Rates & Policies
Teacher Leon’s Piano Policies for 2021
Making rules more simple.
I send out monthly invoices around the first of the month, billing for the month ahead. I like to use Venmo or Zelle, but all of the online payment models work except Paypal.
Students agree to attend their lesson time and to practice. If you can’t make it, the invoice still stands, but I am always happy to reschedule. As a flaky teenage piano student, I would often bail on my lessons last minute, driving my teachers bananas. So I pay it forward (er... backward?), by extending the same courtesy. Life happens, and there's no shame in the game. The invoice still stands for that lesson, and we should make it up. I am always happy to find a way to make up the time. I also enjoy making up missed lessons in creative ways.
Mostly, missed lessons do not roll over to the next month. But if it is easy enough we can roll it over to a different day.
30-minute lessons are my go-to. Once we consistently begin to feel it is no longer enough time, we can move to hour lessons.
Thirty-minute lessons are $90 per week, invoiced monthly in advance.
Sixty-minute lessons are $160 per week. invoiced monthly in advance.
Invoices for 60-minute lessons in four-week months are $560 and for five-week months $700.
I also offer a special daily ten-minute lesson. By sending me a message directly, we can schedule and discuss them.
Some families prefer to pay by semester, four months ahead for a 10% discount at these intervals:
September through December
January through April
May through August
I encourage students to participate in ABRSM-graded piano exams, recitals, and piano competitions. However, each student's path is their own, and love of the art of music is foremost. I encourage parental involvement.
I also enjoy creating professional videos for students as we complete each piece.
I teach on most national holidays. Actually, I tend to be busiest then. I have been considering taking more of those off but as it stands I’m usually here. I do take off Dr. King's day, and Jewish Holidays. And mostly assume everyone is out for the Christmas holiday. In summer most folks are away for blocks of time. I am still working on how to best manage that.
Often, students will go away, but then to keep the lights on, I will bring in new students, and then in the fall, there is a question of scheduling. I prefer her not to handle things like this in the policy. Easiest to just have conversations one on one and make sure everything is working out.