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Studio Policy

Scheduling a Trial Lesson & Wait List Policy

  • I have a full-time schedule and teach Monday-Friday.

  • Contact me to schedule a free trial lesson!  Trial lessons typically take around 45 minutes.

  • At the trial lesson, I ask students to play 3 pieces of varying styles.  The pieces do not need to be polished or memorized -- this is just to see where you are at and your style of playing.  (For beginner adult students, you are not expected to play anything!)

  • If our schedules do not accommodate a viable time, you can be placed on the waiting list.


During Lessons

  • No eating or drinking during lessons (to protect the piano).

  • Depending on the age of the student, I may encourage or discourage parents from sitting in during lessons.

  • In my studio, there is free wi-fi, refreshments, and a nice couch for parents sitting in the lessons!


Practice at Home

  • Weekly practice is expected.  Commitment to learning music requires time for the lesson AND practice.  Improvement from just lessons alone will be minimal to none.

  • An acoustic piano (grand or upright) is required at home.  Although the technology of electric pianos has come a long way and sounds great, the touch resistance is not sufficient and leads to students building bad habits and insufficient finger dexterity.  

  • A weekly practice log will be kept and practice time will be recorded at the lesson.  The instructor reserves the right to terminate lessons if a student does not practice sufficiently.



  • At the forefront of my teaching philosophy is performing for others.  This is why I perform and also highly encourage my students to perform.  Share your gift of music!

  • Although not technically required, I have found that students (both kids and adults) who do not perform make very limited progress, as we naturally need something to work for to push us as students.

  • I offer a wide variety of performances, including but not limited to quarterly recitals, MDP/CM/ABRSM testing, and in-home recitals!  



  • I periodically send lesson notes via e-mail to comment about thoughts for student's progress.  The students (and parents) who get the most out of my lessons are the ones who communicate with me on a regular basis.  

  • The advantage of private 1-on-1 lessons is that I can adjust my lessons to the student's desire (push harder, relax more, learn different style of music, do exams, etc.)  

  • Do not hesitate to provide feedback so that I can adjust my teaching to fit the needs of you/your child!



  • Annual tuition is split into 12 equal payments and charged monthly.

Note: Some months may have four lessons, while others may only have three.  The monthly tuition remains the same, as it is an annual tuition split into monthly payments, rather than a per-lesson charge.

  • Tuition is due by the 7th of each month.

  • A $25 late fee will be charged if payment is not received.

  • The instructor reserves the right to terminate lessons for students who are regularly late with payments.


Attendance & Missed Lessons

  • Tuition is billed at the rate of 36 lessons per year.

  • If the student misses a lesson for any reason or if the instructor cancels unexpectedly, a make-up lesson can be scheduled within 30 days.  (In the summer months of Jun-Aug, make-ups will be allowed until the end of August.)

  • When the instructor takes leave that is planned in advance (music teacher conferences at both state and national levels, vacation, etc.), a make-up lesson will not be scheduled.  

  • If the instructor cancels a lesson last-minute due to unforeseen circumstances, a make-up lesson will be offered.


  • As I have a full teaching schedule, make-up lesson time slots are NOT guaranteed.

  • If a make-up lesson is canceled for any reason, a second make-up lesson will not be scheduled.

  • The instructor reserves the right to terminate lessons for anyone who is habitually canceling lessons.

What if I am taking an entire month off of lessons (for extended summer vacation, etc.)

  • An option is to pay a $100 hold fee, which allows you to keep your slot but without taking any lessons, and no make-up lessons will be given.  This is only applicable to a given calendar month (e.g., July 1-31).


Punctuality & Lateness

  • If student is late, student will receive lesson time until the end of the slot only.

  • If instructor is late by more than 15 minutes, you will receive a complimentary make-up lesson (in addition to the partial lesson).

    • You will never get a lesson shorter than what you paid for if instructor is late.



  • Your home address and contact information will not be shared with anyone under any circumstances unless required by law.

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