For Parents

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My Responsibilities

I will do my best to treat every student as an individual, providing a positive and enthusiastic atmosphere for learning.

Student and Family Responsibilities

Students (parents!) agree to arrive at each lesson punctually, well prepared, with their assignment books and music books. To make good progress, daily quality practice is necessary. I want your child to completely understand every assignment, so please ask questions.

Students ideally will have an acoustic piano at home. If that is not possible, make sure that you have a keyboard with “weighted” keys. As your child progresses, you can be sure that I will try to convince you to buy an acoustic piano! Parents should allot a quiet time in the piano room for a certain time each day so the student may practice without distractions.

If something is happening at home or school that is affecting your child, please let me know. Err on the side of letting me know more so I can be sensitive to the needs of your child.


When you enroll, you are reserving your place in the studio for the entire semester. The enrollment is a firm commitment and guarantees your place in the studio. Tuition is normally paid by the semester, consisting of 18 weeks and is non-refundable. Registration is ongoing throughout the year, however. For students beginning in the middle of a semester, the tuition will be prorated appropriately.

The 1st payment, due at the first lesson in the Fall Semester includes:

  • Tuition
  • Registration fee
  • Materials and Audition fee

The 2nd payment for the Spring Semester is due January 1st, and includes:

  • Tuition
  • Materials and Audition fee if necessary

If the lump sum for the semester is overwhelming for your budget, we may be able to prorate the cost to equal monthly payments.

Summer Lessons

Students should register for four lessons during summer break in order to assure time in the Taylor Piano Studio for the following Fall Semester. This fee is due on June 1. Scheduling is flexible for the required four lessons.

What Tuition Covers

Tuition covers not only the actual lesson time spent with the student, but the time preparing for each student as well.
This includes:

  • An individualized plan for each student’s course of study
  • Training and experience
  • Professional organization memberships
  • Continuing education
  • Music lending library

Materials and Auditions Fee

Each student pays a Materials and Auditions Fee, possibly each semester. It pays for music and materials used during the entire course of the semester and possible entry fees for auditions. This includes:

  • Music books
  • Sheet music
  • Theory materials and books

If and when the Fee is depleted, you will make another Fee deposit. Any unused funds will be refunded when you leave the studio.

Registration Fee

Each student pays a yearly registration fee in September. This pays for the cost of running a music studio as well as the time spent doing things besides actual teaching:

  • Bookkeeping
  • Scheduling
  • Website cost, maintenance and technology
  • Time spent on email and phone calls

Cancellation Policy

Any lesson that I have to cancel will be made up or a credit will be given.

No payment credit or makeup lessons will be provided for students who miss lessons for any reason.

Try to choose a lesson time in which you feel confident. Please understand that the tuition you pay reserves an exclusive weekly time in my schedule for you. Unlike a doctor or a hairdresser, I cannot resell that time nor can I create extra teaching time in which to give lessons.

To help accommodate an occasional unavoidable change in your schedule, you may choose to be part of the email Swap List. (Inclusion on this list is optional for you.) Most people receive only a few requests a year from someone who would like to switch lesson times. Please let me know if you have made a swap so I can plan accordingly. It is easiest to just cc me on the final email between the two of you confirming that a switch will be happening.