Studio Policy & Tuition Agreement
Piano lessons for the academic school year run from September 6 2022 to June 9 2023. The monthly tuition is always the same because it is calculated according to the entire school year of 32 weeks in 9 equal monthly installments. If a month has 5 weeks, tuition is not increased. If a month has 3 weeks, tuition is not prorated. If a student decides to end piano lessons, lessons must be completed until the end of the month last paid for. There are no piano lessons during Christmas Break, Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break and Spring Break as well as Memorial Day, Martin Luther King Day, Labor Day, Indigenous Peoples Day and Veterans Day. At the start of the school year, there is a $75 registration/book fee to cover the cost of piano books and materials throughout the year.
9 equal monthly installments
60 minute piano lessons $245 per month
45 minute piano lessons $185 per month
30 minute piano lessons $125 per month
Students may also choose to pay in a semester package of 16 weeks. Fall semester 2022 is September – January. Spring semester is January – May.
Fall and Spring Semester Package
60 minute lessons $960 per semester
45 minute lessons $720 per semester
30 minute lessons $560 per semester
There are an uneven number of weekdays during the school year, and as a result, Monday and Friday students end slightly later this year than Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.
Monday student’s last day (32nd lesson): June 5
Tuesday last day: May 9
Wednesday last day: May 10
Thursday last day: May 11
Friday last day: June 2
Makeup lessons are May 15 – June 9. On average, students usually have 1-3 makeup lessons per year.
If parents would like to continue lessons through the month of June, they can make an additional 10th June payment, which can be adjusted to account for any make-up lessons.
30 minute lessons: $125
45 minute lessons: $180
60 minute lessons: $240
Summer lessons are a 6 week package. The summer session runs from July 10 2023-September 1 2023, which allows space for students to take 2 weeks off for vacation and summer camps. There are no lessons the week of July 4th.
6 Week Summer Lesson Package
60 minute lessons $360 for the summer
45 minute lessons $270 for the summer
30 minute lessons $210 for the summer
Summer tuition is due July 1st. If students decide to take the summer off but would like to return to lessons in September, a nonrefundable holding deposit of $100 is due June 1st, which can be applied towards September tuition.
Payment for piano lessons is electronic through MyMusicStaff and is due on the 1st of each month in advance for the upcoming month. There are two ways you can pay for lessons. On the first of each month, MyMusicStaff will send an invoice to your email. When you click on the PDF copy of the invoice, you can press “click here to pay online” and pay directly from your phone or computer. You can also set up automatic recurring payments through the MyMusicStaff Parent Portal. When you register for lessons, you will automatically be sent login information for the parent portal where you can make payments. The parent portal login can also be found on my website, https://nellbritton.com/parent-portal-login/ On the parent portal you will be able to see how many makeup lessons you have. Any payment that is 10 days late will accrue an automatic $15 late fee through this service.
MISSED PIANO LESSONS / MAKE UP LESSONS
If a student cancels a piano lesson due to sickness, vacation or conflicting extracurricular activities, Tuition is not prorated and there is no makeup for that lesson. Students can opt to join a swap mailing list and swap lesson times with other families on weeks that they cannot attend their usual lesson time. If no other family can swap lesson times, there is no makeup for that lesson. If the family you swap with has a shorter lesson length, you would opt for a shorter lesson.
If Nell cancels a piano lesson due to weather or sickness, the lesson can be made up May 15 2023- June 9 2023. If a student cannot make up their lessons in the available time slots, tuition will be prorated at the end of the year.
There will be two piano recitals on Sunday December 11, 2022 at 1:00 and Sunday May 21, 2023 at 1:00 at Trinity Episcopal Church on 580 Forest Ave. All students are required to attend. Recitals are an essential learning experience. They help build a sense of community and ensure that all students practice and make progress throughout the school year.
Individual and group photos/videos will be taken during piano studio recitals and piano lessons. These photos/videos may be used for publicity on Nell Britton Piano Studio’s Website, Facebook, and Instagram page. If for any reason you do not wish me to use individual photos of yourself or your child, please let me know on the registration form.
PIANO STUDIO EXPECTATIONS
Students must have a piano to practice on at home. The piano can be electric or acoustic, and must have 88 keys and a damper pedal. Students should practice piano a minimum of 5 times per week and should complete all assignments in their notebook during each practice session. There are busier times of year when exceptions can be made, but consistent practice at home is necessary.
Nell Britton reserves the right to dismiss a student from her piano studio who does not practice, cancels lessons regularly, does not attend recitals, and/or does not pay tuition in a timely manner.