Greetings and welcome to piano lessons! In this outline you will find procedures and policies of the studio and related topics. Please take time to carefully review the contents of this Studio Policy.
All students are required to have a well-maintained instrument. A traditional piano with functional damper pedal and adjustable bench/seat is ideal. Have the piano tuned by a professional once a year (ideally) and within one month of beginning lessons. This is very important if the piano has not been played for a duration of time or if it has been moved or recently brought into the home. Hearing the correct pitch when playing individual keys will greatly assist a student learn the skills involved in playing piano.
An electronic keyboard with weighted (or “touch-sensitive”) keys and a damper/sustain pedal is an excellent alternative to a traditional piano. This option offers the advantage of never needing tuning and conserving floor space. A keyboard without weighted keys may be used during the first six months or so of beginning piano lessons, but in order to progress successfully, a rental or purchase of an instrument with weighted keys and pedal is strongly encouraged.
Used instruments of all types are widely available through Craigslist, music stores, etc.
Blue Door Music Studio is located on the property of my private residence and should be respected as such. Parents who opt to wait during the lesson may feel free to sit on the covered patio outside or other available seating. Supervised siblings are welcome to play in the yard. A bathroom is available as needed inside the studio. Students who forget to wash their hands before arriving may use it to clean up before using the piano.
Parents who are arriving for pick up and drop off may feel free to pull into the driveway and park for short periods of time. If you opt to stay parked for the duration of the lesson, please find a legal parking spot on the street, respecting our neighbors’ driveways and properties.
Blue Door Music Studio roughly follows the Union School District calendar. No lessons will be held during the following: New Year’s Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Halloween, and Thanksgiving weekend.
Lesson will often be available during Winter Break (mid-Feb.), Spring Break (mid-April), and between Dec. 24 – Jan. 1*. Traveling families wishing to forgo lessons during those times may do so and skip payment for those weeks. Blue Door Music Studio also reserves the right to occasionally close, with adequate notice to students, during those weeks for vacation. Lessons given during the vacation weeks may be scheduled at alternate times than the traditional lesson times as requested, if it works for both student and instructor’s schedules.
Blue Door Music Studio will work individually with families in May/June to create a mutually acceptable lesson schedule throughout the summer. Lesson days and times may differ than during the school year and will be agreed upon by both Blue Door Music Studio and each family. Continuous lessons throughout the summer will insure a spot in the fall, at the same time/day as before summer (if desired). Vacations will be respected and worked around as needed. It recommended that continuing students attend at least six (6) sessions over the summer, so that they can continue making progress with their instrument.
Time off of school gives an opportunity for students to progress more quickly. Students may consider taking lessons two times per week. This can be arranged in May/June.
PRACTICE AND PARENTAL SUPPORT
Sufficient scheduled practice time on a near-daily basis is the surest guarantee that you, or your child, will experience consistent progress at the piano. Simply going to piano lessons will not result in learning the necessary skills to become proficient at the keyboard. It takes committed practice on a daily basis during the week to put skills covered at the lesson into motion.
Parental support is an extremely important factor in musical training. Children whose parents take an active and honest interest in their child’s progress tend to be more enthusiastic and productive.
Music is not easy and can, at times, become frustrating. Children are not always self-motivated and many lack the maturity (and self-discipline) to put in that all-important practice session. With commitment to learning the art of music comes the decision to practice on a regular basis. Your support in the practice will help you or your child progress and feel pride, satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment!
$30 one-time registration fee for new students
$25 per half-hour lesson
Tuition is due on the first lesson of the calendar month. Months may have 3, 4, or 5 lesson slots depending on the calendar and holidays. Please adjust your payment accordingly.
A $10 late fee will be charged for any tuition paid after the 15th of the month. Lessons will only be given if monthly tuition has been received.
In addition to tuition, there will be additional costs for the purchase of materials, including music books, theory books, flashcards, etc. Required materials will be provided to the student with an invoice. The payment for materials should be added to the following month’s lesson payment.
There may be an additional fee required to cover costs for any recitals or special events held during the year. Such events will be optional but are highly encouraged for all students. Recitals prepare musicians for public performance in a safe and encouraging setting and also give students a chance to show off their best work.
NOTE: Please remember that tuition is not simply an hourly fee for services rendered. Each student is paying not only for music instruction at the piano, but also for a guaranteed place in my studio and preparatory planning for each lesson. This includes hunting for repertoire, organizing recitals, planning, researching, and also practicing. Lesson fees are paid for reservation of time slots. All fees, including but not limited to tuition, are non-refundable. Returned checks will incur a $10 fee.
A make-up lesson credit will be accepted only with a notice of 24 hours prior to the scheduled lesson. There will be no make-up lesson for non-emergencies, no-shows or cancellations made less than 24 hours ahead of time, except by discretion of Blue Door Music Studio.
Late arrivals will still end their lesson at the planned time to respect the time slots of other students.
Should the instructor need to be absent due to emergency or illness, the lesson will be rescheduled within one month at a time convenient to the student or credited to the next month’s tuition.
TERMINATION OF LESSONS
If a student wishes to discontinue lessons, he/she must give a minimum of two weeks notice to his teacher in writing or via email. Any tuition fees already paid will not be refunded.
If a student wishes to return to lessons after termination of some period of time, the previous time slot, if preferred, may or may not be available and cannot be guaranteed. Re-enrollment will be subject to a new registration fee (if applicable).
This policy is subject to change from time to time at the discretion of Blue Door Music Studio. Any such changes will be announced in writing.
Upon beginning lessons, the following agreement and waiver will be provided for your agreement and signature.
I give my permission for my child to participate in the music program at Blue Door Music Studio. I authorize the studio personnel to take full charge in case of any emergency. I will not hold Blue Door Music Studio, its owners, any facilities that Blue Door Music Studio uses for studio-related activities, staff member or any helpers liable in case of an accident or injury.
I have read and agreed to comply with each and every studio policy stated herein.