Each person wants to feel valued. You want to feel valued where you work. Each family member in your home wants to feel valued by one another. You want to feel valued by the friends you have. Your child wants to feel valued at school and their relationships in their life. Here at PCS, we all want to go above and beyond to make sure every student and every family feels valued.
First, we value you by caring for every student individually. No two students are exactly the same, so each teacher at PCS takes time to teach to the needs, interests, personality and learning style that each student has. We purposefully work to get to know each student individually – and not just about what interests them musically but also how they think, learn, and what they enjoy doing outside of their music lessons. Part of getting to know a student individually is also getting to know their families, especially the families of our school-age students.
We also value you by communicating often. We work hard to make sure you are aware of everything that is available to you and your family at our studio. We send out weekly emails to help you know how to prepare for what is ahead. PCS teachers also communicate through email, text, Seesaw, or monthly studio newsletters to make sure you’re aware of the opportunities we offer at PCS and what is taking place in each studio. Our PCS Facebook page gives you a peek into the happenings at PCS as well.
We also value you by challenging you to become a better musician. In every lesson, your teacher gives a challenge of some kind for the week. We want to help you make progress through the piece that is being learned, the book that is being worked though, and the technique that is being developed. We provide performance opportunities to showcase our students’ hard work through the winter recital, the spring recital, community performances, and outreach performances. Judging events like the NFMC Festival and our own PCS Music Fest help students grow in new and different ways.
Finally, we value you by motivating and encouraging you. Everyone likes to be praised especially when they’ve worked hard! Our teachers love encouraging our students in ways both big and small. We know that something as small as a note in the assignment notebook, a sticker, or a word of praise will go a long way in motivating students to keep on keeping on. School-wide, we take the motivation up a notch with our PCS Music Bags, Brag Tags, and other extra gifts of encouragement and appreciation throughout the year.
The thread through all of this is three-fold – care, connection, and celebration. It’s the care, connection, and celebration we want to show to each student and their family that most communicates just how special you are to us and what a valued part of the PCS family that you are!