Studio Policy

Piano lessons are reserved weekly and divided up per season according to the lessons calendar. The recommended duration of each weekly lesson is 45-minutes for children and One-Hour for adults. Weekly 30-minute lessons may be reserved for siblings or at the parent's request. Students must have access to a piano or keyboard for daily practice and study from required music books chosen by the teacher. Students must bring all required music books to each piano lesson.

An appointment will be scheduled to register in person and meet the teacher to discuss expectations, student's interests and goals, studio policy and tuition prior to the first lesson. A weekly timeslot will be reserved when the agreement is signed and payment secured. By request, a trial period of a minimum of 4 weekly lessons may be reserved when the agreement is signed and payment secured.

Upon registration, the student is committing to a timeslot reserved for an entire season as shown on the calendar in this policy. This means each season the student is responsible for payments covering the number of lessons reserved for that entire season as shown on the lessons calendar. 


When the decision is made to withdraw, the student will be invoiced one final payment. The teacher requires advance notice to withdraw by the designated deadline along with making the final payment. This will reserve the timeslot for the remaining lessons in the given season for the student and make available the timeslot into the next season for another student. Should notice to withdraw be given after the deadline, an additional month's payment is due in which case, the following 4 weeks of lessons into the next season will be reserved for the student.

Inappropriate student behavior or language is reason for dismissal with no credits or refunds.


Lessons Calendar
  • 2017 Fall Season -  12 Lessons
             Aug. 20 thru Nov.11, 2017
  • 2017-18 Winter Season - 12 Lessons
             Nov.12 thru Feb.24, 2018
  • 2018 Spring Season - 12 Lessons
             Feb. 25 thru May 26, 2018
  • 2018 Summer Season - 7 Lessons
             May 27 thru July 14, 2018  

Summer Lessons
Summer Lessons are encouraged for all students.
Students who enroll in the Summer Season are given first choice when reserving their timeslot continuing into the Fall Season.


Lesson Breaks
Lessons will not be scheduled during the following weeks:
  • Thanksgiving Break -1 week ........Nov.19-25, 2017
  • Christmas Break - 2 weeks..........Dec.24-Jan.6, 2018
  • Spring Break -1 week...................Mar.11-17, 2018
  • Summer Break - 3 weeks ..........July 15-Aug.4, 2018  

Deadlines for Withdrawal Notice
  • Fall Season Deadline .........October 15
  • Winter Season Deadline ....January 15
  • Spring Season Deadline ........April 15
  • Summer Season Deadline .....July 15

Season Payment Due Dates
  • Fall Season .....................August 15
  • Winter Season ...........November 15
  • Spring Season .............February 15
  • Summer Season .................May 15

Monthly  Payment Due Dates
  • 2017 Fall Season ............Aug.15, Sept.15, Oct.15
  • 2017-18 Winter Season ...Nov.15, Dec.15, Jan.15
  • 2018 Spring Season ........ Feb.15, Mar.15, Apr.15
  • 2018 Summer Season ................May 15, June 15

Tuition ~ Fees
$35 Yearly Registration Fee ~ $35 Recital Fee ~
$15 Trophy Fee
$35 Late fee for payments 3 days late or insufficient funds.  
Music books are purchased by the teacher and reimbursed by the student.
Choose Method of Payment for Tuition: 
__Option 1: Advance monthly payments by Check.
__Option 2: Advance seasonal payments by Check or Chase QuickPay
__Option 3: Advance monthly payments by Chase QuickPay.

Make Checks payable to Lynn Rice
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One month's tuition is due to schedule a 4-week trial period.
No refund or credits for missed or cancelled lessons.


Students need to practice the weekly 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
  • 2017 Christmas Recital  - Sat., Dec. 16, 2017 - 4:00-5:30
  • 2018 Spring Recital - Sat., May 5, 2018 - 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.


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 preferably the day before the scheduled lesson so a makeup lesson may be scheduled ONLY at the discretion of the instructor provided there is an available makeup 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 knowingly sick and contagious particularly with the flu, bronchitis or strep throat, the lesson will be cancelled and no  makeup offered.

Makeups may be scheduled during any given season where payment has reserved a timeslot for the student. Makeups cannot carry over into any season in which payment has not reserved a timeslot for the student, particularly during the summer season if a timeslot has not been reserved.


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 in the studio or in the building. It is the caregiver or parent’s sole responsibility for the student’s safety and well-being before, during and after the lessons.

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 or in the building.


Changes in Schedule
Requests to change the student's timeslot will be considered and changed if possible, but a change in schedule cannot be guaranteed.


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.