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The Ellen Johansen Music Studio
8 Stratton Square East Hampton, NY 11937
631-324-9648

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Piano Lesson Policy

 

The Ellen Johansen Music Studio             Group and One on One Piano Lesson Policy 

updated yearly
 

Tuition   
As of August 1, 2020 the tuition for weekly piano lessons is as follows: 

45 Minute lesson – Annual tuition (30 lessons) is $ 2100
60 minute lesson  -  Annual tuition (30 lessons) is $2550
Group 75 minute class - Per Session (15 classes with material included) - go to individual class for price
Group 60 minute class - Annual tuition (30 classes) - $1275

All students studying piano (group or one one one set up) agree to take these 30 lessons between September 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. 
If a student takes more than 30 lessons in that time period (between September 1, 2020 and June 20, 2021 they will be billed accordingly, 
Per lesson fee above 30 lessons is: 
45 minute lessons - $70 per lesson 
60 minute lessons - $85 per lesson 
Group 60 minute lesson - $42.50 per student (minimum of two students) 

Payment for lessons 
No single lesson payments will be accepted through the school year.  Payment is based on the tuition of 30 lessons taken between September 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021. 

Monthly payments - you will be responsible to remit 10 equal monthly payments  due by the first of each month (automatically billed) from September 1 through June 1. The monthly tuition payment for  45 minute weekly lessons  is $210  per month for 10 months. The monthly tuition payment for  60 minute weekly lessons  is $255 per month for 10 months.  On September first the family must submit 10 postdated checks for the first of each month.  Alternatively they may create a recurring Quik Pay payment for the first of each month.  Payment can also be made in full for each semester or paid in full for the entire year.

The administration Fee and Home materials fee are separate and are due by September 1 to reserve a spot in the Fall Schedule.  

 

A payment is considered late if not paid by above schedule.  A $25 late fee will be charged  for payments made after the first day of the month.  If payment is still late after 30 days, it is now considered delinquent and lessons will have to discontinue until this payment and the next payment is made.  If there is a student on the waiting list your spot will be offered to take your place in the schedule. 

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 $50 administration fee is due by September, 2018 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.  This fee is due by September 1, 2020, for all returning students.  For new students the fee is due by the first lesson. 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 before September 1 will be credited towards the following year's home materials fee.   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. 

Attendance 
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 June, July and August for at least four lessons.   Students not studying through June July and/or August are not guaranteed their lesson slot. Payment for summer lessons are paid monthly on June 1, July 1 and August 1 for the agreed upon lessons for that month.  All lessons are accounted for at MyMusicStaff.com.  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.  There are no makeups.    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 events during the school year. Piano lessons are an important part of the schedule.  If a family chooses to make a sport commitment more important the lesson is forfeit. 
 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:  We are online so the lesson can still take place but if a student is too ill to participate the lesson will be postponed.  
  
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. 

For online issues: be ready to start your online lessons by having the Musicoutloud.live app open, internet is at it's best and camera and microphone is set up.  Anytime used in the lesson to do this will not be made up.  If the student drops internet during the lesson, Ellen will continue to teach and record on Marco Polo until the student returns.  If Ellen loses internet or has a computer issue, the lesson will be postponed and the student will not be charged.  

Musicales 
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. All musicales this year will be ONLINE. 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.  but I am aware this may not be possible at this time. I would hope you are listening to recordings or performances online. 

Withdrawals 
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. 

BEING PREPARED FOR LESSONS 
 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. 

 

Tuition   
As of September 1, 2019  the tuition for weekly piano group lessons is as follows: 

15 Classes - $450

Payment for lessons 
No single lesson payments will be accepted through the school year.  Payment is based on the tuition of 15 lessons taken between January, 2020 and June 30, 2020. 

Monthly payments - you will be responsible to remit  equal monthly payments  due by the first of each month (automatically billed) from March through June 1. The monthly payment is:

Feb. 27: $150 and 1/4 of the tuition ($112.50)

April 1: $112.50

May 1: $112.50

June 1: $112.50

 

The administration Fee and Home materials fee are separate and are due by the first class.  

 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. 

 If you choose pay  by check, submit postdated checks for April, May and June.  They will be submitted on the date they are written.

 

A payment is considered late if not paid by above schedule.  A $25 late fee will be charged  for payments made after the first day of the month.  If payment is still late after 30 days, it is now considered delinquent and lessons will have to discontinue until this payment and the next payment is made.  If there is a student on the waiting list your spot will be offered to take your place in the schedule. 

Administration Fee 
 A $100 administration fee is due by August 1, 2018 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.  This fee is due by August 1st, for all returning students.  For new students the fee is due by the first lesson. 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. 

Attendance 
Students are enrolled and committed to attend lessons and complete assignments for the entire session on the scheduled dates. 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 guaranteed their lesson slot. Payment for summer lessons are paid by July 1 for the agreed upon lessons.  All lessons are accounted for at MyMusicStaff.com.  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.  There are no makeups.    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 events during the school year. Piano lessons are an important part of the schedule.  If a family chooses to make a sport commitment more important the lesson is forfeit. 
 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 
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.   

Withdrawals 
If a student withdraws at any time during the session, there are no refunds and it is expected that the payments shall be submitted.  There is no refund for administration fee.
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.  If you are using a digital keyboard it needs to be in tune and playable.

BEING PREPARED FOR LESSONS 
 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.