Thank you for choosing me as your piano teacher! In order to ensure that you or your child get the most effective and creative teaching possible, I have established the following policies.
Piano students receive a 30, 45, or 60-minute private lesson weekly, except during the weeks of Master Classes. An individualized, comprehensive curriculum is developed introducing literature from all style periods. Theory, music history, tone and technique are integrated into each lesson.
These small, informal group classes provide an opportunity for performing by memory, theory/music history instruction, and camaraderie. Held twice per semester and once in the summer, these 60 minute classes replace the weekly private lesson.
All students perform in the Spring and Winter Studio Recitals. Numerous competitive and non-competitive performance opportunities are also offered, and all students are encouraged to participate as is appropriate.
If a student misses a lesson, they will simply miss the benefit of that lesson. Remember that your tuition pays for far more than just lesson time with your child, therefore refunds for missed lessons will not be given. However, the following options are available to make attending lessons as convenient as possible: In the event of a conflict, you can opt to use the swap list, Facetime, Skype, or simply call to chat about your child’s progress during the time that is reserved for your child.
I can be reached by email or phone and will respond promptly. If you need to miss a lesson, please notify me as soon as possible (see above for policy on missed lessons). Feel free to write me at anytime about what is happening with your child or to ask questions. I love hearing from you!
Regular practice is imperative to learn how to play proficiently. A minimum requirement of practice days per week/minutes per day will be established at the start of lessons. Generally, 30 minutes of practice, 5 days a week is required. Parents are asked to help their child establish and maintain a regular practice time. The addition of a tuned piano, a quiet setting, a metronome and a motivated student will lead to great progress.
MATERIALS, EQUIPMENT, EXTRAS
Your yearly book fee will cover the cost of books and I will obtain these for your child. Optional performance opportunities such as festivals and competitions will be added to your tuition as necessary.
All children must have a piano for home practice. The quality of your student’s home instrument plays a significant role in their potential for success. Acoustic pianos should be tuned at least once a year, and kept in working order. If you aren’t sure where to start in the process of buying a piano within your budget, I would be happy to help you discover some great options.
STUDENT MUSIC ACCOUNT
Music is purchased by the teacher as needed. Upon enrollment, parents are asked to make an initial deposit of $75.00 to cover these expenses. An individual account is established for each student; parents will be notified when the account balance is low. Music purchases plus tax and/or shipping are deducted as is applicable. Any balance remaining at the end of the Studio Year will carry over to the following year, or refunded if the student terminates lessons according to the terms of the Studio Policies.
DROP OFF/PICK UP PROCEDURE
Lessons will not begin early for students who arrive before the start time of their lesson. Waiting until your lesson time to come inside will help ensure that all students get the full length of instruction. Lesson time cannot be extended for students who arrive late.
DISMISSALS AND TERMINATION
If for any reason you must end lessons, 30 days notice is required. At that time, I will pro-rate the tuition for your final month to reflect the number of lessons that you will receive based on the last lesson date. You will be required to pay this balance within 30 days. Regrettably, I will have to dismiss a student if any of these circumstances occur:
- Failure to pay tuition on time
- Persistent absences or tardiness
- Uncooperative attitude
- Failure to follow practice as instructed
- Lack of progress due to insufficient practice or unfulfilled requirements
Pictures and videos of my students may be posted on my studio website or Facebook page or included in studio publications with first names attached, unless otherwise noted on your Registration Form.
Thank you for your commitment to piano lessons! I look forward to working with you.