Fees and Policies
Regular monthly tuition during the school year (September - June) includes 36
lessons and two recitals:
$100.00 / month for half-hour lessons
$148.00 / month for forty-five minute lessons
$190.00 / month for sixty-minute lessons
Tuition payments are due at your first lesson of the month.
Checks should be written to "Sara
A $40 fee will be charged for late payments or
for a returned check. This is to cover the returned check fee that the bank
will charge me.
This summer, I am offering a choice of two payment plans for piano lessons
during June, July, and August to accommodate everyone’s changing schedule,
vacations, etc. Regular rates will resume in September.
1. “Pay As You Go”
With this plan, you simply pay for one lesson at a time during July and
August. Please bring payment with you to each lesson. Rates for “pay as you
go” lessons are:
$24.00 for a half-hour lesson
$37.00 for a forty-five minute
$48.00 for an hour lesson
2. “Summer Eight Pack”
With this plan, you pay a reduced rate all at once for eight lessons, which
you can schedule any time during June, July, and August. Payment is
non-refundable, cannot be pro-rated, and unused lessons cannot be transferred
to other months, so please make sure you use all eight of your lessons. Rates
for the “summer eight pack” lessons are:
$168 for eight half-hour lessons
$266 for eight forty-five minute
$336 for eight one-hour lessons
Schedule follows the traditional Wake County School
calendar. Lessons are not taught during Thanksgiving and Christmas break.
Arrangements for other holidays (Memorial Day, etc.) will be made on an
individual basis. Students must take at least 4 summer lessons to be
guaranteed a spot in the fall.
Piano lessons require a serious commitment from the student and their family
if the student is to be successful, and I am dependent on teaching lessons
for my livelihood. Therefore, attendance is very important.
Your time-slot is reserved, and I do not give refunds. For absences such as
illness, family emergency, etc., each student is allowed one makeup lesson
each month. Makeup lessons will be scheduled for the last Monday of
I request 30 days notice if you wish to discontinue
lessons with me.
Books and Materials
Lesson books and materials may be purchased from me at cover price. If
materials are borrowed from the studio, you are financially responsible for
lost or damaged items. You may also choose to buy your own materials.
Students are asked to commit to a minimum amount of practice time agreed
upon. Parents are encouraged to assist children in finding a regular time to
practice. Students are expected to record their practice time, and that
record should be signed by the parent prior to the next week’s lesson.
I teach students of all ages, from young children to adults. However,
children who are not yet reading are usually not ready for the reading skills
required for traditional piano lessons. Children younger than five or six can
usually benefit much more from either an intense, more aurally focused
Suzuki-style teacher, or a more relaxed introductory music program such as Kindermusik, depending on the child’s level of interest
in music and attention span and the parent’s level of commitment.
I do teach adults and adults who want to revisit piano playing after having
had lessons as children.