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JOY IN MUSIC PIANO STUDIO POLICIES FOR ADULTS           

 Fall 2022-Spring 2023

Whether you’ve always wanted to play the piano, but lacked opportunity, or you took lessons as a child and want to return, you are now at a place to move ahead at the piano with the help of a teacher. I am happy that you have chosen my studio. The following policies ensure that you receive the most effective and helpful instruction possible.

You will have the best experience with a full size weighted-key instrument. Fingernails should be kept short, no longer than the ends of the fingers.

Fulltime Student Tuition and Fees: The studio operates year-round, with a total of 34 lessons from September-June, and flexible scheduling during the summer. Our schedule is organized in two terms, Sept-Jan and Feb-June. Payment is in advance, either by the term or by the month. Payment by the term, which includes a small 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, September-June. (Summer information is distributed in the spring).

Tuition Rates:  40 minute lessons:       $710/term or $154/month

                          60 minute lessons:       $1032/term or $223/month

Fees:                  $40 yearly registration fee

Payment Options: Cash, Check, Zelle (207-210-4214) or CASH APP (available for iPhone or Android phone). Please choose one of these 4 options. Checks (written to Alice Peterson) can be mailed to 34 Garfield Street, Westbrook ME 04092  to arrive by the 10th of the month.

The registration fee of $40 is paid when you start regular lessons, and once a year thereafter. Payment in the Spring 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 book cost per term is $35-50.

Your tuition reserves a time slot for you in the studio schedule and pays for music instruction time, lesson preparation, curriculum development, event planning, studio communication and recordkeeping, whether you attend your lesson or not. Additional overhead includes studio rental, office supplies, business insurance, and maintenance of studio equipment. For this reason, there are no refunds for missed lessons.

Missed Lessons: A fulltime student has a lesson every week that the studio is open. Lessons may sometimes be rescheduled within the week of the missed lesson at the teacher’s discretion.  They may be in person or online. Please do not attend lessons if you are sick. When weather/storm conditions or mild illness interfere with travel to lessons, online lessons are available. In the case of planned absences of more than two consecutive weeks, please discuss options with the teacher at least a month in advance.

Teacher Absence: There is one flex week built into each term that your teacher may take use to deal with family/medical or other concerns. Any teacher absences beyond this will be rescheduled.

Discontinuing lessons: If it is necessary to discontinue lessons, a month’s advance notice is requested.

Practice: Frequent short times at the piano are most beneficial; research indicates that they may be more effective than longer intensive sessions.  My goal is to help you maximize whatever daily piano time you have, whether it is 10 minutes or an hour.  Learning to play the piano is not a race, it’s a journey--enjoy it!

PART TIME STUDENTS: Limited part time openings exist for adult students who cannot commit to weekly lessons. Ten lessons are scheduled each term at approximately two week intervals. Two students share a time slot and holiday breaks interfere with the schedule, meaning that sometimes only one week or perhaps three weeks may pass between lessons. You will receive a schedule with specific dates before each term starts. (Other than tuition and schedule, above policies apply.)

Tuition and Fees for part time lessons:  

40 min lessons: $445/term or $90/month

60 min lessons: $643/term or $130/month 

$40 registration yearly  

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 each month or mailed to arrive by the 10th of the month if a lesson is not scheduled before that date.

Note: Some adults wish for short term or occasional lessons to accomplish a particular purpose.  This can occasionally be arranged ($48 per 40 minutes/$66 per 60 minutes).

(207)210-4214     alicejpeterson@yahoo.com      www.joyinmusicpianostudio.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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