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2016-17 Private Lesson Policies

In order to make our time together more productive, I have established the following policies:

Beginner Lessons & Philosophy

I teach beginner piano and guitar lessons for students in grades K-8. My lessons maintain a focus on creating and fostering a lifelong love of music. While we will spend much time on notation, technique, and theory, we will also spend time on improvisation, songwriting, and artistry. For piano, I generally teach up to level 3 in the Piano Adventures series. Once a student reaches level 3, we will need to find another teacher to take the student through more advanced work. For guitar, I teach basic major, minor, and 7th chords, and reading skills in both notation and tablature. Once a student reaches a sufficient level of proficiency in these skills, we will need to find another teacher to take the student through more advanced work.

Lesson Times & Scheduling

Lessons are 30 minutes, once a week. Times and schedules will be set in August each year. If, during the year, you need to change your lesson day or time, I will do my best to find a new time that works. Please keep in mind it is often not possible to switch times unless another family is willing to swap

Tuition, Fees, & Schedule

ANNUAL REGISTRATION FEE: $40 ($60/family) due on June 1 each year. New students: due Sept. 1.

SEPT-JUNE TUITION: $1060.00. Tuition covers preparation and lesson time for weekly lessons (35 lessons total). Four weeks throughout the year will be devoted to Group Lessons; the rest will be private lessons (see GROUP LESSONS below). Tuition for duet lessons (2 students at a time) is $795/student. Families should expect a tuition increase every two years appropriate to cost of living increases and services offered.

Year: One payment of $1060 due on September 1.
Semester: Two payments of $530 due on September 1 and February 1.
Bi-Monthly: Five payments of $212 due on September 1, November 1, January 1, March 1, and May 1.
Month: Ten payments of $106 due by the first lesson of each month. Some months contain 3 lessons, others 4 or 5. Regardless of how many lessons, the monthly tuition will not change.

There will be no lessons on the following dates. The cost of these missed lessons has already been deducted from the tuition fee:
Thanksgiving Break
Winter Break
School Vacation Weeks
Two Discretionary Weeks (To be cancelled at the teacher’s discretion due to illness, travel, family matters, or unexpected conflicts. Except in the case of emergency or sudden illness, I will give at least 24 hours cancellation notice.)

Students may sign up for optional lessons in July. There will be no lessons during the month of August.

Group Lessons

Since I teach beginner lessons only, I do not hold recitals. While some young students thrive on individual performance, others at this age do not. However, I do think it is beneficial for students to share and celebrate their work. Four times a year, private lessons will be replaced with Group Lessons. During the Group Lesson, each child will present a piece to a group of 5-8 other students, we will play music games, discuss music concepts, and enjoy each other’s company. Unlike a recital, Group Lessons are for students only. Parents and families are not invited to attend.

Cancellations & Makeup Lessons

If the Student Cancels a Lesson: There will be no refund for missed lessons. Please give 24 hours notice when possible if a student needs to miss a lesson. I will reserve a limited number of time slots for make-up lessons. Should a student need to miss a lesson, a make-up may be scheduled (ideally within 30 days of the missed lesson). Because of tight schedules, a make-up time cannot be guaranteed, but I will always do my best to find something that works for everyone. All makeup lessons must be completed by the end of the academic year.

If the Teacher Cancels a Lesson: The “No Lesson” dates listed above are calculated in to the yearly tuition and you are not charged for those dates. If I need to cancel an additional lesson, I will either schedule a make-up lesson within 30 days, or I will refund the cost of that lesson.


I ask that students please stay home when they are sick, to protect the health of others who use the keyboard. I will do my best to reschedule a make-up lesson as stated above. Sick siblings should also please stay home.

Books & Materials

Tuition does not include the cost of books and sheet music. When books and music are needed, I will provide them and invoice you for the cost. Typically, annual materials fees add up to $20-40 per student.

Discontinuing Lessons

If for any reason the student or the teacher needs to discontinue lessons, 30 day notice must be given. Lessons will continue until the end of that 30 days. Any unused lessons after the 30 days that have been pre-paid will be refunded.