Studio Policy

Studio Policy for Piano Lessons with Jessica Reddell Popovich

2021-2022

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. Students are expected to take a weekly lesson. Consistency is the key to success!

Materials: I will purchase all method books and sheet music . Documentation of cost will be provided for reimbursement.             

A studio fee of $100 is due at the beginning of the Fall Session. This covers venue rental for concerts and reception refreshments.

                                                                                       

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.

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. 

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. 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.

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.

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!

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.

I will let students in when I am ready for them. No need to ring bell or knock. Students can wait on the porch steps or in their car.

Students/parents are welcome to use my driveway, either parking in it or blocking, but be aware that someone is coming right behind you to drop off their child. Keep the flow going!

                                                                                                                                                    

Concerts and Performances                                                                                                                                

Our formal concerts are held at Bethany Presbyterian Church where they have a lovely Yamaha Grand. Formal Winter Concert-2nd Sunday in December; Formal Spring Concert-4th Sunday in May (the weekend before Memorial).

Informal piano parties are held at my house on the Sunday before Halloween (costumes encouraged!) and Mid-March. This is a low-pressure setting for students to practice their performance skills.

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.