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. This year’s studio policy has some changes from a typical year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

PRIVATE LESSONS

Piano students receive a 30, 45, or 60-minute private lesson weekly, except during the weeks of Group Lessons. An individualized, comprehensive curriculum is developed introducing literature from all style periods. Theory, music history, tone, technique, and expression are integrated into private lessons. Students attending in-person lessons must sign a waiver acknowledging risks associated with COVID-19 and adhere to safety guidelines. The option of attending lessons virtually via Zoom will be provided as an alternative to in-person lessons. Please stay tuned for any updates or changes throughout the course of this year.

GROUP LESSONS

These small, informal group classes provide an opportunity for becoming comfortable playing in front of a live audience and performing by memory. These classes replace the weekly private lesson and are held twice per semester (4 times total in one year). During the COVID-19 pandemic, group lessons will be held via Zoom.

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

In-person recitals will be optional during the COVID-19 pandemic. Numerous competitive and non-competitive performance opportunities are offered, with the understanding that they are all subject to change. I am working to design alternative opportunities for students to share their music virtually, such as our album project that began in June 2020. See studio calendar for a complete list of musical opportunities.

TUITION STRUCTURE, SCHEDULE, LATE FEES

In most years, the tuition amount will increase slightly to reflect cost of living. I have decided not to increase tuition this year due to the economic recession. In addition, the studio will take a break during June 2021 and no tuition will be charged for that month, reducing your overall cost for the year of lessons. Your tuition guarantees that I will be present to teach 44 weeks and will be divided into 11 equal payments from July though May. Tuition is due by the 10th of every month. A $25 late fee will be assessed for late payments.

MISSED LESSONS

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, Zoom, or simply call to chat about your child’s progress during the time that is reserved for your child. If I must cancel a lesson due to my own illness or schedule conflict, I will offer a time to reschedule or reimburse you for my cancellation.

COMMUNICATION

You will receive an emailed newsletter at the beginning of each month with information on upcoming events as well as a reminder to submit your tuition payment. Please feel free to email, call, or text me. I will respond during regular business hours. If you need to miss a lesson, please notify me as soon as possible. Feel free to write me at anytime about what is happening with your child or to ask questions. I love hearing from you!

STUDENT COMMITMENT

Regular practice is imperative to learn how to play proficiently. A minimum requirement of practice days per week and 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.

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 (ideally twice a year), and kept in working order.

VIRTUAL LESSONS

For students attending lessons virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of a quiet setting during lessons cannot be stressed enough. In order for me to hear the student’s piano and for the student to hear me, they must have a quiet area for their virtual lessons. Please ensure that siblings, animals, and any other distractions are not in the room in which the student is having their virtual lesson. The camera must face the keyboard so that I can see the student’s hands from a higher angle than the keys. Completed music theory assignments should be sent to me via text message so that I can assess student learning.

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. Registration fees for optional festivals and events are paid for by the student music account. 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 enter will help ensure that all students get the full length of instruction. Lesson time cannot be extended for students who arrive late. Students must be picked up promptly at the end of their lesson.

A focused learning environment is important for student success. To avoid distractions, parents are encouraged to wait for for their children outside the studio.

SWAP LIST

If a conflict arises for one of the student’s weekly lessons, a Lesson Swap List is available for the student to arrange to switch their lesson time with another student’s lesson time, just for the week of the conflict. Use of the Swap List is optional. Families may opt in to use the Swap List on the back of their registration form if they wish to have this available to them.

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:

  • Frequently late in picking up child(ren)
  • 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

Thank you for your commitment to piano lessons! I look forward to working with you.