(For adult policies, visit Piano for Adults page)

JOY IN MUSIC PIANO STUDIO POLICIES                        Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Thank you for choosing me as your piano teacher. To ensure that you receive the most effective and creative teaching possible, I have established these policies.

Tuition and Fees: The studio operates year-round, with flexible scheduling in the summer. The school year is divided into 2 terms, with a total of 34 lessons during the year. Payment is in advance, either by the term or by the month.  Payment by the term, which includes a discount, is due by the first lesson of the term. Payment by the month consists of 5 equal payments per term, to be paid by the first lesson of each month.  Summer scheduling/payment information is distributed in the spring.

Tuition:    40-minute lessons: $650/term or $140/month($50 off by term)                                                                                                                                                                               60-minute lessons:      $975/term or $210/month($75 off by term)

Fees:        Registration fee:           $40 once a year  ($35 for current students)

                 Book deposit:                $35-$50  in September and February

Payment Options: Cash, Check, Zelle (alicejpeterson@yahoo.com) or Venmo (@Alice-Peterson-16). Checks (written to Alice Peterson) can be mailed to the following address to arrive by the 10th of the month: 34 Garfield Street, Westbrook ME 04092.

Your tuition reserves a time slot for you in the studio schedule. It pays not only for actual music instruction time, but time for lesson preparation, curriculum development, selecting music, event planning, studio communication and business recordkeeping. It pays for office supplies, business insurance, studio rental, maintenance of studio equipment including instruments and other overhead costs.  If the student misses a lesson, these expenses are still incurred.

Your book deposits cover materials purchased for the student by the teacher. Records will be kept of all music purchases and any funds not used will be refunded at the end of the year.  When music purchased exceeds the amount of the book deposit, the teacher will bill you for the additional amount. The registration fee of $40 is paid when you start lessons, and once a year thereafter, in the Spring. Payment of the Spring fee reserves a spot in the fall schedule.

Information on summer schedule and payment is distributed in the spring.

Missed Lessons: A regular student has a lesson once a week, every week that the studio is open. Your scheduled time is reserved for you each week whether you are there or not.  There are no refunds for missed lessons. The final week of lessons in June  is Catch-Up Week, and you may schedule up to two lessons if you have missed some during the year. These may be either private or group lessons. With advance notice, lessons may occasionally be rescheduled within the week of the missed lesson at the teacher’s discretion.  Lessons missed because of the teacher’s absence will be rescheduled. In the case of planned absences of more than two consecutive weeks, please talk with the teacher at least a month in advance.

Discontinuing Lessons: Every student will stop taking lessons at some point.  Please make this decision thoughtfully with plenty of advance discussion between the teacher, parent, and student so that lessons can end with a positive sense of closure. 

Practice Guidelines: Parental involvement is essential  until the student becomes self-directed in practice, which does not often happen until the teen years.  Linking practice to another daily activity can help make piano time part of your family culture.  (Just before supper, right after you get home, every time you brush your teeth…)  Most important:

  • Develop the habit of getting to the piano each day. Ideally, the student will go through all the steps on the assignment page, checking off each step as he or she does it.  In reality, just doing SOMETHING at the piano daily  reinforces the habit on stressful days.
  • The most important home practice is right after the lesson. Research shows us that within 24 hours, we have forgotten an average of 70 percent of new information unless it is reviewed. Take time for your child to explain the assignment page to you after the lesson or ask him/her to play a new song before school the next morning. This will reinforce the lesson, even if there is not time for a full practice.
  • Checking off the assignments at the time of home practice helps the teacher make a quick assessment and adapt lesson plans as needed to create a successful experience.

Instrument: Students need a full size, weighted key instrument to progress.

Short Fingernails: Fingernails should not extend beyond the end of the finger.

Events: The studio provides opportunities to share music with others through Piano Celebrations twice a year, as well as additional events including playing at retirement homes and joint activities with other studios. Events outside the studio may require an additional fee.

Thank you for your commitment to piano lessons. With the complexity of modern family life, there are many things demanding attention. I want to work with you to ensure that you child feels the joy and success of making music. Please contact me at any time with questions, suggestions or concerns.

Joy in Music Piano Studio         (207)210-4214  alicejpeterson@yahoo.com                Teaching Location:                 Starbird Piano Store, 500 Forest Avenue, Portland Mailing Address:                              34 Garfield Street, Westbrook, Maine 04092                                               www.joyinmusicpianostudio.com








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