Keys of Piano Music Studio Policy  -
Summer 2018 thru Spring 2019


Weekly private piano lesson during the school year are scheduled 45-minutes for children and One-Hour for adults. At the parent's request for siblings or elementary and middle school aged children grades K-8, 30-minute lessons may be reserved and scheduled. Lessons during the fall and spring semesters will be reserved and scheduled once per week. Lessons during the summer semester will be reserved and scheduled once or twice per week and may include extended lesson time.

Students must have access to a piano or keyboard for daily practice and purchase required music books chosen by the teacher. Students must bring all music books to each piano lesson.

Enrollment and Withdrawal
An appointment will be scheduled to meet the teacher to discuss the student's interests, goals and expectations including the studio policy prior to starting the lessons. At the parent’s request, a trial period of 2 to 4 lessons may be reserved and scheduled.

Upon enrollment, the student will be committing to a reserved timeslot for ongoing scheduled lessons. When the decision has been made to withdraw, one additional payment is expected when withdrawal notice is given covering an additional four lessons in addition to any makeup lessons.

Dismissal will result due to lack of payment, unacceptable behavior or foul language deemed inappropriate by the teacher during the lesson or recital. Consequently, no credits or refunds will be given and paid lessons or fees will be forfeited.
Lessons Calendar

  • 2018 Summer Semester - 8 Lessons – June and July

             May 27 thru July 21, 2018  

  • 2018 Fall Semester - 20 Lessons - Aug. thru Dec.

             August 1 thru December 22, 2018

  • 2019 Spring Semester - 20 Lessons – Jan. thru May

             January 6 thru June 1, 2019

Summer Lessons
Summer Lessons are encouraged for all students. Lessons may be scheduled once or twice a week to accommodate for family vacation. Students who take 8 summer lessons or 6 lessons with extended lesson time equal to 8 lessons are given priority when reserving their timeslot continuing into the Fall Semester. Students skipping summer lessons may reserve a timeslot for the Fall Semester by making payment on or before July 15 for the yearly registration fee and first month of lessons with the understanding that students that enroll in summer lessons will be given first choice when choosing their timeslot for the Fall Semester.
Lesson Breaks
Lessons will not be scheduled during the following except for makeups:

  • 2018 Summer Break - 10 days...
             Sunday, July 22 thru Wednesday, July 31

  • 2018 Thanksgiving Break - 4 days …
             Wednesday, Nov. 21 thru Saturday, Nov. 24

  • 2018 Christmas Break - 2 weeks...
             Sunday, Dec.23 thru Saturday, Jan. 5

  • 2019 Spring Break -1 week...
             Sunday, March 17 thru Saturday, March 23

Tuition ~ Fees
Advance payments are due in advance on or before the 15th of the month.

Payments are made by cash or check payable to Lynn Rice

  • $150 per month for 30-min. lessons -  (4 lessons)

  • $230 per month for 45-min. lessons -  (4 lessons)

  • $270 per month for One-hour lessons – (4 lessons)

There is a $10 discount per month when two students in one family enroll and lessons are scheduled weekly for 1-1/4 hours.
There is a $40 discount per month when three students in one family enroll and lessons are scheduled weekly for 2 hours.

Payment Options

  • Option 1: Payments are made each month
                    covering 4 scheduled lessons.

  • Option 2: Payments are made every 3 months
                    covering 12 scheduled lessons.

$35 Yearly Enrollment fee due upon enrollment and May 15
$35 Recital Fee and $15 Awards Fee due November 15 and
       April 15
$35 Insufficient funds or recurring late payments paid 3 days
       past the 15th of the month.

Music books are required for all lessons. Costs of music books will be added to the invoice for the trial lessons and as needed as the student progresses.

Changes in Schedule
Requests to change the student's reserved and scheduled timeslot will be considered and changed if possible, but a change is not guaranteed.

Students need to practice the assignment every day to become a proficient musician. Students must make a commitment to carefully follow the weekly lesson assignment and indicate the number days per week the assignment is practiced.  It is the student's responsibility to spend time completing the assignments and to follow all practice instructions in order to excel at a steady rate of progress. Lack of practice will result in a slower rate of progress, so it's up to the student to put forth the effort to play every day.
Piano Recitals

  • 2018 Christmas Recital - Sat., Dec. 8, 2018 - 4:00-5:30

  • 2019 Spring Recital - Sat., May 11, 2019 - 4:00-5:30

Recitals are optional. Recitals are held at Steinway Piano Gallery, 12980 N Hwy 183, Austin, TX 78750  Go north on Hwy 620, turn right at Anderson Mill Rd., turn right at Hwy 183 and stay on feeder. Steinway Piano Gallery is on right side.

Instrument for Piano Lessons
A good quality acoustic piano that is "in-tune" with a working pedal with no sticking keys is necessary for enrolling in piano lessons. An acoustic piano is preferable, but a digital piano is acceptable if it has a damper pedal, 88 heavy weighted keys and is set up on a musicstand so when the student is seated at the keyboard, his posture is correctly positioned with feet flat on the floor or footstool. Rental pianos are available at Steinway Piano Gallery, Strait Music and Capital Music Center.

Late Cancellation Notice  ~ No Cancellation Notice
Please be considerate and notify me in advance when a lesson needs to be rescheduled. I will do likewise. A lesson cannot be rescheduled if I am not notified or if I am notified too late in order for me to reschedule a student in an open timeslot because it is impossible for me to reschedule students when I don't know in advance which timeslots might become available or I am waiting for a student who doesn't show up for the lesson. Students must be on-time for scheduled lessons; otherwise the lessons will end on-time for the next student’s timeslot. There are no makeups scheduled due shorten lessons if students arrives late or if the student needs to leave early.
The teacher will not be held liable for any accidents or injuries that may occur at the facility. It is the caregiver or parent’s sole responsibility for the student’s safety and well-being before, during and after the lessons.

Makeups ~ Extended Lesson Time
When lessons need to be rescheduled for any reason, illness included, the teacher must be contacted by e-mail, text message or phone call as soon as possible or at least the day before the scheduled lesson so a makeup lesson may be scheduled at the discretion of the instructor provided there is an available timeslot or if extended time during a regularly scheduled lesson is feasible, otherwise the lesson will be forfeited. Should the student come to the lesson contagious particularly with the flu, bronchitis or strep throat, the lesson will be canceled and no makeup offered.
Makeups may be scheduled during any month where payment has reserved a timeslot for the student. Makeups cannot carry over into any month in which payment has not reserved a timeslot for the student, particularly during the summer.

Any videos or photos of the student may be used on the website.

Chewing Gum, food or drinks except for water are not allowed during the piano lesson.

Dogs are not allowed in the studio, in the building or at the recital.

Signatures Required
The student's parent or adult student must initial, sign and date a copy to confirm his/her agreement to the terms of this policy. Any changes or additions made to this agreement will be presented in writing with signatures required and dated.