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
∗ Pay bills promptly

Beyond the Weekly Lesson

Piano Classes
Piano classes happen 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 2022 – 2023 Schedule is:
✴ Saturday, October 22, 2022 (Virtual)
✴ Saturday, January 22, 2023
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.

A fall recital in November, a winter recital in February, and a spring recital in June give students three chances to practice performing in front of friends and family. Recitals are always optional, though strongly encouraged! Each recital lasts about 30 minutes, and will either include a take-home goodie-bag, or or be followed by cupcakes and other treats. Recitals in 2022 – 2023 are:
✴ Sunday, November 6, 2022 @ 4:30PM
✴ Sunday, February 12, 2023 @ 5:30PM
✴ Sunday, June 12, 2023 @3PM

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 year will bring more opportunities than ever as world-class musicians stream their concerts in an accessible format for the first time. The Seattle Chamber Music Society is at the fore-front of the trend – offering virtual and in-person concerts throughout the year.

Summer Term

Summer is an exciting time filled with numerous engaging activities.
If you are interested in continuing regular lessons during the summer, you packages of four, six, or eight lessons are available for purchase in June to use when it fits your schedule during July and August.

Tuition Etc.

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 10, 2022
January 29, 2023

30 Minute Lessons: $660
45 Minute Lessons: $1,000
60 Minute Lessons: $1,340

Monthly Tuition Due:
By the 10th of each month
30 Minute Lessons: $136
45 Minute Lessons: $204
60 Minute Lessons: $272

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 15th of the month.

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, I can often arrange for students 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.

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.