Studio Policy

Learning to play piano is an exciting and enriching activity. It’s also one that requires a serious commitment to practice the lessons from the Student, Parent and Teacher. The Studio Policy outlines responsibilities, tuition, and lesson scheduling.

Student Responsibilities:

  1. Schedule at least 30 minutes of practice each day for at least 5 days per week.
  2. Complete all assignments using a metronome or other practice technique as assigned.
  3. Review carefully any suggestions or instructions given in previous lesson.
  4. Ask your teacher questions during lessons; be sure that you to understand the assignment.
  5. Wash your hands before play piano; keep your fingernails short.

Parent Responsibilities:

  1. Support the fulfillment of your child’s responsibilities. Consistency is the key to learning a musical instrument.
  2. Encourage progress. Many small steps throughout the year yield big results.
  3. Make sure that your child’s fingernails are kept trimmed short.
  4. Remind your daughter/son of daily practice and help them to schedule this practice time.
  5. Provide a practice environment that is free from interruptions (family, friends, TV, computer or phone).
  6. Over scheduling will harm your daughter/son’s learning.

Teacher Responsibilities:

  1. Provide each student with the personal attention and respect necessary to develop her/his individual talents.
  2. Guide each student to a greater understanding and enjoyment of music.
  3. Guide each student towards an awareness of her/his potential.
  4. Encourage a feeling of success at each student’s individual rate of learning.
  5. Guide each student towards Musical Independence and Initiative through a balanced program of theory, technique and repertoire.
  6. Report the progress of the student to the parent, listen to any concerns and answer any questions that the parent and student may have.

Tuition, Attendance & Lesson Times:

Lesson fees cover teacher’s planning time for lessons, reserving an uninterrupted spot on the schedule for your student(s) each week that is guaranteed as yours and reviewing and selecting materials for students as well as reinvesting equipments for the studio. It DOES NOT exclusively cover the lesson alone.

Lessons are scheduled for 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 1 hour. Tuition is due at the first lesson of each month. Mutually agreed upon lesson times and dates, schedule will be set up prior to the first lesson. Lessons will begin and end on time, and all students are expected to be punctual.

Missing lessons:
I will try to be reasonably flexible and understanding when it comes to miss a lesson. If a student needs to cancel a lesson for any reason, he or she must notify me 24 hours before the lesson. This gives me sufficient time to schedule another student during his or her time slot. Otherwise, the student is required to pay for the lesson. There will be no make up if you don’t notify me 24 hrs in advance.

I will make up the lesson in one of three ways.
       1. We can reschedule for another time during the day of the original lesson.
       2. We can reschedule on another day during the same week.
       3. We can break down the lesson’s time and add to other lessons’ minutes  

However, if people know in advance that they are going to be away for certain lessons in a month, there is no problem adjusting the schedule for that month without penalty.

Policy on student illness:
if you are well enough to attend a full day of school, you are well enough to attend your piano lesson.If I have to cancel a lesson, I will let you know with as much advance notice as possible. I will then either reschedule or credit tuition for that lesson.

If a student chooses not to continue his or her lessons, a one-month notice must be given. If notice less than a month is given, or no notice is given at all, the entire month still must be paid for. This gives me a chance to try and fill the empty spot.