Mrs. Hopkins’ Education and Experience
I have maintained a private piano studio since 1991. I have a Bachelor of Music degree in Pedagogy and a Master of Education in Teaching Music from Bob Jones University. I have served in church music ministry since I was a teenager. I have also taught violin, handbells, choral music, band, and general music in private schools.
Lessons are given on a Bösendorfer grand piano at my Shrewsbury studio. Families and students have an online Studio Account and unlimited access to the iPad app, Piano Maestro for home and studio use. Lessons are enhanced with technology such as iPad applications, and Music software. Students are offered the opportunity to participate in the Royal Conservatory Performance Exams, and the National Piano Guild Auditions. All students are encouraged to play at the studio recitals.
Students are encouraged to arrive at each lesson punctually, well prepared, and with their assignment book and music. Consistent practice is necessary to make steady progress. Regular practice yields steady improvement, which in turn leads to greater satisfaction and enjoyment of piano study.
Lesson Etiquette at Hopkins Piano, Shrewsbury
To respect each student’s lesson time, please arrive no earlier than two minutes before your lesson time. Due to limited seating, one adult guest is invited to attend lessons with the student.
Menchey Students: You may go directly to the studio at your scheduled lesson time.
Piano: Students must have a piano available to them for practice(a well-tuned acoustic piano that is in good condition or an 88-key digital piano with weighted keys).
Metronome: Students need a metronome for home practice. There are many free metronome apps available.
Music: Students are responsible to pay for music needed for lessons.
Skype or Face Time Lessons
Skype or Face Time are useful tools for teaching students who cannot make it to their lesson due to inclement weather, mild illness, or other reasons. Mrs. Hopkins’ Skype user name is shellydhopkins. Please use 717-577-2693 for Face Time.
Master Classes at Hopkins Piano Studio
There are four piano master classes during the year.These four Master Classes also provide an opportunity to make up for missed lessons.Students must register online or with Mrs. Hopkins if they would like to attend.Master Class activities include a chance to perform for peers in a relaxed setting.
Photo and Video Sharing
Please let Mrs. Hopkins know if you grant or do not grant permission for Hopkins Piano to post pictures and/or videos of your child or children on the Hopkins Piano Face Book Page, hopkinspiano.com, and on YouTube.
Tuition is charged by the month in advance, and is based on the number of scheduled lessons in the month.
Hopkins Piano Tuition Rate per Private Lesson: 30-minute - $21, 45-minute – $31.50, 60-minute – $42
Menchey Music Tuition Rate per Private Lesson: 30-minute - $25, 45-minute – $37.50, 60-minute – $50
For example, Monthly Tuition for a Hopkins Piano student registered for a 30-minute weekly private lesson is
$84 for a month with four lessons, or $104 for a month with five lessons.
Monthly Tuition for a Menchey student registered for a 30-minute weekly private lesson is
$100 for a month with four lessons, or $125 for a month with five lessons.
Invoices will be sent each month by email.Payment is due by the last lesson of each month to reserve the lesson time for the upcoming month.Please note that there is a $15 late fee if payment is not received by the 7th.Lessons will be suspended until the tuition and late fee are paid.Your timely payment is appreciated.For your convenience, several payment options are available.
Cash:Exact change is appreciated.
Check:Please make checks payable to, “Shelly Hopkins.”Returned check fee is $35 plus any additional bank fees incurred.
PayPal:There is a 4.5% convenience fee added to each transaction to cover fees charged by PayPal.Please use the email, email@example.com for payment. A PayPal card reader is available if you choose to pay in person.
Online Bill Pay: Bill Pay is quicker and easier than writing and mailing paper checks, and you have the assurance of knowing your payment will be received on time every month. To add Shelly Hopkins as a Payee, sign in to your online bank account and select the “Bill Pay” tab.Enter the payee’s name (Shelly Hopkins), address, and ZIP code under “Add New Payee.”No account numbers need to be exchanged. The payment information is listed below.
Shelly Hopkins, 10 Crosswind Drive, Shrewsbury, PA 17361
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Cell Phone: 717.577.2693
By enrolling in Hopkins Piano Studio, you are agreeing to the policies and information for the 2019-2020 term.
If you decide to discontinue lessons, a paid two-week advance notice is appreciated.