Studio Policies


Lessons scheduled for the year are divided into 4 quarters

FALL:  Early  Fall, September - October      Late fall, November - December

Winter:  January - March

Spring: April - May

Summer: June - August


Option 1: Payment is due on the first lesson of each quarter

Option 2: Pay half at the first lesson of the quarter and the remainder at the first lesson of the second month

Option 3: Arrange a payment plan with the teacher that will meet your needs

Missed lessons

--There will be no refund for lessons that you miss

--There will be no charge for vacation time if you make prior arrangements with the teacher

--There will be no charge for lessons missed due to teacher illness

Make-up days

Make-up days will be provided for the students each trimester, one per student per  trimester. They are provided solely for the purpose of an illness or family emergency. Any missed  lessons after one make up issued is the financial responsibility of the student. If the teacher  must miss a teaching day, the student will be given the choice of a make-up lesson or a credit, and  will not count towards your make up for the trimester.

Bad weather cancellation

In the winter months if school in the Harvard district has been cancelled  because of inclement weather, piano lessons are automatically cancelled. If you belong to a school  district other than Harvard or are home-schooled, you may call to verify lessons during bad  weather. Every attempt will be make to make up lessons missed because of weather. If no make-up  can be worked out, credit will be given.

Summer lessons

8-10 weeks of lessons are offered each summer. The minimum number of required lessons for summer is 6. Each student who wishes to remain on the roll must pay for at least 6 lessons (45 minute length)


Younger Students

A star for a piece means that the teacher has been pleased with the student’s preparation, or that the student is now ready to go on to a new song. A star may indicate that the piece is ready  for memory, or that the teacher is asking the student to keep the piece on review just for fun. 

A sticker on piece means that the student has played the piece perfectly for the teacher at the  lesson by memory, a truly great achievement.

A reward system using stars and gold coins has also been created to further motivate the younger students.

  • 6 days of required practice and a good lesson earns a star on        that week’s practice sheet
  • 4 practice sheets with stars earns 1 gold coin
  • Attendance at an all-student recital, 1 gold coin
  • Attendance at a piano class, 1 gold coin  
  • Attendance at a solo recital, 1 gold coin  
  •  Performance at a solo recital, 2 gold coins  

Gold coins may be used to purchase items from the Prize Box.  Prizes range in cost from 5 – 20 gold coins.

Older Students

Awards are given at the annual spring recital to deserving  junior-high and older students