Whether you're a beginner or returning after time away from the piano, it's a worthwhile endeavor. Most adults enroll as regular weekly students. They have a dedicated spot in the schedule and receive the individual attention that a private lesson provides.

Studio policies for adult students

Fulltime Student Tuition and Fees: Our schedule is organized in two terms, Sept-Jan and Feb-June (with summer information distributed in the spring). Payment is in advance, either by the term or by the month. Payment by the term, which includes a discount, is due at the first lesson of each term. Payment by the month consists of 5 equal payments per term, to be paid by the first lesson of each month.  

Tuition Rates:         

40-minute lessons:      $625/term or $135/month    ($50 off for paying by term)                                                                                                                                              1-hour lessons:            $925/term or $200/month     ($75 off for paying by term)

Fees:                            $35 yearly registration fee

Your tuition reserves a time slot for you in the studio schedule. It pays not only for actual music instruction time, but also for preparation time, studio overhead, and other ongoing expenses.  The registration fee of $35 is paid when you start regular lessons, and once a year thereafter, in the Spring. Payment of the Spring fee reserves a spot in the fall schedule. Lesson books and music collections are paid for separately, and can be ordered by the teacher with reimbursement, or ordered by the student. Approximate cost for beginning books may be $25-$30.

Missed Lessons: A fulltime student has a lesson 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. Lessons may sometimes 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. The final week of the schedule in June is Catch-Up Week, and you may schedule up to two lessons if you have missed some during the year. *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: If it is necessary to discontinue lessons, a month’s advance notice is requested, as it can take several weeks to fill a vacated time slot.


PART TIME STUDENTS: Limited part time openings may be available for students who cannot commit to weekly lessons. (Other than tuition/schedule, above policies apply.)

Tuition and Fees:                                  

40 min lessons: $350/term or $75/month             ($25 off for paying by term)

60 min lessons: $535/term or $112/month          ($25 off for paying by term)

$35 registration yearly; $20 when starting 2nd term

Part time tuition pays for 17-18 lessons from Sept-June. Payment by term is due at the first lesson in September and the first lesson in February. Monthly payments are due by the first lesson of the month. Part time students are scheduled opposite each other, meaning a lesson approximately every other week.* Occasionally there may be a lesson two weeks in a row, or a gap of 3 weeks or longer.

*The extra lessons built into the schedule allow the part-time student to miss up to two lessons for storms or sickness.  If the student misses more than two lessons, Catch-Up week is in June.

Note: Some adults wish for short term or occasional lessons to accomplish a particular purpose.  This can occasionally be arranged ($45 per forty-minute lesson/$60 per hour lesson) when there is space in the studio schedule.

                    For more information                                                                    contact Alice at                                                                                   or text or leave a message at                                            (207)210-4214                            


It's a journey, not a race...

Piano for Fun and Fulfillment is a recreational group piano program for adult beginners and "refreshers". It is a gentle introduction to or continuation  of making music at the piano in a low stress group setting.   No solo playing is required. Class size is 6-10. Beginning classes are  a collaboration with Portland Adult         Education; all classes are held at          Starbird Music. 

"Alice pitches the recreational piano class at just the right level: it is both relaxed and challenging. She frequently checks in with members of the group to see if a) they are enjoying the class; b) if they are challenged enough. I have never read music or played an instrument before and now in my late 50's, I am amazed and am thoroughly enjoying learning to play piano with Alice! Alice is a wonderful teacher."  --Rose     

 For more info, contact Alice at

or text or leave a message at (207)210.4214.


Piano Fun for Adult Beginners Fall 2014 class

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