Studio Policy

Lessons

Private Lessons are given weekly in 30, 45 and 60 minute lengths. Private lessons focus primarily on technique and  repertoire as well as musicianship and creative skills.

Group Lessons are given one week a month in place of the private lesson.  Group lessons are 60 minutes in length.  Students are assigned to a group of 4-6 based on age, ability level and  scheduling availability.  Group lessons provide an environment for students to develop performance and ensemble skills.  Group lessons will also focus on theory, rhythm and listening skills.

Practice

Regular home practice is essential for student success.   Ideally, students should aim for at least 5 days of practice each week.  

Short, daily practice sessions are more effective than one or two long sessions per week.  The most important time for students to practice is right after their weekly lesson, to solidify what they have just learned.  Research has shown that retention of new knowledge drops to 60% after just 24 hours. It’s not a good idea to wait until the end of the week, then “cram” practice right before a student’s next lesson!

Parental involvement in home practice is crucial for student success.  Please help your student to establish and stick to a practice routine, and see that practice time is free of distractions.  If you are the parent of an elementary age student, please plan to sit with your child for at least a portion of their daily practice time.

Attendance

Students are expected to attend each scheduled week of the semester.   When you register for lessons, your timeslot is reserved for you for the teaching year.  Please keep in mind that our studio operates at full capacity and make-ups for missed lessons are not guaranteed.  No refunds will be given for missed lessons.

In the event that your student needs to miss a lesson because of a conflict or illness, please contact me with as much advance notice as  possible.  I will post cancellations on our website (visit this page for current openings).   Each family is responsible to check the website and contact me to reserve an available make-up time. 

If your student is unable to attend a group lesson, please contact me prior to the week of the lesson to arrange to attend a different group.  Missed group lessons will not be made up.

Any lessons missed by the instructor due to illness or emergency will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

Please be prompt – lesson times cannot be extended for students who arrive late.   Students should be picked up promptly at the end of their lesson time. 

Summer lessons are scheduled on a by-the-lesson basis.   Students should expect to continue lessons on at least a part-time schedule through the summer to maintain the skills they develop through the school year.  Students who do not enroll for summer lessons are not guaranteed a spot in the studio for the next year.

Equipment

All students must have a piano or digital 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 prefer a digital piano, please invest in a full-size keyboard (88 keys) with weighted, touch-sensitive keys and pedals.   

Clarinet students should expect to purchase reeds at several times throughout the year.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition for the 2013-2014 school year includes 34 weeks of instruction.   Tuition may be paid in equal semester or monthly installments.

A non-refundable enrollment fee of $50 per student is due at the beginning of each school year.  This fee covers the cost of student notebooks, group materials, studio lending books and technology, and studio recitals. 

Students will need to purchase method books and  music on occasion throughout the year.  Books may be purchased from the studio.  Additional event fees may be required for festivals, competitions and other performance events. 

Statements will be emailed prior to the first week of each month with a reminder of current tuition charges, as well as any additional material or event fees. 

Students should plan to commit to lessons for the full school year.  If unforeseen circumstances require a student to terminate lessons mid-year, one month’s paid notice is required to end lessons. 

Tuition Rates & Payment Schedule

If paying by the semester, tuition is due at the first lesson in August and January.   If paying in monthly installments, tuition is due at the first lesson in August (1/2 payment), September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April and May. 

A $10 late fee will be assessed on all payments received after the first week of the month.

Semester Installment Plans:

30 minute lesson – $450
45 minute lesson – $630
60 minute lesson – $800

Monthly Installment Plans:

30 minute lesson – $95/month
45 minute lesson – $133/month
60 minute lesson – $170/month

Media Release

Photos of students and video and audio recordings of student projects and performances may be posted online and used by the instructor for promotional and workshop materials.  Identifying information will be excluded or limited to first names only.  Parents wishing to exempt their students from any published media may do so by providing a written exclusion request.