Piano Studio and BAHA Policy- Updated for the 2021-2022 Piano Year



Each student will have a 30 or 45  minute lesson which will begin promptly at the assigned lesson time.


Tuition, Registration, and Travel Fee

Annual tuition for private music lessons covers  34 weeks of study from August to May and is payable in 9 monthly installments, Summer lessons are available. 

There is an Annual Registration Fee of $45/student that will be included in the September invoice. It covers all method books, theory book, history lessons, and extra music. Contest and recital fees are not included and invoiced later in the year.

If I teach in your homes, there is a $216/family/year charge, also divided into 9 monthly installments.



You will be invoiced via email  approximately one week prior to the 1st of each month. I accept payments  via Venmo/Paypal/Zelle.


Missed Lessons

If I cancel a lesson because of my sickness or conflict, it's an automatic refund. There are no refunds for missed lessons. Unfortunately, I am unable to give refunds for "acts of God" like tornadoes, hurricanes, epic freezes, etc.


A calendar of lessons, studio events, holidays, and non-lesson weeks is available on this site.

Lesson Expectations

  • Students must  remember to bring the following materials to lessons:

    • All books 

    • Assignment Binder, which contains weekly assignment pages for the year, Scale Sheets, loose-leaf music, music history, and studio information.

  • Keep fingernails short, as long nails impede good hand position.

  • Keep hands clean and germ-free out of respect for other students using the piano; washing hands before the lesson is recommended.

  • Avoid wearing immodest clothing.

  • Use the hallway restroom when needed; parents and younger siblings are welcome to use the studio waiting room.


Practice Expectations
Students are responsible for practicing their full assignments and preparing the lesson that has been assigned to them.

Guidelines to facilitate effective practicing:

  • Maintain practice time at a daily minimum arranged with me.

  • Give practice time the same priority as schoolwork.

  • Schedule practice at a regular time every day.

  • When desired, break practicing into smaller sessions to help maintain concentration.

  • When practicing, avoid distractions such as television, pets, visitors, phones, or interruptions for chores. NOTE: Practicing is not a substitute for chores.

  • Regularly review all items listed on your assignment sheet as it serves as weekly practice and learning.


Involvement of Parents

  • The parents’ most important role is to listen to the student with encouragement and enthusiasm. I recommend that a parent sit down with the student at least once a week to see that all assignments are practiced and offer support.

  • Parents should provide a well-tuned piano, a metronome, and a place to practice.

  • The parents’ responsibilities include bringing the student to lessons on time and picking them up on time. You are welcome to stay during a lesson – we are teaching your student music together.

  • Parents  are always welcome in my studio. However, after the first month of taking piano lessons:

    • If you would like to continue in the same piano room with the student and me, please follow the same guidelines that the student and I follow:

      • Be attentive in the lesson as if you are the student. Just as the student and I do, refrain from texting/multitasking/reading/etc. The student should know that you are there from him/her!​

      • It could be helpful for you to take notes during the lesson so that you know what to focus on during practice at home.

    • You are very, very welcome to listen from my family room. 

  • Parents are encouraged to email me if there are any concerns or questions. It is my goal to give your child a positive learning experience in a supportive and musical environment. You may email me at diane.h.swain@gmail.com.