Policies

Expectations

Students of Carrie Kahler Agree To:
∗ Have fun!
∗ Practice at least three times a week
∗ Do their best to focus during lessons, respect their teacher, and
their music

Parents of Students of Carrie Kahler Agree To:
∗ Help their children practice at least three times a week
∗ Make sure that all books are brought to lessons
∗ Make sure students arrive with clean hands and trimmed
fingernails
∗ Pay bills promptly

Beyond the Weekly Lesson


Piano Classes
Piano classes happen three times during the school year. Classes are an opportunity to share music with friends, learn ear training and theory, practice performing, and play music games.
Each piano class is an hour long on a Saturday. The 2020 – 2021 Schedule is:
✴ Saturday, October 24, 2020 (Virtual)
✴ Saturday, February 13, 2021
✴ Saturday, May 22, 2021
There are three available sessions per class.

  • 10 – 11AM
  • 11:30 – 12:30PM
  • 1:30 – 2:30PM

You can sign up directly through the student portal on MyMusicStaff.com, or send me an email indicating which time works best for you. Each class is tailored to the needs of the students participating.

Recitals
A fall recital in November, a winter recital in February, and a spring recital in May give students three chances to practice performing in front of friends and family. Recitals are always optional, though strongly encouraged! Our fall recital will be virtual. Each recital lasts about 30 minutes, and is followed by cookies and milk, cupcakes, and other treats. Recitals in 2020 – 2021 are:
✴ Sunday, November 15, 2020 @ 3PM and 4:15PM
✴ Sunday, February 28, 2021 @ 3PM and 4:15PM
✴ Sunday, June 6, 2021 @3PM and 4:15PM

Concerts
Though we have a plethora of digital (and analogue) options for music access these days, there is no substitute for live performances! Each student is encouraged to choose at least one concert from the calendar to attend each year. This fall will bring more opportunities than ever as world-class musicians stream their concerts in an accessible format for the first time.

Summer Term

Summer is an exciting time filled with numerous engaging activities. I offer two summer day camps in July, and two in August. If you are interested in attending a summer camp, let me know! I tailor my curriculum and activities to the age groups and abilities of my campers. If you’d like to bring a friend who is not taking lessons with me, the general Music Camp will be a great fit for friends who do not have much music experience already. Watch for specific information in February each year.

If you are interested in continuing regular lessons during the summer, you can purchase a package of four, six, or eight lessons in June to use when it fits your schedule.

Tuition Etc.

Tuition
During the school term (September – June), tuition is payable either per
semester or monthly. Those who choose to pay by the semester receive a small
discount. Remember that your tuition covers more than just weekly lesson time!
Tuition also covers lesson planning, finding music, a lending library, curriculum
development, recital preparation, class preparation, supplies, and continuing
education so I can be a more effective teacher.

Semester Tuition Due:
September 8, 2020
January 29, 2021

30 Minute Lessons: $629
45 Minute Lessons: $943
60 Minute Lessons: $1,255

Monthly Tuition Due:
By the 10th of each month
30 Minute Lessons: $126
45 Minute Lessons: $189
60 Minute Lessons: $252

Payments
Payments can be made with cash, check, or online using the payment portal at
MyMusicStaff.com. While I understand that everyone forgets things sometimes,
there is a $10 late fee after the 10th of the month.

Books
I purchase books as necessary throughout the year and include them on the
next bill.

Missed Lessons
Sports, dance, theater, travel and illness sometimes make attendance
challenging! As soon as you know you will miss a lesson, you send me a text or
an email, and cancel your lesson in the student portal on MyMusicStaff.com.

There are no credits for missed lessons. However, because of my large studio, I can often arrange for families to swap times. There are two ways to swap times. First, you can log in to the Student Portal on MyMusicStaff.com and register for any open lesson slot. Second, you can send me an email and ask what open lesson slots I have.

If I have to cancel a lesson, more scheduling options will be given.

Snow Days
Though rare, sometimes snow makes it too difficult to drive to my studio. In most cases I can offer a virtual lesson instead. If that is not possible, as with other types of missed lessons, as soon as you know you will be absent, please send me a text or an email, and cancel your lesson in the student portal on MyMusicStaff.com. Depending on circumstances, I may open up extra lesson slots to facilitate easier lesson swaps.

Termination
Unfortunately, sometimes students have to quit before the end of the school
term. To avoid a cancellation fee, please provide one month’s notice. Those
who paid for a semester will receive a prorated refund.