STUDIO POLICY Amended 2021
I teach Monday – Friday with an occasional Saturday. Please address me as Mrs. Meghan or Mrs. Elkins. (unless you are an adult yourself!)
Please be on time and prepared for your lesson. If I find that a student has not practiced and is not prepared for the lesson, the lesson may be cut short or not conducted at all and the fee for that lesson will still be charged.
The guardian/parent is most welcome to stay for the duration of the lesson, but must sit in the family room so as not to distract the student at lesson time. Please do not bring other children to the lesson if they are not students. If the lesson is conducted in the student’s home, please allow space for the student and teacher with no distractions.
If you are late, I will still conduct the lesson, but it will end at the time previously scheduled. Please be respectful of the fact that my time and my other students’ times are valuable. If the student is not at their home at time of the lesson, the lesson will be forfeited and the student will be responsible for paying that missed lesson. If proper notice is not provided or you show up late and/or you do not show up at all, payment is still due for the lesson.
The Piano Studio conducts lessons throughout the year, including the summer. Lessons will still be conducted if there is a school or state holiday. A minimum of 2 hours per month is required to maintain a time slot in the studio. The student is expected to pay monthly tuition for their day and time of lessons in order to maintain a spot in The Piano Studio.
No lessons will be conducted on the following Holidays, unless the student prefers to have a lesson, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day:
Fourth Of July
New Year’s Day
Music and Supplies:
I am more than happy to pick up any books or sheet music for the student, but it is up to the student/parent to reimburse me. Please be advised that I will teach theory along with performance technique. The student must learn theory in order to understand the certain techniques and functions of the piano and music in general.
Missed Lessons, Makeups, and Rescheduling:
Make-up lessons will be scheduled when a cancellation occurs 24 hours in advance due only to illness, inclement weather or extreme emergency. This does NOT apply if the student decides to do another activity on the day and time of the scheduled lesson-if this occurs, the student pays for that missed lesson.
Vacation, Vacation, Vacation! We all need them! But, it makes it very difficult to make up the missed lesson with a full studio. Written notice no less than 2 weeks is required for vacations or the lesson is forfeited and payment is still due for that lesson. The student may have a makeup lesson if the 2 weeks written notice applies. (Your time slot is already paid for, reserved and belongs to you, if it helps to look at it that way.)
If I miss a lesson, a makeup lesson will be scheduled or a credit will be applied to the following month’s tuition.
If you are coming to The Piano Studio, please do not park in the “Reserved” spaces in the cul de sac. Parking is available throughout the block and the blank spots are first come, first served.
Disrespectful or rude behavior, in any manner, are grounds for terminating the lesson. Respectful behavior and a good attitude are expected whether the teacher is in The Piano Studio or at the student’s home. If the lesson is terminated, payment in full for that lesson will still be due.
The Piano Studio charges $40.00 (*$50.00) per ½ hour, $55.00 (*$65.00) per 45 minutes and $70.00 (*$80.00) per hour. (Subject to change with proper notice.)
*$10.00 is added to each lesson if the lesson is conducted in the student’s home. If there are more students per house, there will only be a $10.00 charge for the duration of the time in the students’ home.
There is a discount for longer lesson times per household. Examples: For 90 consecutive minutes per week, the fee is $110.00-in studio, $120-in student's home. For 2 consecutive hours per week, the fee is $140-in studio and $150-in student's home.
Monthly tuition not received by the 10th of the month will incur a late fee of $30.00. The full monthly tuition is due at the beginning of the first lesson for that month’s lesson. There are no IOU’s. If a gentle reminder is needed, please let me know and I will send an email before the beginning of each month.
If the student will be out the beginning of the month, please make arrangements to pay for the month prior to the missed lesson. If paying by check, please make payable to Meghan Williams Elkins. (There will be a $40.00 charge for any returned check.)
A Spring Recital is performed every year at The Arts Barn in Gaithersburg, MD, availability permitting. All students will be expected to attend and perform in front of an audience to show off all their hard work throughout the year. If the student is a beginner, there is not a requirement to play until the student feels comfortable enough to perform their piece well. The student is not expected to play if the student suffers from performance anxiety or is afraid to be up in front of an audience.
Taking A Break From Lessons:
Per policy, the student must maintain two hours a month in The Piano Studio to be a member. This applies to families of one or more students. If the student or family feels they need to take a break from lessons for a month or more (this includes summer lessons), the following two options apply.
Half hour students per household, one (1) hour tuition is due per month for the duration of the student’s absence until the student resumes a regular weekly schedule. ($80.00)
Hourly students and/or two students per household (totaling an hour), two (2) hours tuition is due per month for the students’ absences until the students resume their regular weekly schedule. ($160.00)
Per policy requirements, three or more students per household also accepts two (2) hours tuition is due per month for the students’ absences until the students resume their regular weekly schedule. ($160.00)
The studio will retain the day and time of lesson for the student(s) upon return. The student is still considered a member of the studio.
If there is an uncertainty to the scheduling in the new school year and the student/family is unable to commit to lessons until the schedules are set or if the student opts to leave the studio, please see the Cancellation policy. Reminder, if the Cancellation policy is chosen, there is no guarantee of the same day and time for lessons upon return.
A thirty day (30) written notice is required if the student chooses to leave The Piano Studio. The thirty day notice will be applied into the upcoming unpaid month, from the date of the last paid lesson, and tuition is due, in full, during this thirty day period whether or not lessons are conducted.
Acceptance and Signature:
Please print out two copies of the Studio Policy, read, sign and deliver one copy to the first lesson and retain a copy for your records. (highlight, select and print from website or I can email you a copy)
This Studio Policy is a legal contract made between The Piano Studio and Student or Guardian on this date, for the provision of private music instruction services by Studio to Student. Student or Guardian has received and read the Studio Policy and agrees to abide by its provisions, as a condition to teacher providing music lessons (teaching services) to student in exchange for payment.
The undersigned has read this Studio Policy, and fully understands its terms, conditions, and provisions, including tuition and cancellation policies. The undersigned agrees that if any portion of this Studio Policy is held to be invalid, then the remaining portions shall continue in full force and effect. The undersigned is required to sign said contract, retain a copy of the Studio Policy and forward original to The Piano Studio.
(Parent/Guardian of minor or Student 18 years and older)