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Piano Studio and BAHA Policy- Updated for the 2022-23 Piano Year

 

Lessons

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. 

New for 2022-2023 - Tuition for September and May is invoiced in late August  and due the first part of September for all students; the May tuition non-refundable. This doubles the normal monthly cost on the initial payment, but when it comes time for May, no payment is due. 

An annual Registration Fee of $50/student is included in the August invoice. It covers all method books, theory book, history lessons, and extra music.

If I teach in your homes, there is a $225/family/year charge, also divided into 9 monthly installments.

 

Payments

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

Contest and Recital Fees

Contest and recital fees are not included in monthly tuition and are invoiced usually a month before the event.

New for 2022-2023 - There is a $15 non-refundable recital fee invoiced for all formal recitals.

 

Missed/Cancelled Lessons

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

Calendar

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

Lesson Expectations

  • Students must  remember to bring all books and assignment binder to every lesson. 

  • 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.

  • Parents and  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.

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 for 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.