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Studio Policy

TUITION

Payment: Payments must be made by the last week of each month to cover weekly lessons for the following month. Checks and cash payments are accepted. Two options are available:

  1. $120/month for 30 minute lessons

  2. $216/month for 60 minute lessons

 

Coverage: Payments go towards the following items:

  1. Lesson Time

  2. Preparation time

  3. Lending library

  4. Recitals

  5. Studio website

  6. Office supplies

  7. Technology upgrades

  8. Training and experience

  9. Professional organization memberships

 

Late Payments/Fees: Failure to pay within a one-week grace period results in discontinuation of lessons. To resume lessons, the month must be paid for in full, plus a discretional $20 late fee. Any missed lessons due to late payment are not made up or refunded.

 

Disclaimer: Yearly increases to the above amounts may occur, due to inflation.

 

ATTENDANCE

Make-up Lessons: If lessons are cancelled more than 24 hours in advance, call or text to schedule a make-up. Lessons cancelled within 24 hours are not made-up or refunded. If illness happens within 24 hours, or if weather is dangerous, call or text to schedule a make-up. Alternatively, virtual lessons through FaceTime or Skype are possible.

 

***If sick, do not have an in-person lesson. Thanks!

 

Studio Calendar: The studio calendar is on the studio website, in the members only section. Check this frequently for updates and important information, including:​

  1. Lesson times

  2. Recital/Festival/Competition dates/times/locations

  3. Group lesson dates/times/locations

Holidays: Lessons will be cancelled on Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year's Day. In the event a lesson falls on any of these days, call or text to schedule a make-up.

 

PERFORMANCES

Preface: Performances motivate students, demonstrate progress, and showcase individual artistry. Students who perform frequently tend to progress faster and enjoy studies more.

 

Recitals: At least two recitals per year are planned. Recital themes and requirements change frequently, see the studio website and calendar for more details.

 

ASP: This is a 12-level Arizona-based curriculum. Each year, students take a theory exam and perform for an adjudicator. The workload is structured and rigorous. It emphasizes common practice theory and Western art music.

 

Competitions: Students who enter these demonstrate a high level of discipline in their practice, concentration in their lessons, study in music theory and listening skills, comfortability in their performances, and creativity in their musical decisions.

 

PARENT EXPECTATIONS

Parents: For K-12 students, most of their success depends on parental involvement. Here are some ways to help:

  1. Provide an appropriate instrument. Concert pianists practice on 88-key acoustic pianos, not unweighted 61-key electronic keyboards. However, if training to become a hip-hop music producer, then such keyboards are appropriate.

  2. Provide materials to help with practicing and studying, including:

    • Metronome: This magical musical clinical-strength Band-Aid makes amateur musicians into master musicians. It is not fun, but it is extremely effective.

    • Hard copies of music: Most photocopying is illegal, and hard copies of books are motivational. Support the music industry!

    • Three-ring binder/sheet protectors: If photocopies are necessary, this keeps materials organized, undestroyed, and not lost.

    • Smart phone/tablet: Fun apps exist for numerous musical concepts. Incorporate app time into daily practice, so concepts need not be repeated in lessons.

    • Low-tech Games: Not a smartphone fan? Music stores have board games, flashcards, toys and more to help reinforce musical concepts.

    • Internet access: My website, theory/listening skills websites, YouTube, and more can enhance variety, efficiency, and effectiveness of practice time.

  3. Set up a productive learning environment. Remove distractions near the piano, like food, clutter, dust/dirt, bad lighting, pets, loud noises, etc.

  4. Set a practice schedule. Add practicing to daily chores and set a regular time of day.

  5. Read the student’s practice notebook.

  6. Check the studio website for upcoming events and opportunities.

  7. Motivate through positive reinforcement, constructive criticism, and genuine interest.

  8. Communicate concerns about practicing and progress.

  9. Be consistent with attendance.

  10. Let me teach. See credentials on my CV, posted on the studio website.

 

GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

General: Search for a musical niche, and progress by doing the following:

  1. Practice daily and thoughtfully. Do the number of minutes/hours which are prescribed.

  2. Be on time and prepared. All books and materials should be on the stand, ready for use. If late or unprepared, minutes lost are not made-up.

  3. Use resources: Apps, websites, books, and more should be available to practice concepts outside of lessons. Use lesson time to learn new concepts, not to review old ones.

 

Lesson Etiquette:

  1. Behavior: Students should behave as they would in a typical classroom setting. This means no temper tantrums, rude attitude, or disobedience.

  2. Physical Contact: No physical contact is allowed, in and out of lessons.

 

Recital Etiquette: Please adhere to the following rules for recitals:

  1. Arrive 15 minutes early, so the recital can start on time.

  2. Stay for the entire recital; support your fellow artists.

  3. Dress accordingly; follow emails and the website closely for updates on theme.

  4. Play what is planned. Ask beforehand if changes/additions are desired.

  5. Bring no food or drinks into the performance space.

  6. Get rid of distractions, ie. silence phones, turn off flash/shutter sounds on camera, remove screaming babies, wake up snoring husbands, stop popping bubble wrap, etc.

 

Lending Library: This includes textbooks, lesson books, repertoire, workbooks, and other miscellaneous materials. Collateral must be given to rent, and damaged rentals must be paid for. Photocopies must be destroyed after usage. Lending is not legal for performances or recordings; items must be purchased.

Equipment: Any equipment the student damages, they must pay for (ie. the studio piano, electronic keyboards, computer, etc.).

Recordings/Photography: Students may be filmed or photographed for blog posts, advertising, presentations, or other professional material. Call or text to opt out.

CONTACT

Options: These options are most likely to work:

  1. Call Monday through Saturday between 10:00AM and 1:00PM,

  2. Text Monday through Saturday between 8:00AM-10PM, or

  3. E-mail anytime, and expect a response within 48 hours.

 

DISCONTINUATION OF LESSONS

My choice: If students/parents fail to comply with the studio policy, they get one month to improve conditions. If expectations are not met, lessons terminate at the end of the month.

 

Student’s choice: Please give one month of advanced notice. If stopping in the middle of a month without one month notice, tuition for the remainder of the month will not be refunded. Above all, please consider resuming lessons in the future, as music extraordinarily improves quality of life.