Lessons will be 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or 1 hour in length, based on a student's age, experience, and/or preference.
Lessons will be taught on a weekly basis for 40 weeks, from August to June. There will be no lessons the weeks of Fall Break, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, or Spring Break (see studio calendar for details). July lessons are strongly encouraged, but not required. I reserve the right to adjust the teaching schedule, and will communicate with students and parents accordingly. There is one flex week scheduled into the year, so that if I need to cancel lessons for any reason, the student will still receive all 40 lessons. If I do not use my flex week earlier in the year, I will take it during the last week of June lessons (effectively ending lessons one week early). In the case of any scheduling confusion, please feel free to ask for clarification. My goal is always to do my best to provide a consistent and stable learning environment for the student.
Expectation of Enrollment
In order to facilitate student learning, and adequate time for adjustment to a new teacher, it is expected that any first-time student will enroll in lessons for an initial period of at least 3 months.
Students must have an acoustic piano to practice on at home, and all keys and pedals should be in good working order. Acoustic pianos should be tuned twice each year. In limited cases, a student may temporarily practice on a keyboard. Any keyboard must have 88 keys, be fully weighted and touch sensitive, and have a functioning damper pedal. I am always happy to assist any student or family in their search for a reasonably-priced acoustic piano in good condition.
Practice and Parental Involvement
Daily practice is necessary for progress, and will be expected. Students should aim to practice five to six days per week, and especially to practice the day after each weekly lesson, so they are able to retain new material well. Assignment sheets will be provided at each lesson, including space for practice time to be recorded, and for parent initials. These should be filled out on a weekly basis. A good balance of positive parental involvement and student self-motivation and independence in practicing is encouraged.
Please contact me directly for information about lesson tuition: or 574-304-9419.
I will send a bill via email at the end of each month, which will be due in full by the first lesson of the month. Choose one of these ways to pay lesson tuition: pay cash or check in-person (for in-person lessons only), mail a check, use your bank’s bill pay service, or pay online via PayPal. There will be no refunds, deductions, credits, or make-ups. A late fee of $5 per week will be charged for any bill paid after the first lesson of the month.
The student will be required to purchase books, ordered and provided by the teacher at the original cost of purchase. This cost will be added to the student’s next monthly bill.
The student is expected to attend all scheduled lessons. In the case of sickness or other emergency, please notify me by phone or email at least 24 hours in advance of the lesson. There will be no refunds or make-ups for missed lessons. If I miss more than one scheduled lesson due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances (dropping the student’s received lessons below 40), I will make every effort to make it up to the student. Family emergencies will be handled on a case-by-case basis. On school snow days, regular lessons will proceed as scheduled, either in-person or online via Zoom. Students may also request an online lesson in the case of any minor illness that will not interfere with their learning and engagement during the lesson.
COVID-19 Pandemic & Online Lessons
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, piano lessons during the 2020-2021 school year will be taught either online via Zoom, or in-person with appropriate precautions. Precautions for in-person lessons may include: Self-screening for symptoms prior to lesson attendance, restriction of entry to individual taking the lesson (no additional family members), wearing a mask, washing hands upon entering the studio, maintaining distance from teacher as much as possible, using hand sanitizer prior to leaving, and requesting online lessons for at least two weeks following any known or suspected exposure to a person infected with COVID-19. When in-person lessons resume, online lessons may continue for any students who prefer that option.
Studio Swap List
Each student may opt-in to join the Studio Swap List, so that in the case of missed lessons due to a one-time conflict, family vacation, or other absence, they may have opportunity to exchange lesson times with another student. When requesting a swap, please follow these guidelines:
Ask me about a swap before making it.
Email me after arranging the swap, and cc the person/family you will swap lessons with.
If two people arrive at once, I will teach the student whose lesson is normally at that time.
I will not give make-up lessons if any confusion from a swap arises.
Recitals and Performance Opportunities
Students can look forward to a variety of performance opportunities throughout the year. Some of these may be limited to older or more advanced students, while others are for every student. A few have minimal participation costs, and will be added to a student’s monthly bill upon their decision to participate. Every student will be encouraged to perform on a minimum of two recitals per year: a Christmas Recital and a Spring Recital.
This studio policy also applies to adult students of all ages and abilities. For adults, assignment sheets will be provided at each lesson if deemed helpful, and may be used as desired to keep track of lesson assignments and practice time. Especially for adults balancing work and other life or family commitments, it is important to remember that consistency of practice, even for shorter durations each day, will yield better progress than longer periods of practice on fewer days of the week. Adult students will also be encouraged to perform, taking into consideration their interest and comfort level. This may vary based on the goals and preferences of the individual student.
Please inform me of any learning disabilities or emotional, physical, or other needs of any student or family currently enrolled in piano lessons. This information will enable me to best serve the needs of each student, and create a safe and positive learning environment for all.
Termination of Lessons
In the case of a student wanting to terminate lessons, the courtesy of one month advance notice is kindly requested. Any communication concerning reasons for termination, or any feedback that may serve to alter or improve the student’s lesson experience, is both welcome and encouraged.