Lessons

Tuition

These rates are for half hour lessons in the student’s home.

Policies


Payment

• Tuition is due at the LAST lesson of each month for the following month in full.
• Tuition reserves your lesson time & the teacher.

Registration & Supplies Fee

• This yearly fee of $30 per student is due prior to the start of lessons.
• This fee covers all necessary student materials supplied by the teacher such as lesson books, music folder, music copies, etc. This fee DOES NOT include a metronome, any piano transcription or “pop” music books, or any other materials that are not a part of the regular curriculum.

Absences & Cancellations

• CREDIT WILL NOT BE GIVEN FOR ABSENCES & CANCELLATIONS.
• If you must cancel a lesson, the teacher needs to be notified atleast 24 hours in advance. Notification by email or phone is acceptable. Notification less than 24 hours in advance must be made by phone.
• If the teacher must cancel the lesson, you will be informed in advance and will receive credit.
• Make-up lessons typically are not possible due to the teacher’s schedule and travel routes. Any make-up lessons will be scheduled at the teacher’s convenience.
• The teacher does not assume financial responsibility for any missed lessons on the student’s part. Illness, sports, extracurricular activities, field trips, appointments, emergencies, etc. will not be credited.
• The teacher assumes full financial responsibility for any missed lessons on the teacher’s part (illness, appointments, emergencies, etc.). The student will be credited for any teacher absence or cancellation.
• The teacher reserves the right to credit any student or schedule a make-up lesson.

Discontinuation of Lessons

• Payments made will not be refunded should the student choose to discontinue.
• The teacher must be notified of the discontinuation of lessons at least TWO WEEKS in advance so that the teacher can coordinate his teaching schedule.
• The teacher reserves the right to discontinue teaching any student. In this event, lessons will be discontinued after last paid lesson has been given.

Holiday Breaks

• During the School Term (Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 – Thursday, May 31st, 2018) the teacher will observe the Charleston County School District holiday break schedule.

Labor Day // Monday, September 4th
Teacher Out // Thursday, September 21st
Teacher Out // Wednesday, October 4th
Halloween // Tuesday, October 31st
Thanksgiving Break // Monday, November 2oth – Thursday, November 23rd
Winter Break // Monday, December 25th – Thursday, January 4th
MLK Break // Monday, January 15th
Presidentʼs Day // Monday, February 19th
Spring Break // Monday, April 2nd – Thursday, April 5th
Memorial Day // Monday, May 28th

• No other breaks will be observed (this includes teacher workdays, birthdays, family vacation, school field trips, etc.) during the School Term.
• During the Summer (June – August 2018) a different break schedule and policy terms will apply to allow for family and teacher breaks.

Scheduling

• Scheduling is done by the month.
• The teacher will consolidate his schedule every month.
• Requests for a new time may or may not be honored. The teacher will make every reasonable effort to accommodate but cannot guarantee any change in scheduling due to the possible inconvenience it may place on other students.
• Generally, changes in schedule will occur at the start of a new month so as not to disrupt any scheduled month.

Required Lesson Materials

• Music, assignment folder, pencil, & metronome are required at every lesson!
• The student may bring music into the lesson provided the teacher deem it of the appropriate level for the student.

Piano Maintenance and Setup

• The piano should be tuned every 12 months and be mechanically sound.
• When not playing the piano, the lid should be closed to protect the keys.
• A bench of the appropriate height for the student at the piano should be provided.
• A footstool for the young student to rest his/her feet to maintain the proper balance at the piano should be provided.
• The piano room should be well-lit. An appropriate piano lamp is recommended.
• The piano room should be free of distractions. TVs, toys, siblings, etc. are generally not a good atmosphere for the study of music.
• Food & drink should never be present on or near the piano. Accidents can lead to costly repairs and possibly irreversible damage.
• The piano should be placed away from windows, outside doorways, outside walls, and air vents. Frequent changes in temperature will cause the piano to go out of tune quickly. The piano is best situated along an inside wall away from any air vents.
• Keep heavy items and décor off of the piano. Only music, pencils, metronome, & a piano lamp should be allowed to rest on the piano.
• If you notice a problem with your piano, have that problem addressed promptly, otherwise this problem might cause more problems and repairs may be costly.
• An in-tune piano is a joy to play and listen to. An out-of-tune piano can be both painful and difficult to play as well as unpleasant to listen to.
• Recommended Piano Tuner & Technician:

Joe Fike (843) 559-1494
http://www.joefike.com/

Keyboard Maintenance and Setup

• The keyboard should be of the appropriate size (61-keys or more with full size keys) and mechanically sound.
• An appropriate keyboard stand should be provided.
• An appropriate music stand should be provided (most keyboards have a built in or attachable stand, some do not and will need a separate music stand).
• A sustain pedal should be provided (some smaller keyboards may not have this option).
• A keyboard bench of the appropriate height for the student at the piano should be provided.
• A footstool for the young student to rest his/her feet to maintain proper balance at the keyboard should be provided.
• The keyboard room should be well-lit. Any appropriate piano lamp is recommended.
• The keyboard room should be free of distractions. TVs, toys, siblings, etc. are generally not a good atmosphere for the study of music.
• Food & drink should never be present on or near the keyboard. Accidents can lead to costly repairs and possibly irreversible damage. Electrical shock is also a risk.

Dan McCurry // dan@charlestonpianolessons.com // 843-442-4338