Frequently asked questions

Do I need a piano at home?


Yes. A piano or a digital keyboard with 88 weighted keys and a damper pedal is required to make progress. Each family is encouraged to purchase a piano if possible, as nothing can take the place of its touch and sound. A metronome is also necessary for all students.




Where does my tuition go?


  • Time spent with the student
  • Time preparing for the student
    • Searching for music, lesson planning, scheduling, bookkeeping, development of curriculum, communicating with parents, 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 teacher’s time!
  • Your teacher’s training and experience
    • Tuition is based, in part, on the educator’s education and experience.
  • Recital costs and preparations
    • Programs, sheet music, equipment, refreshments, recital hall and facility rental.
  • Professional Organization Membership
    • Memberships are maintained by the teacher to enhance their teaching skills and provide the student with opportunities for festivals, auditions, evaluations, exams, and performance.
  • Professional journals
    • Publications to stay current on new teaching materials and trends.
  • Music books, supplemental materials, studio licenses
    • Materials purchased by the teacher to keep costs low for students including digital music that can be printed at home or the lesson.
  • Studio expenses
    • Copying, computer software, incentive awards, programs, newsletters, instruments, tunings, and repairs.
  • Property taxes, self-employment taxes, insurances, business licenses, retirement
    • The independent music teacher has no employer to assist in providing health insurance or retirement funds. Tuition helps cover the living costs of your self-employed teacher.
  • Continuing education
    • Lessons, workshops, webinars, and classes that keep the teacher educated and proficient in methods and techniques to help the music student succeed!




May I reschedule my lesson time?


If you just need to reschedule one lesson, you can simply do it though logging into your student protal. Please click the links below for detail:

Please contact the instructor if none of the makeup times through the student portal work for you. Please notice:
  1. Students are allowed to reschedule missed lessons if the instructor is notified at least 24 hours in advance.
  2. Maximum of 2 make-up lessons are allowed per semester.
  3. Cancelled lessons must be made up within the semester. All make-up lessons expire at the end of each semester.
If you need to switch your weekly lesson to a different time, please contact the instructor at your earliest convenience.




How do I take care of my piano?


Please try to have your piano tuned one to two times a year (the best times are spring and fall).




Do I need to practice?


Yes! Piano progress is made by practice. Daily practice for at least five days of the week is expected. Length of practice will vary based on the student’s level of advancement. Young students may need parents to be actively involved in practicing until they reach an age where they can be more self-directed in their practicing.