The lessons are in three semesters:
Fall semester -- September to December
Spring semester -- January to June
Summer: July-August flexible scheduling -- 3-4 lessons
New students can start lessons at any time of the month, any month of the year.
Students should discuss with the instructor their goals: piano for fun, piano for singers, serious learning interests, or studying to become a musician.
What does your tuition pay?
-- the actual lesson time
-- time the instructor invests to prepare for each lesson (search/select teaching materials, create plan for each student, printouts plus their cost)
-- instructor's training and experience
-- professional organization membership (allows the teacher to follow new methods and new research during conferences) and professional journals
-- studio maintenance expenses and office time (e-mails, bookkeeping, accountant), piano tuning/repairs
-- instructor salary
-- income taxes, health insurance, business licence, business insurance, business property rent, and retirement.
All piano lessons include: technique, artistry, sight-reading, music theory, studying and performing a variety of musical styles, aural skills, music history, musicianship, memorization, practice methods, and learning to listen to music.
Piano is fun: for students 5-6 years old, 30 min. weekly lesson
Piano Adventure: for students 7-9 years old:
Getting Serious: for students 10-15 years old: lessons are 45 min. long
Music Achievers: for students 15-19 years old and advanced adults students: lessons are 60 min. long
Adult piano 101: for adults just starting, no experience: once per week, 45 min. lesson
Passion is back: for adults with previous experience in piano: once per week, 45 min. lesson
Group PIANO Combo 3in1. For students who prefer working in a group, but independently, for students who like fast pace and can stay focused during the three modules of the class each week. You get the private lesson with extras. The class is busy, but entertaining at the same time. Good for both, adults and children. Class is 60 min. long. Offered only on Saturday at 11 am.
"Piano Express Double success": an intensive study program of six to eight weeks with 16 lessons offered in May, June-July, or mid-August. Enables students to advance very fast. Well suited for beginners (all ages) or for people who already have some skills. Focus is on proper, healthy technique development. Recommended for highly motivated students mostly for summer when there is no school attendance.
"Summer Ear-Training crash": an intensive 3 weeks program of 15 lessons offered in June, August, and September. For students that need quick skills brush up, for students with deficiencies, or for these in need of a fast learning pace. Covers sight-singing, intervals, chords, scales, modes, 1-3 voice dictation and more.
Theory fun: Entertaining computer music theory games for 15 min. weekly for all levels. Schedule after your private lesson. Extra fee applies.
Advanced theory/aural skills: Designed to meet the needs of college and undergraduate/graduate students with deficiencies. Also good for students preparing to begin university music programs which have qualifying entrance exam.
New: Recreational piano
Group piano: small groups of 3 students, you get the individual attention in relaxed mode, with extras. Very popular!! For beginners and early intermediate students of all age. Bring a friend and learn together.
Duets for fun 102: (students must have taken some piano lessons; open for students 8 years old up to adults, 50 min. lesson).
All interested students can prepare for RCM (Royal Conservatory of Music ) Certificate Program, or for ABRSM (Associate Board of the Royal Schools of Music) exams accepted in over 90 countries. For more information on the exams, please see: us.abrsm.org
At the studio: Arrive on time and bring all required materials and music. Parents are asked to keep communication about their children's advancement brief after the lesson. Parents are strongly advised to observe the lessons and remind children at home to practice and help them read the practice notes.
Practicing: Practicing is how humans learn new skills. Students should practice at least four times between the lessons in order to learn the new music given in class. Instructor will be offering advice on efficient, easy and fun practice. If you skipped some practice don't skip the lesson, the instructor is here to guide you and help you reach your goals. Ask questions if not sure what to do!
Success: Enjoyment and success in learning the piano come from regular practice and regular lessons. I work to bring the best possible results for each student. Skipping lessons sabotage your success!!
Materials: students are responsible for buying all the required materials for the lessons (after recommendation by the instructor). You can also borrow music materials from the school (additional charge applies).
Tuition: Your tuition fee reserves a weekly slot of the instructor's time and covers the lesson's length, type (private or group), location, insurance, instruments repair/maintenance, office expenses, instructor's education/experience. For current tuition plans, please call 773-320-3264, or email email@example.com. Accepted methods of tuition payment: cash, check, Facebook pay, Zelle.
Tuition update: A yearly inflation adjustment according to current market prices in the region is applied on July 1st. Travel fee is adjusted more often depending on the season/travel time, gas prices and IRS guidelines.
Tuition payments: Monthly tuition payments are due on the 20th day of the preceding month. Some months will include five lessons.
It is each student's responsibility to pay the tuition on time. There are limited teaching hours after school and Saturday is highly requested, therefore, students who consistently pay late (3 payments in sequence) and wait for multiple reminders, will need to pay the tuition for 3 months in advance to remain in the school, or their time slot will be immediately offered to a student in waiting list.
Tuition is monthly and CAN NOT roll over to the next month because of unused/missed lessons. Make-up is available only when teacher is informed in advance (for non-emergencies this is at least 48 hours). Lessons that fall on Official Holidays will be rescheduled by the instructor for your best convenience. No show is considered as lesson taken.
SUMMER LESSONS: Three lessons minimum required for the summer. Students who completely skip summer lessons will not be guaranteed their preferred day/time slot and will be required a registration fee upon their return for the fall.
Registration fee: It is due at the first lesson. The fee pays for time required for bookkeeping/accounting, scheduling, website fees and updates, emails and phone time. New students' registration fee is $30. Returning students have no registration fee if they had two or more summer lessons. Otherwise, there is $15 fee sign up for them.
Concert performance fee: $15, to be paid together with the monthly tuition. Participation in the studio concerts is suggested, as it teaches valuable set of skills, but it is not mandatory.
August 20: tuition for September
September 20: tuition for October + Halloween concert-party fee
October 20: tuition for November
November 20: tuition for December + Winter concert fee
December 20: tuition for January
January 20: tuition for February
February 20: tuition for March
March 20: tuition for April
April 20: tuition for May + Spring recital
May 20: tuition for June, or your summer flexible lessons all together (attention: schedule your flexible summer lessons now! Take blocks of two lessons together, two lessons in a week, two lessons every other week, and any other way to fit your vacation and travel plans)
June 20: tuition for July and August
Late tuition payments demonstrate disrespect and disturb the monthly flow of the business and WILL NOT be accepted. The time slot will be assigned immediately to another student.
Returned bank checks: The bank fee for bounced check will be added to the tuition and ONLY cash payments will be accepted for future payments.
Make-up lessons: There is NO REFUND and NO RESCHEDULE for missed lessons/no show, and cancellations immediately before or during the lesson time. Reschedule is possible when arranged in advance. I guarantee ONLY ONE make up lesson per semester per student request, due to full teaching schedule. Students who regularly reschedule or miss lessons can not be members of the school.
Snow storm make-up: Due to bad weather conditions (dangerous snow or ice storms), lessons will be rescheduled for the two make-up days, the second and fourth Saturdays of April, between 3 pm and 5 pm. Your second option: video lesson (email 10 min. video during your lesson time and receive email feedback /study plan for the next week), or have a Skype lesson at your usual lesson time.
HEALTH POLICY: In order to protect students and families from spreading germs and viral diseases, and interrupting the normal flow of the teaching process, please do not come to lesson when sick, but immediately schedule make up or opt for VIDEO lesson (see above). Students who come coughing and with runny nose will be returned home for the safety of the rest of the students. Disinfecting hands before lesson starts is mandatory.
Discontinuing lessons: Students can stop taking lessons at any time. However, they will need to finish the prepaid month of lessons.
Communication: During business hours only in person, by email, text, or call. Students should check email on the day of their lesson for new information, or eventual change of schedule due sickness, or weather conditions. Parents are advised to listen to the lessons and the given instructions for practice. Students whose parents are involved actively in the home practice are learning faster.
Pedagogy for special needs students: As a teacher and instructor, I am trained in music education but I have no training in special education (SPED) or psychology outside music education. Therefore, I might not be able to meet special education needs. Parents should discuss with me before deciding to sign up for lessons.