Hello! We are Ellie and Elizabeth, and between the two of us we teach piano, guitar and all the band instruments. We have been teaching in Chanhassen for 20 years. In response to COVID-19 we have both been teaching our lessons on Zoom since March. We are planning to continue teaching on Zoom through December, and then re-assess over the holiday break to see if we can get back to in-person teaching. For Ellie in-person teaching is at the studio in Chanhassen or continuing on Zoom, and for Elizabeth in-person teaching is in your home.

Teaching on Zoom has brought some challenges and some fun new discoveries of how we can use technology to enhance learning. We have been able through apps, digital notebooks and supportive parents to continue our flexibility of materials and scheduling and keep student's creativity flowing. And right now the convenience of Zoom lessons can fit any social distancing guideline, with future in-person lessons back in the studio with Ellie or in your homes with Elizabeth.

Zoom Lesson Videos

Recital 2020 Performances!!

Recital 2019 Performances

Flexibility

  • Makeup Lessons +

    We offer makeup lessons on certain Saturdays throughout the school year. We also try and find makeup times during the week where other students have cancelled.
  • Activity Schedules +

    We have lots of experience scheduling around sport, dance and other activities. We are happy to change lesson times during sports seasons and we will often schedule extra lesson time during the off season so students are able to take some weeks off during the season.
  • Lesson Materials +

    Lesson materials are selected based on the student's interest. Beginners will typically use method books for their particular instrument so they can learn the basics. Once the student knows the basics we work on whatever they are interested in - pop music, classical, jazz.
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Creativity

  • Transcribing/Ear Training +

    Many students spend a lot of time listening to popular music. We use this to help train their ears so they can pick up on melodies and rhythms and be able to write them out into music. Plus it is fun to play something you like to listen to!
  • Composing/Arranging +

    Creating your own music is just as important and rewarding as learning to read music. We have a composing project as part of our recitals that the students and parents really enjoy!
  • Music Theory +

    Our approach to music theory is to make it an active, natural part of the lesson. We take time to analyze and look for patterns and chord structure in songs, and we use these tools to help create compositions and assist in transcribing music.
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Convenience

  • In-Home Lessons +

    All of Elizabeth's students are now taught in-home. Her lesson route includes Chaska, Carver and Victoria.
  • Studio Location +

    The studio is located in the heart of Chanhassen - very close to Byerly's and the Library. Parents will often run errands while the students are in the lesson.
  • Zoom Lessons +

    Ellie offers video lessons via Zoom. This option is great for winter weather, if the student is not feeling well enough to leave the house for a lesson, or if your schedule is too tight to make it to the studio.
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  • Calendar 2020-2021
  • Studio Policy
  • In-Home Policy
  • Course Description

Studio or Online Policy - Print

Tuition: Tuition fees make the teacher available to this student's family 44 weeks out of a 12-month year, and covers 40 weekly half-hour lesson times, one annual recital, phone/e-mail/in-person consultation and conferences, scheduling and lesson prep time, 3 progress reports annually. The teacher will keep track of attendance on the attendance chart ** See Early Withdrawal Fee

Lessons: In-Studio Lessons, Zoom Online Lessons
Each student has an assigned lesson day/time. If they can't make it into the studio at that time we will have a lesson in my Zoom Online Studio - The address is in the Evernote Notebook.
If a lesson needs to be changed for any given week I have an Online Bookings Site. The address is in the Evernote Notebook.

Tuition is based on enrollment, not attendance, and it is up to this student's family to get the full value out of their tuition by attending lessons regularly. You will recieve an invoice on the 25th of each month that is due by no later than the 1st day of the month. If the invoice is not paid by the 1st, a $5 late fee will be added to the invoice

  • Yearly payment of $1236 per half hour lesson slot.
  • Quarterly (every 3 months) payment of $309 per half hour lesson slot.
  • Monthly payment of $103 per half hour lesson slot.

Registration Fee: $50 Registration Fee. This covers administrative tasks prior to the student being on the roster (e-mails, phone calls, scheduling, setting up Zoom account, setting up the Evernote Electronic Notebook, etc.) Your registration is complete once your PayPal invoice has been paid.

**Withdrawal Fees: To withdraw from the Roster, a 30-day written notice is required (email or paper copy is acceptable).
There is a $50 withdrawal fee, and any proactive makeup lessons will also be billed.
Any borrowed items that are not returned will be billed at replacement cost. If this student should re-enroll at a later date tuition fees may have increased, and they will be re-enrolled at the new rate and a new Registration Fee will be charged.

Missed Lessons: If a lesson needs to be changed because of illness or a family emergency then the parent needs to let me know as soon as possible via text to 612-396-0322 or phone call to that number.
If a student is not going to be able to attend the lesson for any other reason such as birthday perties, sleep overs, family vacation, play practice, dance camp, sports practice or any other non-illness or non-emergency then I need to be notified at least 12 hours in advance or the lesson does not qualify for a makeup.

Returned Check Fees: The studio will be reimbursed for any returned check fees.

Lesson Materials: New Students - books are purchased by the teacher and invoiced to the parent. Transfer Students - we begin with the books they have been using and then transition to our preferred method.

Teaching Philosophy: Ellie and Elizabeth are dedicated to the music education of the students at the Music Masters of Chanhassen Studio. Their teaching ideals focus on giving students the tools to become independent musicians. Lessons combine the discipline of the rules and techniques of musicianship with the creativity and personality of the individual student. Ellie and Elizabeth love music and enjoy very much the opportunity to share that love of music through teaching.

Parental Involvement: The teacher and parents will work together to assure the best educational experience for this student through communication about practice habits, lesson material, student enjoyment level, learning style, etc. The parents will respect the teacher’s professional opinion and the teacher will respect the parent’s input. Parents are welcome to sit in during the lesson and watch any Practice Videos. Parental support at home includes encouragement, planning a quiet space to practice, scheduling regular practice time, and being a cheerleader through any rough patches. These efforts will greatly improve this student's progress and will help keep them stay positive about their lessons and develop a true love of music.

Lesson Expectations: This student is expected to come to a lesson with the assignment prepared and the charged device that has the Evernote Notebook on it. Assignments are very clear as to what is to be ready at the lesson. The teacher takes into consideration when making the assignment how much this student can reasonably accomplish in one week. Consistently underprepared lessons may result in a parent conference to find a way to help the student better prepare for lessons. Common solutions are: finding a regularly scheduled practice time at home, improving practice strategies, taking a new direction for lesson materials.

Repertoire Notebook: Each student will have a 3 ring binder to put their most favorite pieces in. I encourage students to always have at least 5 pieces in this notebook. One or two that are performance ready - perhaps memorized and three pieces that they have finished and would need a little review in order to perform.
Also this notebook would contain any music they have composed.

Online Lesson Environment: While this student is having their lesson they are expected to not leave the lesson or chat with other people in the room. It is best to have the piano or keyboard and the device they are using for the Online Lesson to be in a room with a closed door.

Annual Recital: There is one studio-wide recital that all students are encouraged to participate in. This recital usually falls in late April or early May. This date will be on the online schedules and in the newsletters. Recital expectations are that the piece be prepared to a performance quality, and preferably memorized.

MVMTA Recitals: These optional recitals bring together students from many different teachers in the Minnesota Valley area. These recitals require the piece to be memorized. There are 5 of these recitals during the schoolyear. These dates will be on the online schedules.

Contacting Ellie: Ellie prefers being contacted by e-mail. Her email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you want to contact her by phone, call 612-396-0322 during her office hours shown on the Yearly Calendar in the student Evernote Notebook.

The teachers review these policies regularly and reserve the right to make changes. When policy changes occur, this student’s family is notified by mail with a new copy.

In-Home Policy - Print

Tuition: Tuition fees make the teacher available to this student's family 44 weeks out of a 12-month year, and covers 40 weekly half-hour lesson times, one annual recital, phone/e-mail/in-person consultation and conferences, scheduling and lesson prep time, 3 progress reports annually, 13 available makeup dates should this student need to reschedule, and studio equipment (studio books, instruments, software, computers, office supplies, etc). Tuition is based on enrollment, not attendance, and it is up to this student's family to get the full value out of their tuition by attending lessons regularly and scheduling makeup lessons. Tuition Fees can be paid on a yearly, quarterly or monthly basis:

  • Yearly payment of $1140 per half hour lesson slot. ($5 discount per month)

  • Quarterly (every 3 months) payment of $285 per half hour lesson slot. ($5 discount per month)

  • Monthly payment of $100 per half hour lesson slot. ($5 discount if payment is received by the 1st of the month)

Travel Fee: $20 Travel Fee per month.

Other Fees

Late Payments: If payment is not received by the 5th of the month, a $20 Late Fee will be charged. While this student’s name remains on the Roster, tuition payments will never increase unless there are 3 late payments in a 12-month time.

Registration Fee: $50 Registration Fee. This covers administrative tasks prior to the student being on the roster (e-mails, phone calls, scheduling, etc.)

Withdrawal Fees: To withdraw from the Roster, a 30-day written notice is required (email or paper copy is acceptable).
There is a $50 withdrawal fee, and any proactive makeup lessons will also be billed.
Any borrowed items that are not returned will be billed at replacement cost. If this student should re-enroll at a later date tuition fees may have increased, and they will be re-enrolled at the new rate and a new Registration Fee will be charged.

Returned Check Fees: The studio will be reimbursed for any returned check fees.

Lesson Materials: New Students - books are purchased by the teacher and invoiced to the parent. Transfer Students - we begin with the books they have been using and then transition to our preferred method. Piano - Music Tree (Frances Clark) Guitar - Hal Leonard Guitar Method. For band students we will often just use their school method books. Our music library is available to the students to borrow materials from.

Scheduling

Lesson Dates: Music Masters of Chanhassen is open 44 weeks of the calendar year, 33 weeks during the school year and 11 weeks in the summer. Students are entitled to 32 lessons during the school year and 8 weeks of summer lessons for a total of 40 lessons annually. Note there is 1 week of vacation this student can take during the school year; the teacher does not have to make up this lesson. The 8 summer lessons can be scheduled: 8 weeks of half-hour lessons, 4 weeks of hour lessons, or any combination that adds up to 8 half-hour lessons.
Schedules are online: www.musicmastersofchanhassen.com

Lesson Times: The teacher is available for this student at the scheduled lesson time. The teacher will make every effort to keep the route on schedule.

Makeup Lessons

Makeup Lesson Times: Specific dates are available throughout the year for makeup lessons. These makeup dates are chosen by the studio and are available in the yearly calendar and on the online schedules. Makeup lessons can also be found Monday-Friday if other students have canceled. Cancellations available for a makeup lesson time are shown on the online schedules as “Makeup”. During the Summer Term, makeup lessons can be scheduled Monday-Friday at the teacher’s discretion. No Saturday makeup lessons are available during the Summer Term. Double lessons can be scheduled, but only on makeup days or in the Summer Term. Makeups may be scheduled proactively, but if there are leftover makeups when this student withdraws from the Roster there will be increased Withdrawal fees. Makeup lessons are usually done in the studio.

Rules for Makeup Lessons:
  1. If the teacher cancels she will give a makeup lesson.
  2. If I cancel before the lesson time due to illness/medical emergencies the teacher will give a makeup lesson.
  3. For the teacher to give a makeup lesson if I cancel for any reason besides illness/medical emergencies I must
    a. Give notice at least a day in advance.
    b. Pick a makeup lesson time when I am canceling. If I am notifying the teacher via e-mail or leaving a message, I will pick a makeup date from the online calendar and leave it in the message and the teacher will follow up with me.
  4. If I am a no-show to the lesson, I will not get a makeup lesson.
  5. If a missed lesson does not get made up within 120 days, I will not be given a makeup lesson for it.
  6. If I cancel a makeup lesson, I will not get a replacement makeup lesson.
  7. There is 1 week of vacation I can take during the schoolyear (for example spring break). I do not get a makeup lesson for it.
  8. If I get more than 8 summer lessons, those will count as proactive makeup lessons for the schoolyear.

Teaching Philosophy: Ellie and Elizabeth are dedicated to the music education of the students at the Music Masters of Chanhassen Studio. Their teaching ideals focus on giving students the tools to become independent musicians. Lessons combine the discipline of the rules and techniques of musicianship with the creativity and personality of the individual student. Ellie and Elizabeth love music and enjoy very much the opportunity to share that love of music through teaching.

Parent Responsibilities

Parental Involvement: The teacher and parents will work together to assure the best educational experience for this student through communication about practice habits, lesson material, student enjoyment level, learning style, etc. The parents will respect the teacher’s professional opinion and the teacher will respect the parent’s input. Parents are welcome to sit in during the lesson. Parental support at home includes encouragement, planning a quiet space to practice, scheduling regular practice time, and being a cheerleader through any rough patches. These efforts will greatly improve this student's progress and will help keep them positive about their lessons and develop a true love of music.

Lesson Area: The lesson area should be kept quiet and traffic-free during the lesson time. Only students, parents and the teacher should be in the lesson area.

Parking/Facilities: Please let the teacher know where to park and have restroom facilities available.

Student Responsibilities

Lesson Expectations: This student is expected to come to a lesson with the assignment prepared. Assignments are very clear as to what is to be ready at the lesson. The teacher takes into consideration when making the assignment how much this student can reasonably accomplish in one week. Consistently underprepared lessons may result in a parent conference to find a way to help the student better prepare for lessons. Common solutions are: finding a regularly scheduled practice time at home, improving practice strategies, taking a new direction for lesson materials.

Student Conduct: While this student is attending their lesson they are expected to respect the teacher and the teacher's equipment. Any conduct that effects property or the safety of others will result in a parent conference.

Recitals

Annual Recital: There is one studio-wide recital that all students are encouraged to participate in. This recital usually falls in late April or early May. This date will be on the online schedules and in the newsletters. Recital expectations are that the piece be prepared to a performance quality, and preferably memorized.

Mini-Recital: Periodically throughout the year, students prepare a piece to play for their family members during their lesson time. These pieces need not be memorized.

MVMTA Recitals: These optional recitals bring together students from many different teachers in the Minnesota Valley area. These recitals require the piece to be memorized. There are 5 of these recitals during the schoolyear. These dates will be on the online schedules.

Other Performance Opportunities: There may be other performance opportunities throughout the year. These will be detailed in the newsletters and dates will be on the online schedules.

The teachers review these policies regularly and reserve the right to make changes. When policy changes occur, this student’s family is notified by mail with a new copy.

Course Description - Print

Here are some details about what the students do throughout the year. Each phase of the course builds on the previous one. Together they create the "total package" musician!


Fall - Refresh, Renew

(September - December) This is the time of year where we get to know new students who have started with us. For beginners, they get the basics down. For our existing students, they get back to "hitting the books" (and many times starting a new lesson book) after their fun summer projects. We wrap up the term with some fun Holiday music and a mini-recital that family members are invited to. For many of the beginners, this is their first performance experience!

[2-week break for the Holidays]



Winter A - The Core

(January - March) During this phase of the course students will choose their recital piece and begin work on it while continuing to progress in their lesson books. They will learn many new concepts introduced in their recital piece and the lesson books. They will also improve their technical abilities and practice strategies through recital preparation as they work to perfect and memorize their recital piece.

[Spring Break vacation taken by the students]



Winter B - The Performer

(April - May) Students focus exclusively on their recital piece to ramp up to their performance in the recital (usually at the end of April/beginning of May). Students who wish to do so can also do a composing project and have their teacher perform their composition at the recital. We wrap up with a review of concepts, planning for summer and a fun final week of music games that family members are invited to participate in!

[3-week break at the end of the schoolyear]



Summer - The Joy of Music

(June - August) This is the time where the students really connect with music! After 9 months of the teacher telling the student what to do, now the students get to tell the teacher what they would like to do! Trying a new instrument, composing, Garage Band projects, recording projects, preparing a family recital and playing out of "fun" books are just some of the possibilities. The students use their creativity and self-expression as they work on compositions and projects, and they make new discoveries about music through learning new instruments. These personalized summer activities help remind the students that music is a part of them, and not just a set of symbols, rules and information. This re-connection to their "music within" helps students develop a stronger connection to the music on the page, and gives them lots of new ways to enjoy music!!

[2-week break at the end of the summer/beginning of the schoolyear]