Tuition and Policies
Tuition covers more than my time with the student in the lesson. Your tuition payment is an
investment in quality music instruction, a guaranteed place at my Piano School and my preparatory
planning outside the lesson. This planning includes searching for repertoire, organising recitals,
designing group lessons, researching and remaining current with the latest technology, writing
student targets and reports, attending conferences and practicing. I pride myself on teaching with
honesty, commitment, integrity, professionalism and passion.
Note: these rates are approximate. Expect an annual increase
One to One Lessons
- 30 minutes - £17.00 available to under 18 yrs only
- 45 minutes - £25.50 recommended minimum lesson time for adult
- 60 minutes - £34.00
2 students of the same ability level
available only to students signed up for one to one or dyad lessons
- £17.00 per student in the class.
Each student pays an annual Registration Fee of £30.00 in the summer term. Once paid this
secures the students slot for the following school year.
Tuition Terms and Conditions
Lesson Payments: Fees are payable by direct debit only. The 35 lessons in a year are
paid for in 12 equal instalments from September to August. You will be required to set up
the Direct Debit mandate before lessons commence.
Registration Fee: An annual Registration Fee of £30.00 is payable in the summer term
to secure the student's slot for the following year, and also when a new student begins
Technology Fee: A Technology fee of £10.00 is payable once each year in the summer
term, and also when a new student begins lessons.
Lesson Dates: All lesson dates, including group classes, for each academic year are
given on the Lesson Dates page of this website. It is expected
that the student will attend all scheduled lessons in each term.
Missed Lessons: Because specific times are set aside for specific students, a student
who does not attend a lesson will simply miss the benefit of that lesson. I will then use
that time to plan for the student’s progress, locate materials etc. Students who are signed
up for in-person tuition can request that their scheduled lesson be taken as an online
on the same day and time it is scheduled if needs be. A minimum of 12 hours notice is
required for this.
Please be assured that
your tuition pays for far more than the time spent with each student. There are no refunds,
discounts or make ups given unless I am unable to teach the agreed number of lessons. To
help accommodate an occasional unavoidable change in student’s schedules you can also choose
be part of the email Swap List. (Please let me know if you do not want to be included in the
list.) If a student uses the Swap List and creates a swap I must be informed in advance. The
easiest way to keep me informed is to cc me on the final email between the two
parents/students confirming that a switch is happening.
Flex Weeks: All students are scheduled for 2 additional lessons each year on top of
the ones they are charged for. So on average each student is scheduled 37 lessons each year
and is only charged for 35 of those lessons. This allows me the flexibility to take two
sick/personal days, or Flex days in each academic year without affecting my income.
I do not need
to take any sick/personal days off I will then take the Flex days as a
holiday towards the end of the year and all students will be given advance notice of this.
Illness: Students who are ill can request an online lesson on the same day and time
as their usual in person lesson if they are up to it. I require a minimum of 2 hours notice
this. Lessons missed due to me being ill will be deducted from my Flex week total. If both
Flex days have been used up and I need a further sick/personal day I will offer a make-up
lesson or deduct the lesson fee from the remaining payments.
Commitment: I make every effort to improve the knowledge and ability of my students,
but a student cannot be expected to improve unless he/she fully co-operates with me and in
particular adheres to the practice sessions as advised by me. Parental support is invaluable
here and I ask that all parents regularly hear their child’s assigned pieces and signs their
Practice Record book every week. Practising the piano daily for 10 minutes for 5-6 year
olds, 20 minutes for 7-9 year olds and 30 minutes for an older child or adult will ensure
good progress. It is expected that the students will attend all scheduled lessons in each
Piano Maintenance: Students must have either an acoustic piano (regularly tuned) or
an 88 key, key weighted, touch sensitive, electric piano in good order at home to practise
on. Smaller keyboards are not acceptable.
Book Fees: I am able to supply all music books as required, having a good link with a
local music shop and can receive your payment for those later. Likewise when exams are
Photos and Video Release: From time to time I may use photos, sound clips and short
videos of my students either on my website or my Facebook page. Students love to see their
pictures and videos and find this motivating and exciting to think that their fellow
students want to know what they are learning. If you do not want your/your child’s image to
be used please let me know. The students are only identified by first name.
Dismissals and Termination: One month’s notice is required to discontinue lessons and
must be put in writing. At that time, I will pro-rata the tuition for your final month to
reflect the number of lessons that you have received based on the last lesson date. You will
be required to pay this balance within 30 days. Regrettably, I will have to dismiss a
student if any of these circumstances occur:
You will be asked to sign an agreement, which will include a month’s notice of permanent
- Failure to pay tuition on time
- Persistent absences
- Uncooperative attitude
- Failure to follow practice as instructed
- Lack of progress due to insufficient practice