Piano Lessons Information


Piano lessons are offered to students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Students will be required to have a piano in their home throughout the year and will be required to practice regularly. There will be a minimum of 30 lessons during the school year. Students will receive a private 30 minute lesson once a week. The lessons will replace either a vocal music class or a physical education class.


Tuition is $750.00 for the year and is payable in one of three plans:

A. Registration of $75.00 with a balance due on September 1st.

B. Registration of $75.00 with a balance due in two equal installments of $337.50 due September 1st and February 1st.

C.  Registration of $75.00 with monthly payments of $75.00 due the 1st day of each month beginning September 1st through May 1st.

Click here for Piano Registration Form

Piano Instructors:


Mrs. Lauri Gilder is highly qualified and experienced in teaching children in piano.  She graduated from Louisiana State University in 1982 with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education.  Mrs. Gilder is also State and Nationally Certified as a teacher of piano.  She is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, Louisiana Music Teachers Association, National Guild of Piano Teachers, Louisiana Federation of Music Clubs, American College of Musicians and the Lafayette Piano Teachers Association.


Mrs. Sue Miller is an experienced piano teacher and has taught for over 28 years.  She also has years of experience playing organ and piano for church, chorus, theatre groups and has played flute in various orchestras.  Having owned and operated a family music store, Mrs.Miller can guide you through the process of choosing the appropriate piano or keyboard to fit your child’s needs.  Mrs. Miller recognizes the importance of today’s technology and uses the computer to teach basic theory.  Mrs. Miller is a member of the Music Teacher’s National Association, LA Music Teachers Association, LA Federation of Music Clubs and Lafayette Area Music Teachers Association.


Mrs. Hannah Marks holds a B.A. in music with a concentration in Piano Pedagogy, from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.   She has six years of teaching experience, and is proficient in teaching students of all ages and skill levels.  Mrs. Marks uses theory, ear training, sight-reading and music history to help ensure her students receive a well-rounded musical education.  Her students also learn about one composer each month in order to enhance their appreciation of music and the arts.  Mrs. Marks is a member of the Louisiana Federation of Music Clubs. 


For further information, call the school at 235-2464. Anyone interested should register as soon as possible as spots are limited.




Information for Parents of Piano Students: 


Payment Options: If you choose to pay monthly, piano payments are due on the first of the month payable to the school.  Piano teachers do not send out statements.  Other payment options include 1/2 payment due September 1st with balance due February 1st or payment in full.  This is a full year commitment. 

Instruments: Students are required to have an instrument in order to practice. It is imperative to have this purchased for the student's first lesson. Pianos are every piano teachers instrument of choice. However, if a keyboard is to be purchased, the following guidelines are important. Keys should be the same size as piano keys. Keys need to be able to be played softly and loudly (Weighted keys). Keyboard should have music rack, music stand, bench, and pedal and should always be available to the student. The ideal keyboard should have 88 keys. Lafayette Music knows the keyboards approved by Lafayette piano teachers. 

Homework: Piano homework will always be to practice daily.  Thirty minutes daily is the desired time. This can be broken up into two fifteen-minute sessions.  Practice should be what the teacher assigns and will be written in the student's notebook.  SAT week is a good week to practice, as there is no other homework that week.

Students are required and expected to bring all piano books to every lesson. Each piano teacher will write the student's assignments in his/her notebook.  Parents should read this and know what is expected of the student.

Recitals are in the spring and all students are required to memorize recital solos. All students are encouraged to participate, but it is not mandatory.  Grandparents and friends are invited to attend. 

A parent should not show up at a piano room without an appointment.  Appointments are to be scheduled through the piano teacher. Please remember that you are required to check in at the front office of the school.  

There may be times when it is necessary for a student to attend an additional day of piano or go to the piano room for extra help with a song. If a piano teacher has scheduled a student to come for this help, we ask that parents remind them of this extra time and make sure that the students remember to show up.

Information on festivals and recitals will be posted at the appropriate time. Always read your child's assignment notebook. This is a valuable way to keep communication open between school and home.


Mrs. Gilder, Mrs. Miller, and Ms. Ray are looking forward to a great year in piano. Spaces are limited so please register if you have not already done so.  Piano lessons will begin the week before Labor Day. Your child's teacher will inform you in mid-August of the day and time your child will have a lesson.


Thank you for encouraging your child, as you are a key player in setting up a daily practice time.  You play an important role in your child's musical education.

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