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 Group Lessons. 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 Winter Studio Recital. 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. 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.
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!
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. Participation in the winter recital is required but festivals and competitions are optional. 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
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.
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.
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. Families may opt in to use the Swap List in the Agreement to Terms 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.