Keys of Piano Music Studio Piano Lessons Policy
Revised September 22, 2017
Important Policy Information
Piano lessons are offered year-round excluding designated breaks.                         
Students must have access to a piano or keyboard for daily practice.
Required music books are purchased by the teacher with student reimbursement. Students must bring required books to each piano lesson. 

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.
Parent is responsible for replacing anything damaged or broken in the studio by their children. Chewing Gum, food or drinks are not allowed during the piano lesson. Dogs are not allowed in the studio or in the building. Inappropriate student behavior or language is reason for immediate dismissal with no credits or refunds. Should the student come to the lesson with a fever, flu or strep throat, the lesson will be cancelled and no makeup will be offered.

Enrollment ~ Withdrawal
Registration is handled in-person before the first lesson is scheduled, therefore an initial interview with the parent, student and teacher will be scheduled. After payment is secured and the policy agreement initialed and signed, a timeslot will be reserved. A trial period of 4 lessons may be scheduled prior to reserving a timeslot at the parent's request.

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. 

At any time the student decides to withdraw, advance notice to withdraw is required by the designated deadline as outlined in this policy. Advance notice to withdraw by the deadline allows me adequate time to be able to fill the timeslot with another student. Should notice to withdraw be given after the deadline, one last month's tuition payment is due. In addition, the following 4 weeks of lessons will be offered.

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.  
Cost of music materials vary per 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
Chase QuickPay email is
No refund or credits for missed or cancelled lessons due to illness, withdrawal or immediate dismissal.
No free lessons.

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 -
     8 Lessons
...May 27 thru July 14, 2018  

Summer Lessons
Summer Lessons are encouraged for all students. Students may be scheduled twice per week during the summer months to allow for a summer break.  Students who skip the Summer Season or students who are scheduled for fewer than 8 summer lessons may lose their desired timeslot when returning in the Fall Season.

Lesson Breaks
Lessons will not be scheduled during the following weeks:
~ First Half-Week of School-1 week.....Aug.16-19, 2017
~ 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
~ 2018 Summer Break-3 weeks ..July 15-Aug.4, 2018  

Piano Recitals
2017 Christmas Recital
          Sat., Dec. 16, 2017 - 4:00-6:00
2018 Spring Recital
          Sat., May 5, 2018 - 4:00-6:00

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 piano that is "in-tune" with a working pedal with no sticking keys is necessary for enrolling in Private Piano Lessons. An acoustic piano is preferable, but a digital piano on a stand is acceptable provided it is functioning properly with at least a full 88-keys. Rental pianos are available at Steinway Piano Gallery, Strait Music and Capital Music Center.

Makeups ~ Extended LessonTime
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.

Makeups can be scheduled during any given month where payment has already been made for scheduled lessons. Makeups cannot carry over into any month in which payment has not been made, in particular during the summer season.

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.

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.

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.