If you are interested in lessons at TAoP, please, call the studio to ask any questions you may have and/or to schedule a trial lesson with interview. Trial lessons are single private lessons that give you the opportunity to see how comfortable you feel with the personality, abilites and teaching style of the instructor, without any obligation to register for additional lessons. Parents are encouraged to observe their children’s trial lesson. The fee for a trial lesson and interview equals one week’s tuition and is to be paid at the time of the trial lesson.
Private lessons at TAoP are 60, 45 or 30 minutes long, held once or twice a week. With each individual lesson, an additional 30 minutes or more of computer time is offered in the student computer lab to practice note reading, music theory, ear training and other musicianship skills. The studio sponsors five performance opportunities for the students each year. (See the Special Events page for more information.) In addition, students are prepared for a variety of competitions, auditions, festivals, recitals, and other performances outside of the studio. Once in a while, group lessons or classes are scheduled in place of individual lessons for ensemble playing or learning activities best done in groups. Additional classes may also be offered time to time.
Tuition at The Art of Piano is charged on a per term basis. Students are expected to complete each term they sign up for and must pay tuition and fees in full. Tuition for each term is based on the number of weeks in the term and the length of the weekly private lessons. However, tuition is not simply a lesson fee (see What does tuition cover?). In case a new student begins lessons after the term has begun, his/her tuition will be prorated.
What does tuition cover?
In order to provide a high-quality education, the instructor has numerous year-around responsibilities in addition to teaching lessons during terms and incurs a variety of expenses. Tuition covers
- time spent with the student
- teaching lessons & classes
- helping in the computer lab
- directing special studio events
- attending outside-of-studio student performances
- time spent in preparation for the student & related expenses
- lesson planning, repertoire selection & curriculum development
- research & acquisition of teaching materials & supplies
- composing and notating performance pieces for young beginners
- developing and administering incentive and award programs
- planning, organizing, setting up for & tearing down/cleaning up after special studio events
- research & administration of student competitions, auditions, & other outside-of-studio performances, as well as writing letters of recommendations
- advance planning for competitions, auditions and other outside-of-studio performances, to ensure meeting repertoire and other requirements
- attending outside-of-studio student competitions, auditions, and other performances
- studio management & administration, including communication with students and their families
- studio maintenance & improvement
- computer lab maintenance, updates, research, improvements, repairs, and replacements
- iPad teaching and practice resources research, purchases, setup, updates, and improvements
- research, purchase, and setup of instruments, devices, and other studio equipment
- facilities maintenance
- hiring, supervising, and paying event- and other occasional helpers
- bookkeeping & accounting
- other professional activities greatly benefitting students
- activities & duties, as well as membership fees in music teachers’ and other professional organizations that provide opportunities for students
- practicing & performing to keep up & improve skills, as well as to show a positive example for students
- attending professional meetings, conferences, & festivals
- research (literature, media, webinars, etc.), lectures & publication
- other professional and continuing education activities
- Mid-May: Fall Semester Pre-registration (pre-registration fee) for continuing students & Summer Session Registration (paid in full)
- Mid-August: Fall Semester Registration (Fall tuition–in full or first installment, minus pre-registration fee if paid before)
- Early October: 2nd installment of Fall Tuition
- Early December: Spring Semester Registration (Spring tuition–in full or first installment)
- Early February: 2nd installment of Spring Tuition
- Late March or early April: 3rd installment of Spring Tuition
Please, contact The Art of Piano for the current tuition rates.
Regular and prompt lesson attendance is expected. One make-up lesson per term may be given if the instructor is notified at least 24 hours in advance. For additional flexibility, a swap-list is provided each semester for students who wish to be included. Make-up lessons cancelled by the student will be forfeited. Lessons and/or classes missed by the instructor will be made up. Please, consult the Studio Policies document for additional information.