Studio Policy

PIANO TUITION & FEES

Monthly Tuition Rates:
$150 a month for 30 minute lessons 
$185 a month for 45 minute lessons (CM level 4+)
$220 a month for 1 hour lessons (CM level Advanced, optional for CM levels 8-9)

Tuition for the 2020-2021 year (August 2020 - June 2021) includes the following: 
  • 41 private lessons
  • 6 performance classes
  • 2 studio recitals 
  • 2 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. 

VIRTUAL LESSONS

During the pandemic, students may choose to take piano lessons via Zoom or FaceTime. 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.

IN-STUDIO LESSONS

Students who want to have piano lessons in person in the studio at any time during the 2020-2021 school year must sign this waiver. Students need to arrive on time to lessons and must be picked up on time. Students will wait outside and then may enter when I come to get them. Shoes and all belongings, except for the piano books, must stay outside. Students will use hand sanitizer before entering the studio. 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.

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.

CERTIFICATE OF MERIT

For students participating in Certificate of Merit, registration must be completed online by October 30th and payment must be made by the parent before the November 10th deadline. Due to the pandemic, Certificate of Merit will be held online in early spring 2021.

MUSIC CHALLENGES

Every August, new challenges are presented for students to work on throughout the year. Because this is an Olympic year, our annual challenge will be the Piano Olympics. The Piano Olympics challenge will be explained in detail at the August performance class. 

CONCERT ATTENDANCE

Normally students are encouraged to attend public concerts and/or recitals at least twice a year. With the pandemic, all public concerts and recitals are on hold so I will be sending YouTube links to various concerts and performances for students to view. 

STUDENT DISMISSAL

At the teacher’s discretion, any student who repeatedly ignores one or more of the studio requirements such as daily practice, getting practice charts signed, etc. 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.