Studio Policy

Fees

Lessons are $22.50 per 30 minute lesson and $45 per 60 minute lesson.  The yearly tuition will be paid in nine equal payments.  Payment can be made by e-transfer, cheque or cash by the first lesson of the month.  Income tax receipts will be given out in February.

There is also a yearly non-refundable $100 materials/studio fee due at the first lesson. A second family member would be $70.  The materials/studio fee covers the cost of printing supplementary music (I have a subscription to TeachPianoToday which has awesome music my students adore, plus I purchase studio licenses for music from other composers), lending library, printing and laminating theory games, and renting the church space for the June piano recital.  The materials fee will not include the main curriculum for the year.

Lesson Schedule

Lessons start the week of September 3, 2019.  July and August lessons can be arranged.   For the 2019/20 school year, the lesson breakdown is as follows:

Monday – 32 lessons – $80/month x 9 payments ($22.50/lesson x 32 lessons = $720.00/year);
Tuesday – 36 lessons – $90/month x 9 payments ($22.50/lesson x 36 lessons = $810.00/year) (if you start the first day of school, one built-in snow day lesson) ;
Wednesday – 36 lessons – $90/month x 9 payments (one built-in snow day lesson); and
Thursday – 36 lessons – $90/month x 9 payments (one built-in snow day lesson).

Post-dated cheques and automatic/recurring e-transfers mean you won’t be charged a late fee.

There will be no lessons on/during:

  • Monday, October 14, 2019 (Thanksgiving);
  • December 23, 2019 to January 5, 2020 (Christmas break);
  • Monday, February 17, 2020 (Family Day);
  • March 16 to 19, 2020 (March break);
  • Monday, April 13, 2020 (Easter); and,
  • Monday, May 18, 2020 (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, I will try to accommodate it one time only, but 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.  In lieu of make-up lessons, there will be three two-hour studio classes throughout the 2019/20 year.  These studio classes will be scheduled approximately every twelve lessons, and will be held either Saturday morning (10 am to 12 noon) or Sunday afternoon (2 to 4 pm), depending on families’ availability.  If Sue cancels due to illness or family emergency, lessons will be rescheduled.

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 practising, 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

Please do not be in a rush to cancel a piano lesson on the day of a snow storm. The roads are usually cleared by the time you have a piano lesson booked.  There is one built in snow day lesson the first week of June, 2020.

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 a couple of 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(s)

There will be an end of year recital, usually the first or second Friday evening of June. Depending on interest and families’ availability, there may be a recital in early December or late January.

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.