Studio Policy

Fees

Lessons are $25 per 30 minute lesson and $50 per 60 minute lesson.  Families/students will pay for the number of lessons in a month.  Payment can be made by e-transfer, cheque or cash by the first lesson of each month.

For new students, there is a non-refundable $50 materials/studio fee due at the first lesson.  The materials/studio fee includes the temporary use of a magnetic tin sheet and magnets for home use, e-music printed collections and lending library.  It does NOT include  lesson and technique books.

Lesson Schedule

Lessons start the week of September 8, 2020.  July and August lessons can be arranged.   For the 2020/21 school year, the lesson breakdown is as follows:

Monday – 32 lessons;
Tuesday – 36 lessons;
Wednesday – 36 lessons; and,
Thursday – 36 lessons.

There will be no lessons on/during:

  • Monday, October 12, 2020 (Thanksgiving);
  • December 21, 2020 to January 1. 2021 (Christmas break);
  • Monday, February 15, 2021 (Family Day);
  • March 15 to 19, 2021 (March break);
  • Monday, April 5, 2021 (Easter); and,
  • Monday, May 24, 2021 (Victoria Day).

Scheduling happens on a first-come, first-serve basis, so try to pick a day and time for your piano lesson you can keep throughout the year.  If a parent needs to change their child’s lesson time mid-year, it will be subject to availability.  Lesson start times may be weird, since I book five minutes between families.

Cancellations

There will be no credits or refunds for lessons cancelled by the student. If Sue cancels due to illness or family emergency, lessons will be rescheduled.  If Covid-19 permits, Sue will occasionally offer a Friday game night.

Punctuality

If a student comes late, their lesson will be shorter; their lesson will still finish at the same time.

Practice Expectations

Learning to play piano is like learning another language. Five practices per week should be the norm, and three to four practices rare.  Short, daily practices are more effective than one or two lengthy practices. Research shows the most important time for students to practice is right after their piano lesson! so they can review what they just learned. Depending on their age, students should aim for ten minutes up to thirty minutes practice.  The more you practice, the faster you will advance in your playing.

When parents are interested and involved in their child’s practicing, students are more successful (and more likely to continue lessons!). Help them find a time to practice.  Please sit with your child for part of their daily practice, especially the days after their lesson.  Ask them to show you what they are playing.  Sit in on your child’s lesson once in a while; I have a glider rocker waiting for you!

Snowstorms

For snowstorm cancellations, online lessons will take place at the scheduled lesson time.

Equipment

All students must have a keyboard or acoustic piano at home. Touch-responsive keyboards are fine for beginners.  If your child is continuing lessons after two years, please invest in a full-size keyboard (88 keys) with weighted keys and pedals or an acoustic piano. Acoustic pianos should be tuned at least once a year.  (Long & McQuade has rent-to-own programs for digital pianos with weighted keys and both new and used keyboards/digital pianos.)  I can talk with you about the pros and cons of certain manufacturers of digital pianos (or you can read it on my blog).  If you are interested in buying a used piano, please contact my piano tuner, Dave Potter.

Recital

If Covid-19 permits, there will be an end of year recital, usually the first or second Friday evening of June.

Cancellation Policy

One month’s notice is requested for a student to terminate lessons mid-year.

At Lessons

Please park to one side of the driveway (that way, someone else can park in the driveway too).  Keep your nails short, please.  Students may be asked to wash their hands before playing the grand piano!  Before leaving home, double-check you have all your music and your notebook.  No perfume, Sue gets headaches!  If your child had a rough day at school, or was up late the night before for a special occasion, etc., please let Sue know before your child’s lesson starts.