Parent (or Adult Student) Responsibilities
  • Provide music books, a working metronome and other materials as requested.
  • Allocate time for regular and consistent, daily practice.
  • For parents, make sure that your child practices the piano each day. For very young children (around four to six years of age), 15 to 20 minutes of supervised piano practice will suffice. The primary task will be to build the child’s capacity for concentrated learning.  Children six to thirteen years of age should practice at least 30 minutes a day, six days a week.  Many students will not take the initiative to do this on their own and need to be reminded.
  • Check your email regularly as I communicate through email and it is the best way to reach me.  I kindly ask that you do not text me.
Student Responsibilities
  • Students should come to lessons well-prepared with all assignments from the previous lesson as assigned.
  • Keep fingernails trimmed short to ensure proper hand position and proper technique.
  • Each student will have a personal practicing recommendation that may differ based on their level, potential, and ability.
Cancellations / Missed Lessons
  • In the event a student is unable to attend a lesson, it is required a notification be sent via email (bergenpianostudio@gmail.com) with as much notification as possible.
  • No refunds will be given for missed lessons or withdrawal from lessons.
  • Make up lessons are not guaranteed.  
Tuition / Payment Options
  • Tuition is due the first week of every month. A late fee of $15 will incur if tuition is not received by the 10th of each month. If tuition is not paid in full by the 20th of each month, lessons will be discontinued until payment is received in full.
  • Tuiton is charged based upon the semester, not per lesson, and is divided into monthly payments. See below for tuition breakdown.
  • Acceptable forms of payment include cash, checks, and via Zelle (https://www.zellepay.com/). 
  • No refunds will be given for missed or withdrawal from lessons.

Tuition covers not only the actual time spent with the student, but also the time spent in preparation for the student:

  • An individualized plan for the student’s course of study
  • Selection of repertoire, specific for each student
  • Development of teaching materials
  • Tuning and repairs of piano
  • Teacher’s training and experience
  • Studio expenses
Discontinuing Lessons
  • In the event there is a decision to discontinue lessons, either a one month notice or a two-month lesson fee is required. This allows me a chance to fill the time slot and finish the lessons on a positive note for the student.
  • Any termination initiated by the parent or student requires a WRITTEN and PAID TUITION notice.
Termination of Lessons

Students may be dismissed from lessons for any of the following reasons:

  • Destruction or theft of property in my home or studio.
  • Disrespect or uncooperative attitude toward teachers or other students.
  • Failure to comply with studio policy.
  • Failure to pay tuition on the due date.
Studio Etiquette
  • Parents must bring and pick students up on time.
  • No food, drinks or gum in the music studio.
  • Students must deactivate their cell phones during lessons.
  • Parents and siblings are welcome to sit in on the lesson, however I ask that visitors remain quiet during the lesson.  This promotes the student/teacher relationship that is necessary for success.
  • Please respect studio hours and do not “drop by” after hours.
Policy Changes
  • I reserve the right to update or modify these Studio Policies, at any time and without prior notice, by posting the revised version of these Studio Policies on my website. Your use of the Site following any such change constitutes your agreement with all posted Studio Policies updates, and you will be subject to the terms of the revised Studio Policies. You may access the current version of these Studio Policies at any time on my web site.