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The Ellen Johansen Music Studio
8 Stratton Square East Hampton, NY 11937

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Piano Lesson Policy

 The Ellen Johansen Music Studio                      Policy is updated yearly
As of September 1, 2017 the tuition for weekly piano lessons is as follows:

45 Minute lesson – Annual tuition (32 lessons) is $2240
60 minute lesson  -  Annual tuition (32 lessons) is $2720
All students studying piano agree to take at least 32 lessons within one year.  There is a maximum of two makeups for missed lessons due to conflicts or illness.
All makeups must be taken by 9/1/18 or these lessons will be forfeited. 
If a student takes more than 32 lessons per year, they will be billed accordingly,
Per lesson fee above 32 lessons is:
45 minute lessons - $70 per lesson
60 minute lessons - $85 per lesson

Payment for lessons
No single lesson payments will be accepted through the school year.  Payment is based on the tuition of 32 lessons within the year, September 1, 2017 - September 1, 2018. There are three methods of payment:

  1. 9 equal monthly payments  due by the first of each month (automatically billed) from September 1 through June 1. This option must be made through Automatic payment either using Chase Pay or your bank's online billing system.
  2. 9 equal monthly payments due by the first of each month (automatically billed) from September 1 through June 1. This option entails entering credit card information at the My Music website and payment will be automatically charged to the credit card plus a 3 percent fee per payment.
  3. 2 Semester Payments  due by September 1, 2016 and January 15, 2017. Can be paid by check, chase quik pay or credit card (there will be a fee for use of the credit card option.)

A payment is considered late if not paid by above schedule.  A $10 late fee will be charged per week for payments made after the first day of the month.  If payment is still late after two weeks or by the second lesson of that month, that lesson will not be taught (although the student will be charged for that lesson) and the student's lessons will be suspended.  Late Fees can accrue to 5 weeks/$50.  If payment is not received by the 5th week, student is dropped entirely from roster and action will be taken to recoup any arrears.  
Payment by credit card will incur a 3 percent fee over the price charged. Credit cards are accepted with online invoice or at the studio.
There is a $25 fee for a bounced check.

Administration Fee
 A $100 administration fee is due by  September 1 for returning students. For new students, the fee is due by the first lesson is not pro-rated. This fee is non-refundable and there is no refund for this fee if the child withdraws from lessons.

Materials Fee
A material fee of $100 is charged above the tuition fee.  All music and other material purchased for a student during the year will be debited from this amount.  If the balance falls below $50 an invoice will be sent to replenish the materials credit back to $100.  Any remaining amount will be credited towards the following year.   This fee is non-refundable and there is no refund for this fee if the child withdraws from lessons. It is expected that students purchase music books that are part of the curriculum.  If you are purchasing the book through the studio, you will be billed for the book as well as the shipping fee and any required sales taxes.  Borrowed music from the studio shall be returned by the next week or student is charged for the replacement of the book.

Students are enrolled and committed to attend lessons and complete assignments for the entire year. Lessons are weekly and continue through June. It is expected that students continue through the summer as well.  Students not studying through the summer are not guarenteed their lesson slot. All lessons are accounted for at  You have access to this accounting by logging in as a parent.  Please contact Ellen if you are unable to log in. It is the responsibility of each family to double-check this weekly accounting.

Missed Lessons
Because specific times are set a side for specific students, a student who does not attend a lesson will simply miss the benefit of that lesson.  Only up to two lessons will be made up at a different time than the scheduled lesson time. This is accounted for at  No make ups will be given if a student misses a lesson for going on vacation, scheduling a medical appointment during the scheduled lesson time or for other special events during the school year.
 If you wish to swap your time with another student, this is possible assuming another student is willing to swap that week.  Contact Mrs. Johansen at least one week in advance if you wish to swap a lesson time. There is no guarantee that a student will be willing to swap.
Illness:  Students who are ill should not come to piano lessons.  Mrs. Johansen reserves the right to send a student home if they arrive sick.  
Lesson Time Policy
If a student is late to their lesson, the lesson begins at the appointed time and ends at the appointed time.  Lessons cannot go overtime to accommodate a late student.  If the student is more than 15 minutes late, it is considered a missed lesson and the student will be charged.  If Mrs. Johansen is not present at the studio for a scheduled lesson time, the student is expected to wait for 15 minutes before leaving the studio.  The lesson will then be made up at a later date (not included as a make up as stated above).  If Mrs. Johansen arrives within the 15 minute grace period, then the lesson time will be adjusted or the time will be made up at a later date, depending on everyone’s schedule.

Musicales and piano parties are scheduled throughout the school year.  These are fun and educational experiences and a chance for students to share their progress with their peers and their families.  It is expected that all students will attend at least two piano musicales or piano parties per season, although sharing their own performances is not mandatory. Please support these important social gatherings.  I would love to express my wish also that students attend as many concerts throughout the school year because I believe live concerts are the heart of all music and our students must be exposed not only to live music but music of many different genres; classical concerts, opera, ballet, chamber concerts, musical soirees, concerts by new composers, etc.  

If a student withdraws at any time during the year, tuition will be charged for the following two weeks of lessons.  Any outstanding fees for books not returned or purchased will be charged and any remaining balance will be then refunded.
Piano at Home
It is essential that your piano be in tune.  Arrange to have your piano tuned at least twice during the school year.  It is also expected that your piano be maintained so it is playable. 

 All students are expected to practice daily. To progress at the piano, the pianist must visit the piano daily if possible and have enough time to complete the weekly assignment. Practicing needs to be accounted for and this can be done either a practice log sheet or using the app, Practicia, which is only available on Apple products at this time. 
If a student is unprepared due to little or no practice for more than two lessons a notice will be sent home with a log sheet to be filled out and signed by a parent.  Parents will be expected to supervise and monitor the child’s practice.  It there is no change Mrs. Johansen reserves the right to discontinue lessons.
Additionally, all students must bring all music books needed during the lesson.  Please do not expect the studio to supply books left home.