Studio Policy

Tuition Payments for the month are due at or before the FIRST lesson of the month. Tuition reserves your exclusive lesson time; it is payment for your course of music education. Tuition is non-refundable. What you do with your reserved time, is entirely up to you.

Tuition includes:

  • Theory book (written)
  • Ear training book (written, if one is available for the student’s method book)
  • NoteSpeller (written)
  • Composition book (written) after your student has completed at least Book 1 of a method book series.
  • Students in the Piano Pronto Series will have one book called Power Pages which encompasses the above 4 books (Theory, Ear Training, NoteSpeller, and Composition)
  • Technology Subscription: Sproutbeat (theory) for as long as you’re a member of the studio. If the student doesn’t have an iPad at home, s/he will be able to use it in the studio and/or have printouts to finish at home.
  • Technology Subscription: Free use of Piano Maestro (iPad required for home use) for as long as you’re a member of the studio. If the student doesn’t have an iPad at home, s/he will be able to use it in the studio.
  • Technology Subscription: Free use of Supersonics Plus for as long as you’re a member of the studio. If you’d like this for home use, the cost is $5.00 a month.  More information about this here.  (Ask me for the code to get a reduced rate)
  • Technology Subscription: Free use of Tonic Tutor games for as long as you’re a member of the studio.  There will be weekly assigned games to play at home. These games can be played on any computer.  Each student has a username and password.  (Ask me for your log-in password, if you don’t know it.)
  • Dropbox to share files and information
  • A Student Portal at MyMusicStaff.  (Ask me for your log-in password, if you don’t know it.)
    The student portal allows you to:

    • View your calendar of upcoming events, lessons, public events
    • Register and cancel lessons
    • View student’s attendance
    • View student’s borrowed and downloaded library items
    • Track your student’s practice time and leave notes or questions that they might have from the practice sessions
    • Add and track student repertoires
    • View email history
    • View OCMS contact information
    • Keep up-to-date with studio news
    • View the family’s account and invoice information (only visible to parents/adult students)
    • Pay bill online.
  • Loaner Books:  Method books, FUNdamentals of Music, Dozen a Day, technic books, duets, sheet music, sight reading, holiday music and others as needed. These books are loaner books to be returned in good condition when no longer needed. If these books are not returned in useable condition, the cost to replace them will be owed.  If you want one to keep, please let me know.

Where else does your Tuition go?

  • Time spent with the student
    Lessons, performance classes, group lessons.
  • Time spent in preparation for the student
    Trips to the music store, lesson planning, bookkeeping, development of curriculum, etc. It has been cited by professional music journals that for every hour enrolled in piano lessons, you are investing in at least 2 hours of the teachers time!
  • Your teacher’s training and experience
  • Recital costs and preparations
    Programs, refreshments, facility rental.
  • Professional organization memberships
    Memberships are maintained by the teacher to enhance their teaching skills and provide the student with opportunities for festivals, competitions, and performance events.
  • Professional journals
    Publications to assist the teacher in keeping current on new teaching materials and trends.
  • Studio expenses
    Copying, computer software, incentive programs, instruments, tunings, repairs, website, blog, newsletters.
  • Music books and CDs
    Written / loaner music and materials purchased by the teacher to keep costs low for students.
  • Property taxes, self-employment taxes, insurance, business licenses, retirement
    The O’Connor Music Studio has no corporation to assist in providing health and life insurance by matching funds. Tuition helps cover the increased living costs of your self-employed teacher.
  • Continuing education
    Lessons and classes that keep the teacher current on methods and techniques
  • Book and music club memberships
    This enables many discounts to be passed to students.
  • Subscriptions to Piano Maestro, Sproutbeat, Supersonics Plus and Tonic Tutor

Tuition does not include music books/supplies for festivals, audition, testing or competition fees.  These require separate books for the adjudicator.  Payments for these other student expenses are due with the next tuition payment.

  • 30-minute lessons are $26.00 (Books listed above included)
  • 45-minute lessons are $39.00 (Books listed above included)
  • 60-minute lessons are $50.00 (Books listed above included)
  • Group lessons – evaluation required.  Cost depends on the number of students in the group.

NOTE: A late fee of $25 is charged for payments received after the 10th. A $35 service charge is applied to all accounts for checks returned for insufficient funds.

Other Studio Policies
  • Practice
  • After a student has been accepted for study after interview and audition, it is expected that practicing is part of the agreement. Parents should monitor this on a weekly basis.
  • Recommended practice time per day is 30 minutes for beginners with time increasing as student advances. The student is responsible for recording practice time.
  • Please wash hands before lessons. In fact, just get in the habit of hand washing before practice or performance. Instruments are expensive and require special care and respect. At the studio, the piano keys can become a medium for communicable diseases. Cleanliness can reduce this factor. A student may be asked to excuse him/herself and wash if necessary during a lesson.  I keep antibiotic hand wipes for student use here in the studio.
  • Remember, if objectives for the student are not clear, a conference with parents may be necessary during lesson time.
  • Home environment should include a satisfactory, playable instrument. Parental involvement in organizing practice time is necessary for the student to be successful.

Canceled Lessons

  • If you wish to cancel a lesson, please notify your teacher at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled lesson. Otherwise, the fee for the missed lesson will NOT be credited to the next month. An emergency situation is an exception.
  • Lack of practice is not an acceptable excuse to cancel a lesson.
  • If there are more than 4 cancellations over 2 months, piano lessons may be terminated.
  • If you have no lessons for over a month, for any reason, the reserved lesson time may not be kept.
  • O’Connor Music Studio reserves the right to dismiss a student midyear for lack of progress due to poor practice habits and attitude. Lesson time will not be used as a substitute for practice time. Prior to dismissal, parents will be notified. Ample time will be given to correct any problems, however. This is part of the self-discipline of the music program.
  • The O’Connor Music Studio is usually at full capacity so makeup lessons are not guaranteed.


  • One month’s notice is required for students discontinuing lessons for any reason. Once a student embarks on a school year of study, it is expected that they will complete it.
  • Parents are welcome during the lesson, but without other children if possible.
  • Please do not drop off your students early, or pick them up late. This is most annoying to the person who is taking a lesson. They have paid for a private lesson and do not usually relish having an audience. Extra students cannot be watched during another’s lessons and they sometimes get disruptive. Having a parent come in during another student’s lesson either to pick up or deliver is also disruptive. Continual disregard of this policy is grounds for dismissal.
  • The teacher does not take full responsibility for improving student’s ability. Piano learning will never be successful without their efforts and those of their Parents and Teacher, especially for a student under 18 years of age.  Parents need to supervise or to help make a conducive environment for their children’s practice. The teacher cannot supervise students every day.
  • The success of young piano students is usually directly proportioned to parental involvement in the learning process. Regardless of musical background, every parent can work with the teacher to make piano lessons a positive experience. Here are some suggestions:
  • Getting your child to lessons on time with the proper materials is the first step to success.
  • Expressing enthusiasm for your child’s accomplishments provides strong incentive for him or her to continue making progress.
  • Reviewing the lesson with the child and being an audience at least once a week to show your continuing interest in the child’s improvement and underscore the importance of consistent practice.
  • Supporting the program set forth by the teacher and cooperating in recitals demonstrate your appreciation for music and musical training.
  • Establishing a definite schedule for practicing is essential to developing a commitment for lessons. Unless practice time is given a high priority, it probably will not get done.
  • Promptness for lessons is important.
  • Please do not knock unless the door is locked!.
  • Please do not send your child to the lesson sick. If he/she is not well enough to go to school, he/she is not well enough for piano lessons.  Skype or Facetime lessons are possible or you can submit a video of your child’s practice.