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.
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. THE MORE NOTICE I HAVE, the more likely I can work out a make up or partial make up of the time. Other times may be available if you are willing to have an online lesson using Skype.
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.
Bad weather: skype or reschedule are possiblities.
Please give 2 weeks notice if you should, sadly, decide to discontinue lessons.
2020-21 Studio Calendar
Teaching schedule and rates based on 46 weeks of once-a-week lessons.
Sat. Aug 15 new studio year begins.
Sat. Sept 5 through Mon. Sept 7. NO SCHEDULED LESSONS. LABOR DAY BREAK.
Sat. Nov. 7. STUDENT PERFORMANCE at Steinway Piano Gallery on Dorsett. 5:30 -7:45 pm. TENTATIVE!
THANKSGIVING BREAK. NO LESSONS Tues. Nov. 24 through Nov. 29. Monday lessons do meet on Nov. 23!
WINTER BREAK. Tues. Dec. 22 through Sun. Jan 3. Monday lessons do meet Dec. 21!
Mon. Jan 4. LESSONS RESUME.
SONATINA FESTIVAL. TBD. SLAMTA EVENT. Check back for updates. For the serious classical musician. Fee required.
SPRING BREAK. Sun. March 21 through Sat. March 27. No lessons.
Sun . March 28. LESSONS RESUME.
Sat. April 17. Small group PERFORMANCES or INDIVIDUAL RECORDINGS at Lacefield Music in Chesterfield. 3-5 pm. Details will be finalized two weeks before the event.
MEMORIAL WEEK BREAK. Sun. May 30 through Fri. June 4.
Sat. June 5. LESSONS RESUME.
FOURTH OF JULY BREAK. Sat. July 3 through Mon. July 5. No Lessons.
Tues. July 6. LESSONS RESUME
Last day of lessons for 2020-21 is Sun. Aug. 8.
Tentative start date for 2021-22 is Mon. Aug 16.
For Aug 12, 2019 to Aug 1, 2020. (No rate change for Aug 2020 to Aug. 2021. We are in this together!)
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* $176 monthly or $528 quarterly.
60 minute minimum for two students $235 monthly or $705 quarterly.
30 minute for third/waived student $117.50 monthly or $352.50 quarterly.
(Based on $30.66 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.
Usually this involves a 30 minute lesson (with various learning activities), then a review with a parent/guardian. Cost is $136.50 monthly.
In my home lessons.
30 minute lesson for one student $93.50 monthly or $280.50 quarterly
45 minute lesson for one student $140 monthly or $420 quarterly
(Based on $24.40 per 1/2 hour)
In my home students: I do have a cat, which is 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!)
New: Online interactive piano lessons available through Skype.
Contact me through to schedule a skype chat.
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 charge for performances opportunities through the studio. Some SLAMTA performance events have a fee.
Monthly: Payment Due the 15th of each month. Please be prompt! I prefer to spend time teaching rather than rechecking accounts!
Quarterly: due Aug. 15, Nov. 4, 2020, Feb. 13 , May 12, 2021. Payments are approximately 11.5 weeks apart.
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.