Studio Policy

Rosetree Piano Studio Policy
September 2021 to August 2022
 
Thank you for allowing me the privilege of teaching you and/or your children.  I appreciate the time and effort that you put in investing in music education.  According to studies, music has many benefits: it improves eye-hand coordination and concentration skills, teaches patience, self-discipline and perseverance, improves reading skills, promotes math and reasoning skills, increases memory capacity, encourages self-expression, boosts self-esteem and aids social skills.
 
Music is a language, and like any language, there are many basics which must be mastered before the student is able to express him/herself well.  My goal is to cover all areas of musicianship: performance, a proper technique with which to play easily, theory, sight-reading, ear training and music history, by using a progressive study of music literature.  A well-rounded musical education helps students define what music will mean to them.
 
Note: When arrangements are made for lessons, it is understood that the policies below are agreed upon by the teacher and parents (or students over 21).
 
Lesson Times and Locations:  
I try to work with each of my students in order to give them the most convenient lesson time.  Please be as flexible as possible when informing me of your available times.  Although this is a private studio and is not affiliated with any school district, it is no less an educational institution.   It is my position that piano lessons should be treated with the same level of importance as any other subject you child may be studying in school.  Please remember your commitment to piano study when scheduling other activities.
 
Lessons are given both online via Zoom and in person at the Miyamoto Music Studio, 28780 Old Town Front Street, Temecula, 92590.  For in-person lessons please observe the following:
  • Students and parents (if attending) must wash their hands before entering the studio.  Correctly worn masks are required of all unvaccinated persons in my room and are highly encouraged in the waiting room.  Hand sanitizer is available.
  • At your lesson time please do not knock on the door (Rosie barks).  Just open the door and peek in to see if I’m ready for you.  Please do not enter before your lesson time as I must disinfect the piano before each student comes in.
 
Tuition:
Tuition is paid monthly, due at the first lesson of the month, by Zelle (preferred), Venmo, ApplePay, check or cash.  If by check please make it out to “Tahnia Lund” or “Sandra Kay Lund” (my legal name – long story).  
There is a late fee of $10 if payment is received after the 10th of the month.
The fee for returned checks is $40 (my cost). Upon the receipt of 2 returned checks all payment must be in cash.
 
Remember that tuition covers not only the actual lesson time spent with the student, but time preparing for each student as well.   It has been cited by professional music journals that every hour spent with the student actually involves 2 hours of the teacher’s time.  Please see the accompanying “Where does my tuition go” brochure.
 
Invoices are sent out via MyMusicStaff.com.   Please make sure this site is in your contacts list so invoices do not go to your spam or junk folders.
 
Tuition is a yearly fee divided by 12 months.  This covers 45 lessons from September through August.  
Tuition is based on 1 lesson each week the studio is open – extra lessons will be charged for separately.
 
  • For 30 minute lessons yearly tuition is $1512 divided in 12 payments of $126.
  • For 45 minute lessons yearly tuition is $2160 divided in 12 payments of $180
  • For 60 minute lessons yearly tuition is $2976 divided in 12 payments of $248
 
Students in levels 3 to 8 of the MTAC’s Certificate of Merit program or in the Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations are required to take 45-minute lessons.  Students in level 9 or 10 Certificate of Merit or RCM Examinations are required to take 60-minute lessons.
 
Missed Lessons and Tardiness:
  • Students arriving late for lessons will receive only the balance of their time.
  • There are no credits for missed lessons.
  • Makeup lessons may be given during the regular lesson time via Zoom, in person (at the teacher’s availability) or by going overtime during previous or subsequent lessons.
  • Lessons are given on all Monday holidays.  
  • If I must cancel lessons for any reason, a makeup will be offered if the studio and student schedules permit.   If no makeup can be scheduled the student will be credited for the lesson.
  • Students taking extended times off from lessons may forfeit their time slots.
 
Charges for Music and Event Fees: 
  • Tuition does not cover charges for books or fees for events.
  • Payment for these items must be made upon receipt of the billing in which they are included.
 
Discontinued Lessons, Dismissal:
  • I retain the right to dismiss any student who is rude or uncooperative during the lesson time or who refuses to practice as requested on a regular basis.
  • Students may be dismissed due to the refusal of parents/student to follow this studio policy.
  • Any student whose payment is more that 30 days in arrears or misses 2 lessons in a row with no notification may be dismissed.
 
Student and Family Responsibilities:
  • Parents – BE ENCOURAGING, not critical!!!  Don’t comment on what is wrong – compliment what is right.  Only then make suggestions on how they might improve.
  • Parents are welcome to quietly observe at the lessons provided that the student is comfortable with them being in the room.
  • Parents please assist the students in organizing their practices and creating good practice habit at home.  For younger children at early levels, parents please sit with them while they practice to guide them in what to do next (the pages are all marked) and to help read instructions.  Again, be encouraging.
  • Students are expected to come prepared for their lessons with pieces practiced and written work completed.  However, if they have had less practice time than desirable, it is still very important that they come.  They may need encouragement or additional instruction in how to practice.  The time may also be spent on theory, ear training, sight reading, reinforcement games, etc.
  • Students who are ill should not come to lessons.   Makeups will be offered when notice is given.  Please give me as much notice as possible.
  • All books currently being used must be brought to every lesson.
  • All cell phones (parents’ too) must be silenced during lessons.  Students may not have cell phones at the piano.
  • Fingernails must be trimmed in order for the student to have proper technique.
  • Practice is crucial in order for a student to progress.   I like to emphasize the quality versus quantity of time practiced.  The amount of practice time needed depends upon the student’s level and goals. That being said, except for very beginners, a minimum of 30 minutes practice 5 days a week (not including the lesson) is needed for the student to progress.
  • Students must have either an acoustic piano (preferred) or a touch-sensitive full-sized keyboard (88 keys) and a bench of correct height at home.  All instruments must have at least a damper pedal.  Acoustic pianos need to be tuned on a regular basis (at least every 6 months).
  • Except for early beginners, all students must have a metronome.   Amazon has the best prices.  I suggest the Wittner Taktell Piccolo.  The prices seem to depend on the color (go figure).
  • Small students will need a foot bench to provide balance at the piano and good posture.  Students may also need to have additional height added to the bench (firm pillows, carpet samples, etc.) to maintain a good hand and arm position.  The elbow should be level with the keys.
  • Please do not bring food into the studio but water is fine.
 
Participation in Recitals, Evaluation, Festivals & Competitions:
  • The teacher will inform the students and parents of the events which are available during the year and their fees.
  • All students except adults, beginning teens and very young children are expected to participate in two programs during the year. 
  • Other activities are by the students’ and/or parents’ choice.
 
Holiday Weeks are as follows.
            Thanksgiving Holiday:           Nov. 21st through 27th
            Winter Holiday:                      Dec. 19th through Jan. 1st
            Spring Break:                         March 27th through April 2nd
            Summer:                                1 week in June, 1 week in July, and 2 weeks in August.
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These weeks are not included in the tuition fee schedule so are not credited – payment is due as usual
 
How to reach me:
You may reach me by phone (951-704-0253), text or email (Tahniask@gmail.com) between the hours of 9 AM and 8 PM.  I will respond as soon as I am able.  Please note that I do not respond to communications during lessons.
 
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Thank you for abiding by these policies to help you or your children’s piano lessons be the most productive and efficient!
 
 
I look forward to a great year.