Studio Policy

Thank you for choosing me as your piano teacher! I am excited to join you in exploring the wonderful world of the piano, helping you to advance your skills and increase your overall enjoyment of music! In order to ensure that you or your child get the most effective and creative teaching possible from me, I have established the following policies.

Tuition Structure: 

Yearly tuition is priced according to the outline below, and is divided into 12 monthly payments for your convenience.* 

 

Length of Lesson              Per Year      Per Month     

30 minutes                    $1440          $120              

45 minutes                    $1800          $150               

60 minutes                    $2400          $200               

 

Your monthly tuition payment guarantees that I will be present to teach for 42 weeks in the coming year (see calendar). Tuition is due by the first day of each month. A late fee of $1/day will apply for each day that you are late. Tuition may be paid by check, cash, PayPal, or by using the Square Cash or Venmo apps. If you have more than one child that would like to take lessons, the family discount is $10 off per month per additional child. 

*I recommend that the majority of my students opt for the yearly tuition plan. Occasionally, it may be necessary for a student to pay my per-lesson rate, which is $35/30 minutes, $50/45 minutes, and $70/60 minutes. (For example, if a student signs up in the summer after most of the school year has already past, they may pay the per-lesson rate until the fall starts). When a student commits to a lesson time and is paying per lesson, the student is committing to pay that amount - regardless of whether they show up or not - unless they cancel their lesson at least 24 hours in advance. 

What Does Tuition Cover? 

Your tuition covers so much more than weekly lessons! It also covers...

  • Time spent with students at Group Lessons and at any EMTA events they attend, plus preparation time for all of the above.

  • Studio recitals:  preparation time, food and other supplies.

  • Lesson planning, bookkeeping, & lesson scheduling.

  • Music books that I sometimes purchase for lending to students to keep costs down for them. 

  • Equipment purchase and maintenance, including photocopier, office supplies, piano, and regular piano tuning.  

  • Continued professional development and training for your teacher.

  • Membership to the EMTA (Edmonds Music Teachers Association), Washington State Music Teachers Association and National Music Teachers Association.

  • State and federal taxes, insurance & retirement for your self-employed teacher.

Missed Lessons: 

If a student misses a lesson at their scheduled time, they will most likely simply miss the benefit of that lesson. Remember that your tuition pays for far more than just lesson time (see above). You can also opt to do a virtual lesson via Zoom or FaceTime (if the student is out of town or sick but still able to play the piano), or simply call to have a chat with me about your child’s progress during the time that is reserved for your child. If none of that is possible for you, I will use the time to lesson plan for you/your child’s future lessons and select pieces I think you/he/she will especially enjoy. Occasionally, I may be able to do a makeup lesson if you request it in advance, and if it works with my schedule. If that is possible, I will let you know. However, please keep in mind that makeup lessons are not guaranteed, and that tuition payments will remain the same regardless. 

 

If I have to miss a lesson due to illness, emergency, or other reason, I will always make up that lesson to you so that I am still present to teach for 42 weeks of the year (see my studio calendar for when these weeks take place). We will either find a time during the school year to make it up, or we will make up these lessons at the end of the year during my flex weeks. You can think of the way I handle teacher make-ups like the way students take snow days at school: the snow days that are taken off earlier in the winter are made up at the end of the school year (during the first part of my summer break, my "flex weeks").

 

Broken Bones:

It is my policy to continue lessons irrespective of broken bones or other hand/arm injuries. There are many things that can be accomplished without actually playing the piano. Music reading and ear training skills can be strengthened, music theory concepts can be emphasized, and Musicianship Festival Projects can be prepared. Imagine instead that music lessons are simply stopped for six to eight weeks or so: it means starting many things from scratch and much that had been gained is lost! 

 

Communication: 

Please feel free to email me, text, or call me if you have any questions about scheduling, lessons, or lesson progress and goals. The fastest way to reach me is via text message, but you are also welcome to call or email me. I am slower to respond to emails, so if it’s urgent, please text or call. 

 

Procedures for arrival at lesson time: 

Please arrive 3-5 minutes early to remove shoes, wash hands, and get your books ready.  Especially during cold and flu season, please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before playing the piano. This will help all of us stay healthier!

 

Student Commitment: 

When you sign up for piano, you're committing to practice 5-7 days a week with a weekly lesson. Regular practice is imperative to learn how to play proficiently. A minimum of 30 minutes of practice, 5 days a week is required for students age 8 and above, in Level 1 or higher. For intermediate and advanced students, additional practice time is necessary. For students ages 5-7, I recommend 15-25 minutes a day depending on each student’s developmental level and ability. During lessons, I work with my students to make sure they understand how to use their practice time efficiently. 

 

Materials: 

You are expected to pay for your own music books (except for the ones I have already purchased for my lending library. I am happy to share these). You can either purchase books yourself after we talk about what we’ll be working on, or you can ask me to pick them up for you during my weekly trip to the music store (if they are available at that store). If I do pick them up for you, the total cost for the books is due at your next lesson. Each student is expected to purchase a 1-2” binder at the beginning of lessons, so that they can have a place to put all of their practice sheets and worksheets. Thank you. 

 

Group Lessons:

Group lessons are an important part of the year’s curriculum where students perform for each other, learn about music history, increase their music theory knowledge and make connections with other students. Please prioritize attendance. 

 

A Closing Personal Note: 

I’m grateful to each of you for the privilege of doing work that I absolutely love: teaching piano and nurturing a lifelong love of music! I look forward to a wonderful year of making music together!

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