Studio Policy for Piano Lessons with Jessica Reddell Popovich
By appointment only
Cash, personal check or electronic payment through the Zelle network is due on the 1st lesson of the month for the entire month. All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Lessons are offered at 30, 45, and 60 minutes. Students are expected to take a weekly lesson. Consistency is the key to success!
Each hour of lesson time represents significant “unseen” time in teacher preparation, research, and if necessary, arranging.
Materials: I will purchase all method books and sheet music . Documentation of cost will be provided for reimbursement.
Calendar and Cancellations
Lessons are booked a la carte by the month. Please check your personal calendar carefully before booking lessons for the month.
No refunds are given for cancellations.*
*I have reserved a spot in the master schedule for you and if you choose not to attend that lesson for any reason that time is still reserved even if you. For this reason, cancellations do not warrant a refund.
Teacher cancellations: Should I cancel a lesson your money will be forwarded to the following month.
Summer Students should take as many lessons over summer as possible. I understand that many families travel extensively or send their kids to camps, so we’ll work around that.
Please see “Studio Calendar and Upcoming Performances” for the most up to date information.
I do not offer make-up lessons. The trade off is that you are permitted to only schedule the lessons for which you are available. Illness and emergencies do not warrant make-ups.
Careful consideration is given to each student’s repertoire. Please speak to me directly if you have any concerns with the music your child is working on. Please do not purchase music and tell your child he/she can learn a new piece if I have not approved it. I teach to a student’s strengths and preferences. This means siblings may not be working on the same type of assignments.
Pop and rock music is welcome in my studio! However, not all pop/rock songs work well as piano solos. Modern songs are ok’ed on a case-by-case basis.
Standards, Jazz and Blues are all appropriate endeavors. We can use pre-arranged tunes (fully written out) or work on improvisation skills using lead sheets (chord symbols and melody only).
Orchestral reductions and “easy” versions of Classical rep are often given to younger students, working up to advanced rep: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Bartok, etc…
Maintaining the Repertoire Students are encouraged to keep their mastered recital pieces under their fingers. Those who tend to go back and play their older pieces have a higher rate of success!
I will make clear to each student what is expected of him/her in terms of practice time. The rule of thumb is children under the age of 10 should spend 20-40 minutes at the piano three to four times a week. Students 10 years and up should spend 40-60 minutes at the piano five days a week. You must practice or there is absolutely no sense in doing this!
Practice time should be free of distractions. Please help your child succeed by providing a quiet space. Practice should occur on a regular schedule that fits in well with the family lifestyle. This will take effort on your part, but it’s vital to continued musical growth.
Students will arrive for their lessons on time, with all their materials, trimmed fingernails and will remove all rings and bracelets.
Regarding “on time”: please consider how you would feel if the student after you or your child was repeatedly dropped off 15 minutes early. Or if the student before you was repeatedly picked up late. There is no private waiting room so those who wait do so literally feet from where the lesson is taking place. If you are early, please wait in your car or outside. Please be respectful with your arrival and departure times, and your volume while waiting.
Where Do I Sit? Please have a seat in the living room. In some cases, I very much prefer having the parent attend the lesson (very young beginners who need help practicing at home) and in other cases it’s best the child has autonomy, so I ask the parent to give us privacy. If I do make a request either way, please understand it’s for the benefit of your child.
Recital and Performances A formal Spring (3rd Sunday of May) and Holiday (2nd Sunday of December) recital will be held at Bethany Presbyterian Church. They have a beautiful Yamaha Grand available to us for our recitals.
Once a semester we will have an informal salon concert or “mini-recital” at my house. These are just for fun, a chance to practice performing and listen to fellow studio members.
I encourage students to participate in any other musical performance settings that are offered to them and will help students prepare for any outside (school, talent show, church, summer camp auditions, etc.) performances.
Though I do not endorse artistic competition to my students, I will happily help prepare any student who wishes to enter one.
Termination of Lessons
Should it be necessary to discontinue lessons, it will be based upon the following grounds:
1. Student does not demonstrate a desire to learn
2. Student has chronic absenteeism and/or is chronically late for lessons
3. Student does not practice
4. Student is disrespectful
All outstanding tuition money will be returned to payer.
I reserve the right to to change the aforementioned rules and policies and will provide sufficient and reasonable notice of any changes to students and parents. A hard copy of the studio policy will be provided to you during the audition process.