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Welcome!

I am excited for your child to start piano lessons! Learning to play piano is a very rewarding experience and can be enjoyed throughout their life.

Before we get started, let’s make sure all expectations are communicated.

(360) 939-1086 • stephanie@pianowithsteph.org • 721 Jadwin Ave, Richland, WA

Studio Policy

The 2023-24 session starts Monday September 11, 2023 and ends Friday May 31, 2024

COST OF LESSONS: For new students, there is a $50 materials and insurance fee due with registration. Returning students pay a $35 materials and insurance fee at the beginning of the year. This goes toward teaching supplies, music, and insurance. I will supply all books/materials throughout the year.

  • 30-minute lessons: $105 monthly

  • 45-minute lessons: $160 monthly

Tuition is due between September 2023 and June 2024. You are paying for 35 lessons over the whole year split up into 10 monthly payments.  

You will have 30 lessons during the school year between Monday, September 11, 2023 and Friday May 31, 2024. Summer lessons will start on June 17, 2024. Your June tuition pays for 5 summer lessons, which are required. Summer lessons are scheduled flexibly according to both of our schedules – you will be able to sign up for lesson times online.

Lesson tuition is based on a $60/hour rate. The monthly lesson tuition is the same whether there are 3, 4, or 5 lessons in a month. There will be no lessons:

November 13 - 24, 2023: Europe Trip & Thanksgiving Week

December 18 - Jan 5, 2023: Christmas Break

March 18-22, 2024: MTNA National Conference

April 1-7, 2024: Spring Break

*I do my best to honor the above dates, but if life happens and I take some unexpected, additional time off, those lessons will be made up between June-August. Rest assured, you will get all 35 lessons between September 2023 and September 2024.

PAYMENT OF TUITION:  Payments are due on the 1st of each month. You are paying in advance to reserve your weekly lesson time. Payments should be set up online during registration to be paid automatically on the 1st of every month.

The one-time materials and insurance fee that is due at the beginning of the year can be paid through cash/check/Venmo. 

MAKEUP LESSONS: Tuition is based on enrollment, not attendance. Lessons that you miss will not be made up. Your monthly tuition reserves a specific lesson time each week for your student.  If you must cancel a lesson, there will be no refund. You will receive all the lessons you pay for only if you show up for your scheduled time each week. It’s the same if you signed up your child for dance lessons at a studio – you would pay a monthly fee and wouldn’t get a refund if your child missed a rehearsal.

CANCELING OR RESCHEDULING A LESSON: If you have an illness or a one-time conflict with your regular lesson time, please contact me to let me know you will not be attending.

IF YOUR CHILD IS FEELING SICK: I will be happy to do a lesson with them over Zoom or Facetime. Please do not send them to lessons if they have thrown up or had a fever within 24 hours of their lesson time, or if they are coughing, sneezing, and have a very runny nose. I want to make sure everyone stays healthy and isn't picking up germs when they come to lessons. Plus, if I get sick, I don’t have a substitute, and it’s hard to make up lessons with a busy teaching studio.

SUMMER LESSONS: Summer lessons are required, as explained above in the “Cost of Lessons” section. Instead of paying the regular monthly tuition during all the summer months, you will only pay June tuition and then schedule 5 lessons to be completed during the months of June, July, and August. It is important to keep up the momentum we gained during the school year during the summer months so we aren’t starting over again every September.

PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS: Students are required to participate in at least four performances throughout the school year. They are welcome to participate in more than four if they would like.  There will be multiple opportunities through recitals, coffee shop performances for the older kids, “piano parties” for the younger kids, and more. The Christmas Performance at the nursing home in December and the Spring Studio Recital in May are required for all students, but each student will need to choose at least two additional performance opportunities.

BE PROMPT FOR YOUR LESSON: You will receive only the time remaining if you are late.

PRACTICING: Daily practice is required.  The amount of practice will be discussed individually with each student/parent.  Failure to practice will result in dismissal.  Parental support and dedication are necessary to achieve this requirement. For children ages 10 and under, parents are especially expected to help students remember to practice and stay focused. If you are signing your child up for piano lessons, you are also committing yourself to help them practice.

LESSON MATERIALS:

  • If they have previously taken piano lessons, please bring any music they have previously used to the first lesson so I can get an idea of their playing level

  • I will be providing lesson books and practice materials

  • I will be providing a binder with practice sheets for notes about assignments and tracking practice time

PARENTS’ RESPONSIBILITY:

  • Read the practice sheet in their binder after each lesson so that you will know what goals the student is expected to work toward that week.   

  • Read the monthly newsletter. This will have updates about lessons, upcoming events, recitals, and practice tips

  • Buy a metronome. I can send you a link to one online for purchase if you don’t have one

  • Call, text, or email me with questions or to discuss your child’s progress

  • Remind them to practice 

Parent involvement is key to a child’s success – especially when they are young. It’s important to ask them about their practice and make sure they are doing it. Even if they complain about it sometimes – a child will enjoy lessons more if they are progressing and that only happens when they practice. A 30-minute lesson every week will do nothing if they don’t practice at home. If you are signing up a child for piano lessons – you essentially signing up yourself for piano lessons, because you will need to remind them to practice every day.

DISCONTINUING LESSONS: Every student stops taking lessons at some point. Ideally, this decision is made thoughtfully with plenty of discussion between the teacher, parent, and student so that lessons can cease with a positive sense of closure. For this reason, the teacher requires one month's notice in writing prior to discontinuing lessons. Note: At the discretion of the teacher, students may be asked to discontinue lessons at any time if they have unpaid tuition, an excess amount of absences/unprepared lessons, or if they show a lack of interest.

MY QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDE: B.A. in Music, Emphasis in Jazz Piano – BYU-Idaho.  Member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). 

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