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30-minute lessons: $110/per month

45-minute lessons: $155/per month

60-minute lessons: $200/per month

Tuition includes:

Payment is due the first lesson of each month. A late fee of $10 per week will be added to any payment not received within the first week of the month.

*****Tuition does not include music books or audition fees for contests. A recital fee of $5 per student per recital will be collected to help offset the growing expense involved with this. The recital fee will be collected at the lesson during the month of the recital.


I am happy to handle the ordering and purchasing of music books if you wish. This provides a considerable savings of time and effort for parents and students. I will issue you an invoice for any music books purchased.


Lessons are scheduled weekly. Your tuition is buying a specific block of time, as well as the teacher’s training and experience. Unless the teacher is responsible for the cancellation, cancellations cannot be refunded or credited. If 24-hour notification is given, however, I will do my best to provide a makeup lesson. If you need to reschedule a lesson during the summer months, call or email me and I will fit you in as my schedule allows.


Please be on time! I make every effort to stay on schedule and to not run overtime. If you are late, the lesson cannot be extended past the scheduled lesson time.


Music is meant to be shared! I encourage playing for others at all ages. I will plan a recital at the end of the school year, or a mutually preferred time of year you may share with me. I encourage but will not force the students to participate. Performance is important in the growth of a musician.


I believe piano/violin study is a continuous discipline. Therefore, it is my intention to keep my schedule as regular as possible during the entire year, including the summer, though allowing for family vacations. Please inform me of your vacation plans at the beginning of the month prior to a scheduled vacation. At least 48 hours’ notice must be given to take a vacation day. Vacation weeks cannot be used at lesson termination.


Playing your instrument well can provide a lifetime of enjoyment, if the student is willing to establish consistent practice habits from the beginning. Students are to practice at least 60 minutes per week. I will discuss with each student the length of practice time appropriate for his or her level. It is best to practice at the same time each day in order to make it part of one’s daily routine. The quality of time spent should always be stressed over quantity. Daily practice will secure quick, noticeable, and lasting results. The teacher is aware that, at times, adequate practice is not completed. If you are unprepared, let me know, and we will have a practice lesson. Students are responsible for bringing all necessary books, including assignment notebooks, to their lessons. Fingernails are to be kept short. Students up to age 19 are encouraged to participate in studio activities such as recitals and auditions. Attendance at concerts and other cultural activities is greatly encouraged.


Parents are welcome and encouraged to sit in on lessons at any time. Parental commitment and involvement is essential for a child’s success with piano or violin study. It is the parent’s responsibility to see that the family piano is tuned and well maintained, well lighted, and that the child uses a footstool and phonebook for correct posture at the piano when necessary. The same responsibility lies with the maintenance of a violin and bow and the associated practice area designated. It is very important to help your child have a regular and uninterrupted practice time. It takes years for a student to become an accomplished musician, and it is normal for a person to have highs and lows when pursuing any endeavor that requires discipline and persistence. I am available to discuss the student’s progress with parents on weekday mornings. Feel free to call me at home. Each student is an individual with different needs and goals. It is my desire to work with the student and the parent, so that together we can achieve our goals.


Sometimes, the student/teacher relationship just does not click. It is important to communicate with your teacher when this happens, so that we can work together to find a solution. If a student decides to terminate lessons or find a new teacher, 30 days’ notice must be given, or one month’s tuition. I am happy to assist you in the search for a new teacher if needed.

Please note that these policies are in accordance with recommended professional policies of the Music Teachers National Association and the Ohio Music Teachers Association. I acknowledge my students’ and parents’ place in a three-way relationship, and pledge to do my best to make music a rich and fulfilling experience for my students..