Studio Policies

Current Studio Policy


Studio Policies – Part 1

Studio Year: September 1 – August 22

Registration & Materials Fee:

An $80.00 non-refundable Registration & Materials Fee is due each year to reserve your lesson slot in the studio and is used to purchase books and materials during the Studio Year. For continuing students to reserve their lesson slot for the 2013-2014 Studio Year, please submit it by August 9. If you want to register after this time, please contact me for availability in the studio schedule. New students registering mid-year will submit the fee at the time of registration (amount may vary).


Students are required to have a metronome to help them with practicing at home. It is a useful tool to help students keep a steady beat and play with accurate rhythm. Please purchase one within four weeks of registration. I can recommend one if you are unsure of which to purchase.


Tuition covers 44 weeks and is payable in 12 equal monthly installments. For new student’s registering mid-year, the tuition is payable in equal monthly installments for the remaining months of the studio year. Tuition installments reserve the student’s lesson slot whether he/she attends lessons or not. Tuition is subject to change annually.

30 minute lessons $95 tuition installment per month/per student

45 minute lessons $142.50 tuition installment per month/per student

60 minute lessons $190 tuition installment per month/per student

Tuition Installment Due Date:

The tuition installment is due at the first lesson of each month before the lesson begins and will reserve the student’s lesson slot in the studio schedule. The installment can be given by cash or check for the exact amount. Checks can be made payable to “April’s Piano Studio”. Checks should be dated for the day of the lesson (or before) in order to avoid the late fee described below.

Late Tuition Installment Fee:

The tuition installment is due by the first lesson of each month. If the student attends the first lesson of the month and the tuition installment is not given, please add the late tuition fee of $20.00 to the tuition installment and submit within four days. Checks that are post-dated are counted as late even if submitted on the lesson day. Post-dated checks should have the $20 late tuition fee added to the tuition installment. If the student misses the first lesson of the month, please mail or drop-by the tuition installment within four days.

Returned Check Fee:

In the case of a returned check there is a $35.00 returned check fee and the tuition installment to be paid in cash four days from my notice to you, since the bank charges me for any returned checks. All future tuition installments can then be given in the form of cash.

Refund Policy:

No refunds or credits are given for any lessons that the student misses/cancels.


Studio Policies – Part 2

Studio Year:

Begins September 1 and ends on August 22. Students are registered for an annual package of 44 weeks of study. Registration for the next Studio Year will occur in July and August.


Lessons are once a week, for 30, 45, or 60 minutes, and given on the same day and time. The student’s tuition installment reserves one day and time in the studio each week. Students do well with a set lesson schedule as it allows the same amount of days each week to practice. If at any time you would like to change the on-going lesson day, time, and/or length, please contact me for availability.


Major holidays are observed by the studio, but not all school holidays are studio holidays. Please note that Monday students will have lessons on many of the Monday minor holidays.


Several recitals will be given during the Studio Year. Students are highly encouraged to participate in recitals (not required). I will let you know if the student is prepared to perform. This is based on the student’s level, ability, and preparation. I, the instructor, reserve the right to remove a student from a recital if he/she is not adequately prepared. We want the recitals to be a positive, encouraging experience for everyone.

Make-Up Lessons:

If the student cannot attend the usual lesson time, please contact me for availability for a different lesson slot for that week. Make-up lessons of this type are not guaranteed and depend upon the studio schedule and how much advanced notice is given. I, the instructor, reserve the right to change or cancel the scheduled make-up lesson for any reason.*If I, the instructor, cancel a scheduled lesson, or a cancellation occurs because of inclement weather, we can schedule a mutually agreeable time for a make-up lesson.* For any private lessons that cannot be made-up due to our schedules, the student can be registered for one or two Musical Fun Make-Up Classes that will be given on August 18, 19, and 20. Each class may have up to four students and will last one hour. Class times will be available closer to that time.


Lessons continue through the summer and fun, rewarding activities such as playing new games and composing music is introduced during this time. Year-round lessons provide the student with an opportunity at on-going learning, success, and fun! If you will be out of town and want the student to remain registered in the studio, please have you or your bank mail the regular tuition installment by the due date (first lesson of each month).


If the student is ill, please have him/her stay at home to rest. This is for the well-being of the student and to avoid the spreading of illness to me and the other piano students. If a student comes to a lesson and appears ill, the instructor reserves the right to cancel the lesson. Thank you in advance for protecting the health of all in the studio!

Discontinuing Lessons:

To discontinue lessons, please give notice by e-mail or a written note. If you can give a one month notice, it would be greatly appreciated. The instructor reserves the right to discontinue lessons with a student for any reason, such as lack of practice, uncooperative attitude, missing too many lessons, untimely payments, abuse of studio policies, etc.


Studio Policies – Part 3


Please arrive on-time to each lesson. The student should arrive with all piano books and materials. Students and an adult are welcome to enter the home up to five minutes before the lesson. Please enter quietly without ringing the doorbell or knocking, and securely close the front door. Please have a seat in the front waiting room to wait for the lesson time. Students can be in the front waiting room, the studio, and the bathroom, but not any other areas of the home. Since students are scheduled back-to-back, students who arrive late to their lesson will receive only the remaining time of their lesson slot.

Parent Participation at Lessons:

An adult is welcome to quietly observe lessons, as long as it is not a distraction or hindrance to me or the student. Most students are naturally more relaxed and able to learn without a parent observing. I, the instructor, reserve the right to have the adult sit in the front waiting room during the lesson if it appears to be helpful for the student’s progress.


Students should keep their fingernails cut short to insure proper hand position and to avoid nail injuries. I highly recommend a weekly or bi-weekly nail trimming routine so that nail-cutting is not forgotten.


Please park in front of the instructor’s house or as close as possible, so as not to block my neighbor’s parking spaces.


Please do not bring food, soft drink, or gum into the home or studio. You are welcome to bring bottled water with you, as long as it is kept away from the pianos.


Please have cell phones and other electronics turned on silent or off during the lesson, so we can limit distractions. If there is a special circumstance in which it is needed to have a phone on ring, please convey this to me before the lesson begins.


Please arrive before the end of the student’s lesson to pick them up on time. This is important because I am unable to watch children past their lesson time due to a full studio schedule and other appointments in my daily schedule.


Safety is very important at April’s Piano Studio and every effort will be made on my part to confirm the student’s safety. By registering, you agree that April’s Piano Studio and April Hamilton are released from any liabilities, accidents or injuries that may incur from the enrolled student with the participation of piano lessons and piano events.


Reminders will be sent by e-mail and printed newsletters. I send information regarding tuition installments, recitals, lesson reminders, holiday reminders, registration, etc. Feel free contact me by e-mail or phone. I am unable to answer texts. Feel free to call between 9 AM and 8 PM and I will return your call as soon as possible.


Studio Policies – Part 4


Students who practice often will succeed! Children need the support and guidance of an adult to help them remain committed to practice at home. The following areas will ensure the student gets the most out of piano lessons:

  • 5 or more days of practice every week: Practice = Progress = Enjoyment and Success= Practice = Progress = Enjoyment and Success, ETC! 
  • Locate the piano or keyboard in a room away from distractions (siblings, TV, computers, other sounds, etc)
  • Set-up a regular practice time so it becomes a part of the daily routine
  • If the student has a short attention span, set-up two – three shorter practice times each day
  • Check the assignment book regularly to confirm the student is completing all assignments
  • Check that the student’s posture is correct to avoid pain or injury (check the height of the bench)
  • In general, students should practice 30 – 60 minutes of practice a day; ask for a specific time if you are unsure of what is best for the age and skill level of the student
  • Even if a student is getting sufficient “time” at the piano; if he/she is not following any specific instructions given in the assignment book, he/she may not be learning as easily as they could be
  • To get the most out of practice, try practicing the piece in “sections” (example: play measures 1-4 for five times, measures 5-8 for five times, etc). This is useful in learning any kind of piece; from beginning to advanced music and aids the student in learning faster and easier
  • Tell the instructor if you have any questions or concerns regarding practice
Acoustic Pianos:

It is best if the student can practice on an acoustic piano. Acoustic pianos need to be tuned every six months to two years, depending on the condition of the piano. Tuning will result in the strings sounding at the correct pitch. Also, protect your acoustic piano by keeping food and drink away from it and playing only with clean hands. I can also recommend a piano technician who can tune your piano.

Electronic Pianos:

Students can practice on an electronic piano or keyboard. If the keyboard has eighty-eight keys, weight and touch sensitive keys, a sustaining pedal, music rack, and a properly adjusted bench or chair, the student can practice on it longer than six months. If the keyboard does not have these capabilities, it is best to purchase one with these capabilities about six months after beginning lessons so the student’s progress is not deterred. A good instrument will greatly help a student’s motivation and enjoyment of learning.

Parent Participation at Home:

Young children often need a parent to assist them in piano practice at home. If assisting the student, maintaining a positive and patient attitude works well. Find ways to help the student be imaginative during the practice time. Try different tempos and dynamics. Have them tell you a story about their song! Ask them what they like best about the song, etc. J