FAQ

Lessons

  • I’m worried I might not like the piano. Do you offer any trial lessons for people who want to test the waters before committing to your studio?

As with any art form, the experiences you have while studying the piano are personal and unique to you. While I make every effort to ensure your time at the studio is enjoyable, it’s perfectly reasonable to say that the piano just isn’t for you. If you are unsure about beginning lessons, please contact me to set up an appointment for a free trial lesson. If you find that one lesson isn’t enough to help you make up your mind, you may continue taking lessons with the weekly tuition plan for as long as you would like.

  • What if I want to take extra lessons throughout the holidays and school breaks?

If I’m available during those times, I would be happy to schedule a lesson with you. Please let me know at least one week before the start of the break if you are planning to continue lessons.


Tuition

  • I would like to purchase the school year plan. Do I have to pay the full amount up front?

No, school year tuition can be paid in ten monthly installments if you prefer. The tuition rate remains the same regardless of your selected payment option. If you choose to pay in installments online, please be advised the website’s billing system is not set up to take automatically recurring payments.

  • How often do I have to make payments while on the weekly tuition plan?

Technically, you are billed every week while on the weekly plan. However, if making payments this frequently is cumbersome, you may wish to pay per month. Be sure to note the number of times your lesson day falls within a given month when you calculate the payment amount.   If paying online, simply enter the number of weeks into the quantity field before checkout.

  • I’m currently on the weekly plan. Can I switch to the school year plan to save money?

You may change plans at the beginning of a new school year.  However, I can’t allow the switch while school is still in session. The discounted rate of the school year plan is an incentive for making a yearlong commitment to the studio.

  • How can I apply for a scholarship?

Scholarships are only available for students with a significant financial need. The student must show a high level of interest in piano lessons, demonstrate his or her willingness to commit to a daily routine of practice, and have a proven record of good attendance at school or work, and the studio. If you think you may qualify please contact me directly.


Scheduling

  • The studio policy says you’re not “obligated” to make up missed lessons on the school year tuition plan. What does this mean?

Arranging make-up opportunities when students miss their lessons can make lesson and payment schedules more complicated. Having a no make-up policy makes life simpler for the both of us. As an incentive, the school year plan is calculated at a discounted rate. Additionally, the plan rewards good attendance with up to three free lessons per year. If you are absent, you simply get one less free lesson at the end of the year. As such, I don’t feel obligated to reschedule these lessons as I’m already offering them for free! However, there are certainly instances in which I would give my students another opportunity to make-up a free lesson. Some of the reasons may include situations such as personal or family emergencies, or to offer extra help before an upcoming recital or audition. If you know in advance you are going to miss a lesson please let me know and I will accommodate you to the best of my ability.

  • The school didn’t have a snow day, but I have an evening lesson and the weather has become quite severe. Am I still expected to come?

I will anticipate your arrival unless you notify me otherwise. While I expect you to make every reasonable effort to attend your lesson, I value your safety and hope you will use good judgment when you decide whether or not to brave the roads. During times when the weather conditions are severe, I will waive my 24-hour advance notice cancellation policy for students on the weekly tuition plan. In other words, if you need to cancel your lesson you may do so less than 24-hours before your lesson without penalty. If you are on the school year plan I am not obligated to reschedule your lesson but I will certainly try.


Students

  • Do you teach adult students?

Yes, students of all ages are welcome to attend the studio. Regardless of age or musical experience, piano study is shown to have positive effects on your physical, mental, and social health. While children sometimes have to be coerced into taking piano lessons, adults are usually motivated for personal reasons. As such, many find that lessons become an avenue for self-discovery, some even likening it to a form of therapy. Providing mentorship to such students is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job.


Parents

  • How can I help my child during at-home practice?

First, you may find it helpful to read my blog post “10 Way to Maximize Your Child’s Piano Lessons.”  In short, be supportive and set manageable goals. Studying piano can feel very demanding at times, as it requires continuous effort, patience, and self-discipline. Many children encounter these challenges for the very first time when they start taking lessons. Much like sticking to an exercise plan is easier when done with a friend, sitting with your child while he or she practices can make a significant impact on his or her progress and attitude toward the piano. Regardless of your musical knowledge and background, being mentally and physically present during your child’s lessons and at-home practice time is shown to improve their chances of success. Before you and your child sit down to practice, set clear and distinct practice goals. Making a plan in advance will help your child practice more efficiently and can help them avoid many of the frustrations that piano students commonly face. If you are unsure about how to set appropriate practice goals for your child you are welcome to contact me.

  • Is my child musically talented?

Most pedagogues avoid using the word “talent” because becoming a great pianist is far more dependent on diligent practice than natural ability. In fact, a recent study showed that children from musical families in which one or both parents was a musician or had studied music were no more successful at piano lessons than their non-musical counterparts. Sometimes after hearing a great performer, we can’t help but think they may be genetically predisposed to play piano, but the truth is no one is able to sound “talented” without putting in real time and effort.