Studio Policy



  • Lesson Fee:  Billed Monthly based on 33 weeks of instruction for the 2018-2019 year, from September 10 to June 7.  (See Private Lessons & Groups page for details)
    • If paying for the full semester, receive $20 off total. 
    • If your lesson falls on a holiday, a make-up lesson will be scheduled for that week
    • Note: week of Thanksgiving is not factored into the 33 weeks, as there are no classes scheduled that week. The weeks December 10 to 31, 2018, and January 1-5, 2019, are not factored in. And, Spring break - week of April 15, 2019 - is not factored in.
  • Registration Fee
    • $35 individual student, or
    • $80 family 
  • MusicLink Foundation students. ​Students receiving this scholarship will complete a contract and abide by the guidelines
  • Family Discount. For families with multiple children, there is a family discount of $5 per student. The family discount (if applicable) can be applied on top of the MusicLink scholarship.   


  • Current students who re-enroll for subsequent semester automatically keep their lesson time as long as payment is received during the early registration period, otherwise they risk forfeiting their slots to new students. 
  • New students are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Lesson times are not kept if payment has not been made.
  • Lesson time slots for current students who take a term of study off but wish to resume in the future may not be guaranteed their previous time slot.

MAKE-UP LESSONS.  Lessons may be made up within the month of the missed lesson, as long as you call in advance (24 hours) of missing the lesson. No make ups for casually missed lessons.  There are no make-up lessons during the 6-week summer session.  Call in advance when you know you will miss.  There are no make-up lessons for group classes unless the teacher has canceled.  If the teacher has to cancel, classes will be made up automatically or a substitute teacher will be provided.  Groups are like other industries (i.e. ballet, sports program, gymnastics, even private school).

INCLEMENT WEATHER.  Lessons canceled by the Music Studio because of severe weather will either be made up during the make-up week, or credited toward your next term’s invoice.

SUMMER TERM LESSONS.  There are no make-up lessons during the summer term.  With the exception of group classes, you may sign up for the number of private lessons you desire.

PRACTICE REQUIREMENTS.  You have made a wise decision to study a musical instrument.  Learning an instrument is both challenging and rewarding.  Following these guidelines will assist you in having a great experience.

  1. Practice every day.  It is better to practice a little bit daily than it is to practice longer the day before a lesson.  Consistent, daily practice builds physical and mental endurance.
  2. Play the CD every day or listen to your piece on YouTube.
  3. Use the practice chart or your lesson notebook as a guide for what and how to practice.  Students not showing consistent evidence of practice and progress on a weekly basis, may be dismissed from the Studio.  Parents of very young students must take notes or record the lesson.
  4. Parents must monitor and work with their children.  It is encouraged that parents attend lessons with their child and learn the instrument and skills with them.  In doing this, it will ensure effective and quality practice time at home.


  1. Students are invited to sign up to perform at informal recitals during the year at Blackstone Library or The Montgomery Place.
  2. All students participate in two formal recitals in June and December.
  3. Students attaining the necessary skills from their book level will perform in a graduation recital at a place and time determined by parent and teacher.
  4. Students who show progress through effective practice will be invited to participate in special performances at book stores, museums, banks, church events, and nursing homes and hospitals, throughout the city.  Students may also be invited to participate in scholarship competitions.


  1. Pay promptly for all lessons.
  2. Attend class with your beginner child.
  3. Make sure child's nails are short, and hands are cleaned before touching the instrument.
  4. Do not interfere with the lesson, but take notes and ask questions before or after the lesson.  You may also video tape the lesson if you desire.
  5. Follow through on all assignments given by the teacher.


  1. Make sure nails are short and hands are cleaned before touching instrument.
  2. Cooperate during practice and lessons.
  3. Listen to your parents; treat parents and teachers with respect.
  4. Bring all music books and notebooks to every lesson.
  5. Listen every day to the reference CDs or good YouTube videos of the pieces you are studying.


  1. Be qualified to teach any materials the student receives.
  2. Be very specific with assignments and expectations for the week.
  3. Give practice ideas and support to the student and parent for each assignment given.
  4. Make a commitment to continue education on a regular basis.
  5. Provide students ample opportunities for solos and performances
  6. Teach all lessons at the appointed time except for reasons of illness or family emergency.


Fees are subject to change every two years