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2019-20 Musikhaus Piano Studio Rates, Policies and Guidelines
Effective August 1, 2019, to July 31, 2020
Dear parents: Musikhaus Rates, Policies and Guidelines remain posted at musikhaus.mymusicstaff.com, along with your student’s Calendar, Account, Attendance & Notes, Online Resources, Practice Log, and Repertoire. Once parents enroll students, they will be emailed login info.
Cancelation and Make-up Policy
- If necessary, a parent should cancel a student’s participation in a piano lesson or Music Play class directly on the Home Page or Calendar of the musikhaus.mymusicstaff.com Portal at least 24 hours in advance. The parent then signs the student up for an available make-up Music Play class or piano lesson on the Calendar at least 48 hours in advance.
- It is possible to have an occasional online piano lesson during the regular lesson time when transportation is impossible due to severe weather or exceptional schedule conflicts. Please give notice by the morning of the lesson day so that the teacher has time to send a link for the online lesson.
- When students cannot attend the regular piano lesson time, as an alternative to rescheduling, the teacher may record a video lesson and send the link so students may do the lesson in their own time. Please express interest in a video lesson when canceling the lesson.
- Remember that with the flat monthly piano tuition rate, piano students receive 36 lessons that may be scheduled from August 1, 2019, to July 31, 2020. Up to 40 piano lessons may be scheduled in the calendar year, but an absence without 24-hour advance notice counts as one of those lessons, except in the case of severe weather warnings.
Sibling Discount on Tuition (does not apply to other charges): Siblings enrolled in Musikhaus lessons receive a discount of 3% off total tuition.
Referral Credit: If you refer a piano or Music Play student, you will receive a $20 credit on your next tuition payment after the referred student’s first tuition payment. Make sure the referred parent names you as referrer on the online sign-up form.
Music Play Rate and Policies
Six classes, one per week: $100 per student. Singing and movement for infants and children, 1 month to 4 1/2 years old, to develop readiness for audiation and instrumental instruction.
Companions at Music Play Classes: One grown-up caregiver must participate with the student in classes, no more then one grown-up per student. Children should not be left unattended at the church.
Recommended Attire: In classes student and grown-up should wear clothing and clean shoes that allow for freedom of movement.
Piano Lesson Rates and Policies
Annual tuition is for 36 weekly lessons, divided by 12 for a flat monthly rate.
All Musikhaus piano students should be members of a group lesson (maximum 4 students) because music learning is deeper and more motivating with peers.
- 60-minute group or 30-minute private lessons: lesson rate of $30, for an annual total of $1,080, invoiced at $90 per month. Recommended for ages 4 1/2 and up to learn audiation and piano performance.
- 30-minute private/30-minute group or 45-minute private lessons: lesson rate $45, for an annual total of $1,620, invoiced at $135 per month. Recommended for students advancing in audiation and solo piano performance.
Materials Fee: The costs of individual students’ sheet music, books and other learning materials are charged twice a year, on August 1 and February 1. If the student needs more or fewer materials than predicted on August 1, the February 1 fee will be adjusted.
Event Fees: The costs of individual students’ Musikhaus, BAMTA/SA/TMTA/MTNA, and GCMA/TFMC/NFMC event fees are charged three times a year: on October 1, December 1, and March 1. If the student registers for more or fewer events than predicted on October or December 1, the fees will be adjusted on the following event charge.
Musikhaus piano students are encouraged to have up to 40 weekly lessons per calendar year for optimal learning.
The greatest return on investment in music education through piano is to commit to lessons through at least Keyboard Games Book B, if starting at age 4 or 5, or through at least Music Moves for Piano Book 3, if starting at ages 6 and up.
Home Instrument: The student requires an acoustic piano, tuned to A440, or a digital piano with 88 weighted, touch-sensitive keys for practice at their residence by the time lessons begin.
Payment Policies: Payment is due in advance of each month’s lessons by the 7th day of that month. Payment may be made with cash, check made out to Carla J. Seibert or Musikhaus Texas, PayPal, or card using the link on the invoice. You will receive your receipt by email.
Study and Practice for Lessons: Students PK2 through 5th grade will receive assignments on paper, with any Internet links or messages emailed to parents in Lesson Notes. Students 6th grade and up will receive Lesson Notes by email. Please make sure these students have access to and receive notifications from an email account, and inform the teacher of the address. Lesson Notes emails contain assignments and messages and may also be viewed at musikhaus.mymusicstaff.com, where students can access some Online Resources, log their practice, and contact the teacher with questions on assignments. The teacher expects the student to do the assignments on the home instrument (some listening assignments may be done away from the instrument, in the car, for example) over 5 days per week for as little as 5 minutes per day for 4 and 5 year-olds, gradually increasing to 30 minutes or more per day by Level 2 or 3.
Companions at Piano Lessons in the Seabrook Studio: A student's caregiver and sibling may occupy themselves silently at the table during a lesson as long as all the students feel comfortable and are able to concentrate with the non-participants present. There is no other waiting area. Children who are not in a lesson should not be left unattended.
Withdrawal Policy: Parents of students who wish to take a break from or terminate piano lessons give the teacher 30 days' written notice (by email, for example) Any outstanding charges or credits will be settled on the last invoice.
Short Fingernails: Students keep their fingernails short so they can train the coordination needed to play the piano with freedom.
Clean Hands: Students wash their hands upon arrival at lessons as a courtesy to all who play the studio pianos.
Clean Feet: Students and companions arrive at lessons wearing shoes and remove them just inside the door. Clean socks are necessary if bare feet are dirty. The studio floor needs to remain clean for the creative movement activities that help develop audiation skills.
Gum: Chewing gum is not allowed at lessons.
Please contact me anytime with questions by phone, text (832-630-1926), or email (Carla@MusikhausTexas.com).
Carla J. Seibert
Owner/Teacher, Musikhaus Texas
President, Bay Area Music Teachers Association