Rates & Policies

Rates:
Rates vary for each teacher based on qualifications & experience.
Rates are based on a yearly fee divided into 10 equal monthly payments.

Carolyn
30 min: $950/year = 10 payments of $95/month (beginner – Grade 4)
45 min: $1425/year = 10 payments of $142.50/month (Grades 5 – 8)
60 min: $1900/year = 10 payments of $190/month (Grades 9 & 10)

Keri
30 min: $800/year = 10 payments of $80/month (beginner – Grade 4)
45 min: $1200/year = 10 payments of $120/month (Grades 5 – 7)

Sara
$15 / 30 min lesson

Polices:
Missed Lessons:
Make up lessons are only available for the following reasons:
1. Lessons in direct conflict with a piano related event (ex. festival) will be made up at a convenient time for both the student & teacher.
2. Lessons cancelled by the teacher will be made up at a convenient time for both the student & teacher.
3. In extreme circumstances (ex. weddings, funerals) lessons will be made up at the teachers discretion.
4. If you are sick or the weather is bad you have 2 options:
Option 1: Have a phone or video chat lesson at your regular scheduled time. You can use Face Time or Skype. Please give as much advance notice as possible so we can get your lesson started on time.
Option 2: Ask for your name to be put on a waiting list. When someone else cancels their lesson with enough advance notice it will be offered to you.
5. FOR ANY OTHER REASON, you can plan ahead & switch lesson times with someone on the lesson exchange list. If you know you will be missing a lesson due to school, sports, vacations, etc., you can contact another student on the list to trade lesson times for that week. It’s ok if you have 2 lessons in 1 week (or even on the same day).
6. If you can not make your regular group lesson time you can come to any other group lesson that week.

Lesson Exchange Program:
The lesson exchange program allows you to reschedule your own lesson if you know you are going to miss it. All students who sign up are given a list of other students who have also signed up for the lesson exchange program. If you know you are going to miss your regular lesson you can call students on the list to switch times with you. Plan WAY AHEAD & MARK YOUR CALENDARS when you have made a switch so everyone comes at the correct time. You will have better luck finding someone to switch with if you give them as much notice as possible. You can change with anyone – it doesn’t matter if you have 2 lessons on the same day or during the same week or even a back to back lesson. There is no other way to make up missed lessons due to a conflicting event. This program is excellent for students participating in sports or other activities with unpredictable schedules.

Parent Attendance During Lessons:
Parents are NOT required to stay during the piano lesson. Most times when a parent is in the room it creates a distraction for the child which wastes valuable lesson time. The student will often turn to talk to the parent rather than focus on what we are doing in the lesson.

If you find it necessary to stay with your child during lessons, please use the waiting room so you are a minimal distraction for your child. If you want to know what your child is supposed to be practicing, just read their homework book. Feel free to email anytime with questions or concerns.

Help your child get the most from their lessons:
Learning to play the piano is like learning a new language. This won’t happen without regular practice. Remind your child that they should practice every day for as many days a week as possible. It is helpful to build practice time into a routine (right after school, right before supper…) Parents do not need to sit with their child to practice. Feel free to check in on them or offer assistance if they seem to be struggling. (NOTE: 4-6 year olds may need some assistance reading directions).

REMEMBER: the first time you play a new piece of music it will be HARD – so hard you might even feel like quitting! Just remind yourself that every time you play the piece it will get easier & easier. Be patient & persistent through the beginning struggle of a new piece & before the end of the week you will wonder why you even thought it was hard in the first place 🙂

Quitting:
If you are unsure whether or not you will be continuing lessons please talk to your teacher so I can help you make the best decision. Sometimes all you may need is a little adjustment in your lesson program (for example, have more pop or jazz pieces to play, have a bigger goal to reach, bring in some composing to your lessons, play more duets, etc.). Talking to me will help you figure out if you really want to quit piano lessons or if you just need a change.
Whatever month we are in when you quit I will keep the next month’s cheque. Example: If it’s November (any day 1-30) when you tell me you quit I will keep December’s cheque. You may continue taking lessons until the end of the notice (in this case end of December). Your remaining cheques will be returned. You can either pick them up or ask for them to be ripped up.