Tuition & Studio Policies

Tuition:

  • $202/month - 1 hour lessons - weekly (upper levels & those desiring more time)

  • $152/month - 45 minute lessons - weekly (most students)

  • $108/month - 30 minute lessons - weekly (young students and beginners only)

  • Home Lessons - tuition varies to include travel time and mileage reimbursement

  • Tuition is due at the beginning of the month

What Tuition Covers:

  • Weekly lessons

  • Monthly group classes

  • Studio recitals & parties (venue rental, supplies & time to organize these events)

  • Lesson preparation & repertoire selection

  • Ongoing professional development including workshops & conferences

  • Membership to EMTA, WSMTA & MNTA which gives my students the opportunity to participate in numerous festivals and other performance activities

  • Student subscription to Piano Explorer Magazine

  • Piano maintenance

  • Taxes, business licensing

  • Prizes & extra studio materials

Free Introductory Lesson:

I offer a free 30 minute introductory lesson to children and adults.   No home piano is necessary.   See if piano lessons are something you would like to pursue.

When you arrive for lessons: 

Please arrive 5 minutes early to take off shoes, use hand sanitizer and organize your books.

Missed Lessons: 

Please plan to attend lessons unless your child is sick.  The same policy applies to adult students.  I will make up lessons if my schedule allows.  Otherwise, consider group piano as your make-up lesson.  If I miss a lesson, I will always make it up.

Piano Groups:

I hold most group piano classes on the third Sunday of the month.  YOU'LL FIND EXCEPTIONS IN THE SPRING BECAUSE OF HOLIDAYS AND OTHER EVENTS.  Group Piano is extremely important to students' musical growth.  The students who improve the most are the ones who attend group piano.

Practice:

When you sign up for piano, you're committing to practice 5-7 days a week with a weekly lesson.  The lesson is like the "big game."  You wouldn't sign up for a sport and show up just for the games.  It's important to understand the role of practice before beginning lessons.  Please click on "practice" at the top of the website to read a complete description.

Music Books:

  • Generally, I buy the music and you reimburse me biyearly in December and June.

  • Books cost roughly $50/year.

Festivals & Music Artistry Program (Edmonds Music Teachers Association):

Students can participate in a variety of EMTA events.   Students pay roughly $30-40 per event to cover costs.  (I include fees in the biyearly invoice.)  EMTA is a non-profit organization.

Driving:

PLEASE drive 5 mph or slower down the private road leading to our house.  Children are playing and they don't watch for cars as diligently as they do on main roads.  I’d rather you be late and safe.

Holidays:

No lessons over Thanksgiving, Winter & Spring breaks.  Lessons affected by the Thanksgiving holiday will be rescheduled.

Finger Nails:

Please clip your finger nails 1-2 times/week so you’re always playing with short nails. We need them to play the piano properly.

Summer Lessons:

  • I encourage students to take lessons during the summer when we are both in town.

  • If not weekly, I encourage students to take at least four lessons in July & August.

  • Lessons are charged individually, not monthly during July and August.