Studio Policies for Individual Piano Lessons

My responsibilities

I enjoy teaching students of all ages, learning styles, and levels and strive to provide the best possible music education at the piano for every student. This is accomplished by providing interesting work at the piano in the realms of learning pieces, technique, sight reading, composition, and ear training. Music study is a great way to build discipline, which is a basic building block for success in life. The study of beautiful music is enjoyable, and I hope each of my students will find a joy in music study that will last for their entire life.

Your responsibilities

  • Daily Practice: The discipline of daily practice leads to progress which fuels motivation to continue to practice and progress. Parents are expected to be actively involved in practicing with beginners and young children until they reach an age where they can be more self-directed in their practicing.
  • Attendance: Attend lessons regularly, on time, with all practice and homework completed.

Individual Piano Lesson Schedule

School Year:

       Students are scheduled for 36 lessons per year (18 in the fall and 18 in the spring) for the school year. While the school calendar is followed, there are days I plan to teach where schools are off including but not limited to Presidents day, Columbus Day, and some teacher in service days. If your family plans to travel during one of these days, please let me know and we’ll schedule an additional lesson for the last week of May.

There will be semi-monthly group studio sessions available for no cost on Fridays called mini-recitals. These are opportunities for your child to practice playing in front of peers in a supportive environment and I hope you’ll consider attending.  This is also a great opportunity for your child to showcase their skills to visiting friends and relatives.

Recital: Students are expected to attend a minimum of 28 lessons and demonstrate progress through home practice to be invited to the year end recital.

Summer Flex Scheduling

Over the course of June and July, you have eight 30 minute lessons to schedule as you see fit. You can do 30 minute lessons weekly, 1 hour lessons every two weeks, or any combination that you'd like. Instructor availability calendar available here

Parental attendance at lessons

Drop-off/pick-up is the preferred option. It’s important that lessons are not interrupted. Alternatively, parents are invited to wait in the studio. Siblings can play quietly with parental supervision. Another great waiting option is the Chandler Creek park a short distance away.


Try to choose a lesson time in which you feel confident. Please understand that the tuition you pay reserves an exclusive weekly time in my schedule for your child. To help accommodate an occasional unavoidable change in student's schedules, you can choose to be part of the email Swap List. (Please let me know if you do not want to be included in the list.)

Makeup lessons are only given in the following circumstances:

  • Snow days (any day in which the inclement weather warrants school cancellation)
  • Teacher cancellation
  • Extended illness

       Makeup lessons for the above three reasons will occur either as times become available during regular teaching hours (see studio Calendar) or the week of May 29 - 31, 2023. No school year makeups will be given after May 31, 2023.

Individual Piano Lesson Tuition

Tuition covers not only the actual lesson time spent with the student, but the time spent preparing for each student as well. Tuition rates for 2022-2023 school year are $135 monthly for weekly 30 minute lessons.

Tuition also includes:

  • An individualized plan for each student's course of study
  • Method books and program designed teaching materials
  • Semi-monthly in studio mini-recitals
  • Development of new teaching materials
  • Training and experience
  • Recital Preparation, repertoire planning, and venue rental
  • Professional organization memberships
  • Continuing education
  • Music lending library
  • Printing, copying and scanning

Tuition Due Date and Late Penalty

Tuition is due monthly and by the first of the month. After the first of the month, a late fee of $10 will be applied. Repeated late payments or failure to pay will result in discontinuation of lessons. Payments may be made by via Stripe (debit or bank transfer) on Automatic payments are billed and paid on the 25th of the month. 

Tuition is not reduced for student absences of any kind. Discounts are not given for multiple students in the same family for individual piano lessons.


A $40 deposit is due when you register as a student. It secures your spot in the studio. It cannot be refunded, but is applied to the first month's tuition. Should the student not start lessons with the studio, this deposit is forfeit

Discontinuation of lessons

Students are expected to commit to the full year of piano study, August through May. If you need to discontinue lessons for any reason, please give 30 days notice. The 30 days notice is to provide the student with a well designed send off experience to cap what has been learned and often to provide additional study materials.