New Policy and Calendar for 2020
Dear Students and Parents,
Please review our lesson policy below. I am always happy to respond to any questions. The most significant change will be in a new semester payments option.
Attendance and Schedule
- Lessons are held once per week at a minimum. Lessons twice a week are ideal, especially for beginners.
- Lessons take place in three semesters: Fall, Spring and Summer.
Fall semester: September, October, November, December.
Spring semester: January, February, March, April
Summer semester: May, June, July, August.
- Attendance is required in Fall and Spring Semesters. In Summer, you can take off the full month of July, or any four week period if we do semester invoicing.
- If you take off a second month of summer vacation, you must still pay for that month to hold your spot in the fall.
- Summer is the best time to become great at piano through practice when the pressures of school are off.
- I teach 30 minute or full hour lessons. 30 minute lessons are recommended for most students in the early grades.
- Rescheduling and make ups lessons are part of our routine and expected. Not a problem.
- I have few available times left, and have built up a bit of a wait list. Any students who have early release days from school, please be in touch!
- Two or more students in one house who are able to hold lessons in evenings, or earlier in the day could work for in home lessons, time permitting.
- Travel fee is waived for three students in same household.
- 30 minute lessons: $80.
- 60 minute lessons: $140. This is an hour for a single student, not two students sharing an hour.
- In-home lessons: $20 travel fee per house billed as part of our monthly invoice.
New Semester Invoice Option
Semester students pay lessons four months at a time, and are given two free regular weekly lessons each semester.
Fall semester: September, October, November, December. Spring semester: January, February, March, April
Summer semester: May, June,
July, August. (July is optional or off)
To give an example of semester invoicing: Your child comes on Sundays for 30 minutes. There are 17 Sundays in the first semester. You are charged for 15 Sundays. You go on vacation for two weeks, so those weeks are not charged. Yet you still have two credits for makeup lessons for those weeks. You can schedule two extra half hour lessons, or turn two of your regular lessons into full hour sessions.
Monthly Invoice Option
Monthly students are invoiced a minimum of four lessons per month. If your lesson time falls in a month with five weeks, that lesson is optional.
Lessons run from August through June. December will be a full month going forward. July is optional or off.
- Reschedules or make up lessons are anticipated and ok. Especially for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, Spring Break… even if you randomly feel lousy or just can’t face the lesson. Invoice stands, and makeup is based on my availability.
- Make ups can not replace the regular week’s lessons.
- My favorite time for make up lessons is before music events, such as exams, recitals, school performances…
- I do not require a 24 hour notice.
- Make ups can be arranged and should be to keep our flow. Try your best to keep it chill.
- I want to focus on our dynamic partnership to better the kids and help them lead happy musical lives. But, lets still do our best to make your regular weekly time the go-to.
Payment Due dates
Payments by check are due at the last lesson of the previous month toward the coming month.
Online payments / Venmo, Paypal, Zelle are due by the first of each month toward the coming month.
Piano and Music Theory Exams
- Piano or music theory Exams through ABRSM are a wonderful, and surprisingly invigorating way to deepen our skill level and challenge ourselves.
- Exams look good on a college resume and are a confidence booster.
Other Instruments taught
- I also teach voice and electric bass.
- I contract with a few other teachers who I vouch for, who use methods similar to my own for drums, guitar, vibes and saxophones.
- My job is to make learning piano fun, and to hold a high standard.
- Music is a skill and a sport. Just as there are games with a score card, and good sportsmanship, the same is true for music.
- Everyone learns differently and that’s a good thing! My job is to be creative and intuitive and decipher how you learn. I build a method that resonates for you specifically.
- Learning to read music is essential. It requires a serious single week of full time study. Do it fast, and get it done. I will help.
How can my child excel at music?
- High expectations, consistency and joy enable everyone to excel at music.
- Music is fun. Music is also hard, especially at the beginning.
- Learning music requires the same amount of rigor as academics and/or sports.
- There is a natural, healthy competitive nature of music which is a real gift and not to be discouraged. Its a foundation of enthusiasm and stick-to-it-ive-ness
- Music proficiency exams are important, though not mandatory. Just don’t underestimate their utility. They take us outside ourselves, to engage with the music world at large.
- Students with powerful parental involvement succeed the most, regardless of skill level. If you are willing to sit with your child through the inevitable, teary eyed “idontwanna” they will be in a good place.
- A recital is a great rite of passage and I encourage all students to participate!
- Despite the challenges, I remain committed to a flexible, fun, and funny piano teaching style.