Thank you for choosing me as your piano teacher! In order to ensure that you or your child get the most effective and creative teaching possible, I have established the following policies:
TUITION/PAYMENTS/LATE FEES: Yearly tuition rates (September through August) guarantees that I will be present to teach 40 weeks. The year's total is divided into 11 or 12 equal payments and are reflected in the following choices:
RATES AND FEES (based on 12 monthly or 4 quarterly payments):
*Tuition for 60 minute Accelerated Piano Program (APP) and Newbie lessons is: $131/month, $393/quarter
*Tuition for 45 minute Private/Skype Lessons is: $139/month, $417/quarter
*Tuition for 60 minute Private/Skype lessons is: $164/month, $492/quarter
* New books or materials will be added to the monthly/quarterly invoice.
*The annual, non-refundable Enrollment Fee of $30.00 is due upon enrollment, ensures your place in the studio and helps defray the cost of materials, copies, loaned music, postage, studio website, teacher organization memberships, continuing education, etc.
*Late fee for payments more than 7 days after the due date: $25. Please pay promptly and well in advance of the due date. Snail-mail is an accurate description so please plan ahead. If you are choosing to use your online banking service, be sure to authorize your payment to arrive on or before the 1st of every month.
*The yearly fee for Piano Maestro is $5.00 and will be invoiced upon your sign-up for this app through my membership via a link I will send you. Do not purchase this from the App Store!!
PLAN A: 11 monthly payments (Sept. through July, due on the 1st of every month) as follows:
APP and Newbie lessons = $143/month
45 min private = $152/mon
60 min private = $179/mon
PLAN B: you write and sign 12 post-dated checks for your tuition rate (see Rates and Fees below), one for the first of each month, September through August, and turn those in with your enrollment form and fee on or before September 1. I will deposit each month’s check on the first business day of each month and send you a receipt. BONUS: NO MORE LATE FEES! Books or other additional materials will be invoiced separately as they occur. We will convert completely to plans B and C for the 2020-2021 year.
PLAN C: For your convenience, payments may also be made via your bank's online bill pay service (checks made out to: Peggy Johnson; mailing address upon request) and auto-scheduled to arrive by the 1st of every month or quarter via snail-mail..
DISMISSALS AND TERMINATION: If, for any reason, you must stop lessons, 1 month's notice or 1 month's pay is required within 30 days. Your full intentions MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING via hardcopy or email. Regrettably, I will have to dismiss a student if any of these circumstances occur:
• Failure to pay tuition on time more than twice
• Persistent absences
• Uncooperative attitude
• Failure to follow practice as instructed
*Lack of progress due to insufficient practice or unfulfilled requirements
Students are expected to bring all their current books and materials to every lesson. The cost of new books or materials will be added to the monthly/quarterly invoice. Each student will also need to purchase/bring a spiral notebook for assignments and a 3-ring binder with clear pockets on the front and back covers. A metronome is necessary for all students playing any level of technique. There are several free metronome apps available.
In order to make appropriate progress, students are expected to honor their lesson times regularly and promptly throughout the year. Because life happens, my makeup policy now consists of the following:
*Makeups will be made for illness and family emergencies which will be made up with no 24-hour notice required
*There are NO makeups for a "no-call/no-show".
*There are no makeups for an extended vacation or for reasons other than illness or family emergencies.
Private and APP students may schedule a makeup within the 24-hour window only if it meets the illness/emergency qualification. You must contact me first so I can override the software system. The APP sessions have a max of 4 students in each spot. Using the "My Music Staff" software program, all students may remove themselves from a lesson and add their name to another if done before the 24-hour advance-notice time period closes for both the missed lesson and the makeup lesson, This will be first-come, first-served. Again, exceptions are illnesses and family emergencies which will be made up with no 24-hour notice required. Contact me ASAP. We will do our best and be as flexible as we can!
A FEW ADDITIONAL NOTES:
* If you cannot do a makeup in the week that you miss a private lesson, you may attend an APP lesson or do two lessons in a future week.
You have 90 days from your absence to use your makeup credit.
When we have school closings, we will all stay safely at home. Private students will do lessons by phone, Skype or FaceTime. Please be prepared with all music, your assignment notebook (and an extra sheet of paper for the new assignment) and a pencil. If using Skype or FaceTime, set your phone/iPad/computer near the keyboard so I can see your hands on the keyboard. When it is your scheduled lesson time, call me to get your session going. Please do not call earlier during someone else's lesson time. If you are unable to use any of the above electronic devices for a snow day lesson, we will reschedule. If by chance I elect to cancel then I will refund or reschedule if at all humanly possible. All APP students will reschedule to the next available session.
RECITALS: Participation in the Almost Summer Awards Recital is expected. The bi-monthly Good Deed Recitals are held in Evergreen Cottage on the GT Pavilions campus.
PIANO PARTIES: These Parties are one hour in length and take the place of the regular lesson during the week of the Party. Please be prepared to be calendar-flexible in these weeks! We will perform for each other, play music games and do worksheets as well as a bit of composing or study a composer, if time permits. Students will be grouped according to age and scheduled as close to their regular times as possible. Class size is 2-8. Adult class size is 5-6 max. There is no extra charge for the Piano Parties which are included in the regular tuition fees. Students unable to attend their Party will have no lesson that week. There are no makeups (other than illness or emergencies) for missed Parties.
MASTERCLASS PERFORMANCE: This event takes place once a year for invited students in grades 6-12 and another annual Masterclass for adult students. Students will perform one polished piece for a professional pianist/teacher in a non-competitive situation. The judge’s comments contribute to the attending/performing student’s learning, future work and success.
THE NATIONAL GUILD AUDITIONS: This is an annual, non-competitive event that includes playing several pieces from memory with the corresponding scale and cadence. The adjudicator provides supportive comments aimed at encouraging positive changes in the pianist. Date, time and location TBA.
Regular practice is imperative to learn how to play proficiently. A minimum of 30 minutes of practice, 5 days a week is strongly recommended. Participation in the Spring Awards Recital is required but Good Deed Recitals, Musical Plays, festivals and competitions are voluntary and optional.
Since music has added such richness to my life, I hope that you, as a student, will enjoy both lessons and practice time as you are learning to express yourself through your music. I hope most of all that you will understand music to be a gift and will use your talents to enrich your own life and the lives of others. Thank you for the privilege of allowing me to share this adventure with you!