About Our Studio
Mode Music Studios began life as Erin Rubin Piano Studios. After four years, and with an ever-growing clientele and continuing community interest, we decided to move into a new, bigger space: creating more opportunity for young musicians to find their musical voice through piano, guitar, percussion, and vocal instruction.
“When I was six years old my piano teacher looked like Cher, made me laugh and brought me on stage to play with her. She was young and fun and this inspired me to practice and keep going. I want to give children the opportunity to love music and learning in the ways I was given.” -Erin Rubin-Tate
Our teaching style incorporates all types of learning. All of our students are exposed to technique, ear training, sight reading, chart reading, composition, arranging and some even singing and songwriting. We have a background of playing live in bands and continue to put ourselves through private lessons. We can’t get enough from learning and growing personally to keep up with our students and put ourselves in the students' seat.
Private lessons give us the freedom to apply different approaches for each individual child’s learning style. We are sensitive to the student and their needs. There is a general lesson plan with a lot of room for amendment and we enjoy each lesson as a chance to give the student exactly what they need based on their interests and ability.
Although we provide two recital performance opportunities a year, we don’t view our style as performance based. Building a repertoire and having songs available at all times is a priority and we love being able to show it off at our winter and spring recitals at The Sanctuary at Admiral. We also offer rock band camps in the summertime to encourage playing music with others and the chance to experience a different type of performance. The Skylark Cafe has provided us with their stage to do so and gives the kids a day to show off their talents on a rock stage. It’s one of our favorite times of year for the children!
Please let us know if you have any questions regarding our philosophy. This has worked for 99% of the kids that we have had the pleasure of teaching and we find that, from our own personal childhood piano lessons, when music is fun they will stick with it, and learn in the process!
Private Lesson Rates and Policy
Lessons are $25 for 30 minutes and $45 for an hour on a weekly basis. Payments are made monthly on the first lesson of every month.
The first lesson is offered with a “satisfaction guarantee.” We include this lesson in continued students’ tuition but wave our lesson fee if you walk away unsatisfied. We are confident in our approach and connection with the kids while understanding the importance of an initial vibe between student and teacher.
Missed lessons are made up through Performance Classes offered at the end of most months throughout the year. These are an hour long group classes offered to all students to encourage stage performance and group critiques. You have a 3 class cycle to cash in your make up. These classes are also available to students without a missed class for $20.
We are closed on Labor Day.
Music lessons DO continue throughout the summer. We’ve changed our policies this summer to better fit your vacation schedule and additional needs.
One optional credit will be given in July as well as one optional credit in August for vacation time. You can choose to use this credit or continue with lessons as usual.
Summertime is also a great time for families to get their preferred time slot. If you are a student continuing through the summer, you will keep your current lesson time for the fall. Reschedules will be flexible and earlier times are available temporarily for summer. We are also able to move you to an earlier or later time any day of the week depending on availability. Your schedule will take priority over those who have left.
We encourage students to continue through the summer to minimize a loss in a music education momentum. If you choose to terminate lessons for the summer, you will lose scheduling seniority and may find yourself struggling to fit in our fall schedule. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to continue lessons in July and August.
For those of you that are taking summers off, please contact us in mid-August to get back in the September fold. We do realize not all families’ schedules are able to accommodate private lessons in the summer and will do our best to fit you back in with your preferred teacher in the fall.
Email us with any questions regarding summer policies.