Please note that tuition is NOT an hourly charge but also includes recitals, performance
classes, group lessons, preparation time, continuing education, and numerous other
administrative activities. There is a great deal of time and expense spent on arranging
recitals, printing programs, preparing group activities, searching for new music,
and attending conferences. As such, tuition remains the same throughout the year
regardless of the number of lessons and events. Also, please understand that tuition
reserves a place in my weekly schedule and does NOT simply buy my time.
Tuition is broken up into equal payments, regardless of the number of activities
that occur during a given month (i.e., lessons, performance class, group lessons,
recitals). This is done for both your ease and convenience as well as mine. The
first and last tuition payment is due at the first lesson in September or upon commencement
of lessons if starting at another time during the year. The tuition payments from
October through April are due on or before the first lesson of the month and is as
30-minute lessons: $116 per payment ($232 due at first lesson)
Currently being phased out
45-minute lessons: $168 per payment ($336 due at first lesson)
60-minute lessons: $220 per payment ($440 due at first lesson)
If you would like to pay multiple payments, or part/all of a semester or year, that
is not a problem, and I can provide the appropriate amount. Tuition will increase
in the fall of even calendar years.
Books and sheet music are paid for by the students and are in addition to tuition.
I have many of the materials in stock and can provide you with an invoice after
we have selected the materials. The book/music fees include the list price plus
$1.00 or $1.05 per item to cover taxes and/or shipping. If you would like to purchase
your own music, please let me know and I will provide you with a list of the materials
that you need to acquire.
In addition to recitals, students may perform in other venues. While this is optional
for the student, it is highly recommended. The fees for these festivals are paid
by the student and are non-refundable, typically ranging from $15-$40 per student.
In particular, I strongly encourage participation in Keyboard Merits, which occurs
in the spring. This is NOT a competition but is a chance to perform and received
feedback from another professional musician. This is also a chance for the students
to earn points towards trophies and ribbons, which is a wonderful incentive.
Please let me know if you are interested in competing. I can help you both in choosing
repertoire as well as finding competitions. While there are many opportunities in
the area, please let me know if you see other competitions in addition to the ones
that I bring to your attention that you are interested in pursuing.
It is expected that students will take the entire 9-month semester. For those students
that start at times other than in September, it is expected that you will complete
the remainder of the 9-month semester. For all students, if you wish to terminate
lessons for any reason, a one-month written notice is required.