Jessica K. Lynn Hatfield, MS, OTR/L, CKTP
Musician and Occupational Therapist

"We need to be the best musicians we can be, not teachers who happen to be teaching music, but musicians who specialize in the art of Teaching."

-Leonard Bernstein

Music Studio

It is my personal goal to help shape all of my students to become the best musicians as possible. This includes:

Tone

Tone is the texture of the sound shaping the character, emotion, and style of the music. In technical terms it is the resonance of the sound waves reverberating. Tone is the result of embouchure, air flow, tongue placement, mouthpiece, ligature, and reed. A beautiful tone is essential for any musician to perform meaningful music.

Articulation

Articulation is the execution of tone. A musician must be capable of using a wide variety of articulations to accommodate the character, emotion, and style of the music.

Technique

Technique is the acuity in which the mechanical aspect of performing is executed. It includes finger / hand position, fine motor skill performance, sequencing, and fluidity of motion. Technique is important for an accurate and compelling performance.

Musical Knowledge

Knowledge of music theory and music history are important for interpreting repertoire. A background of music theory will enhance the performer's ability to identify musical ideas, know their role from moment to moment, and develop their own personal schema. Music history establishes a context for the repertoire. The performer understands why the piece was written and can give a performance true to its contextual intention. Music theory and history are very intricate subjects on their own. A fluent understanding of these aspects cannot be acquired through performance lessons alone. However, general concepts will be discussed when appropriate and their ideas will be integrated into lessons.

Scales

Scales are, in part, building blocks for musical structure. A competent knowledge and performance ability of scales will develop accurate sight reading, an 'ear' for the tendencies of each scale degree and technique.

Studies

Studies, such as etudes and simple exercises like finger patterns, are written to prepare for learning repertoire. They are structured to expose a wide variety of style and techniques seen throughout our curriculum of music.

Repertoire

The mastery of all of the components above are seen through the performance of the repertoire. Appropriate music will be chosen based on skill set and intention of the performance. This aspect is often the most rewarding part of studying music.

Performance

All aspect of performance skills will be established with a sense of professionalism. This ranges from what to wear at a college audition, working with other musicians in preparation of a performance, to over coming / coping with stage fright.

Accountability

An important part of being a musician is being accountable. This involves more than our cultural definition of 'accepting blame'. It is a sense of personal responsibility for driving your own success through your actions.

Achieving Meaningful Goals

One of my most important goals is to guide my students to reach their own musical goals that fit their own path in music. I encourage students to audition for All-District, All-State, and various honor bands; along with their participation in events like Solo and Ensemble Festival and youth symphonies. This also includes the college audition process and recitals. I'm here to provide the tools of success in whichever path they choose.
 

Attendance  

Lessons will be scheduled on a weekly basis. From experience, students who consistently attend weekly lessons make significant improvements when progress is compared students of similar potential. The following lesson will be scheduled at the end of each lesson. Students/parents should arrive knowing what their following week will entail to avoid double booking. Students are expected to be on time for their scheduled lessons. Please insure all transportation details are arranged prior to the lesson to ensure that all lessons start on time.

Cancelations

Cancelations must be made as soon as possible, up to 24 hours before the scheduled lesson time. If the scheduled lesson is canceled within the 24 hour window, the lesson amount will still be charged. Emergencies will be worked with on a case by case basis. Emergencies include: death of a family member, hospitalization of an immediate family member, or severe illness. Again, if you have any concerns, please talk with me and we will work something out.
 

Payment

Lessons are offered weekly at two rates: 
30 minutes - $20 
1 hour - $35
Payment is due at the beginning of each lesson. If payment is not received, it will be due at the beginning of the next week's scheduled lesson in addition to a $5 late fee. Advanced payment is acceptable and encouraged to avoid late fees. If there is any concern about payment, please talk with me. I am more than happy to work with you. 

Practice

Each student is expected to practice a prescribed amount of time each day according to their skill set and meaningful musical goals. These times vary from 30 minutes to 2 hours (note that a music performance major in college is expected to practice 4 hours each day).Students must maintain a practice log that marks their progress. This tool assists with creating and tracking goals. It is a great resource for self reflection and feedback on how the student practices.