Registration fee - A yearly fee will be charged in September to cover the cost of recitals and the lending library.
Tuition payment - Tuition is billed every two months and is due at the first lesson of each two month billing cycle. Statements are emailed prior to the first lesson of the billing cycle.
New student interview - New students will be interviewed for music readiness and interest in the case of new students, or for music leveling in the case of transfer students. Parents welcome to attend.
Missed Lessons – Attendance is extremely important for every lesson. If I cancel a lesson, it will be made up at a mutually convenient time. There are no refunds for missed lessons. However, lessons missed with more than 24 hours notice will be made up. An exception to this is illness or extreme weather. Only one missed lesson per student per year will be made up. If a student misses a scheduled make-up session, it cannot be rescheduled.
Progress Report - Students will receive a progress report each semester. This will include feedback on theory, technique, playing of repertoire and practicing.
Communications - Open communication between parent and teacher is critical to success. You are urged to communicate with me by email or phone regarding your child’s musical progress. Each week students take an assignment sheet home from their lessons. Please check this assignment frequently for up-to-the-minute notices on calendar, activities, etc. You are welcome to observe lessons at any time.
Practice Requirements - 5 to 8 year olds are required to practice at least 20 minutes per day, at least 5 days per week. Middle School students are required to practice at least 30 minutes per day. Practice sessions should be spread out over the entire week rather than done the day before or day of the lesson. Frequent, short, purposeful practice sessions are more effective than one very long session. Do not skip more than two days of practice.
Suggestions to Parents for Productive Practice - A significant portion of a private lesson time is dedicated to addressing how to make practice both efficient and productive. The entire family can play an active role in making lesson and practice time effective. Many of you are already doing this and the effect is very positive.
1. Immediately after the lesson, ask your child to tell you what s/he learned that day, to show you the new assignment, and especially to tell you what the teacher had to say about the lesson. New material should be practiced as soon as possible to avoid forgetting what was learned.
2. At the first practice session following the lesson, spend a few minutes with your child helping her/him practice one or two of the pieces. Even if you do not play the piano, encourage your child through the instructions on the assignment sheet. For example, students are asked to use established practice steps to learn new music. (TIPPS)
3. If there are questions about assignments, please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss.
Group classes – Periodically small group classes will be held for students who are approximately at the same level and age. Students will play music for and with each other and learn new music concepts at group classes.
Recitals - Recitals are held at least twice per year. Students are encouraged to memorize music for recitals but this is not a requirement.
Music Purchases – Method books will be provided by me and charges will be included on the monthly statement. In some cases, music will be placed on hold at a local music store. Supplementary materials are available through the lending library.
Expectations - All students should have a tuned, acoustic piano. Students are expected to be prepared each week and come to their lessons on time with all music books and assignment sheets. Students should be dropped off and picked up on time unless special arrangements are made. A waiting area is available for early arrival.
Dismissal - Students may be dismissed at my discretion for any of the following reasons: repeated failure to attend lessons, non-payment of tuition, repeated failure to prepare lessons, behavior problems.
Food - Do not bring food, drinks or chewing gum to your piano lesson. Finish your snacks before you arrive and wash your hands before coming to the piano.
Semester length – The Fall Semester will generally run from September through November. The Spring Semester will run from January through May. Summer lessons are available and encouraged so that progress is not lost.
Videotaping – From time to time students may be videotaped for educational purposes and for teacher professional certification requirements. Please let me know if you have any objections to videotaping.