As a Nationally and State Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM), there are certain guidelines and policies to which Miller Music Studios (the Studio) must strictly adhere. These are as follows:
Music is a language and as with any language, there are many basics which must be mastered prior to advancing to more complex applications. During a course of study, I endeavor to cover all areas of musicianship, music appreciation, music history, the rudiments of scales, chords, cadences & arpeggios in all keys, music theory, technique, formal analysis, harmony, ear-training, solfeggio (sight singing), sight-reading, performance, improvisation, and a comprehensive study of music literature in a progressive fashion.
Weekly attendance of lessons and daily practice are necessary for mastery. Each student must give me full attention during the lesson and try their best in order to progress and ultimately reach their full potential. I approach each student as an individual and attempt to not only challenge their abilities but also keep it fun!
1. BILLING POLICY
A) Private Lesson Tuition: Billing rate & process, missed lessons and late fees.
Currently the tuition for private piano and voice lessons are as follows:
15 minute lesson 30 minute lesson 45 minute lesson 60 minute lesson
$25 $40 $55 $70
Tuition is billed monthly for however many lessons fall in that month - usually 4 or 5, sometimes 3.
New students are only required to pay at the first lesson for that lesson & the remainder of the month; thereafter payment is expected by the first day of each month.
Your monthly lesson tuition reserves a particular time slot. Whether you attend or miss, arrive late or leave early, these tuition fees are not lowered, refunded nor added on to future lessons. You may schedule extra lessons which are to be paid at the beginning of that lesson.
Lessons can be taken on a per Diem basis but cannot be reserved ahead of time under those conditions. In that case, text me the moment you know you would like a lesson and I will text you with availability that day.
B) Other fees
1) Late Fee: A $15.00 late fee shall be assessed for any tuition received after the 1st day of each month. If tuition is not received by the 5th day of the month, an additional late charge of $2 per day shall be added to the original overdue tuition. Consistently paying after the first of the month unfortunately may result in termination of services.
2) Student Registration Fee: There is a $40.00 per family registration fee due at the time of registration for lessons and each September thereafter.
3) Recital Fee: The participation fee is $40 per student & $10 for each additional student from the same family. General admission tickets cost $10/adult and $5/child (age 12 and under). Recitals are held December and June of each year.
4) Adjudications: ABRSM, National Federation of Music Clubs, International Piano Guild, MTNA auditions, and other competitions of this nature charge a participation fee. Where applicable, participating students make their payments to the Studio in cash which is then forwarded to the organization in one lump sum. The exception is ABRSM which requires a check from each family.
5) Materials: All necessary materials for study are available for purchase at the Studio. Students will receive them at their lesson & charges will be conveniently included in the following month’s bill.
2. CANCELLATION & MAKE-UP LESSONS
The Studio shall not assume any financial responsibility for a student’s absence, lateness or leaving early. Monthly tuition will not be lowered, modified, reduced or refunded due to missed lessons, absences or cutting their lessons short for any reason. There are no refunds. Students are entitled to two (2) make-up lessons per school year from September 1st - June 30th. These must be taken while you are a full-time student in good standing and within the September through June time frame. Thus, if you quit for any length of time and did not use the make-up lessons, you lose them. We will start the new calendar year every September 1st with a clean slate. This policy is for full-time students who pay by the first of the month. As a courtesy, if for some reason a lesson must be missed, please notify The Studio immediately preferably at least 24 hour notice.
Under the unlikely circumstance that the Studio cancels a lesson, a make-up lesson will be granted or the fee will be reduced from the following month's invoice at the Studio's discretion. There is no charge for lessons that fall on a Recital date nor the Studio's 9 designated holidays.
Students shall be available to start their lessons at the designated time. If a student arrives late, the lesson will still end at the scheduled time. No make-up will be offered and tuition will not be adjusted. Students must be picked up promptly (no later than 5 minutes after class) and are permitted to wait in the entrance area until a parent/guardian arrives. Out of respect for other students, parents/guardians must depart the Studio lesson area immediately after the lesson is over.
4. SCHEDULE CHANGES
From time to time, the Studio may need to modify - temporarily or permanently - a student's regular lesson time/day. If this occurs, a mutually agreeable time slot will be found. The Studio reserves the right to modify, change, or alter the student's schedule if necessary.
5. NATIONAL HOLIDAYS
There are nine holidays the Studio observes during which there will be no regularly scheduled lessons and for which you will not be billed: Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day and the 4th of July. The Studio will be open for lessons on all other holidays. There will be no rate reduction for those choosing to be absent on additional holidays. If you would like a lesson that week, you may pay for it separately and we will find a suitable day and time.
6. SUMMER MONTHS
Piano lessons continue as usual during the summer months. If a student will be taking time off, their regular time slot may be reserved by paying for the lesson in full and in advance as usual. Unreserved time slots may be given to another student. Make-ups are offered for missed lessons which occur from July - August provided at least 24 hours notice is given. I do not recommend taking an extended time off since the student will lose so much progress during the hiatus and there would require considerable review in the fall.
7. RECITALS AND PERFORMANCES
During the year, several performance opportunities are made available to qualified students. These events provide students with further incentive to practice and excel, and can have a positive effect on a student’s sense of accomplishment. Recitals build confidence and reinforce the concept that good practice habits result in success. A list of these accomplishments also look impressive on college applications.
When students reach an appropriate level of adequacy, they will be eligible to participate in the Studio’s various adjudication and performance opportunities. We suggest that students who take part in these programs commit to the event at least four months in advance, thereby giving ample time to prepare their respective piece(s).
8. ADJUDICATIONS, SYLLABUS, FESTIVALS AND COMPETITIONS
Each year, the various organizations of which I am a member, provide educational and competitive opportunities for qualified students. Such events may be offered by me to those students who seem to possess the necessary maturity, discipline, talent and temperament to participate in such events. If a student is interested in participating or attending any event, please let me know and I will provide you with pertinent information. Bear in mind that these opportunities require a high level of determination, more serious practice habits, and the ability to perform in a competitive arena with a high level of confidence and intensity.
All Studio parking shall be along the street only, either side is acceptable, as long as you park in the direction of traffic and allow enough room at the mail box for a mail truck to pull in and drive through for their delivery between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM Monday through Saturday. At no time is parking in our driveway or blocking our driveway permitted. Also, please do not use any of our neighbors’ driveways for any reason.
The Studio is part of my private residence and must always be regarded and respected as such. Please do your part to maintain the premises for the sanctity of my home. Please be respectful of my property and do not play on the lawn.
There is absolutely no food or drink allowed in The Studio whatsoever.
11. STUDIO PROCEDURES
Please do not ring the front bell of the house when it is approaching your lesson time. Please drop off your student five minutes before the scheduled lesson; wait in the front hall until the lesson time, then come in to the Studio so that I can see you are here as I am saying good-bye to the prior student. Parents are to be prompt in picking up your child as soon as their lesson is over. I have provided a lounge area for students family members to wait, if they so choose, while the lesson is being conducted. All persons waiting for the completion of the lesson must remain in the lounge area at all times and are not to interact, intervene or otherwise interfere with any lesson, at any time, for any reason. Violation of these procedures may be grounds for termination.
12. TERMINATION OF LESSONS
A) Termination by Student: If you should decide to terminate lessons at any time during the year, please give The Studio a minimum two-week’s notice. Regardless of when notice is given, such student shall be financially responsible for the rest of that month, whether the student chooses to attend or not. There can be no refunds or exceptions.
B) Termination by Teacher: As a piano instructor, I support and care for all of my students and their families in a very special way. One-to-one education is very concentrated, and the bond between teacher and student can grow quite strong. Nevertheless, the Studio reserves the right to terminate a student’s lessons for the following infractions:
1. Inappropriate behavior toward me on the part of the student: This includes violent behavior, hitting me or the piano, swearing, defamation of character, unacceptable advances or any other displays which fall outside the realm of professionalism, respect and common decency.
2. Inappropriate behavior or verbal abuse directed toward me, my family or staff on the part of a student’s parent(s). This includes all of the above.
3. Attendance at lessons in any type of intoxicated state.
4. Failure to pay monthly lessons in full by the due date.
13. CODA (In Conclusion)
The Studio retains the right to change or amend these policies at anytime for any reason. Notice will be given in written form as well as on out website
Lesson time must remain as focused as possible–siblings and friends cannot attend the lessons.
On my part, some interruptions are inevitable, however I will always endeavor to focus all my attention and energy on the student and lesson at hand and consistently try to have no distractions.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to call me at 845-342-2206 or email me at:
Diane L. Miller, NCTM