Studio Policies

Tuition and Fees

Registration is free for all classes. Tuition is charged monthly in advance. Current rate is $20 per lesson for a 30 minute session. The monthly rate is based on the number of lessons in the month. Some months will be shorter or longer because of holidays but you only have to pay for the actual number of lessons that the studio is open during the month.

These are flat fees to reserve weekly lesson time. Due to the confines of limited studio time, make-up lessons may not be available. The nature of piano lessons requires that fees be charged by the month, and are not lowered nor refunded for missed lessons. If a lesson must be missed, please notify me as far in advance as possible. I will use this time to prepare materials for your next lesson.

Payments and Late Fees

All fees are due by the first lesson of the month. Tuition fees received on or after the tenth are considered late and are subject to a $10.00 late fee per student. If tuition is not paid by the end of the month, the student may be subject to termination by the studio. There is a $25.00 returned check fee plus any applicable bank charges.

Holidays

The studio may be closed during holiday times. Notice will be provided to students at least a month in advance if lessons will be cancelled during school holidays such as during the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break, or a week or two during the summer. If there are fewer than three lessons available in a month because of a holiday, a rate reduction will be given.

Summer Months

Piano lessons continue as usual during the summer months. If a student will be out of town at any time during the summer, please let the studio know well in advance so teaching schedules may be adjusted accordingly. Make-up lessons may be provided during summer months.

Priority for time slots in the fall will be given to students who continue lessons through the summer. It is highly recommended that students remain consistent in their attendance through the summer months so they do not lose ground during an extended hiatus.

Termination of Lessons

If a student wishes to terminate lessons at any given time during the year, the studio requires a two week notice. The student is financially responsible for all lessons until the termination date, whether the student chooses to attend or be absent.

Timeliness

Students are expected to be on time for their lessons. It is necessary for each student to be courteous to the teacher and the other students, regarding time. If you will be late or absent, please call.

Expected Behavior

Respect is expected from students at every lesson. This means listening to instruction, proper piano position, speaking with respect and also treating the piano with respect. Unruly and disrespectful students will be immediately dismissed from the program with no refund given.

Music

Music, books, and supplies will need to be purchased. The local music stores usually stock the music books used by the studio. If any music is provided at the studio's expense, the studio will require reimbursement upon receipt of the music.

Practice and Parental Support

Parental support is an extremely important factor in musical training for children. Parents are welcome to attend lessons at any time but are not required. If a child is a beginner, it is recommended that parents participate in practice time.

Daily practice is strongly encouraged. Sufficient scheduled practice time on a daily basis is the surest guarantee that students will experience consistent progress at the piano. For beginning students approximately 10-20 minutes each day is sufficient, while 30-45 minutes per day is appropriate for intermediate students. Advanced students should be practicing at least one hour per day.

Remember that some children experience a feeling of isolation when practicing piano and lose motivation if no one is nearby to listen to the practicing. Parents who provide encouragement will create opportunities for their children to both excel and love music!

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When you play music you discover a part of yourself that you never knew existed.

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— Bill Evans