Weekly lessons are available for 30, 45, or 60 minutes. In addition to regularly scheduled lessons, performance classes occur two weeks prior to recitals.
Students will receive 33 lessons over a 9 month period (September through May). Tuition is a set monthly rate and is due at the first lesson of each month.
Lessons will be suspended for students who are habitually late with payment*
A one-time $50 books and materials fee is due at the beginning of each year (September). Festival and competition fees are to be paid separately and are due a month before the scheduled event
Hour-long Performance Classes are offered two weeks before each recital. These classes count as a lesson and are extremely helpful in preparing students for a performance. Sign up for the time/day you prefer on the calendar.
During the summer months (June-August) students may choose a packet of 7-12 lessons. All current students are required to take a minimum of 7 summer lessons.
Summer lessons are required to hold a place in the studio for the upcoming year.
Because specific times are set aside for specific students, makeup lessons are not offered and rescheduled/open lessons are not guaranteed. Please be assured that your tuition pays for far more than the time spent with the student in the lesson. Absences by the student are considered forfeited lessons and will not be refunded, though lessons missed by the teacher will be credited or made up.
Lesson times that have been cancelled by the parent/student on the calendar will automatically become ‘open lessons’ that other students may sign up for. Students needing to reschedule may simply sign into the website and register for any open lesson that appears on the calendar (if available). There should be at least 1 day in between lessons so the student can practice.
Each student who registers for lessons in the fall makes a commitment for the entire school year (September through May). Thus, ending lessons is only appropriate at the end of the year (May). If an exception to this policy is necessary, a full month’s notice is required. If notice is not given, tuition for one month will still be owed. Discussion of terminating lessons should be handled by the parent and myself outside of the lesson schedule.
Please do not ask the student to handle this situation during his or her lesson.
Example: If a student will be terminating lessons on January 31, I must be notified by December 31. If a student is terminating lessons on January 31 and notifies me on any date past December 31, tuition will still be owed for the month of February.
Practice should be daily, thoughtful, and goal-oriented. We learn and review methods for practice at each lesson, and these techniques should be repeated at home. The most important day of the week to practice is the one immediately following the lesson, if not the same day of the lesson. Students age 4-5 will need parental help during the week to make sure they are following their weekly assignments. Older children should be learning to listen, assess, and improve the quality of their work. All students are expected to have clipped fingernails to ensure proper technique.
Parental support is a must for the child’s musical growth. In addition to a real acoustic piano, students need uninterrupted practice time and encouragement. Aside from reading assignments (if necessary), parents are not expected or encouraged to sit and practice with students over 6 years old. Parents should not reinterpret the student's assignments.
Set up a practice space that is conducive to efficient practicing
Students will get out of lessons what they put in. Students are expected to practice consistently and track their practice schedule in their notebook. The most important day of the week to practice is the one immediately following the lesson. Keeping a consistent practice schedule will make it a habit, then the student sees the rewards.
Waiting until the day before a lesson and trying to cram in all the assignments is not sustainable and will show at lessons and performances.
We set weekly practice goals at each lesson recorded in their notebook:
•Pre-School/Kindergarten: 15 minutes x 5 days
•1st/2nd: 25 minutes x 5 days
•3rd/4th/5th: 35 minutes x 5 days
•6th/7th/8th: 45 minutes x 5 days
•High School: 60 minutes x 5 days
Students must do their assignments exactly as written in their notebook for that week. The entire page must be done each time they practice. If they have finished their assignments but still have time on the clock they can:
•review passed off pieces
•Note Rush app (https://www.noterushapp.com/)
•additional theory or Theory Boosters
•sight-reading music further in the book or in other piano books
K-12 students perform in two recitals per year. Recitals are very rewarding and are a wonderful opportunity to show off for friends and family. Performance classes are offered prior to recitals for students to play for each other and get acclimated to performing. All K-12 students must participate in both recitals.
Adult students participate in two ‘get-togethers’ per year. These are designed to be low-key events in which students can perform prepared pieces for other adult students.
November and May recitals are mandatory for K-12 students
Students are encouraged to participate in performance opportunities in the Saint Louis area throughout the year. Performances motivate students to practice and master their pieces.
*Fees for festivals range from $18-$25 and are due a month before the scheduled date of the event. Once a fee is paid to participate in the event, it cannot be refunded.
“Your child will progress musically only as far as their instrument will let them.”
Students will need a well-maintained acoustic piano with working pedals. Good pianos are available in all price ranges, with many available for free via social media. Pianos need to be tuned at least once per year.
Weighted keyboards, no matter how expensive, are no substitute for a real piano.
Students should enter the studio at their scheduled time. Even if you think there isn't another student in the studio please wait until your scheduled lesson time to enter. (For example, if your lesson is at 4:00 please wait until right at 4:00 to come in).
If a student arrives late, their lesson will not be extended past the scheduled time.