Policies and Fees 2017-2018

Missed Lessons

Weather Delays and Closings: If Fairfax County closes schools but weather does not appear to prevent safe travel, the studio will remain open and lessons will take place at the studio. If adverse weather conditions prevail lessons will be conducted remotely by Skype.
Teacher: Lessons always made up at the studio.
Student Illness: If a student is unable to attend the lesson due to mild illness the lesson can take place remotely via Skype. In order for me to Skype your lesson at the appointed hour, you must call me by 7am or as soon as student arrives home from school if taken ill during the day.  Please do not email this important information because I rarely check email in the afternoon.
If the student is unable to take a Skype lesson families have several options:

1.Exchange the lesson: check with other families to see if they can make a last-minute exchange.
2.Parent takes the lesson either at the studio or by Skype in order to teach student at home.
3.Parent and Teacher can have a conference during the lesson hour to discuss student's progress, preferences and future needs.

If there is an opening in the studio at a future date, I will make it available to all students who have missed lessons, in dated order of missed lesson.

Schedule Conflicts and Exchanging the Lesson: Steady musical progress requires regular attendance at lessons.  However, all missed lessons can be made up by exchanging the lesson with another student.  Please find a list of studio families and their contact info on Lesson Exchange sub-page of the Lesson Schedule page. Both of these pages are password protected; in order to access them please create your own user name/password in the boxes provided on those pages. Before you are able to access these protected pages, Piano Partner McLean will notify you that it has accepted your information. It is the responsibility of the exchanging family to inform the teacher  of the schedule change.
Ensuring the Exchange: Several days before the exchange please remind the family who has graciously extended themselves to help you, of the upcoming change.
Exchanging Lessons of Unequal Length: If lessons of unequal length are exchanged, the longer lesson loses the difference in time.

Group Classes: Group Classes that must be cancelled for any reason will not be made up.

Conferences: If either parent or teacher feels that a conference is necessary for the student’s optimal development, the phone is the preferred way to communicate.  If the discussion takes longer than 10 or 15 minutes, the conference  counts as part or all of 1 lesson.

Communication:  Office Hours are 8:30am-10:30am.   It is easiest to reach me by phone in the morning.  I try to return all calls within 24 hours, Monday through Friday.  Calls received after 4:00pm will be returned the following day.  If I need to research your question or request it may take 2-3 days to return the call please be patient.  No calls or emails are returned over the weekend unless it is an emergency.

Concluding Lessons: Occasionally, it becomes clear to either parents or teacher that a student is not thriving in the music program.  In order to terminate lessons gracefully for both student and teacher it is wisest to discontinue piano lessons at the end of the current term. Please give 1 month’s notice to terminate lessons.  If parents fail to give appropriate notice they will be assessed 1 month’s tuition. All lessons must be concluded during the term in which student is currently enrolled.

Tuition and Fees 2017-2018

All tuition includes 39 private lessons, 6 group classes and 3 Studio Recitals, except the 30 minute private lesson, which excludes group classes. Tuition due on or before June 15, November 1 and February 15. There is no tuition refund once term begins.                                            

Fall Term Tuition due:                       June 1, 2017
Winter Term Tuition due:                   November 1, 2017
Spring Term Tuition due:                   February 1, 2018

30 minute lesson                       
3-4yr. old students only - no group classes        $1,845/year

45 minute lesson                                            
5-6yr. old students only - 40 min. group class    $2,820/year

60 minute lesson - 60 min. group class              $3,675/year

75 minute lesson - 75 min. class                       $5,015/year

Supply Fee Deposit: A $325.00 supply fee deposit accompanies yearly registration. The deposit covers Piano Olympics with Alek Peskanov  (if student qualifies), music and books, supplies, a recital/technology fee, library and event entry fees.  Unused supply fees will be applied to the next year’s course of study.  If lessons are terminated the supply fee balance will be refunded at the conclusion  of the year of study, June 30.  An accounting of expenses for the 2016-2017 year of study accompanies the contract for this year's enrollment.

Registration Fee: The supply fee deposit includes a non-refundable $50 registration fee that secures your lesson day and time for 2017-2018. In the event that you withdraw enrollment after registration and before the first lesson of any term, you will be refunded the supply fee minus the $50 registration fee.

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