*Lessons take place at my home in Corvallis, Oregon, on a beautiful Estonia grand piano or Yamaha p-255 keyboard.
*Lessons are given weekly. (Please see calendar for schedule).
*Tuition to be paid monthly and is due before or by the 1st. Please include a dollar per day late fee beginning the 2nd of the month. If you will be out of town the first week, please make sure tuition is paid early. Please read more on tuition here.
*It is possible and encouraged to schedule bill pay through your bank. Please make sure it arrives by the 1st of the month. I am also able to take Zelle payments as of March 2019.
Attendance, Illness and Make-up lessons:
*Attendance of lessons is very important to musical progress. Students are expected to attend and participate in all scheduled lessons, classes and recitals. Regular attendance supports consistent musical growth and commitment for our studio, as well as my ability to keep the studio running.
*If you know of a need for a schedule change coming up, or you have a conflict with a lesson one week. Before you contact me about it, please use the schedule swap list. If no one can swap, then contact me and I will look for special availability, or as a last resort, put you on a waiting list. Thank you for following this procedure.
*Note that within reason, all missed lessons due to illness, emergency, or scheduled vacation are eligible to be made up and do not expire. ‘No-shows’ are not made up and tuition paid is forfeited.
*There are no credits or refunds for scheduled lessons. Please no exceptions. Lessons may be made up if they meet the criteria of an excused absence. I will do my best to make up a missed lesson the same week as time and availability allows. Please keep track of lessons you need to make up.
*Use your best judgment about attending during an illness.
*In the event that I must cancel a lesson, I will provide a make-up lesson or credit.
*Please do your best to plan to attend your scheduled lesson, and ask for schedule switches and changes as infrequently as possible, or use the swap list to exchange lessons with another student. Always let me know of any changes made before the lesson.
*Please treat your scheduled lesson time as a priority and do not schedule dentist or other appointments during this time.
It is very important that students be on time for lessons. If a students arrives late, they will miss out on part of their lesson, as student lessons are scheduled back to back.
Please plan not to arrive any earlier than a minute before your lesson unless requested otherwise. Please allow the previous student to finish their lesson with minimal distraction.
Make sure your child enters the studio before you leave.
DO NOT drop off students early as a rule, and in rare cases, only if you have checked in with me. Often, if there is a cancellation or rescheduling before your lesson, I may not be home to receive your student. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES LEAVE STUDENTS UNATTENDED.
Students must be promptly picked up from their lessons. Because students are scheduled back to back, a prompt and quick pick up allows us to transition without distraction and allows the next student the ability to settle into their lesson with more ease. Please be conscientious of this. Do not plan to run errands if you can’t be back in time. Please plan accordingly. Thank you.
Practice and Assignments:
Progress at the piano depends on daily practice, which should assume the same priority as homework. Practice is most effective when the student is alert and undisturbed. Most students find that setting a regular practice time helps them to be consistent. Regular practice keeps muscle development and coordination strong and creates ease in progressing and learning. Learning is more dynamic and intrinsically rewarding, which helps with practice. Skills built depend on practice for maintenance and continued future skill building, so consistent practice is a must.
Students are required to practice as part of their commitment to lessons. Within reason, if practice requirements are not being met, even after sufficient intervention, with teacher and parent support, a student may be excused from the studio.
Parents of young students may need to be available to practice with their children, and may be encouraged to attend lessons. The piano must be tuned to develop musicality, and is best placed away from family distractions. Fingernails must be kept short (please no artificial nails) in order to use the hands comfortably and correctly at the keyboard. The student and I will decide on a manageable daily practice period that can be accomplished at least 5-6 times per week.
Lending Library: The studio is continually building its lending library from which students are able to borrow literature. A record of books on loan will be kept. Students are to return all books on loan at the end of the school year, if not before. Students will be charged for any books lost, damaged or not returned.
Materials: Students are asked to have the following supplies: personal tote bag (not shared with a sibling or as a school bag) dedicated to piano music and materials only. An small spiral notebook with a plastic spiral (please no metal wire) (for piano lessons only please). A metronome.
Purchasing Books: Parents are responsible for purchasing requested books in a timely manner. I usually try to give plenty of notice in case books must be ordered. Any books purchased by the teacher for the student will be added to the regular monthly fee. Parents should expect to spend an average of $25.00+ per term, per student on books.
Studio Classes: Studio lessons are scheduled periodically, especially around holiday and recital time. One studio class is charged the same as one individual lesson. Students come together to play for one another and to be coached by the teacher in a group setting. Students play duets and have collaborative experiences. In my experience as a teacher this is perhaps the most important aspect for students learning broadening their performance and collaborative skills at the piano, and for making performance and collaborative playing easier and more meaningful. Attendance is required. Please do your best to clear your schedule, as learning gained in this setting is something quite special. See calendar.
Recitals: It is important for students to have many opportunities to showcase their musical progress. This exposure eases performance anxiety, and honors students’ diligent work. Students must be well-prepared, dressed in performance attire, and plan to arrive early. Other performance or judiciary opportunities will be presented as possibilities for participation as the student shows readiness and commitment.
Place of Business: Students and student’s family are not allowed in the house outside of the studio unless invited. Please do not plan to use parts of the house to watch siblings or to wait for students. Please respect the flow and privacy of members of family who live in the house. Thank you for your understanding.
Discontinuing Lessons: As a general rule, if circumstances allow, I ask for one month’s notice prior to discontinuing lessons.
Teacher reserves right to dismiss students if studio requirements/policies are not being met.
Thank you for your support in helping the studio to run smoothly. I look forward to our time together!