Studio Policies & Expectations


Lesson Absences & Cancellations

  1. Since the teacher has already reserved a weekly teaching time for each student, the teacher is not required to make up lessons missed by the student for any reason, including illness, vacation, schedule conflicts, etc. If time is available during the teacher’s regular scheduled teaching hours, a courtesy make up lesson may be given at the discretion of the teacher. A maximum of two (2) make up options will be offered, at the discretion of the teacher, and credits* will not be offered for any student absences.
  2. 24 hour notice of any cancellations is required for the teacher to consider the possibility of a courtesy make up lesson.
  3. All cancellations must be communicated to the teacher directly via text, phone call, or email for the teacher to consider the possibility of a courtesy make up lesson or a credit.
  4. If the teacher cancels, a makeup lesson will be offered at the discretion of the teacher. A maximum of two (2) make up options will be offered, at the discretion of the teacher.
  5. Please note that students should not attend lessons if they are ill or contagious. The teacher reserves the right to send students home or leave a lesson if they determine that the student is too ill and a makeup lesson or credit will not be offered.
  6. If a student wishes to withdraw from lessons, 2 weeks’ notice is required. No make up lessons or credits will be given under any circumstances for lessons within these 2 weeks.
  7. Exceptions to the policies above will be made only in rare cases of extended illness or other emergency situations and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. All exceptions are at the discretion of the teacher.

*credits are a choice of a free lesson the following month in the cases of students who pay in advance, or not being charged for said lesson in the cases of students who pay at the end of each month.

Lesson Attire & Preparation

  1. All students should attend each lesson in clothing that is comfortable and easy to move in.
  2. All students must come to each lesson with all lesson materials. The teacher reserves the right to refuse a lesson or end a lesson early if the student does not come with all materials needed. Any lessons cancelled or ended early this way will not be offered a makeup or a credit. Lesson materials include:
    • Pencil
    • Practice Journal
    • All music that is being worked on in lessons
    • Any other materials given to the student
  3. The teacher also reserves the right to refuse a lesson or end a lesson early if it is evident to them that the student has not practiced enough. This is at the discretion of the teacher. Any lessons cancelled or ended early this way will not be offered a makeup.
  4. All students should present a positive and energetic attitude in each lesson. The teacher reserves the right to refuse a lesson or end a lesson early if there is a negative or difficult attitude being presented by the student.

Practice Policy – Piano

  1. Each student is required to practice a minimum of 30 minutes a day, 5-6 days per week.
  2. Each student is required to log their practice time on a practice log provided by the teacher.
  3. Consistency of practice time is key. Practicing every other day or less, but still filling the practice time requirement will not work. All students should strive to practice some amount of time every day to ensure progress in and preparedness for lessons.

Practice Policy – Voice

  1. Each student is required to practice a minimum of 30 minutes a day, 5-6 days per week. Practice time includes:
    • Singing in the Shower (as long as there is a focus on what is being learned in each lesson)
    • Singing in the Car (as long as there is a focus on what is being learned in each lesson)
    • Breathing exercises while watching TV
    • Concentrated practice time at the piano or along with a recording
    • Repertoire research
    • Character research
  2. Consistency of practice time is key. Practicing every other day or less, but still filling the practice time requirement will not work. All students should strive to practice some amount of time every day to ensure progress in and preparedness for lessons.
  3. Each student is required to log their practice time on a practice log provided by the teacher.
  4. Each student is encouraged to record practice in a practice journal, listing the date, what the student practiced specifically (technique issues, repertoire, etc.), and how long. This journal can also be used as a tool for the student to record any questions, difficulties, or break-throughs they might experience during their practice time, and can later be discussed with the teacher.

Miscellaneous

  1. Remember that this is your time and your money, so please communicate your goals and any issues that might arise with the teacher. The teacher is unable to create a sufficient learning environment if not communicated with, and is unable to resolve any problems if not communicated to them.
  2. Each student is expected to arrive on time for their scheduled lessons. If a student will be late, they must contact the teacher. If the teacher is not contacted, there will be a grace period of 5 minutes, and anyone arriving after this grace period will not receive a lesson. If the student has contacted the teacher, there is a grace period of 10 minutes, and anyone arriving after this time will not receive a lesson. In cases of in home lessons, the same grace periods listed above will be in effect before the teacher leaves.
  3. The teacher will present one or two students recitals per year depending on availability of students and schdeduling. All students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in any recitals presented by the teacher. Since the scheduling and planning of recitals is such a time commitment for the teacher, each recital will serve as a student’s lesson (which lesson to be determined by the teacher), regardless if the student participates in the recital or not. No make ups or credits will be offered for this lesson for students who do not participate in the recital.

Lesson Fees and Payment Options

In-home Lesson Fees:

30 minutes     $35

45 minutes     $50

60 minutes     $65

In-studio Lesson Fees:

30 minutes     $30

45 minutes     $45

60 minutes     $60

Payment options: Students can opt to pay in advance, per month, for their lessons, or at the end of each month. Invoices will be issued to each student at the beginning or end of each month with a payment due date. If payment is not received within 5 days of the payment due date, the teacher will not continue lessons until payment is received. The teacher accepts payment in cash or check form, or through Venmo and Apple Cash apps.