Studio Policy

Studio Policy

The policy of Northern Baltimore Piano (NBP) is designed (1) for students to progress in their studies and (2) for the studio to prosper as a business. Working together we can achieve our goals. 

The studio provides prospective students with two copies of our policy. Please read it carefully and feel free to ask any questions. If you decide to enroll, please sign both copies and return both copies to your instructor. A copy will be returned to you after the policy is signed by NBP’s Director.

Lessons & Tuition

Students are encouraged to sign up for a year of lessons; tuition is paid monthly. NBP’s calendar year is 10 months, starting on the first day of September and ends on the last day of June. A full calendar year includes 38 lessons and 2 recitals. Lesson schedule remains the same from Fall to Spring semesters. Lessons in July and August are optional but highly recommended. Monthly tuition rate is a flat rate, regardless of how many lessons are scheduled each month. Please refer to the studio calendar for lesson and recital days.

Tuition is due at or before the first lesson of the month. Please make checks payable to Northern Baltimore Piano and mail the check to:

Northern Baltimore Piano
3009 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

A $10 late fee will be added to tuition that is not paid before the 14th of the month. If a check is returned from the bank, you will be charged a $25 returned check fee.

We also offer a lesson-by-lesson payment option for adult students whose schedule does not allow them to commit to regular lessons.

Northern Baltimore Piano teaches beginning, intermediate and advanced piano levels and offers 30-, 45-and 60-minute lessons. Young beginners (ages 4-6) typically start with 30-minute lessons. As the student progresses, the instructor will recommend longer lesson times at the appropriate time. Lessons are given in the studio and in students homes.

If you plan to pay at the first lesson of the month, please have a check ready before the lesson begins. A $20 late fee will be added to tuition that is not paid before the 14th of the month. If a check is returned from the bank, you will be charged a $35 returned check fee. 

We also offer a lesson-by-lesson payment option for adult students whose schedule does not allow them to commit to regular lessons. 

Northern Baltimore Piano teaches beginning, intermediate and advanced piano levels and offers 30-, 45-and 60-minute lessons. Young beginners (ages 4-6) typically start with 30-minute lessons. As the student progresses, the instructor will recommend longer lesson times at the appropriate time. Lessons are given in the studio and in students homes, and rates are structured accordingly. 

Tuition Rates

For the current tuition rates, please click here.

Missed Lessons

Monthly students are required to commit to a full calendar year, September to June.  

It sometimes happens that students are unable to attend a lesson, through doctor’s appointments, illness, untimely accidents or family vacations, etc. However regrettable this is, NBP does NOT offer refunds or prorated tuition for missed lessons. NBP also does NOT accommodate makeup lessons. 

As soon as students are aware of a conflict in their lesson schedule, please have the courtesy of contacting the instructor.

If the lesson is canceled by the instructor or if the lesson is canceled because of inclement weather, an alternative date will be suggested so that the student can make up the lesson. 

Piano Practice

Practice is essential. A beginner should practice a minimum of 15-30 minutes a day; intermediate students, 45-60 minutes a day; advanced students, at least 90 minutes and preferably two hours. Practice need not be continuous. Daily practice
can be broken up into segments as short as 15 minutes. 

Performances

Twice a year, studio recitals provide students with opportunities to perform for a live audience. The recitals mark the student’s growth and demonstrate understanding of musical concepts as well as technique. Students are also encouraged to participate in competitions at the recommendation of the instructor. For students under 18, the two recitals take the place of two lessons; for adult students, the recitals are optional. 

Additional Expenses

It is the student’s responsibility to purchase the necessary music and supplies recommended by the studio. For example, beginning and intermediate students will be working concurrently with books on music theory, scales and arpeggios, and etudes. There is some latitude in the choice of these books. At NBP we recommend books published by Faber, Alfred or Bastien. If the student already has books, we can discuss whether they can be used in our lessons. Students who have advanced beyond intermediate will be asked to explore the classical repertoire and to purchase appropriate music.

Media Consent

By enrolling in the studio and signing this studio policy, the student and parents’ consent to and authorize NBP to capture and use video-audio recordings and photographic images of the student and/or his or her musical performance or quoted statements in print, electronic, or online media, for educational and promotional purposes, and without compensation. Parent agrees to waive and release all claims to NBP. However, if there is any material that is posted and you wish for it to be removed, NBP will respect and accommodate your wishes.

Change of Instructor

NBP can make a change of instructor without prior notice.

Withdrawal from Studio

When the student is ready to leave the studio, as all students eventually must, we appreciate 4 weeks’ notice.

Grounds for Dismissal

Grounds for dismissal from the studio include but are not limited to:

  • Frequent lack of preparedness for lessons
  • Excessive absences
  • Disrespect
  • Inability to focus
  • Inappropriate behavior
  • Repeated late payment of tuition

 

Communicating with the  Instructor

 Your instructor runs on a tight schedule. The instructor is required to be on time for the next scheduled lesson time and there is limited time to communicate after the lesson concludes. NBP understands the importance and encourages open communication. Please communicate with your instructor with the following methods:

  • Email - This is the preferred method
  • In Person - If you prefer to communicate in person, please be ready to talk briefly at the beginning of the lesson. Please be aware that these conversations can cut into the lesson time
  • Phone - Email instructor to arrange a phone meeting

 

rev. 08/14/2016

Testimonials

Soyoung is a great teacher, a helpful adviser to both her students and the parents of her students, and a delightful person. I highly recommend her as a piano teacher.

– Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella

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