About Me - Outside of Music
I have been married for 20 years to my husband William (Bill). We have been blessed with four beautiful kids: 3 boys and a girl. We also have 3 cats, 15 chickens, and an assortment of freshwater fish. I have lived just north of Purcellville in the same house for 19 years (since 1997). In addition to piano, I enjoy playing tennis, running, cooking, and posting creative recipes on my blog: www.cookingtowellness.com.
Code of Conduct (A Few Principles I Try to Run My Business By)
- If you don't have something nice to say about another teacher or student, don't say it. Most gossip is heresay anyhow, and it is never professional to put down other teachers. We all have different gifts/ specialties, and that doesn't make one of us better than the others.
- Dress modestly and professionally for lessons and piano gigs.
- Keep chit-chat and self-talk out of lessons. Lesson time is for focus on the student and his/her music education. We can talk before or after the lesson.
- No smoking, drinking, or drug use on gigs and lessons. I have run into a lot of musicians who drink on the job. I once had a smoky piano tuner come into my studio and leave his smoky scent behind for days. So I know how off-putting this can be to a non-smoking family...just thought I'd mention that I don't smoke.
- Be reliable, be fair on lesson length, keep your schedule consistent, cancel rarely, and only when absolutely necessary!
- When traveling to lessons, let the customer know if you're running late.
- In the rare event that you have wronged a customer, or a customer disagrees with something, remain professional and considerate throughout the dispute. Defend your policies, but seek peaceful resolution and compromise whenever possible.
- Seek a healthy lifestyle and take care of yourself. Musicians have, at times had a reputation for being out-of-shape and neglecting their bodies, or mistreating their bodies with drugs and alcohol. I try to steer clear of poisonous foods and substances, remembering that I am example to young people. If I can't take care of myself, how can I take care of my kids and students?