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Suggestions, Policies, Calendar, Rates    


Lessons are not enough.  Schedule time to practice at home!

Ideal:             5 days

Very Good:   4 days

Good:            3 days (not including lesson time!)

Length of practice 15 minutes to an hour depending on level and goals.

Helpful hints: keeping noises and distractions away from students in your home will help the student focus.  Also, remember to look for good lighting and having your piano tuned at least once a year.

The Music Machine, Metronome


If I cancel, I will make that time up.


If you cancel, makeups are not guaranteed, especially for in-your-home students which are scheduled not just by time but by the "route" for the day.  If given at least 24 hours notice, I will try to offer extra time or alternatives as they come available.  In-your-home students might be able to come to my home or take an online lesson through Skype.  THE MORE NOTICE I HAVE, the more likely I can work out a make up or partial make up of the time.


For families with two or more students taking lessons, if one is ill or unavailable, the other students (or parent) can take the entire lesson time.  


Sick:  In person lessons:  Notify me IMMEDIATELY if you have any coronavirus symptoms. Lessons may be taken online.

Even for colds and sore throats, masks are an effective way to prevent the spread of viruses.

As a courtesy to myself and my other students, please wear a mask when you have these types of symptoms, but test negative for covid.


Bad weather: skype or reschedule are possibilities.


Please give 2 weeks notice if you should, sadly, decide to discontinue lessons.


2022-23 Studio Calendar 

Teaching schedule and rates based on 46 weeks of once-a-week lessons.

Mon. Aug. 14.  Last lesson of 2022-23 calendar year.

SHORT BREAK.  Aug 15-18.  Lessons Resume Sat, Aug 19.

2023-24 Studio Calendar 

Teaching schedule and rates based on 46 weeks of once-a-week lessons.

Saturday, Aug 19, LESSONS RESUME/BEGIN for 2023-24 studio calendar year.

Labor Day Weekend.  NO Lessons scheduled Sat. Sept. 2 through Mon. Sept. 4.

Lessons resume Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Fall Student Performance.  Sat. Nov. 4.  3-5 pm.  Chesterfield Location TBA.

Thanksgiving Break.  Tues.  Nov. 21 through Sun. Nov. 26.  Mon. lessons do meet!

Lessons resume Mon. Nov. 27.

Winter Break.  Fri. Dec. 22 through Wed. Jan. 3.   Lessons do meet Dec 18-21.

Lessons resume Thurs. Jan. 4, 2024.

Sonatina Festival.  Sun. Feb. 25.  CMS Webster University.  SLAMTA event. Fee required. 

(For the serious Classical Musician.)

Spring Break. Sun. March 17 through Sun. March 24.

Lessons resume Mon. March 25.

Spring Student Performance.  Sun. May 5.  Maryland Heights Location TBA.  1-3 pm.

Pre-Summer Break. Sat. May 25 through Thurs. May 30.

Lessons resume Fri. May 31.

Thurs. July 4, No Lessons. 

Sat Aug 10, 2024.  Last lessons of 2023-24 calendar year.

Tentative start date for 2024-25 calendar year TBD during the week of Aug.19-24.


For Aug 20 , 2022 to Aug 14, 2023.

Based on 46 weeks of once- a-week lessons, divided into even-billing monthly or quarterly payments.

In your home lessons.

45 minute minimum for one student*     $183  monthly or  $549 quarterly.

60 minute minimum for two students      $245  monthly or $735 quarterly.

30 minute for third student                        $122.50  monthly or $367.50 quarterly.

(Based on $32 per 1/2 hour)

*For students 5 and under, a 45 minute lesson can be overwhelming.  I can offer a 35 minute lesson for 1 to 2 quarters at $142.50 monthly.

Usually this involves a 30 minute lesson (with various learning activities), then a quick review with a parent/guardian.

This plan may also be an option for other students if I can schedule your lesson less than 10 minutes before or after a nearby student, waiving the usual 45 minute minimum for in your home lessons.

In my home lessons.

30 minute lesson for one student     $97 monthly or $291 quarterly

45 minute lesson for one student     $145 monthly or $436 quarterly

(Based on $25.50 per 1/2 hour) 

In my home students:  I do have 2 cats, which are kept away from students during lessons.


Substantial discounts are available for in my home students who can come on weekday mornings during the school year.  Call/email for a quote. (Excellent opportunity for retirees, home schoolers, second shifters!)


No Enrollment Fees!  Just be respectful of my time.


No refunds on lessons.  Use the monthly plan if you are uncertain of your future.

Books and entrance fees for SLAMTA and MMTA events are not included in the quoted rates.

No extra charge for performances opportunities through the studio.


Tuition Payment

Monthly: Payment Due the week of the 15th of each month.  Please be prompt!  I prefer to spend time teaching rather than rechecking accounts!

Quarterly:  due Aug. 19, Nov. 15, 2023, Feb. 15 ,2023 , May 15, 2024. 

Thanks for being prompt in your payment!  Checks, auto pay, cash, Zelle transfers (check with me on the email used).

Returned checks: it happens now and then, but unfortunately, someone has to cover it!  Students/parents are responsible for return check fees.

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