Administrative details


  • Fees will be paid monthly unless you discuss it with me.  The first lesson day of the month is when you need to pay me for that month.  

  • I accept cash or check.  If your check is returned for insufficient funds I will charge you $20 to cover my costs.  After two checks are returned I will no longer accept checks.

  • If you have an excused absence we will try to make up that lesson., subject to availability.  Excused absences are for illness, family emergency, or if you let me know 24 hours ahead.  

  • Please let me know as soon as possible if you will be missing a lesson, since I may be able to make up that lesson ahead of time.  

  • Cancellations for weather should be checked with me by phone.

  • I teach 48 lessons a year.  I have budgeted out the fees so you pay me for 4 lessons a month even if we have three or five lessons in a particular month.  That means I take 4 weeks of vacation in a year.  You will not receive a makeup lesson for one of those weeks.

  • Most of the lessons for beginners are 30 minutes once per week.  When the student advances lessons may grow to 45 or 60 minutes and consequently cost more..  

  • Currently, my fee is $120 a month for a 30 minute lesson once a each week, $100 a month if the lesson is between 9 AM and 3 PM on a weekday.

  • If you have more than one student, the first price break is at 90 minutes a week ($100 a month per each 30 minutes a week).  

  • Music is included in the fee for pianists and may be kept.  Popular sheets may be purchased by the student and brought to class.  I cannot provide these since they are prohibitively expensive.  

  • Singers will borrow music and it should be returned when you are finished with the book or stop taking lessons.  

  • You may always bring in your own music and karaokes to sing.  

  • Final authority on repertoire and other pedagogical issues will be mine.

  • If you are taking a leave of absence you will lose your customary lesson time.  I may reschedule your time and you will need to contact me about a time when you return.  I will assess how many lessons you have had and how many you have paid for.  I will require you to pay me for lessons that have been taken, but have not been paid for yet.

  • Workshops and some competitions require an additional fee, however, recitals are included in the price.  

  • When you decide to leave I will assess how many lessons you have had and how many you have paid for.  I will require you to pay for the lessons you have received and haven't paid for yet.  Since some months have more lesson days than others, the end of the period may not correspond to the beginning or end of the month.


  • I prefer to use music from several different sources and will try to work with the student to choose appealing pieces that are on an appropriate level.

  • Students are expected to attend a “parent” recital twice a year.  A “parent” recital is a recital in the traditional sense and students will play for their parents.  Recitals are scheduled with me on certain Sunday afternoons and you will receive an email for scheduling at least four weeks prior.  

  • There are “student” recitals every month.  These are recitals that are for the students to gain experience playing in front of others.  This is part of the learning experience and it is expected that students will attend.  

  • Students will enter and wait in the reception area until the lesson before them is finished.  They should be respectful and quiet.  


  • I have a system of testing for achievement by accomplishing certain tasks.  When the prescribed tasks are achieved (just like a video game) then the student is awarded the new level of achievement.
  • Lower levels receive a certificate and recognition.  Higher levels receive rewards.
  • These certificates are available for different musical "superpowers", e.g. sight reading, composing, scales bootcamp, speed and accuracy. 



  • Parents should demonstrate their support for their students’ piano endeavors by attending recitals and helping with the practicing at home.  If you banish them to another room or tell them not to make noise it will be even harder for them to want to practice.  You should act like a cheerleader and participate in motivation by being interested in what they are playing and listening actively.  In this way you are the most effective secret weapon in your students’ attitude toward lessons.  People like to do what they think they are good at.  Encourage them!

  • There are many different forms of motivation that I try to employ to help your student, such as recitals, rewards, encouragement, and counseling.  It is helpful to know what you think about how your student is motivated.  

  • Misbehavior (e.g. destruction of property) and lack of preparation are matters to be handled at my discretion.  I will warn the child and inform the parent the first time such behavior occurs.  

  • If you have an issue with my decisions, you will approach me outside of the lesson and try to resolve the issue with me first.  

  • Parents may stay during a lesson as long as it does not interfere with the lesson.