TUITION / PAYMENTS: There are 41 weekly lessons of either 45 or 60 minutes in length during the musical year, September through August. The monthly and quarterly (4, 3-month periods) fees for each student remain the same and are averaged out over a year’s period. Payments should be made by cash, check or online bill pay and auto-scheduled to arrive by the 1st of every month or quarter. Payment can also be made by check or cash, but if check, cash or bank payments are late, a $25 late fee will be incurred. A payment that is more than 30 days late will be considered delinquent and lessons will have to discontinue until that payment and the next payment is made. There are no credits or refunds. Students planning an extended vacation must still make their monthly/quarterly payments if they wish to hold their place in the studio. Music is given out as needed and the cost will be added to the next month’s invoice. An annual, non-refundable Enrollment Fee of $30.00 is due upon enrollment and helps defray the cost of materials, copies, loaned music, postage, teacher organization memberships/continuing education, etc.
SNOW DAYS: 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 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 attempt to reschedule (look for an “OPEN” on the Google calendar!). 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 OPEN available.
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.
MAKE-UPS: 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: The Google calendar sent to you via email (and you would have bookmarked for easy access) will show if a lesson spot is "OPEN" just as soon as I am informed of a change. Otherwise, there are only individual first names in order to protect your privacy. The OPEN means that a spot is now open and available for someone else to use for a makeup. The APP sessions have a max of 4 students in each spot and, for example, any opening will be indicated: 1 OPEN. If you are unsure of your attendance, just scroll through the calendar and count your attended lessons. Then look at all the available OPEN days and times and, before the 24-hour advance-notice time period closes, email/text me which one you would like to take. I will email/text a confirmation to you ASAP. This will be first-come, first-served. Exceptions are illnesses and family tragedies which will be made up with no 24-hour notice required. 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 double up on a future week. Even scheduling private lessons on back to back days or doing “double lessons” is perfectly fine if the schedule permits.
* I will NOT give makeups for a "no-call/no-show".
* The OPEN slots are NOT walk-ins....you MUST reserve a desired spot 24 hours or more in advance. * A legitimate makeup must be used within 3 months of the missed lesson.
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 flexible in these weeks! We will perform for each other, play music games and do worksheets as well as a bit of composing 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 10 max. There is no extra charge for the Piano Parties which are included in the regular tuition fees.
MASTERCLASS PERFORMANCE: This event takes place once a year for invited students in grades 6-12. Students will perform one polished, classical piece for a piano judge 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.
Annual Enrollment Fee : $30.00 per student due upon enrollment and is non-refundable.
60-minute weekly Accelerated Program: $130.00/month.
45-minute, weekly PRIVATE lesson: $138.00/month.
60-minute, weekly PRIVATE lesson: $163.00/month
MASTERCLASS PERFORMANCE: $40.00
BOOK BLAST CAMP (4 days with 2 hours per day): $200.00 per student. See separate page for more details.
LATE FEES: $25 if unpaid more than 10 days after the first of the month (due date).