Policies

Lesson Format for 2020-2021

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, all lessons will be via Zoom for the 2020-2021 academic year. Recitals will also be via Zoom. This allows for continuity for both myself and to the students.


Tuition, Payment Schedule & Additional Costs

Tuition is the same rate as last year at $30/45-minute lesson. However, the tuition schedule is a little different. Tuition covers that I will be ready to teach each student 27 lessons. Tuition includes lesson time, teacher preparation, studio classes, materials used in the studio, and various other overhead costs (insurance, professional association fees, continuing education, piano maintenance, etc.). 

Yearly cost of tuition is $810, spread out over 8 payments. Please note that the first payment is a different cost. The rest of the payments will be equal. Tuition is due the first week of the month. If payment is not received after the second week of the month, a $15/student late fee will be added. Also, if a check is returned, a $30 fee will be charged.

If you use bank pay, you are still responsible for the payment arriving on time, so please schedule the check early enough so it arrives by the second week. My suggestion is to schedule it for the last week of the previous month (Ex: For March’s tuition, schedule it for the last week of February).

Payment Schedule 
    • 1st tuition payment is due at the first lesson during the week of August 24. Tuition due Aug 24 covers the August lesson + September’s tuition. First month’s tuition is $127.50
        • $127.50 =  $30 (August’s lesson) + $97.50 (September’s tuition)
    • The rest of the payments are $97.50/month, due the first week of October, November, December  //  January, February, March and April.
Additional costs not covered by tuition

BOOKS: Students will periodically need new books or materials. I can either purchase them and will ask to be reimbursed later, or can send you the link and you can purchase them from online.

CONTESTS AND MASTERCLASSES: Contests, masterclasses, or other extra events outside the piano studio are not covered by tuition. These are never required events, and the costs will be presented at that time. Typically, Masterclasses by the local music teacher’s group cost $5-$10. Music Progressions is around $25.


Missed Lesson Policy

Missed Lessons: Because specific times are set aside for specific students, a student who does not attend a lesson will simply miss the benefit of that lesson. I will then use that time to plan for the student’s progress, locate materials, etc. Please be assured that your tuition pays for far more than the time spent with your child. There are no refunds, discounts or makeups given unless I am unable to teach the promised number of lessons. If I need to cancel due to sickness in my household, I will take the amount off of next month’s tuition.

Emergencies will be handled on a case-by-case basis. (Ex: death in the family, sudden and severe illness requiring hospitalization, etc)

Make-Up Week: Make-up week is an added week at the end of the semester, where if your child has missed a lesson they can make up one lesson during this week at their regularly scheduled time.


Studio Class: (Unfortunately, studio classes are cancelled for the 2020-2021 academic year unless the pandemic lessens in the spring). There will be one studio class where students can get together and practice performing (and listening!) before their big event. In the past we have also been able to play some group games, and do some folk dancing. It’s one of my favorite studio activities of the year!


Practice

Practice is imperative for progress. When a student progresses, they feel confident and excited. Lack of practice causes frustration and dissatisfaction with the lesson process. When a student and family makes the commitment to lessons, they are also committing to making a best effort to practice consistently. Parents, please help students establish a consistent routine. One simple way to get them playing is to ask students to play a certain piece throughout the week. Please encourage them in their good effort!

Learning HOW to practice effectively is a skill students have to be taught. During lessons we talk about effective practice, we demonstrate it during lessons, and talk about what they should do at home. 

How much time should my student be practicing?

Each student must make a commitment to practice at least five days a week. Students will be asked to sign a contract stating they will make an honest effort to practice this amount. Please have students get their assignment books out at the beginning of each practice!

For young students, it is less a certain amount of time as quality repetitions, every day. If time limits help, I would suggest 15 minutes/day for the first year of study, and 20/minutes per day for the second year. By the third year, students should be up to 30 minutes/day. If a student is struggling to fill in their time, encourage them to go back and play a favorite song from the past years. 

As students progress, their time at the piano will naturally need to be longer, as they will have longer songs and more detailed things to practice. If students have a shorter load of songs, encourage them to play their lesson pieces, then dig out some favorite songs from years past and see if they can play them. 

Do I need a piano at my house?

Yes! A quality piano or keyboard is imperative to student progress. Acoustic pianos must be tuned yearly. If an electronic instrument is wanted, it must have the following: (1) Full keyboard of 88 keys, (2) weighted keys, (3) a stand and bench, (4) sostenuto pedal, (5) touch-sensitive keys. Please feel free to ask me for keyboard model suggestions before you purchase anything to see if it meets the requirements. 

Sickness: Please do not bring your student if he/she is sick. If my children are sick then we will make up the lesson either on a different day throughout the week, or a week following Make-Up Week.


Sick Policy (not needed for 2020-2021)

Please do not bring your child to their lesson if they have
    • Had fever in the past 24 hours
    • Had diarrhea or vomiting in the past 24 hours
    • Missed school that day because they were sick
    • Coughing and sneezing a lot (it is hard to make sure those keys get completely sanitized!)

Emergencies will be handled on a case-by-case basis. (Ex: death in the family, sudden and severe illness requiring hospitalization, etc)