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Studio Policies



I will teach your child the language of music using a wide-range of repertoire as well as scale studies, music theory, sight-reading, and other historical and cultural materials related to the study of composers, music history and the piano. 


Students agree to arrive at each lesson punctually and well prepared with their assignment books and music. To make good progress, daily quality practice is necessary. 

Students and parents can email me with any questions during the week that arise with their music or anything I need to know that would be helpful such as if they are having a tough week at school or home. This will help me tailor the lesson better for each student and know how to handle our time together. 

I do understand when students are sick and have an occasional scheduling issue with school or other activities. Students can trade lessons with other students and when I can, I will provide alternate lesson days and times; however, advanced notice is best. In general, students will benefit from having a regular lesson day and time, with little change. 

I encourage all students to participate in the performance workshops and recitals as it allows them an opportunity to learn performance skills as well as learn from other students and hear a variety of music. These workshops and recitals are part of the tuition that you pay for your lessons! 


Monthly lessons will be invoiced to each family, at the end of the month, for the number of lessons and time spent teaching. Please note that I do allow for one absence each semester if a student is ill. The student can make up the missed lesson at another time during the year or holiday break when the studio is open. 

Tuition covers not only the actual lesson time spent with the student, but time preparing for each student as well. 

This includes: 

  • An individualized plan for each student’s course of study
  • Development of teaching materials, often including pieces hand-selected from other musical resources
  • Recital Preparation and repertoire planning
  • Other musical resources such as music theory games, listening CD’s, and composer and cultural history related to current repertoire each student is studying 


Students will be assigned certain music literature including a scale book, repertoire at various levels and music theory and technique books. These charges will be indicated on each student’s invoice, which also include the price I am able to receive for these materials with my teacher’s discount. 


Ideally, when students enroll for the year, they are doing so with the understanding of whichever month they begin that they are committing to the entire school year, i.e. September through June. Summer lessons are offered to students at a more relaxed pace of continuing their music studies with flexibility for other activities and family plans. 


Any lesson that I have to cancel will be made up or a credit will be given. 

Photo and Video Release Form 

I use photographs of my students on my website not only to promote our piano studio but for students, friends and families to keep up to date on studio news and performances. By signing up for lessons in my studio, you are agreeing to this use of your child’s images. In general, students love to see their pictures on our website. 

By enrolling and paying tuition for my child in Engel Music Studio, I certify that I understand and agree to the studio policies for the 2019/202 school year.