Students are expected to come prepared to lessons. Keep a bag, or folder, or notebook in which you can organize your music and practice pages. Do not come to your lessons without your music.
The fee structure this year is based on 16 lessons within a 17-week semester in the fall and in the spring.
For one 30-minute lesson per week per semester:
$564 OR 3 payments of $189.
For one 45-minute lesson per week per semester:
$836 OR 3 payments of $280.
For one-hour lesson per week per semester:
$1108 OR 3 payments of $370.
Payment is due at the first lesson of each semester. If you pay in three installments, they are due on the first lesson of September, October, and November in the fall semester, and the first lesson of January, March, and April for the spring semester.
Fall semester begins Monday, August 29, 2016 and ends Saturday, January 14, 2017. Fall Break will be observed October 16-23. There will be no lessons during the Thanksgiving weekend November 24-27, or during winter break, Sunday, December 18, 2016 through Sunday, January 1, 2017. Lessons resume on Monday, January 2, 2017. Makeup lessons may be scheduled as time allows throughout the semester and during Makeup Week, January 16-21, 2017.
Spring semester begins Monday, January 23, 2017 and ends Saturday, May 27, 2017. Spring break will be observed from March 12-19. Makeup lessons for spring can be scheduled again as time allows throughout the semester and during the week of May 29.
Summer lessons may be scheduled beginning Monday, June 5, 2017. Summer lessons are scheduled Mondays through Wednesdays and possible Fridays throughout the summer. You are encouraged to schedule a minimum of three lessons during the summer to reserve your time slot for the following year. Four or five lessons are recommended to keep your technique at its best. Fees for the summer are a standard rate of $34 per half hour; $51 per 45-minutes, and $68 per hour, payable at the time of the lesson.
When you register for a lesson time, that time is yours for the semester. If you must miss for any reason, you must cancel 24 hours in advance to be eligible for a makeup lesson. One makeup lesson per semester is guaranteed. Each semester has 17 weeks with 16 lessons. One free week is written into the semester. This is a week of your own choosing to fit your personal schedule. If the teacher must miss a lesson, a makeup lesson will be scheduled with no penalty to the student.
Recitals are scheduled at the end of each semester. Make note of the dates now and add them to your calendar: Thursday evening January 12 at 7:30 P.M., and Sunday evening January 15 at 7:00 P.M.; in the spring recitals are scheduled for two Thursday evenings: May 18 and 25 at 7:30 P.M Every student is strongly encouraged to perform two songs for memory on one of the two scheduled recital dates. Graduating seniors will perform three songs plus an optional duet or ensemble. Attendance is mandatory. The recitals will take place at the Steinway Piano Gallery, 12033 Dorsett Road in Maryland Heights, just east of the Highway 270 interchange.
Please print out the studio contract form by which you agree to the terms set forth in the Studio Policy for 2016-2017. Please sign, date, and return along with payment at the first lesson. For students 18 and under, both student and parent must sign the contract. Please indicate whether you are paying in full, or in three installments.