Mukilteo Music LLC Studio Policies 2019-2020
1. Tuition and Materials Fee
Tuition for the 2020-2021 school year is broken up into ten monthly payments of $130 for 30 minutes (for young beginners only) $160 for 45 minute lessons ($150 sibling discount) $230/month for 60 minute lessons ($220 with sibling discount)
Tuition is due by the first lesson of the month. Please make checks payable to Mukilteo Music LLC. Setting up autopayments hrough your banks' autopay is a great option.
Your tuition includes:
A) 38 scheduled private lessons (Thursday and Friday students may have a free lesson in July as the calendar only gives them 37 lessons)
B) 8 monthly group lessons (aka "piano parties")
C) Subscriptions to musical game websites and magazines such as "Music Learning Community" "Piano Maestro" and "Piano Explorer"
D) Time spent (about 200 hours per school year) researching and purchasing sheet music, creating games and activities, attending pedagogy workshops, preparing incentive programs, planning and executing recitals and festivals and creating a customized curriculum for your student.
In the event that you are no longer able to continue lessons, please give me 30 days notice.
Materials Fee is broken into two payments for $50 due the first lesson in September and first lesson in February. This will cover all music and recital fees.
2. Studio Calendar
The 2020-2021 studio schedule will begin September 7, 2020 and end June 30, 2021. The studio will mostly follow Mukilteo school district calendar and will be closed during the following holidays:
Thanksgiving Week Break: November 23-27
Winter Break: December 21-January 1
Mid-Winter Break: February 15-19
Spring Break: April 5-9
Piano Celebrations are tentatively scheduled for December 12 and April 24
Piano Parties (group lessons) will be held on the following Fridays: September 25, October 30, November 20, January 22, February 12, March 19 May 7 and June 11.
Time Era Festival: Video Submission Deadline is October 17
Jazz Rags and Blues Festival: March 26-27
Music Artistry Program will be held March 5-7
Musicianship Festival: May 15
3. Missed Lessons:
Your tuition reserves a dedicated weekly spot for private lessons. As your tuition covers more than just your lesson spot, missed lessons are non-refundable.
The most effective way to deal with a week where you will not be available during your lesson spot, is to swap lessons with another family. This has been very effective for families who have school concerts or other events come up during their normal lesson spot.
Lessons are also available zoom for lessons that would otherwise be missed due to illness, snow days, traveling, sibling or parent illness, etc...
If I have a cancellation, I'm happy to offer up that spot to a family who was unable to attend a lesson.
If all else fails, consider the monthly piano party (group lesson) your "make up" lesson.
4. Practice Requirements:
Regular practice is essential for gaining proficiency on the piano. Students will be given a practice record to fill out weekly. Amount of time required will be adjusted to students age and experience. (Ranging from 15-20 minutes for young beginners to 1 hour daily for high school students). Parental participation and supervision in a daily practice routine is important for student success.
5. Participation in Piano Celebrations, Piano Parties Music Artistry Program and Festivals
Biannual Piano Celebrations are important in helping students develop comfort and competence in playing in public as well as celebrating their success! Monthly piano parties (group lessons) give opportunities to listen to and perform for peers, learn theory and note reading and gain motivation from being with other students. Festivals give students important growth opportunities through working with expert mentors, working through the state music literacy program, and providing peer learning and socializing opportunities. All students should plan on participating in piano celebrations and piano parties, the Music Artistry Program and the Musicianship Festival. Additional festival participation can be determined based on family interest and teacher recommendation.
6. Summer Lessons
During the summer, lessons are more flexible so as to better accommodate your summer adventures. Rather than paying for a month in full, tuition will be purchased in packages of four lessons (similar to a punch card) and used for the weeks your family is in town. If less than four weeks remain in August, tuition will be prorated for the rest of the summer.
An acoustic piano in good condition and regularly tuned is ideal. Many pianos may be acquired inexpensively on Craig's List, a used piano store or rented through a local music store (such as Pedigo Piano in Everett). I recently purchased a grand piano through Stage 7 pianos and have been impressed with their selection and customer service. They even provide free pianos (customers pay to have it moved to their home). Having an acoustic piano greatly facilitates learning proper piano technique. If acquisition of an acoustic piano is not possible at first, a full-sized (88) key digital piano with weighted keys is recommended. The Yamaha P80 is a good digital piano and can sometimes be found on Craig's list for $400-$500. Costco also sometimes sells a weighted Yamaha keyboard for about the same price. Keyboards without weighted keys are discouraged, as they don't allow students to play with different dynamics (ex. loud vs soft) and hinder development of musical expression and tone.
Please feel free to share with me any questions, concerns or ideas you may have. Together we can customize a fun and fulfilling musical education for your child.
Thank you for choosing me as your piano teacher. I'm looking forward to taking this musical journey together!