MISSED CLASSES:   I am very blessed to have a full piano studio, and rarely have a
break between students.  
I do not have time to make-up missed lessons.  Therefore,
there is no reduction in tuition for missed lessons.
 Activities such as: family vacations,
field trips, spring breaks, doctor and dentist appointments, and sports events do not
qualify for a reduction in piano tuition.  The tuition you pay reserves your time.  

SUMMER LESSONS:
My piano studio requires students to attend during the summer.  There is no reduction in
your piano tuition for taking vacation, or a summer break.
 If you will miss more than 1
week, please let us know.  Remember, the tuition you pay, reserves your time, & day,
whether you attend or not.  

Students are expected to continue lessons in the summer months. It is my experience that
when students take a break from piano, their skills, practicing habits, and hand muscle
memory decreases.  When students return in the fall, I have to review old materials and
re-establish good piano skills and technique again.

TERMINATE OR TAKE A BREAK FROM PIANO LESSONS DURING THE
FOLLOWING MONTHS:
 September through May
Lessons are continuous and ongoing, effective as of the date you sign the Studio Policy
and Agreement.  Student may terminate lessons for any reason. To terminate lessons,
Student must provide at least one month’s advance written notice to Studio, during the
months of (September – May) which month the tuition has been paid in full.  If Student
does not provide one month’s advance written notice, the Studio shall charge Student
and Student shall be liable for, one month’s tuition in full, even if no lessons are
provided during that month.  

For example, if you give us notice, on March 1-5, you would pay for March & end your
lessons at the end of March.  However, if you give us notice on March 6th, or later in the
month. You would have to pay for March and April, even if you don’t attend any lessons.

Phone calls, text messages, and e-mails will not be accepted as a form of withdrawal, or
break.

TERMINATE OR TAKE A BREAK DURING THE SUMMER:  June, July, &
August
 

Same as above, except a two month written notice is required before the 5th of the
month, and a two month payment is expected whether the student attends their last 2
months or not.  

For example, if you give us a notice on June 1-5, you would pay for June & July, & end
your lessons at the end of July.  However, if you give us notice on June 6th, or later in
the month.  You would have to pay for June, July and August, even if you don’t attend
any lessons.

Phone calls, text messages, and e-mails will not be accepted as a form of
withdrawal or break.

PROBATION:  A 30 or 60 day probation will be given for any of the following
reasons:  Paying your tuition late, not being prepared at the lessons, not showing
improvement, not willing to try my suggestions, poor attendance, not bringing books &
materials, not attending recitals, behaving poorly, or disrespectful, in the wait area and/or
piano lesson.

TERMINATION:  I reserve the right to terminate any student immediately, and without
a refund for any reason, at the sole discretion of my Studio.  If Studio terminates
lessons, tuition will NOT BE REFUNDED

STUDIO EXPECTATIONS:

Students are expected to:
  • Treat the Studio teacher, personnel, other students and parents, and Studio property
    respectfully
  • Bring required lesson materials and books to each lesson
  • Complete practice and written assignments

General Rules:

1.  Please DO NOT bring:  food, drinks, or gum into the studio.

2.
 Proper attire and grooming is expected!  Make sure student's hands are clean.  Nails
should be trimmed and clean, no flip-flops or open toe shoes, etc.  
Questions?  Ask me.

3.
 Parental attendance is permitted but not encouraged, unless the student is 8 years
old or younger.  Some children behave better if the parent stays in the waiting room.  If a
parent does attend the piano lesson, please refrain from talking or correcting the student
in the lesson, so the student can build a trusting, positive, and respectful relationship
with the teacher.   

NO CELL PHONE CALLS WHILE SITTING AT THE LESSON!

4.  Siblings are welcome in the waiting room only.  And, only if they are old enough to
entertain themselves quietly.

5.  Daily practice is REQUIRED!!!!  The following are minimum times to practice:

Beginning: - Parents are expected to supervise and help all students, 8 years old and
younger.
 For very young students, 2 sessions of 15 minutes should suffice.  For  older
students, 30 minutes is the minimum.  However, the student should practice as much as
he/she needs.  Each individual is different, but no practice session should end in less
than 30 minutes.

Intermediate: - Students should practice a minimum of 1 hour per day.

Advanced: - Students should practice 2 hours minimum per day.

6.
 Politeness and respect is expected from both parents and students.  
I reserve the right to terminate a student immediately and without a refund for just cause.
Inappropriate behavior by student and/or parent, etc.

PARENT'S REQUIREMENTS:

1.  Provide a good functional and tuned instrument.  I am a proponent of full size
acoustic pianos, however, nowadays good electronic instruments that are full size
(all 88
keys)
, have all pedals (at least two, sustain and soft pedals), and are capable of
dynamics (the ability to control the volume of the sound through the touch of the
performer), in addition to having weighted keys (in order to simulate the action of an
acoustic instrument) are available at a reasonable price.

2.
 Set a regular practice schedule that is realistic and CONSISTENT.  
EVERYDAY practice is required!  Consistency is the key to creating the habit of
practicing every day.  For very young children (6 years old) 1/2 hour practice is
required.  For older students (7 and older) a minimum of 1 hour is required.  The parent
is expected to listen to the student practice at least 3 times a week and make sure the
student is following the instructions given by the instructor.

3.
 Practice time at home without the distractions of TV, Radio and/or relatives
walking, playing or talking around the practicing room is indispensable.  

4.  Materials and books must be purchased immediately.  All materials MUST be
brought to the lesson.

5.
 Parents are expected to bring students on time and pick them up on time.  My
responsibility with the student starts when he/she enters the lesson room and ends the
second the student leaves the room.

6.
 Any questions and/or inquiries regarding lessons are to be handled at the student's
lesson time or by appointment.

7.
 Parents are expected to take students to recitals and master classes when they are
offered.  Parents and family participation is expected and encouraged, if the student is to
excel.
Studio Policy
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