Studio Policy 2021-2022

Schedule, Lessons and Lab:


Private Lessons are offered in 30 minute, 45 minute or 60 minute periods in studio, online lessons are reserved for make-up lessons and sickness. Covid sanitation practices will still be practiced (hand washing upon arrival to studio, wiping of keys between students, air purification).    

If your child has any fever, cold, flu, cough, or runny nose symptoms please notify me and we’ll schedule an online lesson.  If your child is getting over a cold and still has symptoms, they will be asked to wear a mask during their lesson till all symptoms have gone.   If anyone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, please notify me and we will switch to online lessons till your quarantine period is over and everyone is symptom free.   

My Responsibilities:


I will teach your child the language of music. I teach music so each student can

learn to express themselves in ways that words and feelings can’t. My studio is a positive, enthusiastic

nurturing environment. I will work to create a learning environment that best fits your child’s specific

learning needs.

Student and Family’s Responsibilities:


Students agree to arrive at each lesson punctually, well-prepared, and with their assignment books and music. To make progress, daily quality practice is necessary. Students should fill in their practice time in Tonara (the practice app) for each week and parents should monitor practicing and see that assignments are completed.

Practicing Estimations: minimum expectations

Beginning level students begin with 20 - 30 minutes a day

Late Elementary level students, increase to 30 - 45 minutes a day

Intermediate level students, increase to 45 - 1 hour a day

Advanced level students, increase to 1 - 1 1/2 hours a day

If something is happening at home or school that is affecting your child please let me know. Sending a

quick text prior to arriving to the lesson will help me be sensitive to the needs of your child. A little

heads up can make the difference between a great lesson and a difficult one.

All students are encouraged to play at the two recitals each year: December and June.

Tuition, books, and fees:


Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters have 12 scheduled lessons.

• Monthly tuition (Sept - May) for 30 min lesson is $140 a month, 45 min lesson is $180 a month, and 60 min lesson is $240 a month.

• Full year tuition with discount is made in 3 payments due Aug 18th, Nov 15th & March 7th.

                 o 30 min lesson is $360, 45 min lesson $480, and 60 min lesson is $660.

*These dates may change as the year progresses – stay connected to the studio calendar

* Fall Monday NO LESSONS are Labor Day (Sept 6) ONLY.  

*Winter Monday NO LESSONS are Jan 17th (MLK Day).  

*Winter No LESSONS for tech week (March 21 - 25th)

Sibling discount is 10%.

Monthly payments are due by the 1st lesson of every month. A late fee of $15 will be

charged for payments not received by the 2nd lesson. Payments can be made through check,

cash, Venmo @OliviaDonald, or PayPal.

Summer Quarter has 5 – 8 scheduled lessons. June 13th - August 13th. Exact dates will be

determined later.

Method Books:


Students are expected to purchase all the materials needed for their lessons. Tuition

does not cover method books used in the private lessons. An invoice will be sent home with these additional items as they are needed and received.

The students will need a 3-ring binder for their homework


The yearly non-refundable Resource Fee is $45.

This fee covers the replacement costs and new additions to the loaner library as well as resources (i.e. paper, pens, tape, and stickers) used during lessons, group lessons and the lab.

Students are expected to respect all studio property and to use equipment carefully. Disrespectful or

abusive use of studio equipment resulting in equipment damage will result in the loss of a student’s

computer lab privileges and they will be responsible for the cost of repairs.

Missed & Cancelled Lessons:


• Any lesson that I have to cancel will be made up or a credit will be given

• No payment credit or makeup lesson will be provided for students who miss lessons for

any reason.

Try to choose a lesson time in which you feel confident. Please understand that the tuition

you pay reserves an exclusive weekly time in my schedule for your child. Unlike a doctor or

a hairdresser, I cannot resell that time nor can I create extra teaching time in which to give


To help accommodate an occasional unavoidable change in student’s schedules, students can 

check the studio calendar on the website ( and pick a "swap" lesson slot available.  All calendar swap slots are coordinated through me.

• All missed lessons are made up by swapping lessons.



Two recitals are given each year. The first recital will be in December and the Spring Recital will be in June. Times and dates will be determined later. Check the google

calendar often. Other optional opportunities to perform are the Duet Festival in November, Bach

Festival in February, Certificate of Merit in March, The Romantic Festival in April, and the

Sonata Festival in May.

40 Piece Practice Challenge:


This year our practice challenge will start August 23rd and end June 10th.  Each student is encouraged to learn 40 pieces to performance level throughout the year.  A performance level piece is a piece you can play with expression, solid note and rhythm accuracy and from memory.  Awards will be given based on how many pieces out of the 40 you memorize.    Bronze = 15 memorized;  Silver = 25 memorized;  Gold = 40 memorized.   Students will be expected to work through their method books at the same time they are working on their 40 pieces.  For the challenge, I will adjust to create manageable assignments from the method books so students can achieve progress in both the challenge and weekly assignments.   Students that have “project” pieces will also be assigned at level pieces to help them achieve their 40 pieces by the end of the year.   

Terminating Lessons:


A 30 day notice is required if a student decides to discontinue lessons.

If a student committed to a full year of lessons (receiving the full tuition discount) decides to

terminate lessons mid quarter, no refunds will be given.

Referral Credit:


Receive $25 tuition credit for every referral that registers and joins the studio.

The best compliment I can get is a referral from a studio family.

I am looking forward to working with your children this year. I’m excited to be able to offer a

state of the art technology upgraded studio along with new ideas in teaching techniques and

motivation. My mission is to have a fun concrete curriculum to build confidence and excitement

in learning to play the piano. I want to create strong musicians that will continue to enjoy

playing the piano throughout their entire lives. Learning can be fun and it begins in my studio.


Musically Yours,

Olivia Donald



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I _____________________ have read, understand, and agree to adhere to the policies of Sing, Move,

and Play Music Academy’s private piano studio as stated above.

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