Sue Hazen has taught piano lessons for over 30 years to students from ages 5 to 85 years. Interactive games will captivate the attention of young children to learn basic musical rhythm and reading. Personalized song and artist favorites will motivate school age children and adults to learn techniques and style. Beginning to advanced training in music theory will challenge learners of all ages. Sue has prepared students for college level degrees in keyboard performance and education. She provides weekly private piano lessons, personalized curriculum, and community recitals.
Sue's education is in keyboard performance. She has accompanied community choral performances, improvised with professional jazz ensembles, and collaborated with local piano guilds. Sue is a member of the Music Teacher National Association (MTNA) and the Idaho Music Teacher Association (IMTA).
Dolce Piano Lessons is the culmination of years of teaching and experience. Sue's studio title is from the musical term, "dolce," which means to play sweetly.
Sue offers weekly lessons based on time duration and skill. Weekly lesson durations are 30, 45, or 60 minutes.
- 30-minute weekly lessons are recommended for beginning children, ages 6-10.
- 45-minute weekly lessons are recommended for beginning adults and children, ages 11-17.
- 60-minute weekly lessons are recommended for advanced level adolescents and adults, learning upper-level music theory and musical score.
Please see RATES for payment details.
If a student wants to learn to play a favorite song from a movie, popular musical artist, or classical composer, Sue will search for the available sheet music, order, and provide it at a following lesson. Personalized curriculum encourages motivation for practice and musical accomplishment.
Sue provides personalized weekly lesson plans. Plans will be handwritten and/or emailed to students and parents so assignments can be followed for practice between lessons.
Students are encouraged to participate in a biannual community studio recital. Studio recitals are held at a local community center or church, including post-recital refreshments. Students will perform one or two pieces of familiar music in front of a small audience of family and friends. The audience is invited to encourage and celebrate the work and accomplishments of the students.
Recital dates details will be provided in advance.
Sue has provided advanced training for students who are preparing for a college education. Preparation includes the development of skills and repertoire for collegiate auditions. Advanced music theory is taught for entrance exams and competencies. Students may request additional lessons to the regular weekly meetings to prepare for college auditions.
$90, 110, 125.
Rates are calculated by a 4-week month. Rate remains the same for 5-week month or month holiday (3-week month).
- The $90 rate includes a 30-minute weekly lesson, recommended for beginning children, ages 5-10.
- The $110 rate includes a 45-minute weekly lesson, recommended for beginning adults and children, ages 11-17.
- The $125 rate includes a 60-minute weekly lesson, recommended for advanced level adolescents and adults, learning upper-level music theory and compositions.
Rates include startup materials and ongoing supplies. Payments are received via cash or personal check.
Meet Sue for a free consultation and preview. Students entering at the intermediate or advanced levels can play a selected piece to demonstrate skill level.
Sue will search for the available sheet music, order, and provide it at a following lesson. Students reimburse Sue for personalized sheet music.
annual Registration fee
Students pay an annual registration fee in Fall. The fee will reserve a lesson space in Dolce studio for the school year (September-May). This fee is non-refundable. The fee is used to cover additional costs for theory games, teaching aids, Fall and Spring recitals, and transportation or shipping fees for acquiring personalized curriculum.
First family member* receives the regular monthly rate. Additional family members each receive a $10 discount per month.
*A "family member" is considered nuclear family (i.e. spouse, child, sibling) and must be enrolled at the same time.
Cancellations and late payments
Students are required to provide 24-hour advance notice for cancellations and rescheduling. A refund or rescheduling will not be provided if 24-hour notice is not provided.
Payment is due at the first lesson of the month. Payments are considered late after the 10th day of the month. Late payments will receive a $10 late fee.
If you would like to enquire more about Dolce Piano Lessons, please contact Sue, using the following form and submission.