Tuition is paid monthly and is always due by the first lesson of each month. Registration fee is $50/new family per year or $35/returning family per year.
Tuition rates remain the same month to month as holidays and vacations have already been accounted for in the monthly tuition rates. Tuition is based on 42 lessons per calendar year (September 1 – August 31). Payment is strongly preferred through Zelle (many banks offer this online service), but checks made out to the studio name (Piano Passionato) are also acceptable.
Tuition is due on the 1st of each month. If a check bounces, a $25 penalty will be charged.
Students may NOT come to in-person lessons should any of the following be true:
- if they have a fever (above 100.4), cough, sore throat, or other COVID symptoms
- if they have any stomach bug symptoms
- if they have tested positive for COVID19
- if they are currently required by their school (or the government) to be in quarantine for a set period of time
- if they stayed home from school due to being ill for any reason
Should any of the above be true, lessons will be offered virtually (FaceTime or Zoom) until they are medically cleared to resume in-person lessons.
Students are expected to use hand sanitizer provided in the studio before/after playing the piano.
Make-up vs. Rescheduled Lessons
Make-ups are only permissible for illness and family emergency and with at least 4 hours’ notice (“no shows” or less than 4 hours’ notice for illness will not be granted make-up lessons). Missed lessons will not be made up (unless there is a family emergency/severe illness prohibiting virtual lessons) nor credited nor refunded. Students are limited to only one make-up lesson per semester.
Rescheduled lessons due to known conflicts (school event, doctors’ appointments, vacation, etc) can be arranged in advance at my discretion and another student’s availability to switch with you (this is not the same as a makeup lesson). If known conflicts are not arranged at least two weeks in advance, then no make-up will be given.
Should winter weather make driving to a lesson hazardous – lessons will be offered virtually rather than be cancelled.
If I ever need to cancel lessons, then those lessons will be rescheduled or credited.
Piano Passionato is a year-round piano studio. Monthly tuition is based off of calculations including all twelve months. As best I can, I try to be flexible to accommodate vacation plans during summer. Summer lesson instructional time is a mixture of group classes (differentiated by age and level) and traditional private lessons, with the majority of instructional time being group classes (not applicable to adult students). Students who choose to drop for the summer do not receive priority scheduling nor is a slot held for them for the following school year unless they pay for the slot.
Regular and punctual attendance at lessons is expected. Should a student arrive late to a lesson, they will receive their remaining portion of lesson time only. Should a student miss a lesson without notice – no make ups, reschedules, nor refunds will be given. Should a student miss more than once without notice, lessons will be discontinued.
Materials for Lessons
Students are responsible for purchasing their own books and other materials, including the studio-required assignment book by Faber, “Practice and Progress.”
All students must have access to a piano at home. Keyboards and digital pianos are acceptable if they have all 88 keys, the keys are weighted, pedals are attached, and a bench is included. These qualities are extremely important in order for the student to make consistent progress and learn correct technique.
All communication (regarding scheduling conflicts, termination of lessons, general questions, etc.) should be done via email. I use email as my main mode of communication with my studio families so it is important that I have a current email address on file that you frequently check.
If you need to reach me last minute due to illness or family emergency, then please text me!
All students should practice on a regular basis at home. Practice time guidelines will vary according to the student’s age and level, though all students should be practicing a minimum of five days per week. Students will be expected to maintain good practice habits both in regards to practice time and fulfilling practice assignments.
There are two studio recitals per school year, and recitals are required for all students except adults.
I strongly encourage my students to be active in other performance venues such as festivals, competitions, school talent shows, or even informally playing for family and friends. The experience gained in doing public performances is invaluable, and the student’s confidence will grow as they publicly perform pieces that are well-prepared.
Theory will be covered in lessons as theory is an integral part of music education. Proper theory training and understanding will enhance each student’s musical experience, and will facilitate their efforts in preparing their repertoire. Students will have weekly theory homework in their theory books. Group classes during the summer months are also very theory intensive.
Cancellation of Lessons
Lesson cancellation always needs to be done in writing, and refunds will not be given. Two lessons’ notice and payment is required.
Additionally, I reserve the right to discontinue lessons should a student not be maintaining policies (regarding tuition, attendance, practice, etc).