Mukilteo Music LLC Studio Policies 2019-2020
1. Tuition and Registration
1. A non-refundable registration fee of $75 dollars provides the following benefits:
A) Reserves your time slot in the studio.
B) Covers all your student’s piano books and materials for the school year.
C) Covers Recital Expenses
Tuition for the 2019-2020 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. I accept payment through paypal, check and venmo.
Your tuition includes:
A) 38 scheduled private lessons
B) 8 monthly group lessons (aka "piano parties")
C) Subscriptions to musical game websites and magazines such as "Music Learning Community"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.
2. Studio Calendar
The 2019-2020 studio schedule will begin September 9, 2019 and end June 30, 2020. The studio will follow Mukilteo school district calendar and will be closed during the following holidays:
Winter Break: December 23-January 3
Mid-Winter Break: February 17-21
Spring Break: April 6-10
Piano Celebrations are tentatively scheduled for Saturday December 5, and Saturday March 27,
Piano Parties (group lessons) will be held on the following Fridays: September 27, October 25, November 22, January 24, February 28, April 24, May 15 and June 5th.
Time Era Festival: November 2
Jazz Rags and Blues Festival: January 31-Feb. 1
Music Artistry Program will be held March 7-8
Musicianship Festival: May 16
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 via Skype or Facetime 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!