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REGISTRATION: Registration is ongoing throughout the year. Students who wish to enter the studio partway through a semester will be charged on a prorated scale for lessons remaining in the semester. There is no fee to register for lessons.

TUITION: Tuition may be paid in full or in monthly installments. Monthly tuition installments are due on the first day of each month and can be brought to the preceding lesson or mailed. Billing statements and payment reminders will not be mailed. Tuition will not be reduced or adjusted due to absences without advance notice (see Attendance/Missed Lessons below).

SUMMER TUITION RATES, 2016

FIRST SUMMER LESSON PLAN
5 Week Semester
Full Tuition
45 minute lessons
$325
60 minute lessons
$425


SECOND SUMMER LESSON PLAN
5 Week Semester
Full Tuition
45 minute lessons
$325
60 minute lessons
$425


SPRING AND FALL TUITION RATES, 2016-2017
15 Week Semester
Full Tuition
Monthly Tuition
45 minute lessons
$975
$195
60 minute lessons
$1,275
 $255

MATERIALS: A materials deposit of fifty dollars ($50) is due at time of registration, to be applied towards music and materials for the student. Any remaining funds may be applied to the deposit for the next semester. The parent or student will be asked to re-establish the materials deposit when the initial deposit has been depleted.

LESSON SCHEDULE: The Summer 2016 semester includes two choices of lesson schedule, although all students are encouraged to continue throughout the Summer. The Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters include 15 private lessons. Please see the schedule below for exact dates. A lesson time and length will be determined in person at the orientation meeting or afterwards via e-mail or phone on a first-come, first-serve basis. Full tuition or first month’s tuition, the materials deposit, as well as a completed Registration Form are due at the beginning of the first lesson.

ATTENDANCE/MISSED LESSONS:  Two make-up weeks are factored into the end of the Fall and Spring Semesters. Students are allowed to use those two lessons per semester as make-ups lessons, otherwise they will be complimentary. If students must miss a lesson, 24-hour advance notice is requested. Lessons exceeding more than two absences will not be make up, except in family emergencies. Lessons missed by the instructor or canceled due to inclement weather will be rescheduled at a mutually convenient time. 

VACATIONS/HOLIDAYS: Please see the attached schedule for predetermined studio vacations and holidays.

PRACTICE: Improvement and self confidence builds through regular attendance, listening, and intelligent practice. All students are encouraged to meet specific short and long term goals every week through regular practice at home.

PREPAREDNESS: Students are asked to be present and ready to begin the lesson on time for every lesson. Having the assignment notebook and all assignment music out and ready helps to extend precious one-on-one time with the student.

LESSON COMMITMENT: A year long commitment is not necessary to begin lessons. Students make a semester-long commitment after the first lesson. There are exceptions for special needs students. All new students are eligible for a complimentary trial (first) lesson before committing to a full semester of lessons.
Students may be dismissed from lessons for any of the following reasons: 
  • inadequate practice over the course of the semester, (with the exception of RMM)
  • three unexcused absences from lessons
  • rude, disrespectful, or uncooperative attitude toward the instructor
  • failure to pay/excessive late tuition payments
  • failure to comply with studio policy

EVALUATION: At the end of each semester, the instructor will confer with the adult student or the parent(s) about the progress of the young student. The teacher will also evaluate the student’s lesson length and may suggest that the student increase or decrease the amount of weekly lesson time. It is strongly recommended to take the instructor’s advice as sufficient lesson time is needed for the student to progress at the optimum pace.

CONFERENCES: Telephone conferences concerning the student’s progress may be scheduled at any mutually convenient time.

INSTRUMENT: Students should have ready access to a full, 88 key acoustic or electronic piano (weighted keys are desirable) in good condition, unless they are enrolled in Recreational Lessons.  An acoustic piano should be tuned at least once a year by a qualified technician.  If you are unsure about the suitability of your piano or are thinking about purchasing a new one for lessons, feel free to contact me for recommendations. 

CALENDAR, 2016-2017
The NYC Department of Education Calendar is observed in reference to Mid-Winter and Spring Breaks. Please note that lessons will continue to be held on all one-day holidays including, but not limited to, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Election Day, Veterans Day, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President’s Day, Independence Day, and various teacher workdays.