Studio Policy for Piano Lessons with Jessica Reddell Popovich
Studio Hours By appointment only
Payment Cash, personal check or electronic payment is due on the 1st of the month for the entire month. All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Lessons Lessons are offered at 30, 45, and 60 minutes.
Materials: I will purchase all method books and sheet music . Documentation of cost will be provided for reimbursement.
Tuition Tuition is charged at a flat-monthly rate for September-December and January-May. Summer Lessons, June-August, are booked by the month. A breakdown for the current semester will be provided at the audition. No refunds are given for cancellations. Should I cancel a lesson your money will be forwarded to the following month.
Studio Fee: An annual fee of $100 is due at the beginning of the Academic year to help cover the cost of concert venue rental and reception refreshments.
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.
Studio Closures Please see “Studio Calendar and Upcoming Performances” for the most up to date information.
Make-up Lessons I do not offer make-up lessons
Repertoire Careful consideration is given to each student’s repertoire. I teach to a student’s strengths and preferences. This means siblings may not be working on the same type of assignments.
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!
Practice 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.
Lesson Preparedness Students should arrive for their lessons on time, with all their materials, and trimmed fingernails. Most of all, students need to bring their best POSITIVE ATTITUDE!
Arrival and Departures Parents are welcome to sit in on lessons for the first month. After that, I ask that students have autonomy over their lessons. There is no waiting area so students can be dropped off or parents can wait in their car.
Concerts and Performances Our concerts are held at Bethany Presbyterian Church where they have a lovely Yamaha S4 6′ Grand. Halloween Concert-Sunday before Halloween; Formal Winter Concert-2nd Sunday in December; Mid-Semester Challenge 3rd Sunday in March; Formal Spring Concert-3rd Sunday in May.
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 5. Tuition is consistently late
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.