A student's progress is determined by dedicated practice, not by simply attending lessons. Ideally, students should practice 4-5 days a week.
Specific amounts of practice time are not assigned to each student. Instead, students should practice long enough to reach specific goals in their weekly assignments.
Practicing a little each day is more effective than cramming practice into one or two long periods of time.
The best time for a student to practice is right after their weekly lesson. This will help them remember what they have just learned.
It is important to help your child stick to a practice routine, and make sure there are no distractions during practice time. Treat practicing like other homework and expect it to be done daily.
Unprepared lessons cost the same as prepared ones, but their value and enjoyment are substantially compromised!
Each student must have an acoustic piano or digital piano for home practice.
Acoustic pianos should be tuned at least once a year and kept in working order (it is very discouraging for your child to play an out-of-tune instrument!). Please contact the teacher for recommendations on a piano technician.
If you prefer a digital piano, please invest in a full-size keyboard (88 keys) with weighted, touch-sensitive keys and pedals.
Students are expected to respect the teacher and her home, be able to follow instructions, and arrive at each lesson well-prepared.
Students should bring all of their music books and any other assigned materials to each lesson. Additional materials (piano book bag, clear sheet protectors, flashcards) may also be recommended.
Students are sometimes sent home with books or other materials to borrow from the studio. Each student is responsible for taking proper care of these materials and returning them in a timely manner. A replacement fee will be charged for any materials that a student misplaces or severely damages.
Parent/Guardian, if something is happening at home or school that is affecting your child, please let the teacher know so she can be sensitive to the needs of your child. A quick text on the way to their lesson can make a difference between a great lesson and a difficult one.
Each student is expected to attend a weekly lesson.
When you schedule a lesson time, that time is reserved specifically for your child.
Being punctual is very important. If the student is late, this simply takes time out of the lesson, (i.e. if the lesson is scheduled for 4:00-4:45, the lesson will always start at 4:00 and always end at 4:45, regardless of the time they arrived).
Students who arrive early are asked to wait outside/in the car until 5 minutes before their lesson is to start.
Please choose a lesson time in which you feel confident. If a student is not able to make it to their lesson, please contact the teacher as soon as possible to let her know.
For any known, upcoming absences, please be courteous to the teacher and fellow students by notifying the teacher at least 24 hours in advance.
"No show" lessons are forfeit. Please put a "piano lesson" reminder on your phone —whatever is necessary— in order to avoid forfeiting a lesson.
Any lesson that the teacher has to cancel (rare) will be rescheduled.
If your scheduled lesson time doesn't seem to be working for you, please contact the teacher to request a new time.
There are no discounts for missed lessons. However, the student has the option of a make-up lesson.
In order to receive a make-up lesson, the parent must cancel the scheduled lesson using the student portal, and must do so at least 1 hour in advance of the time the lesson is to occur. Any lessons canceled within or after the 1-hour window are not eligible for a make-up lesson.
Make-up lessons are not guaranteed, but the teacher will do her best to reschedule the lesson.
A make-up lesson must be scheduled within 30 days of the missed lesson. After which, the option of a make-up will no longer be available.
In the event that a student simply cannot attend a make-up lesson, they are given the option of a video lesson.
A video lesson is when the student records a video of themselves playing through all of their assignments and sends it to the teacher. The teacher then watches the video, records a lesson video that includes feedback for the student, and sends it to them.
This is also a great option if a student must miss a lesson due to weather or illness.
Calendar and Schedule
Tuition rates are determined based on a calendar of 41 weekly, private lessons that take place during the academic year (August-May).
The studio is closed Wednesday-Friday of Thanksgiving week, the week of Christmas, and the week after Christmas.
Summer lessons(June-July) are scheduled on a week-by-week basis, as many families go out of town.
Tuition payments are due monthly.
The parent/guardian of the student will receive a tuition statement via email at the beginning of each month.
Payments are due by the 15th of the month. A $10 late fee will be charged each week that a payment is late. In the event that tuition has not been paid within a month's time, the student will be suspended from lessons until tuition is paid in full. Failure to pay monthly tuition will result in termination of lessons.
Tuition may be paid via cash/check, or credit card/debit card via PayPal.
Tuition covers much more than the actual lesson time spent with the student. This includes time preparing for each student: creating individualized lesson plans, furthering education and experience, developing teaching materials, creating games and activities, recording videos for students, and searching for new repertoire.
Tuition also covers subscriptions for the studio, books for the lending library, incentives, prizes and awards, and practice resources.
The teacher reserves the right to raise tuition rates at the beginning of the academic year.
Tuition does not include books/materials. Books/materials will be paid for separately each time the student receives them. Book/material fees will be added to the monthly tuition statement.