Welcome to Coyote Music Studio! I’m very excited that you’ve chosen to learn music with me and I’m looking forward to learning about you. All Classes and Lessons are currently on Zoom and we're having a great time!
Scheduling and Payments I use My Music Staff for scheduling, student information, and online payments. Once you complete studio enrollment, you'll receive an email with login information for your Student Portal account with My Music Staff. You can register for a trial class or lesson by going to the Calendar Tab, clicking on any open lesson or class, and clicking "Register." For classes or camps with multiple days, click all the days you'd like to attend. You may also contact Tonya by email or phone so she can register the student for an entire semester.
After your trial lesson, you can choose to continue paying weekly or monthly for the drop-in rate or you can receive a 10% discount by purchasing a 6 Week Package of Lessons - Note Absence Policy Packages do not apply to Zoom classes.
You can pay online through your Student Portal account but discounts must applied manually so contact Tonya if you're interested in purchasing a Package of Lessons. You may also pay through Paypal: paypal.me/Coyotemusicstudio
You’ll receive a reminder notification for each class, lesson, or music therapy session that will contain the Zoom Meeting ID and Password to connect. You can change how you receive reminders (email, text, or both) by logging into the Student/Parent Portal (My Music Staff) and updating your information. If you need to miss for any reason, you can notify me through My Music Staff or send an email. See the Absence Policy below.
Absence Policy for Private and Group Lessons Try not to miss. Frequent instruction is vital to progress. Students must give at least 2 hours notice before canceling or they will be charged. Students may only cancel or reschedule 1x with a 6 week period. The 2nd cancellation within 6 weeks will be charged to the student's account and the 3rd cancellation within 6 weeks will move the student to the waiting list for future lessons. Exceptions are made for summer/winter breaks and family emergencies.
Discounts - does not apply to Zoom classes Contact Tonya prior to paying in order to apply your discounts. 10% Sibling Discount - Each child after the first enrolled qualifies for a 10% sibling discount. 10% Package Discount - Purchase a 6 Week Package of Private or Group Lessons for 10% off. Groupons are available but you must let Tonya know you bought one. Groupon does not contact the merchant when someone buys their product. Groupon has it's own policies, please refer to their website for more information.
Important Lesson Information Lessons students will need to purchase a method book for your instrument. Do NOT buy one before contacting Tonya. She will make a recommendation for books in your first lesson. All students are expected to bring a 3 ring binder to lessons AND practice outside of their lesson time. A good policy for beginners is to start with 10 min/day. Play through what you learned in your lesson, repeating each exercise and song 3-5 times. Add a few minutes each week, working up to (at least) 30 min/day. Continue to practice learned pieces even when not playing them in lessons. You're building a repertoire of pieces to play and you don't want to forget them! Intermediate and advanced students should split their practice time approximately: 1/3 scale exercises, 1/3 etudes, 1/3 solo/previously learned pieces. Do NOT spend all your time on the “song” or solo. Scales, arpeggios, and etudes will help you play the solo with more efficiency and musicality. Frequent Practice is more important to progressing in music than lesson time and Practice Time can’t be made up!Muscle memory needs to be built. It doesn’t matter if you know what the music says if you can’t play it. 10 minutes every day or every other day is better than an hour once a week.
For Private/group lessons and music therapy sessions that are held at Coyote Music Studio: 2615 N. Locust St, Denton, TX 76209 OBSERVING – Parents/caregivers may watch silently in the studio during lessons, sit at our picnic tables in the gardens, or even drop off for the lesson and return for pick-up. The studio is small and our lessons are short. If you would like to know how to help at home, we'll discuss it at the end of the lesson. PARTICIPATION – Parents/caregivers are asked not to participate but will be shown ways to help the student at home. PARKING – Please pull all the way into the drive and allow space for others who come before and after you to use the “turn-around.”
For Classes that are held at Green Space Arts Collective: 529 Malone St, Denton TX 76201 OBSERVING and PARTICIPATING – Participation of parents/caregivers is only required in the Infant and Toddler classes. Participation in Preschool, Family Music, and Homeschool Music classes is optional but always welcome. If you choose not to participate, please watch quietly from the bench or through the window from the lobby. PARKING – Please park in the lot behind the building, on Sena St, or on Congress Street across from the dance studio. DO NOT park at other businesses or you will be towed.
All students in music lessons and classes (except the infant and toddler classes) are expected to participate in the Studio Recitals each semester. Recitals are held at Juice Lab, a live music bistro with organic and vegan options just a couple blocks south of the Denton Square. Students who perform will be served a snack. Anything else must be purchased. 508 S Elm St #104, Denton, TX 76201