Studio Policies

THIS BOOKLET contains my detailed policies, and information you need to get the most out of piano lessons.   


I hold a Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance with a focus in Piano Pedagogy from the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at Catholic University (Washington, DC), where I studied under Dr. James Litzelman. 

I specialize in teaching a technique based on upper arm gesture and weight manipulation as the path to physiologically healthy & efficient playing and freedom of expression. I handle all logistics via an online portal (MyMusicStaff), facilitate various recitals, group classes, masterclasses, and competitions throughout the year, and have an effective setup for online lessons.

I am a member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) along with several local affiliates (Maryland State, Greater Baltimore, Montgomery County, Washington DC). I charge a flat-rate monthly tuition based on the number of lessons in a September to August term, and teach year-round. 


Teaching Philosophy

There is almost nothing in this world that I believe in more than I believe in piano lessons. I have now been teaching long enough to repeatedly see how it can transform students (and appreciate how it transformed me). Adherents to lessons, as with many other long-term disciplines, learn: 

· Patience, problem-solving, and deliberate focus 

· How to process feedback, create good strategy, and be time-efficient 

· How to overcome nerves, build confidence, learn from failure, and manage tension in the body 

· How to make creative decisions, consider detail, and describe abstractions 

· How to gradually acquire skill over time 

Most of all, however, they are given the ability to communicate in this powerful language for their own nurturement and enjoyment throughout their lives. This is one of the many gifts that a parent can give to their child whose impact may not be truly appreciated until years later in life. 

I am grateful that I was given that gift growing up, and that it has turned into the foundation of my work. This was due, in part, to the financial sacrifice of my parents and grandparents, but also to the generosity of my teachers and mentors. This is why, to date, I have given over 200 hours of lessons at no or reduced cost. It is my goal to do more, as I am able. 

If you support this mission, please consider contributing to the my Studio Fund


Alec M Davis