Studio Policies & Fees


General Information

Private lessons are offered weekly in either 30, 45, or 60 minute sessions, dependent upon the student's instructional needs. It is my responsibility to teach your student how to play and express themselves through music. I will customize the curriculum to fit each child's specific needs.

Lessons At the Studio

Students are expected to arrive on time with all their lesson books and other materials. Students can enter the studio while the previous student is finishing their lesson, but should be respectful and quiet while preparing for their own lesson and wait on the benches in the back. Students should use hand sanitizer before and after their lesson, and it is helpful if they can wash their hands before arriving. 

If the student or a family member has been experiencing any symptoms of illness, they should request an on-line lesson for that week. If a student needs to wait during a sibling’s lesson, they should bring something to keep them occupied as I cannot have my other books, games and toys available at this present time.

Lessons On Face-time

Students should have their music books, assignment book, a pencil, highlighter, stickers and tabs ready at the piano. It works best for me to call the student at their lesson time. Students should not be eating or drinking during their lesson (except for water bottles). To make it easier for parents and to help teach accountability for students, I will have them write down their assignments as we work through the lesson. (I will still keep a copy on my computer, so if you need to double check I can always email you a copy if requested). If you prefer regular Face-time lessons, I recommend coming to the studio at least one time per month. There are some techniques that are difficult to teach on-line.

At Home Practice

Students must arrange time to be at the piano for practice. Students should have an acoustic piano that is tuned regularly, or a digital piano (with 88 weighted keys and pedals). Students who consistently come unprepared to lessons will be asked to develop and follow through on a practice schedule, or to reconsider taking lessons. Students need to provide a 3-ring notebook and at least two highlighter pens (one must be yellow) for assignment pages and added materials. Pages will be handed out at the first lesson and throughout the year.

Teaching Calendar

Tuition for the year covers 35 lessons. There are at least 46 weeks scheduled so students can take their spring break off without having to makeup a lesson. Students can do additional summer lessons for a reduced rate per added lesson.

Makeup Lessons

Due to my busy teaching schedule, makeup lessons cannot be guaranteed. Tuition is an enrollment for lessons and not based upon attendance. Lessons you choose to miss or cancel will not necessarily be made up. I will usually post any open lesson times each week on the website and you are able to cancel and rebook a lesson on line. As a courtesy to myself and fellow students, please give at least 24 hours notice in advance for cancellations and rescheduling. (The first week after school is out for the year, is a makeup week for any missed lessons). In cases of inclement weather, Skype or Facetime lessons would be a viable option for lessons.

Any lesson that I need to cancel will be either made up or have a $25 credit applied.


Tuition for the year covers 35 lessons. The cost will be split equally each month for 11 months, from September through July and is due on or before the 1st lesson of the month. If you wish to pre-pay by semester or year, you will receive a small discount if payment is received by the 1st lesson of the semester. Please let me know when you register if you would like to pay by month or semester or year. For families with three or more students, there is a discounted rate after the first two students. 

There will be a late fee of $5/week charged for each week a payment is overdue. 

Tuition not only covers the cost of weekly lessons and recitals, but also the time to choose and purchase music, create teaching materials, prepare lesson plans, plan and schedule recitals, handle office administration and purchase supplies, maintain studio upkeep, tune pianos, attend teacher continuing education classes, pay taxes and insurance for the business, and attend to many other details that are part of the learning experience.

More time is spent per student each week than just in the weekly lesson.

Discontinuing Lessons

There might come a time when a student needs to discontinue lessons. This decision should be made after discussion with the teacher, the parents and the student, and hopefully end on a positive note. One month (paid tuition) notice is required, whether or not the student continues for the month. The teacher can end lessons at any time if there is unpaid tuition, or if a student refuses to cooperate or has a lack of interest.

2023-2024 TUITION FEES

30 minute lessons

$1188 per year (35 lessons)

$108/month Sept-July

($1105 if paid yearly in advance) 

$290/semester Sept/Dec/Mar/Jun

45 minute lessons

$1565 per year (35 lessons) 

$142/month Sept-July

($1455 if paid yearly in advance) 

$381/semester Sep/Dec/Mar/Jun

If you wish to prepay each semester you will receive a discount, if payment is received by the 1st lesson of the semester. Please let me know when you register if you would like to be billed by month, semester, or year. For families with three or more students, there is a discounted rate after the first 2 students.

A $5 late fee will be assessed for each week that a payment is overdue. Payments are due at the first lesson each month.

No credit will be given for missed lessons. Make-up lessons can be arranged when it fits our schedules. Please give at least 24 hours notice if you need to cancel or reschedule.

Note: Tuition covers 35 lessons from September through August; a minimum of 31 lessons need to be completed by the first week in June - the remaining lessons can be scheduled at your convenience during the summer.

(There are 46 weeks available for the year, so some lessons can be missed without having to do makeups). If needed, there are some Saturday makeup lesson days available and a makeup week in June.


There is a yearly registration fee of $60 per student ($120 max per family), which helps to cover the costs of assignment books, recitals, magazines, incentive awards, etc. The fee should be paid by August 21st in order to reserve a spot on the teaching schedule for the 2023-2024 school year. Your enrollment is an agreement for the entire studio calendar year of 35 lessons.