Studio Policies

Effective for the 2020/21 school year.


There will be 35 weekly, 30-minute lesson opportunities between Aug. 31, 2020 and May 21, 2021.  Yearly tuition (which covers lesson prep, lessons, travel time and associated costs, borrowed materials, and a spring recital) is divided into equal monthly payments. Tuition starts at $160 per month. Discounts may apply for families with multiple students.

Itemized invoices will be e-mailed prior to the first lesson of each month, when payment is due. New music books and other supplies will be provided by the teacher and added to the monthly invoice, with approval. Any refunds will appear on the next month’s invoice.

Holidays and Cancellations

Winter Break: December 21 through January 1. Spring Break: April 5 through April 9. There will be no lessons on Labor Day (Sept 7), Thanksgiving (Nov 26) or Black Friday (Nov 27); a discount will apply for affected students.

Because lesson scheduling requires advance time commitments and coordination between the availability of numerous students and families, no refunds or make-up lessons are possible for student cancellations or missed lessons, with the following exceptions due to the coronavirus:
1. Students who cancel their lesson due to sickness, with at least 24 hours prior notice, may schedule an online make-up lesson. If a mutually agreeable online lesson time is not available that week, a refund will be given.
2. Students requiring long-term cancellations, for any reason, that affect 2+ consecutive lessons, will receive a refund if at least 72 hours prior notice is given.

In the event of teacher illness or unsafe driving conditions, in-person lessons will be rescheduled online, if possible (otherwise, a refund will be given).

Depending on variations in traffic, in-person lessons may start up to 10 minutes before or after the scheduled start time, but will continue for the full 30 minutes.

You may be asked about your availability on different days/times than originally scheduled. While your flexibility and understanding is greatly appreciated, it is not necessary to change your lesson day/time unless it is convenient for you. If long-term rescheduling is required and a mutually agreeable day/time does not exist, remaining tuition will be refunded.


The studio piano recital is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, May 25 at 7:30pm. If an in-person recital is inadvisable due to the coronavirus, an online recital will be coordinated.

Optional music events, sponsored by the Snohomish County Music Teachers Association (if the coronavirus permits), usually include Holiday Recitals, Junior Artist Master Series, Music Artistry Program, Sonatina/Sonata Festival, Scholarship Competition and Music in Action Festival. Fees may apply. Please let me know if you are interested in participating in these events or would like more information.

A Personal Note About the Coronavirus

It is very important to me that my students and their families feel as safe as possible with regard to the coronavirus and their piano lessons. For this reason, I am offering a choice of online and in-person lessons, in accordance with our state’s phased “Safe Start” program. I use hand sanitizer immediately before in-person lessons and wear a 3-layer cotton mask throughout. Out of respect for my high-risk students and their families, I’m requiring that everyone agree to cancel or reschedule in-person lessons if they are experiencing any symptoms of illness potentially related to the coronavirus. With this in mind, I have added an additional “sickness” exception to my cancellation policy (see above) that I feel balances the need for flexibility with the consistency required to stay in business. I will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation and contact my students with updates and changes as needed.

Student and Parent Responsibilities
  • Agree to cancel or reschedule in-person lessons if student exhibits any symptoms of illness potentially related to the coronavirus (see cancellation policy above).
  • At least four weekly practice sessions and progress towards completion of weekly, written goals.
  • Appropriate behavior during lessons.
  • Participation in the yearly studio recital.
  • Parents agree to assist students towards achievement of their weekly practice goals and encourage consistent practice habits.