Piano Instructors Policies, Guidelines, & Details

Kitsap Piano Lessons policies & guidelines are listed below. If you have any questions about any of the information, please let me know by e-mail.

Payment Schedule for Private Piano Instruction

Lessons are charged by four weeks of lessons. Payments should be made the first week of each four lessons. No-shows and cancellations will still be charged unless I receive at least 24 hours notice. I do not do make-up lessons for no-shows. Cancelled lessons may be made up if there are times available. Lessons that can not be made-up will not be eligible for a refund. Exceptions may be made for emergencies or planned vacations.

Music Lesson Cancellations

Please call and let me know if you must cancel a lesson for ANY reason. If I have to cancel a lesson for sickness or emergency, we will try to do a make-up lesson. If that is not possible, I will refund you for that lesson. If you need to miss a lesson and do not call me within 24 hours of the lesson there will be no make-up lesson and no refund given. If you cancel within 24 hours of the lesson, we will find a time to do a make-up lesson. If we can not find a time to make up the lesson in the same week, we can either do a double lesson the following week OR make-up the lesson another time. If you do not show up for lessons, there will not be a refund. Please remember that too many lesson cancellations may result in poor progress. Improvement greatly depends on consistent piano instruction and practice.

Practice Expectations

Students are required to practice at home between lessons. Daily practice is vital to musical progress. The recommended amount of practice time will be discussed with the student depending on their age and skill level. For tips on how to encourage practice, check out the Practice Guide. For tips on effective ways to practice, visit the How To Practice page.

Piano Lesson Books

If we have decided to go with the Alfred's Series of piano lesson books, I have the books available for purchase here at my private piano instruction studio. Please include the extra amount for the first lesson book with the first payment, unless we made other arrangements.

Parental Involvement at Lessons

Parents may stay to observe piano lessons or leave if they prefer. Siblings are welcome as long as they aren't disruptive to the piano lesson. Parents can also take siblings outside in the backyard to play if they wish. Siblings and friends must be accompanied by an adult during piano lessons.

Music Lesson Time-Slot

I reserve a specific time-slot for each student. If I am running late with prior students, I will always extend the following lessons to their full length. If a student comes in late, I will extend the lesson up to 5 minutes after if there are no lessons afterwards. If there are lessons after, and the late student is more than 5 minutes late, I may not be able to extend the lesson. If you arrive more than 5 minutes early and I am teaching a lesson, please try to wait outside or let your children play in my backyard until lesson time. Some students are easily distracted or are very shy about playing in front of other people. I want to make sure each student gets their full piano lesson without interruption.

Questions or Problems Concerning Piano Instruction

Please let me know if you or your child have any problems or questions about your childs private lessons. You can call anytime and I will be happy to help you. As a parent and a piano instructor, I realize it can be frustrating for parents who have never played an instrument to answer their childs music questions at home. If any problems should arise, I am willing to modify lesson plans and practice schedules, etc. based on each families needs. By sharing your concerns, I will be better equipped to make piano lessons a positive experience for both you and your child.



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