Marie's Policies

Giving the gift of music to children is one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life!

Studio Policies

Maintain professional standards and establish student goals

Parent Responsibilities

  • Provide music books, a working metronome, and other materials as requested.
  • Provide quality listening music for your child to help them to become aware of different musical styles and provide a broad background and knowledge of classical music.
  • Provide time, support, encouragement, and discipline for regular and consistent practice.
  • Make sure that your child practices the piano each day. Many students will not take the initiative to do this on their own and need to be reminded.
  • Be involved in your child’s practice at home. Particularly with younger students or beginners, parents will need to help the child organize. It is helpful to review the lesson assignment with your child to ensure reasonable preparation for lessons. Remember, parents need to initial weekly practice times, indicating you have actually listened to the student practice.
  • Check your email regularly. I often communicate through email and/or text messaging.

Student Responsibilities / New Students

  • Provide music books, a working metronome, and other materials as requested.
  • Listen to and become aware of different musical styles.
  • Use time and discipline for regular and consistent practice.
  • Practice the piano each day.
  • Work with parents to fulfill the lesson assignment given each week.
  • Check emails (for older students) and be communicative with parents and the teachers about questions or concerns.

Student Hygiene 🙂

Student Hygiene is a sensitive yet necessary issue to discuss. Please do not be offended, as this is a typical issue encountered by many teachers of children. Since I am working with your child and other students in close quarters, I’d ask that they make sure to do a “quick sniff check” of their socks and body odor, prior to entering their lesson. I have several children that cannot concentrate when others’ body odor is intolerable. I realize many of the children are growing up and participating in physical activities and may be unable to return home to change/bathe prior to their lessons. A solution to “smelly sock/feet” and or “underarm B.O.” would be to keep a pair of clean “piano socks” in their piano bag throughout the year. Also, an extra deodorant stick in the car glove compartment for a quick “pit swipe” prior to entering lessons will make it a pleasant experience for all. LOL! Thank you for your consideration of the teacher and other students.

Cancellations / Missed Lessons

A student not attending a lesson simply misses the benefit of that lesson. Your tuition reserves you a weekly time slot and benefits within the studio. Being unprepared is not a reason to cancel. It’s important to still come so we can practice together and keep your child moving in a positive direction. Students may swap lesson times with other students in the studio. Please inform me if this is something you would like to do.

I may also contact you when gaps in my schedule for the day are known a few days in advance.

In cases of illness or vacation, you may take advantage of the Skype/Facetime or Practice Video option. (Ask me for more info).


Students will receive weekly private lessons studio during the traditional school year: 33 lessons. During summer quarter, students are expected to continue lessons in the summer months. Students who do not continue lessons will be added to the bottom of my waiting list. However, if you wish to hold your spot, you may continue to pay half or your monthly fee.

Group classes are held at least three times a year and will be served as free bonus lessons. The bonus group class may serve as “make-ups” for those unavoidable occasions when a student or, rarely, the teacher, must miss a lesson. Students with perfect attendance may consider these as a bonus.

Tuition / Payment Options

  • Tuition is a monthly flat rate due whether your child attends his/her lesson or not. Tuition remains the same each month and is based on a 12 month period, that is divided into monthly payment installments that can be paid with different payment options (see below).
  • Tuition is due the first week of every month but no later than the 10th of the month. Add a late fee of $25 if payment is made after the 10th.
  • Your monthly tuition reserves you the lesson day and time for your son/daughter.
  • Please keep in mind for every hour enrolled in piano lessons, I am investing an average of 2-3 hours of my time outside of my regular teaching schedule.

There are several methods of payment: 

  • Cash – Please put cash in an envelope with student’s name on the outside
  • Apple Pay
  • Online bill pay through your bank
  • Personal checks made payable to Marie’s Piano Studio
  • Paypal only using the family and friends option
  • Credit Card – Stripe on MMS (My Music Staff)
  • Venmo – free App

Registration Fees

  • A Non-Refundable Studio Materials Fee of $40.00 per student is required for each academic year. This fee enables me to provide students with incentives, awards, miscellaneous, handouts, CD’s, loaner music, recital hall fees, online theory, and sight reading subscriptions, etc.
  • New Students: Pay one time $20 Binder Fee. Includes all documents needed for the student.

Recitals and Performances

Under normal circumstances, I hold four exciting annual recitals. Other performance opportunities are available during the year: Encore, Chapter Competitions, etcetera are optional.

Discontinuing Lessons

In the event there is a decision to discontinue lessons, either a one-month notice or a two-month lesson fee is required. This allows me a chance to fill the time slot and finish the lessons on a positive note for the student.

Termination of Lessons

Students may be dismissed from lessons for any of the following reasons:

  • Destruction or theft of property in my home or studio.
  • Disrespect or uncooperative attitude toward teachers or other students.
  • Failure to comply with studio policy.
  • Failure to pay tuition on the due date.

Studio Etiquette

  • Parents must bring and pick students up on time.
  • Students are to remove their shoes and wash their hands upon arriving at lessons.
  • No food, drinks, or gum allowed in the music studios.
  • Young children who are not my students may not be left unattended.
  • Students MUST deactivate their cell phones during lessons.

Your Piano

  • Piano students are expected to have a well-tuned and 88-key piano with working pedals for home practice.
  • Pianos should be tuned twice a year (spring and fall). If you would like me to recommend a tuner/technician, please ask.
  • Piano needs to be in a well-lit area with appropriate heat and cooling to ensure as few distractions as possible.

Photo and Video Release

From time to time, I will use photos or videos of my students on my website and other locations e.g. Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. These videos are to highlight the accomplishments of the students learning. They love seeing their photos and videos. Students find it exciting and motivating to see and want others to see what they are doing in my studio. Students are only identified by first name. If you wish to exempt your child’s imagery from being published, please let me know.

My Responsibility

 My responsibility to the student is to provide an atmosphere for learning and a well-balanced musical education. Professional standards will be maintained and definite goals will be established for each student. It is my goal to give your child the best possible music education. I belong to professional organizations, attend workshops and educational programs, subscribe to professional publications, and engage in other activities on a continuing basis in order to provide opportunities for professional growth and to enhance my own teaching skills.

Policy Changes

I reserve the right to update or modify these Studio Policies at any time and without prior notice by posting the revised version of these Studio Policies on my website. Your use of the Site following any such change constitutes your agreement with all posted Studio Policies updates, and you will be subject to the terms of the revised Studio Policies. You may access the current version of these Studio Policies at any time on my web site.

It is my sincere desire that through my teaching and your support at home, we will form an effective team. Giving the gift of music to your child will be one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life.