The Piano Room
Claire Helene Bevan's private piano teaching studio in Camden, Maine
offering experienced piano instruction and performance opportunities
to students of all ages and abilities.
Quarry Hill - Saturday, June 13, 2020
Students of The Piano Room collaborated to spread love and cheer
via recordings to Quarry Hill extended care community residents
who have not been able to receive visitors during the quarantine.
all ages and abilities welcome
The Piano Room students receive a solid musical foundation
upon which to build a lifetime of music-making.
Students at The Piano Room benefit from a well-balanced program of musical activities designed to strengthen theory and keyboard knowledge while developing creative and performance skills. Lessons are customized to each student’s strengths, goals, and learning style. A recital is offered each spring and students are invited to play anytime at the church where I am Music Director.
I strongly believe my work is only successful if you are enjoying what you are learning. While structure is beneficial, please never hesitate to let me know if there are other topics you want to explore. This is your work — I consider myself to be your resource. Your time commitment outside of lessons is imperative to your success/ progress, which directly impacts your enjoyment. We all reap what we sow, and musical appetite comes with “eating”. Most learning takes place in a student’s application of what is learned at lessons. It’s my job, then, to equip you to be an independent learner and to guide your practice time so it’s most efficient and effective (and fun!).
Contact me today to schedule a complimentary meet-and-greet session, whether in-person or online.
Re-opening Safety Plan for In-Person Lessons
Starting September 1st, 2020, I have decided to offer the option for in-person lessons to those who feel comfortable with my safety policy as outlined below. The choice is entirely yours with the understanding that there is no way to guarantee 100% protection and that the option for in-person lessons will also hinge on community spread updates. Meanwhile, I continue to invest in learning more teaching skills on Zoom to maximize use of my two-screen system.
Students who opt for in-person lessons would need to agree to the following Safety Policy:
1. Students who exhibit symptoms of fever, coughing and shortness of breath need to stay home & arrange for a Zoom lesson/ or video instead.
2. Students who travel outside of Maine will follow the state quarantine requirements at the time of their travel. At this time, the requirement is that children 18 and younger do not need to test if their parent(s) with whom they traveled receive a negative COVID-19 test. If no COVID test happens, a 14-day quarantine is required.
3. Wearing face masks is required — I will keep spare masks on hand for those who forget.
4. Only students are allowed to enter through the front door — I ask that parents/others remain outside to drop off and pick up students. The less unnecessary touching of surfaces, the better.
5. The bathroom will be available to those who need it, and I will also have a big bottle of hand sanitizer in the front entry hall too, as an additional option for those who do not need to use the toilet. The hand sanitizer I provide will be CDC approved with at least 60% alcohol. In addition, the bathroom fan vents to the outside, so we will keep the bathroom fan running at all times, and when students are done using the bathroom, we will leave the bathroom door open so the fan will keep conducting air outside.
6. AIR QUALITY: I have a Eureka Air Purifier NEA120 with a true HEPA filter right beside the upright piano where students will be seated — it was recommended by a medical nurse. The true HEPA filter captures 99. 7% of dust and airborne allergens as small as 0. 3 microns such as household dust, model, pet dander, and pollen. It has a UV LED with TiO2 that is supposed to effectively reduce bacteria, virus and mold spores. This is not bullet-proof, of course. There will be some outside air from open windows upstairs; I cannot open windows near the pianos.
7. Students will be seated at the upright piano, and I will be seated at the grand which is at least 12 feet away. I normally touch students' hands sometimes in order to help them feel gestures and hand position, but we will be sure to keep a 6-foot distance at all times.
8. SANITIZATION: There will be a plexiglass covering on the music rack to facilitate sanitizing between students. I will also sanitize the keyboard and chair between each student with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogen products that they claim to be effective against SARS-CoV-2. I will completely sanitize the bathroom and door knobs at the end of each day.
My name is pronounced, “Clarolyn”
I teach piano, yes, but I view myself as an educator. We need confident, happy, compassionate, free thinkers to lead the next generation. Music is a powerful communication tool. I share Yo-yo Ma's view that, "We have a bigger purpose. It's never art for art's sake." I also whole-heartedly agree with Felix Mendelssohn who wrote that, “Genuine music (...) fills the soul with a thousand things better than words.” It is my mission to help students encounter this.
I marvel at what students learn from taking piano besides encountering works in different genres. Let me un-pack the substance of what students learn: how to be patient with themselves, how to be in the moment, devotion to a purpose (all art demands it), pattern recognition, grit, active awareness of their beautiful and expansive minds/ aliveness of their souls, depth of focus, relationship between thoughts/goals and outcomes, organization, self-validation, confident internal dialogue, imagination, emotional depth and nuance, strength of character, managing frustration (hard stuff!), overcoming perfectionism, discovering how to listen with mental ears, how to evaluate priorities, self-discipline, accountability, vulnerability, independent thinking, analysis, how to enjoy every note, full-body listening, good posture, breath control, body awareness, etc. and on and on and on. Oh yeah, and all the fun music stuff.
I get to watch THIS happen. What a privilege. My passion for teaching piano only grows.
Begins Tuesday, September 1st through Thursday, November 19, 2020 (12 weeks)
Tuesday, September 1
First day of Fall Term 2020
Wednesday, November 11 (Veterans Day)
Lessons will take place as usual
Tuesday through Thursday, Nov. 24 - 26 — no lessons
Begins Tuesday, December 1st through Thursday, February 11th (9 weeks)
Tuesday, December 1st
First day of Winter Term 2020-21
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 through Monday, January 4th, 2021 — no lessons
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Tuesday through Thursday, February 16-18, 2021— no lessons this week
Begins Tuesday, February 23rd through Thursday, June 10th (15 weeks)
Tuesday, February 23rd
First day of Spring Term 2021
Tuesday through Thursday, April 20-22, 2021 — no lessons this week
Weekend of June 5th
Some kind of recital dress rehearsal will take place!
Thursday, June 10
Last day of Spring Term 2021
Weekend of June 12th
Some kind of recital will take place!
No make-up lessons are offered, but here are a number of creative options:
I am always available to teach regardless of the weather. Regardless of school cancellations, I will assume you are coming. However, if you are not confident about the travel conditions, please send me a text or call my cell, so we can arrange for a Zoom lesson instead during your same lesson time. The lesson is forfeited if you decide not to come for other reasons (i.e. you want to go skiing instead).
Specific times are set aside for specific students. A student who does not attend a lesson will simply miss the benefit of that lesson. A missed lesson does not affect the due date for tuition payment. Please be assured that tuition pays for far more than the time spent with the student: it covers planning, researching, and problem-solving for the student. There will be no refunds. Lessons canceled by the teacher are credited to the following month — no charge. A pattern of missed lessons without prior notice or valid cause may result in the loss of your lesson time. If you plan on taking a leave of absence during the school year, a 75% payment on weeks to be missed will be required in order to hold your lesson time until your return.
The Swap List
The Swap List is a copy of the teacher’s schedule with students’ names and email addresses. Inclusion on the swap list is optional. You can use the list to try to arrange a swap with another student if you discover a conflict with your lesson time. Please email the person directly with whom you wish to swap; please do not email the entire studio with a swap request. If a swap is successfully arranged, the teacher must be notified!
If two students arrive at the same time due to a swap list miscommunication, I will teach the student whose lesson is usually scheduled for that slot.
The teacher may veto a swap if circumstances necessitate it (i.e. recital preparation). There are also cases of differing lesson lengths that make swaps impractical, unless the student with a longer lesson is willing to forfeit the extra lesson time.
Click on Swap List button to view current Swap List. You cannot edit this list. Please contact me with any arranged changes. Thank you!
"You are an amazing teacher, and we are so grateful Amelia and Soren are under your tutelage."
~ Lynn Kenoyer Johnson
"Claire Helene is a wonderfully creative piano teacher: the perfect blend of structure, fun and individualized support for our son. High expectations, but achievable bite sized pieces to feel good about his accomplishments with rewards of learning to play music he loves like Star Wars, etc."
~ Dr. Barbara MacDonald, ND, LAc
"Claire Helene Bevan is an exceptional teacher. She pays close attention to detail, is patient and courteous with her students, and she's also an amazing pianist. The first lesson I took with her, she listened to my playing, watching my hand positions, and then kindly and compassionately shared some ideas that would help me improve. I highly recommend her!"
~ Rebecca Fiarman, music teacher
"Thanks so much for all you do! Shawn and I appreciate your gentle way with Mara and your patience with all of our lesson switches!"
~ Dana Fittante
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