunt taught me from grade 1-grade 8 piano as well as theory through Western Board of Music until I graduated from high school.

After high school, I attended Peace River Bible Institute (PRBI), in Sexsmith, AB and completed a Bachelor of Religious Education with a Church Music Major. While there I completed Grade 9 piano through Conservatory Canada as well as Theory 5 & 6 and History 5 (receiving the highest mark in Alberta for Theory 5).  Other musical pursuits there included teaching a few piano students piano and working with a children's choir.

In order to continue my music education, I graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Music degree focusing on Piano Performance.  While in Lethbridge, I taught piano through Long & McQuade and also helped start and direct a boys choir.

For the past 8 years I have been working at Nipawin Bible College as the Music Director.  Musical duties include directing the choir and Christmas Cantata each year, working with music teams and teaching piano, theory and music history to both college and private students.

In 2018, I completed my grade 10 piano through Conservatory Canada and in 2020, completed History 6 in which I received the highest mark in Saskatchewan.

I have taught students of all ages and all grades for about 20 years now in piano and have been playing piano for about 33 years.

I've been singing since I could talk and have been part of choirs throughout elementary and high school. Adult choirs include: St. Peter's Chorus (Muenster, SK), choirs at PRBI including a traveling choir, and at the U of L University Choir for 2 years in which we joined with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra for Mozart's Requiem, Beethoven's 9th Symphony and a Mass by Respighi (all personal highlights!).

I have always been involved with singing in church in various capacities. As much as I enjoy directing choirs and singing, I've only had a bare minimum of voice lessons.  Most of my training comes from having directors who had a lot of vocal and music training.  At this time I do not teach private voice lessons.

During high school and for a couple years after, I played flute in our local community band.