Studio Policy



  • Lesson Fee:  Billed monthly and based on 33 instructional weeks (8 months) for the 2019-2020 school year, from September 16 to June 6. If you wish to pay in full for the year or for a term, see below and let me know you prefer this option.  Please note, starting in September, you will be billed the same monthly payment no matter how many weeks there are in a month, from Sept to May (May's payment include the 1st week of June).
    • If you wish to pay for the full year, take $75 off the total.
    • If you wish to pay in full for an 11-week term (Fall, Winter, Spring), take $25 off the total. Summer term is 7 weeks; take $15 off for payment in full. 
    • If your lesson falls on a Studio-scheduled holiday, a make-up lesson will be scheduled for that month
    • Note: week of Thanksgiving, December 16 to 31, January 1-5, and the April Spring break are not factored into the 33 weeks
  • Registration Fee is $35 per student
  • 2nd Lesson Discount. 10 percent off.
  • 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 10 percent per additional student(s). No family discounts are given for Musiclink students.  
  • Referral Discount. We love referrals! Receive a $25 credit when your referral enrolls! 


  • 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.


  • Call in advance of missing the lesson. No make-ups for casually missed lessons. 
  • If your lesson falls on a Studio-scheduled holiday, the lesson will be made up during the month.
  • There are no make-up lessons during the 7-week summer session since you may choose the number of weeks upon enrolling. 
  • If rescheduling a make-up lesson is unsuccessful, a credit will be applied to your account. There is no credit for missing a make-up lesson.
  • 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.  
  • Students will receive progress reports in December and in June. The last week of the year (June 1 to 6, 2020) is reserved for conference and make-up lessons (if applicable).

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.  


  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 the 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 videotape 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 the instrument.
  2. Cooperate during practice and lessons.
  3. Listen to your parents; treat parents and teachers with respect.
  4. Bring all the music books, binder, and notebook 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.


Rates/fees are subject to change every two years
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