Studio Policy

PIANO TUITION & FEES

Monthly Tuition Rates:
$150 a month for 30 minute lessons (Beginner)
$185 a month for 45 minute lessons (Intermediate, RCM/CM level 4-8)
$220 a month for 1 hour lessons (Advanced, RCM/CM level 9-10)

Tuition for the 2021-2022 year (August 2021 - June 2022) includes the following: 
  • 42 private lessons
  • 6 performance classes
  • 2 studio recitals 
  • theory/ear-training workshops
  • Holly Franz's time and investment both in and outside of lessons
Monthly tuition rates remain the same each month regardless of the number of private lessons or performance classes in a month. Tuition is due the first lesson of each month. There are no lessons in July and no tuition payment is due in July. The late fee is $15 for tuition received after the 15th of the month. Tuition payments are not on a per-lesson basis. There is no transfer of tuition from one month to another or a reduction in monthly tuition due to missed private lessons, classes, or recitals. Additional fees associated with programs such as Certificate of Merit, festivals, and competitions will be charged for students participating in such events. Fees must be paid before a student can be registered. 

IN-STUDIO LESSONS

Students need to arrive on time to lessons and must be picked up on time. Shoes and all belongings, except for the piano books, must stay outside. Students should bring all of the required books to every lesson. No food or gum is allowed in the studio. Nails should be trimmed short.

VIRTUAL LESSONS

Students may choose to take piano lessons online. For virtual lessons, students will need a laptop or tablet/iPad, a music stand or table near the piano for their laptop/tablet, and a strong WiFi or ethernet connection. At the time of the lesson, students should be prepared with all of their piano books at the piano, a pencil, 1 or 2-inch Post-it notes, and a metronome to use during the lesson. Nails should be trimmed short.

MISSED LESSONS

Missed performance classes, workshops, or recitals cannot be made up. If you need to miss a private lesson please notify me before 9 AM the day before the missed lesson in order to schedule a make up lesson on the next available make up day. You have 6 weeks to make up a missed lesson. 

STUDIO CANCELLATIONS

30 days notice is required if a student decides to discontinue lessons.     

REQUIRED MATERIALS

  • acoustic piano for daily practice, which is in good repair and tuned regularly (at least annually)
  • metronome
  • 3-ring binder for lesson assignments
  • music bag to keep all materials, books, flashcards, etc.
  • books (purchased by the parent) 

PRACTICE EXPECTATIONS

Minimum practice expectations
ages 5-9, begin with 30 minutes a day
ages 10-12, increase to 45 minutes a day
ages 13-15, increase to 1 hour a day
ages 16-18, increase to 1 1/2 hours a day

Practice expectations for competitive students
ages 5-7, 30+ minutes a day
ages 8-9, 45+ minutes a day
ages 10-12, 1+ hour a day
ages 13-14, 1 1/2+ hours a day
ages 15-18, 2 to 4 hours a day depending on repertoire

Students are expected to come to their lessons with all assignments completed. They are required to fill out a daily practice log. Students should practice 6 days a week. A regular daily practice schedule will ensure long-lasting habits and steady progress. I will suggest the amount each student should practice depending upon their level and capabilities. Students receive music money for achieving their practice goals each week. Parents are required to provide a quiet, focused atmosphere for their child. Students should follow the practice instructions carefully, completing any assigned charts, for each song as outlined in the notebook. Parents should monitor practicing and see that assignments are completed. Students not meeting the minimum expectations will be dismissed from the studio.

PERFORMANCES

Students are expected to attend and participate in studio performance classes, workshops, and recitals. In addition, there may be other performance opportunities throughout the year. Students are enrolled in these additional events when I am convinced they are well prepared, with the expectation that the performance opportunity will be a positive experience.

PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS

Students may participate in Certificate of Merit or Royal Conservatory exams. Due to the pandemic, all exams are being held remotely for the 2021-2022 year. 

MUSIC CHALLENGES

Every August, new challenges are presented for students to work on throughout the year. Each fall the challenge for the year is presented to students and they have the school year to complete the challenge.

CONCERT ATTENDANCE

Students are encouraged to attend public concerts and/or recitals at least twice a year. 

STUDENT DISMISSAL

At the teacher’s discretion, any student who repeatedly ignores one or more of the studio requirements will be dropped from the studio. 

STUDENT, TEACHER, PARENT RELATIONSHIP

I believe in maintaining mutual respect between the parent and the teacher. I will work hard to develop the type of relationship with each student that will make him feel encouraged, motivated, and inspired. Open and honest communication between myself and the parents is essential.

I encourage parents to develop a healthy and positive relationship regarding their child's daily practice regime. Parents should think of creative incentives and rewards for their child's hard, consistent work. They should be cheerleaders for their children. Practicing can be tricky and frustrating for the student at times. Keeping the experience positive and uplifting will make for much more effective progress.