With the exception of individual coaching sessions, tuition is not an hourly fee for services rendered (like baby-sitting) because teaching is much more than the time one spends with a student.
Here’s a brief overview of what your tuition pays for:
- the piano lesson, private or group;
- preparation and evaluation of lesson plans, materials, etc.
- bookkeeping and organizing: lesson scheduling, organizing and preparing students for performances and seasonal activities, on-going communication with parents and students via email, text, video.
- review of new materials, software programs, audio CDs, videos, etc., which my students might use. In teaching, one size does not fit all; I am always looking for the perfect piece or whether a newly published book might be of value to a particular student.
- long-term planning for my students: Where do we want to be in six months? In one year? How will we get there? What are possible road blocks that need to be addressed?
- creating and editing general and student-specific practice videos I then post to YouTube.
- Additionally, review and evaluation of my materials, such as books on teaching, professional journals (American Music Teacher, Clavier Companion, etcetera). I believe that my special interest in and search for materials with relevance to Special Education, brain research and music therapy benefits all of my students.
- attending conferences, conventions, continuing education events, etc.
I maintain memberships in
- the Kansas Music Teachers Association
- the Kansas City Music Teachers Association
- the Manhattan Area Music Teachers Association
- the Music Teachers National Association
These memberships allow my students to participate in local, state-wide, and national events.
Starting lessons in this studio, most students will attend two lessons, usually 30 min each, every week. This more frequent student-teacher interaction reinforces the fundamental skills and practice techniques necessary for a successful and enjoyable piano experience. Twice weekly lessons also reduce the potential for incorrect practicing in between lessons, thus allowing us to focus more time on learning and less time on correcting inadvertent mistakes or having to re-learn last week’s concept. I am always more than willing to re-teach something if the student doesn’t understand the concept, but it is a waste of time to have to re-teach simply because too much time has elapsed since the last time we explored the new concept.
The goal is not to progress faster – though it is a welcome side effect – but to provide more frequent feedback, the way it happens in school: no one would think of sending a child to school once a week for 30 minutes, cram a lot of new information in, and then leave the child alone for an entire week.
Students who are reliably independent in their practicing take 45-minute lessons or 60-min lessons, once or twice a week, depending on our goals.
Students who are getting ready for competitions or auditions need to be prepared to attend extra lessons.
Instead of paying tuition by the month or semester or school year, in this studio you pay for ten lessons at a time. This allows us to start lessons any time during the year, without having to re-calculate and then prorate the tuition. It also makes allowance for absence due to travel throughout the year. Extended absence policy: when a student is absent from the studio for four (4) weeks or more at any time during the year, there is a $17.50 fee per student, per week, starting with the 4th week of the absence. Students who have been in this studio for several years and might benefit from a break may be offered a sabbatical.
The studio is open year-round with the following exceptions: USD383 Spring Break, Memorial week, one week in August, Thanksgiving Thu-Sat, Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day.
- Lessons are optional on snow days, MLK Jr. Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving week Mon-Wed, and religious holidays a student observes.
- Any week you are in town and well enough to attend school or work I look forward to seeing you for a lesson.
- There are opportunities to reschedule lessons if I know in advance that the lesson will be missed. No refund for missed lessons. Rescheduled lessons for public school students are possible and encouraged on early-release and no-school days.
- Included in the tuition are private lessons and group events. Not included are materials, books, and audition fees.
Starting August 1, 2019, tuition for the 10-lesson plan is $354 for ten 45-min lessons, and $472 for ten 60-min lessons or twenty twice-weekly 30-min lessons. Tuition can be paid in two installments with the first installment due at the 1st lesson.
Most new students will start with a commitment of ten 30-min lessons (approximately five weeks) the tuition for which is $236.
Currently, there are no openings but I would be glad to put any prospective student on my waiting list.
The fee for individual 60-min coaching sessions is $50.