Private Lesson Policies

Private Lesson Policies

Description and Content

In order to learn to play well, piano students need to make progress in all of these areas consistently.   This program will guarantee progress, if the student is practicing regularly and practicing what they are assigned to do.

  • Lesson length:  All private students will be required to attend the lesson for 45 minutes (30 minutes private lesson and 15 minutes on Piano Marvel).
  • Technique:  All students will be required to practice scales, arpeggios, and other technical exercises.  Technique is at the core of playing an instrument.  Do not expect to be able to play anything that requires any speed, accuracy, or expression without development of technique.  Students will see a difference in their ability very quickly if a simple 5-10-minute warm up is implemented as part of daily practice, and if the student practices it the way s/he has been instructed to do.
  • Sight Reading:  Any music student who wants to be able to sight read needs to sight Read daily.  There is no shortcut.  Students are expected to complete the sight reading portion of their piano assignment on a daily basis, and do Piano Marvel for 15 minutes a week as part of the 45-minute lesson time.  NOTE:  You can sign up to use Piano Marvel at home for $12/month.
  • Theory:  All students will be required to complete written music theory assignments on a weekly basis.  The content & goals appropriate for each student will be determined on an individual basis, and there will be materials that will need to be purchased.
  • Recitals:  There will be multiple recitals throughout the school year.  Some, but not all, repertoire will need to be memorized.  Playing in many different settings will help you feel more comfortable and gain confidence.  There will be a minimum performance requirement, based on what is appropriate for each student.
  • Piano Method Books:  I use several different existing piano methods and will choose the one I feel meets the student’s needs.  Classical repertoire is required but is not all you will play.  If you have specific things you want to play, be sure to ask, but don’t expect to play only what you want.  Pieces are selected to build skills and develop proper groundwork.
  • Group lessons replace the private lesson from time to time.  The content of group lessons is based on the needs of the students.  Twice a year the group lesson is a performance masterclass in order to prepare for more major recitals.


Tuition is $17/lesson, based on 30 minutes with the teacher at the piano, and 15 minutes in the lab.  This works out to be somewhere between $50-55 per month, depending on how may lessons there are in the school year.  Tuition is payable by the first lesson of the month or a late fee of $5 will be assessed. If payment becomes more than 60 days delinquent, lessons will be suspended until your account is current. You are responsible for payment of all bank fees on returned checks.

Rental & Registration Fee

There is an annual rental/registration fee of $15 per student or $30 per family, due at Registration ($20/student, $40/family after June 1). Payment of this fee reserves your child’s slot and enables the studio to maintain a lending library of music, CDs, books, etc.  Any item that is lost or destroyed must be replaced by the student/parent at replacement cost.

Missed Lessons

I will not make multiple allowances for student cancellations.  You will pay for a certain number of lessons (around 28-34, depending on the School District Calendar) for the year and will be allowed two cancellations that you will not pay for, as long as you give me 24-hour notice. When I cancel a lesson, I will take it off your bill.

Required Materials

Acoustic piano to practice on, Metronome, Binder, Music books as deemed necessary by teacher.

Practice & Remaining a Student

I cannot teach students who are not practicing and making consistent progress.   I take time away from my family to teach your child.  I cannot guarantee results if commitment on the part of the student is not there.  This is why I will not work with students who either are not committed, have a poor attitude, or do not have the time to practice.

In order for a student to learn to enjoy piano lessons, s/he must become consistent at practicing daily.  Practicing should not be an option but a responsibility that must be attended to before receiving free time or other privileges. Assignments, practice, and lessons are expected to have the same priority as homework, sports, and other activities.

The National Piano Foundation recommends 10 minutes of practice for each grade in school (for example, 4th grade = 40 minutes), 6 days a week, but I expect you to determine a goal that works for you.  A few minutes of focused and alert practice 5+ days/week yields more progress than a big block of time once or twice a week.

Other Policies

  1. Parents are encouraged to attend lessons.
  2. students should have clean hands and short fingernails.
  3. Do not bring gum or food to the studio.
  4. Please always feel free to call with any questions.Your help and encouragement are valuable.


These policies are in accordance with the Music Teachers National Association. Tuition fees provide insurance, retirement, social security, continuing education costs, and covers the cost of equipping and maintaining the studio, instruments, and. Also, at least as much time is needed in planning, study, scheduling, phone calls, bookkeeping, and other studio-related work, as is spent in actual lesson time. Teaching is a profession, a business, and an art. These policies allow us the time and financial security to devote our energy to the creative act of sharing music with our students.