2017 -2018 Studio Policy


Thank you for choosing to give the gift of music to your child. Music is an art that can truly provide a lifetime of enjoyment. It has been found that music affects the brain in many positive ways. Music makes us smarter, happier, and more productive at any age. The studio policies below will ensure I can provide the best possible experience for your child’s musical journey.

Location and Parking
The studio is located at 2123 Bainbridge Road, Jackson, Missouri 636755. You may park in the driveway or in the street in front of the house. When parking in the driveway please park on one side and pull completely forward. Do not park in the middle of the driveway as that blocks all entrances and exits to those who may wish to also use the driveway.

What Tuition Covers
Tuition not only covers the contact time spent with the student, but also the hours spent in preparation for the student.

• Time spent with the student (lessons, performances, competitions, festivals)
• An individualized plan for the student’s course of study
• Selection of repertoire, specific for each student
• Incentive programs and game materials
• Teacher’s training and experience
• Professional organization dues which provide students with opportunities for competitions and festivals
• Studio-licensed Music Library
• Holiday Music Lending Library
• Tuning and repairs of piano
• Studio technology
• 1” black binder for music lessons

Tuition, Fees, & Payment Policy
• The year is divided into two terms. The Academic Year Term is a 10-month term (August – May) and the Summer Term is a two-month term (June – July). Tuition will include 32 lesson opportunities and 2 recitals during the Academic Year Term. Summer Term tuition and lessons are to be determined. The studio runs much like a private school; tuition during the Academic Year Term and is based on enrollment, not attendance, reserving your child’s exclusive lesson time throughout the piano year whether he/she attends lesson or not. (I cannot teach another student when a student misses a lesson without replacing the student altogether.)
• Materials for lessons, competition fees, recital fees, and other performance fees will occur throughout the year and will be billed in addition to the monthly tuition payment as they occur. 

• Monthly tuition installments are due no later than the 1st day of each month.

Payments can be made in the following ways:
♦Dropped off in the black mail box located on the front porch.
♦Online banking. You can use your personal bank’s “online bill pay system” to schedule your monthly payment installments. Extra expenses like piano books, one-times fees, or other piano lesson expenses can also be made via the same online banking bill pay, but will be a one-time payment instead of recurring payment.
♦Payments can be made at your piano lesson if it is on or before the first day of the month.
♦Use the “Pay Online” link at the bottom of your invoice (You must use this link. Please do not send me money directly through PayPal.) You will be taken to a new page that first will display the studio logo and a few other details about your payment before you are taken to PayPal. There is a 3.5% convenience fee for using the Online Payment option. If you do not wish to pay a 3.5% convenience fee, please feel free to use the other payment options listed above.

• Statements will be sent by e-mail on or before the 25th of each month. 

• Payments received after the 5th of the month will automatically be charged a $15.00 late penalty.
• A $30 fee will be added to your account for any check that is returned for insufficient funds. If you bounce a check more than twice you will be asked to make all future tuition payments in cash.

Monthly Payment Installment Plans:
♦ 30-minute lesson ($710 for the Academic Year Term, August - May) = $71.00/month (recommended for early elementary-early intermediate students)
♦ 45-minute lesson ($1,065 for the Academic Year Term, August - May) = $106.50/month (recommended for intermediate-early advanced students)
♦ 60-minute lesson ($1,420 for the Academic Year Term, August - May) = $142.00/month (recommended for advanced students & those pursuing a college music degree)

• Keep it clean! ALL students are REQUIRED to wash their hands before each lesson.
• Arrive at each lesson punctually, well-prepared, and with all necessary materials. If you arrive five minutes late, your lesson is five minutes shorter. You reserve the time slot, not the number of minutes.
• Students should arrive to their lesson appointment no more than 5 minutes early. If you find that you have arrived more than 5 minutes early for you scheduled lesson time, please wait in your vehicle with your parents until it is time for you to enter the studio.
• Students should be picked up no more than 5 minutes passed their scheduled lesson time. Parents, please make sure you arrive in plenty of time to pick up your child as I am usually not available to ensure the safety of your child once he/she leaves the studio. Also, there are certain times that may require me to leave directly after your child’s lesson time.
• Students should not bring their friends to piano lessons as it can create a distraction in their learning environment.
• Food and non-water drinks are prohibited in the piano studio.
• Student's nails should be kept trim at all times. It is not safe nor can they play with good hand position if they have long nails.
• The Spring Piano Recital is a mandatory performance event. Students who do not participate in this event will not be guaranteed a spot in the studio for the next year and will be placed at the bottom of the waiting list.
• Students who do not enroll for summer lessons are not guaranteed a spot in the studio for the next year and will be placed at the bottom of the waiting list.

Missed Lessons & Unavoidable Conflicts
        Please understand that the tuition you pay reserves an exclusive weekly time in the schedule for your child, similar to purchasing a ticket to a concert. Once the time is past, it is not available again. Unlike a doctor or a hairdresser, I cannot re-sell that time nor will I create extra teaching time in which to give lessons due to the teacher’s limited availability.

• No payment credit will be provided for missed lessons.
• No make-up lessons will be offered for any reason. Be sure to choose a lesson time that is one in which you feel confident that you will have no other conflicts.
• FaceTime, Skype, Phone Lesson, Video Evaluation, or swapping with another family are great solutions for not missing lessons. Mrs. Rapp will evaluate and respond to Video Evaluation’s during your regularly scheduled lesson time. In order to participate in a video evaluation, the video must be received before the student’s scheduled lesson time.
• If another student forfeits his/her exclusive lesson time for the week, it will be offered to another student should they have a conflict in that same week. Please do not rely on this for rescheduling purposes as this does not happen very often.
• If you choose to swap lesson times with another family, the family that is exchanging the lesson needs to let me know the exchange information. Exchanges are not obligatory; they are reciprocal. If someone says, “No” to an exchange request, please respect that. If someone exchanges with you, however, be kind and return the favor when possible.
• The studio does not normally cancel lessons for inclement weather conditions. Most of the time the roads have cleared by the afternoon when the majority of lessons take place. If you are unable to make your lesson due to inclement weather conditions, you may use one of the above alternative lesson formats (FaceTime, Skype, Phone Lesson, or Video Evaluation) or you can choose to miss your lesson that week. The choice will be up to the parent as to how they wish to proceed.
• If the teacher must cancel lessons for any reason, there are 2 flex weeks of “Unscheduled Teacher Vacation” during the Academic Year Term that do not appear on the Studio Calendar. This is time off that you are not and will not pay for as I will make sure I am scheduled to teach 32 lessons during the Academic Year Term as outlined in the studio policy.

The teacher may terminate lessons due to negative behavior, failure to practice, or failure to comply with studio etiquette. Terminating lessons before the end of the year must be by mutual agreement between teacher and parent. Because tuition includes much more than the reserved lesson time, the studio requires one-month written and paid tuition notice before the semester ends.

Academic Year Term (August-May)
♦ Fall Semester: one-month written and paid notice by December 1st
♦ Spring Semester: one-month written and paid notice by May 1st
Summer Term (June-July): one-month written and paid notice by July 1st.

Instrument & Materials for Lessons
• All students must have an acoustic piano or 88-key modern digital piano with weighted hammer action and foot pedals for home practice. If you have a keyboard, itmust sit on a stand and have a bench. The 61 keyboards sold at most large retail stores are not satisfactory for continued study of practice.
• Students must have a metronome. The metronome may be portable or an app located on an electronic device such as your cell phone or tablet.
• The teacher will make all music purchases and the student/parent will be responsible for all reimbursements.
• Any borrowed music from the Music Library that is not returned or is returned damaged will be charged to the student at its replacement cost. Normal wear and tear is expected.

Maintaining Your Piano
• The quality of your student's home instrument plays a significant role in their potential for success.
• Your piano needs to be tuned a minimum of once per year.
• Pianos should be kept on an inside wall away from direct sunlight.
• If your piano is in a basement area, you should have a dehumidifier in the room or you may have a heat bar attached to your piano by a piano technician.
• With regular maintenance, your piano will last for many years.

• Students are required to complete their assignments each week and bring all materials/books to lessons.
• Daily practice is vital to musical progress. If you treat piano lessons like an academic subject, students will progress and grow and enjoy it more in the long run. The study of music is rewarding and enjoyable, but it is also work!
• The recommended amount of practice time will be discussed with the student, and should be practiced at least 5 days a week. However, in my studio I stress quality practicing more than quantity practicing. Unprepared lessons cost the same as prepared ones but their value is substantially compromised.

Important note: Sometime during the course of taking piano lessons, your child may say something like, “I don’t want to practice,” or “I’m too tired to go to piano lessons,” or “I don’t want to go- I want to play with my friends,” “I want to quit,” etc… Just be aware that your child’s interest will probably not be consistent; but to be successful, you will need to be consistent in your encouragement and commitment to music instruction. In most cases, simply acknowledge your child’s comments, but then go on with your normal routine just as you would if you heard the comment, “I don’t want to brush my teeth,” “I don’t want to stop playing with my toys,” or “I don’t want to go to bed.”

• Email or text is the best and preferred way to reach me. If you need to cancel a lesson at the last minute, please text. I check my email several times a day. I let the voice mail take calls during lessons.
• Please remember to check your email once or twice a week as I often like to communicate through email.
• Parents may occasionally observe lessons by appointment only, but must refrain from adding comments when I am teaching.
 Mrs. R's Piano Studio and Christa Rapp are released from any liabilities, accidents or injuries that may incur from the enrolled student with the participation of piano lessons, group classes, piano parties or piano events.
• Students may not enter performances, competitions, or auditions without the knowledge of the teacher. • All adjudication results will remain at the piano studio in the student's file. The student will be provided a copy of the results to share with their parents/family members. The original copies are important for any errors that may occur in record keeping at a competition/festival. Scoring results/comments are also used at the studio to help the student grow as a musician. In the event a student leaves the studio, all adjudication sheets will be released to the parent.

I understand and agree to the studio policies for the 2017 – 2018 year.

Student’s Name(s)                                                                               Parent’s Signature

Mrs. R's Piano Studio
Christa Rapp **** Cell: 573-225-2110 **** Email: mrs.rspianostudio@gmail.com ****Website: mrsrspianostudio.mymusicstaff.com****Christa is an active member of the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Encore Music Club of which she is currently serving as treasurer.