Eccles Piano Studio

Studio Information and Policies

Updated August 2019

♫ Curriculum

I offer private piano lessons aimed at a well-rounded musical experience. Lessons include  instruction in sight-reading, technique, theory, ear training, accompanying, music history, improvisation, and performance in a variety of styles. I work to help each student find and develop their own talent and love of music.

♫ Practice Expectations

Students are expected to practice all assignments 5 days a week on a regular basis. The importance of consistent and regular practice cannot be overemphasized. Progress is made between lessons, based on good practice habits! Parents are responsible to help their students find a consistent time to practice.

I currently provide a BetterPracticeapp account for each student which they are expected to use when practicing.

If the student consistently fails to practice regularly, he or she may be placed on probation status after discussion with the parent or guardian. Without improvement in lesson and practicing quality, I may dismiss a student from my studio.

♫ Account Registration

All parents will create an account at ecclespiano.com. This allows you access to the calendar of lessons, recitals, and other studio activities. Your account tuition and fees will also be detailed here.

♫ Tuition and Payment

Tuition is charged on an annual basis and divided into 12 equal monthly payments. Tuition for private lessons in the 2019-2020 year is as follows:

30-minute private lessons: $100/mo

45-minute private lessons: $145/mo

60-minute private lessons: $190/mo

Tuition pays for the student to be on the active student list of Eccles Piano Studio and to participate in lesson appointments and other studio activities. The student is guaranteed that I will be prepared and present to teach 38 weeks during the year, usually 32 weeks during the school year and 6 weeks during the summer, though this may vary.

Invoices and Payments: Tuition is payable only by auto-pay in the student’s account. An invoice will be emailed on the first day of every month when the transaction is triggered. Any declined charges will incur a $15.00 late fee. Multiple bank accounts and/or credit/debit cards may be added to avoid the late fee. You may log in at ecclespiano.com at anytime to see account details.

Tuition is non-refundable.  If lessons are begun or ended mid-year, the first or last month tuition will be prorated with at least 2 weeks written notice and will be based upon the actual number of lessons received.

Tuition fees are subject to increase upon 60 days written notice.

Required music and materials are included in tuition. Most will be yours to keep, while some will be loaned to you.

Music festivals and competitions will require additional fees.

Daytime adult students may pay per lesson. Please contact me for per lesson rates. Music and materials are not included when paying per lesson. Per lesson students also do not receive or use make-up credits.

♫ Attendance and Calendar

Tuition includes appointments for private weekly lessons of 30, 45, or 60-minute durations. School-year lessons are scheduled at the same time each week, and vacations follow the Alpine School District calendar. Summer scheduling is more flexible, with clients scheduling open times on the online calendar. Instructions are given prior to each summer session. Courtesy email and text reminders are sent out by default prior to each lesson or event and a detailed calendar can always be viewed in the online client account.

Students are expected to take lessons year-round. If summer or any other time is taken off, I cannot guarantee your spot when you wish to resume.

Music Tech Time: If the schedule allows, students may overlap another student before or after their private lesson to work on Piano Marvel, Piano Maestro, or other iPad music apps at the digital piano. There is no additional fee for this, it is an included benefit of your tuition.

♫ Missed Lessons

It is expected that students will attend their lesson appointments and make them a priority in their schedule. However, I understand that some conflicts are unavoidable and offer several options for when a lesson must be missed:

Phone, Facetime, or Skype lessons during the student’s regular lesson appointment are an option for those that are mildly sick, for inclement weather, or for extended vacations. I can be contacted anytime prior to the lesson start time for this option.

Lesson Swaps: A student who has a conflict one week may arrange with another student to switch for that week. Detailed instructions can be found in the client account under the “Online Resources” tab > “Lesson Swap Instructions”.

Make-up credits may be awarded under certain circumstances. While make-up slots are offered throughout the year, there is no guarantee that the studio calendar will offer enough make-up slots to accommodate all credits, and make-up credits may be cancelled at any time at my discretion.

Make-up credits are awarded when:

  1. The client logs into their account and cancels the attendance themselves at least 24 hours in advance.
  2. The client is ill and contacts Eccles Piano Studio the same day of the lesson. Students who are ill should not come to piano lessons. I reserve the right to send a student home if they arrive sick, and no make-up credit will be issued.
  3. Eccles Piano Studio cancels a lesson for any reason at any time.
  4. There is an emergency from either teacher or student (medical, life or death event) and the notification is provided to the other party as soon as reasonably possible. For such circumstances, the client will be offered a make-up credit regardless of the 24 hour deadline.

In any other circumstances, the client loses the benefit of the lesson and no make-up credit is awarded.

It is the client’s responsibility to schedule a make-up lesson using their online account.

A maximum of two make-up credits may be carried over from the school year into summer term. Make-up credits will be reset to zero at the end of each summer, prior to the beginning of the school year.

There are no refunds or discounts unless I am unavailable to teach the promised number of lessons.

Performance or other group classes may be scheduled periodically, either in addition to or in lieu of regular lessons. Make-up credits may be applied to these classes.

♫ Materials

Students are expected to bring all assigned materials to their lesson each week. I suggest the use of a sturdy tote bag or magazine file holder for each individual student for transport and to keep the materials organized throughout the week. If students lose materials I have provided, they will be charged a replacement fee.

♫ Instrument Guidelines and Care

Client’s pianos should be tuned regularly and kept clean. If a digital instrument is used, it must have 88 weighted keys and be placed at a proper height. I may ask to see video of your home instrument to ensure suitability.

♫ Rewards System

I currently use a “Music Money” incentive program with my students. Detailed information will be given at lessons. Various other rewards may also be implemented.

♫ Lesson Etiquette

Please come right in the door when it is your lesson time. The music room is directly off the entryway. The first student of the day may need to knock or ring the doorbell if the door is locked.

Hands should be clean and nails trimmed. A bathroom is available for students to wash their hands prior to their lesson if needed. After two warnings and a discussion with the parent, students will be asked to trim their nails during their lesson if arriving again with too-long nails.

No gum chewing during lessons.

Parents are welcome at lessons, as are siblings if they are with a parent and able to entertain themselves quietly. However, I expect that parents and siblings will not interact with the student or be distracting.

Since I teach in my home, there may be occasions when I need to take a short break to care for my children. If this occurs, I will give the student a short practice assignment so the time is productive and well-spent.

♫ Performance and Recitals

I hold periodic studio recitals, normally in the spring and fall. I may also provide other performance opportunities.

I encourage students to participate in National Federation of Music Clubs Festival, with duet festival normally held in November and solo festival normally held in February (current cost is $10/student per event).

Students may also participate in the AIM (Achievement in Music)program sponsored through the Utah Music Teachers Assoc. Current cost is $25/student for school-year participation, and  $30/student for summer.

There are a variety of other festivals, evaluations, and competitions that can be entered on a case by case basis.

Students should also be ready to perform at every opportunity, including for family, friends, or whomever will listen!

I encourage regular concert attendance.

Please listen to and play a variety of good music in your home, including classical music! Links will be provided each month to wonderful listening examples.

♫ Parent Involvement

I hope to maintain a close working relationship with parents in order to better understand your student’s needs. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns, and I will do the same.

Parents must keep emergency contact information updated in their account. In case of a medical emergency where I am unable to contact you, I will use my best judgment in obtaining medical care for your child and you accept responsibility for any related expenses.