Studio Policy

Payments: Studio is open all year round. Lessons are grouped into four, three-month quarters for billing purpose. Tuition includes weekly private lessons and monthly group lessons and studio recital. Tuition checks are due one week before the new quarter begins. A non-refundable registration fee is charged for new students at enrollment time and in the Fall for continuing students. All are mandatory.

Students studying piano concerto will be responsible for a separate accompanist fee invoiced quarterly to ensure that the orchestra portion of the music is well prepared to work with the students.

Bounced checks are subject to late payment fees and bank fees. For each week the payment is not received, a late fee of $25 will be added to the amount due. If payment is not made by the first lesson of the quarter, student will not be allowed to attend lesson until the account is settled.

Expect yearly tuition adjustment in September. Please make checks payable to : Lydia McCool.

Absences: Punctuality must be observed. If the student is late for the lesson, I cannot extend the lesson time. Regular and prompt attendance is required to make appropriate progress. If students are unable to make it to a lesson for any reason, please inform the studio as soon as possible by email.

The quarterly tuition is for both the student's time in lessons, time preparing for each student, for reserving a specific time in my schedule for the entire quarter and a lot more. There will be no refunds or makeup lesson given for missed lesson, unless I am unable to teach the the lesson promised.

Studio recess dates will be provided before a new quarter begins. If the students take an extensive break, though I will always do my best to accommodate, I cannot guarantee that their spots will be open when they return.

Termination: Please notify the studio one month in advance if planning to discontinue enrollment. Otherwise, the student or guardians will be responsible for one month's tuition from when the notice is received.

Attendance: Parents, siblings, family, care takers, and friends must wait outside studio during lessons. Please drop off and pick up young child on time at the studio door from the instructor.

If student arrives earlier than her lesson time, please wait outside quietly till it's her time, and supervise your young child during the wait. At pickup, parents with young students, please come to studio door 5 minutes before lesson ends for a briefing or if there is any question regarding your child's lesson.

Our lesson is the time for the student to make trials and errors and learn comfortably working with the instructor. It is in the best interest of the student that the lessons are with the teacher only to provide an atmosphere of focus and to relieve stress.

Studio features clear visibility from the waiting area. Parents are encouraged to attend and observe the student's lessons periodically with prior arrangement with the teacher, preferably at the last 10 minutes of the lesson to minimize undue pressure on the student.

Lesson Swapping: Participation in swapping is not mandatory but encouraged. Contact info will then be shared with participants . Otherwise student contact info will not be shared with anyone unless required by law. The up to date swap list may be requested so that students can swap lesson time among themselves if the needs arise. Once the swap is decided, please notify the studio by email by 12 noon of the lesson day. It will be students' responsibility to keep their swapped lessons. In case of a mixed up where both students appear at lesson, student with the regular time slot will be honored.

Hygiene/Behavior: Proper personal hygiene practice is expected. All students must have trimmed fingernails, and reasonably clean clothes when they arrive for lessons. They must wash their hands with soap before they play the studio instrument. If students come from rough event before piano lesson, or playing with fury pets, please clean up before coming to lessons. Street shoes must be left by the door as you come inside the studio. Please wear clean socks. Misbehavior, disrespect for teachers, and mistreatment of studio property inside or outside will not be tolerated. If such behavior persists, the lesson will be ended without a refund, and any damage to the studio property will be charged.

If students have fever, rash or are too ill to go to school or to work, please stay home from lessons. Students will be sent home right away if they come to lessons with fever, rash and/or obviously too uncomfortable to have an effective lesson.

Practice: Students are expected to follow a regular, daily practice schedule. Keeping a practice log is highly recommended. A typical beginning to early intermediate student should practice 15 to 30 minutes per day. Lack of consistent, effective home practice, enthusiasm and willingness to participate during lessons, will result in students' dismissal.

Piano Assignment/Materials: Weekly Piano assignments will be recorded on a Google Doc that will be shared with the student and the guardian (for minors). Student should have a copy handy during daily practice and heed the practice instructions. Students are responsible for purchasing their own music materials, and when assigned, obtain them promptly to avoid delay in progress. The studio offers a lending library but only for short-term use. All borrowed materials must be treated with care. Studio license music are provided free to enrolled students, which they can keep their copies but cannot distribute to others.

Recitals/group performance classes: These give all students the opportunities to demonstrate and share their progress. Students of all levels are required to participate in the studio student recitals. Students may also participate in the MTAC/CAPMT students recitals and festivals if interested and qualified, which are held monthly during the school year.

The studio recital/workshop/group classes are mandatory. They give students more opportunities to sharpen their musical and performance skills in a group setting. Themes and activities at these classes are designed to enhance their skills learned at private lessons. These recitals and classes will be scheduled on weekends and announced before a quarter begins.

Competition/Certification/Festivals: Competitions, certifications and festivals held by MTAC or other organizations are not mandatory but students are encouraged to participate. Students will be responsible for their own entrance or registration after the relevant information is provided.

Photo and video release form: Periodically I will record a short video and photograph students to showcase their performance, progress or for demonstration purpose to post on the studio website and youtube. You can let me know if you do not want your child's image(s) or video to be shown. Mostly, students love seeing their work posted on the studio website and many families appreciate that. Students feel motivated when others show interest in what they are learning. If the names are used, they will only be first name only.