I think lessons at a [regular academic] school a parent would have the reasonable expectation the student would have regular access to practice at school.
There is no time during the school day to practice for after-school lessons, like dance, photography, brass lessons, piano, etc...
It is extra difficult to arrange make-up piano
lessons, and there is NO scheduled practice times because of the limited availability of rooms with pianos, that are not already being used for other lessons/activities after school at the same time.
For instrument rentals, my town has several stores that offer low priced monthly rentals. Most of the music teachers direct parents to "Main Town Music Store" for books, and they highly advertise and promote rentals for just about any instrument!
This is a private school, with no scholarship offerings, and lessons are not required. If you choose lessons, you must prepay for the entire semester up front, and that can be a few hundred dollars.
Yes, all the parents received a welcome e-mail, including my cell.
The methodology that I use has students playing many octaves high and low to recognize note naming patterns. The first lesson does not involve sitting at all, since we touch almost all the keys and walk up and down as we play.
I encourage them to choose one note to play as LOUD as they can, and then that same note as softly as they can, teaching the vocab to go along with that. Then we try it in a different register. Some students think that low notes = loud, and high notes = soft. When they play a low bass super softly, and a music box high note really loudly, they get a light bulb moment!
I am interested in these responses! Keep them coming!
I will tell you what I told the mom tomorrow.