Studio Policies

That Order May Prevail.

Philosophy & Mission Statement

Every child has the ability to learn music and with the proper instruction, commitment and effort from the student, the parent, and the teacher tremendous growth can occur. It is my philosophy that even though every student will not become a concert pianist, it is my responsibility to help each child reach their full musical potential. Every student can become an asset to their future community, be an educated patron of the arts, and be able to give musical service. I believe every child should be exposed to the beauties of music and have the opportunity to develop a lifelong love for it.

It is my intention to provide excellent teaching for every student. I will teach the skills required to become a well-rounded musician with the ability to express themselves musically through performance and composition.

Teacher Responsibilities

Provide a positive and comfortable atmosphere for lessons and be sensitive to each student's individual rate of learning.

Offer multiple performance opportunities and a balanced program of theory, technique, ear-training, sight-reading and compositition, along with keyboard skills including harmonizing, arranging, and transposing.

Continue to increase knowledge and improve teaching skills by remaining active in professional organizations and attending workshops and master classes.

Parent Responsibilities

Provide an acoustic piano in the best possible condition that will be tuned at least once each year. Keyboards and organs are not an appropriate substitute.

Be financially responsible and pay tuition on time.

In order to develop self-discipline and good practice habits, set aside a regular time for practice each day in a quiet place that will allow uninterrupted practice. Practice may be done in one session or divided into two or more daily sessions. Younger children will need help with their practicing.

Encourage progress by expressing interest, listening to your student play at home, and providing positive feedback.

Provide a metronome, a 3-ring binder, and repertoire/method books as required. Photocopied materials are illegal and will not be used unless we have permission from the copyright owner.

Read your student's weekly assignment written in their notebook and review it with them during the week.

Parents are encouraged to attend lessons at any time.

Student Responsibilities

Arrive at each lesson on time, well prepared, and with all necessary materials. Bring your Keyboard Gymnastics theory book to every private and group lesson.

Participate in studio activities. Participation in the Keyboard Gymnastics Achievement Program events is required unless excused by me. Students will also have the opportunities for performance offered through the USU Youth Conservatory, MTNA, UMTA and the community.

Practicing

Practicing 6 days a week is necessary and required for satisfactory progress. Practicing for a certain number of minutes may be the requirement but practicing until the goal is achieved is preferred. Record each day's practice time on the lesson sheet.

Specific goals may be connected to the time requirement such as completing each assignment a specific number of times each day. In this case extra time may be required to complete the additional assignment. Students who use their time wisely can almost always finish their specific goals within the required practice time.

Students may have the following days practice free: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Years Day, Independence Day and their birthday. These days are counted as full practice days.

Students who have three consecutive weeks without full practice will be placed on probation and may be dropped.

Practice Rebate and Incentives

Students who complete full practice for four weeks in a row earn $10 cash. In a row refers to 4 consecutive weeks-whether lessons are being taught or not. In addition, goals may be set that must be met in order to earn the $10 rebate.

Music Money is awarded for completed theory pages, passing off pieces, technique and other lesson goals. Music Money may be used to buy candy which will be available for purchase after private lessons. Students may also use $100 of their acquired music money to substitute for one full day of practice, but only one day may be bought per week. Students must keep track of their own music money.

Registration Fee

Each student will pay a yearly registration fee of $120 due August 1st. This fee is non-refundable even if your student does not participate in an event, recital or concert. The registration fee includes:

  • Keyboard Gymnastics Theory book
  • Lesson Supplies
  • Lending Library fee
  • Keyboard Gymnastics Registration fees
  • Incentive/Prizes
  • Recitals

Tuition

Tuition is $120 per month for 40 minute lessons, $180 per month for a 60 minute lessons.

Tuition includes a weekly private lesson and a group theory class held approximately every other week.

Tuition is due at the first lesson of each month. If payment is made after the 10th a $25 late fee must be included. Tuition is non-refundable whether the student attends the lessons or not.

Make-Up Lessons

Make-up lessons are provided for lessons missed for valid reasons such as illness or family emergency. Please notify me 24 hours in advance if possible.

If the teacher cancels a lesson, it will be rescheduled at the earliest possible time.

Summer Lessons

The registration for Summer lessons begins May 1st. Eight lessons are taught during the Summer and are scheduled around the student's summer schedule. Students who take lessons in the Summer are guaranteed a lesson time in the fall.

The fee for Summer lessons is $240 for eight 40 minute lessons and $360 for eight 60 minute lessons. The fee may be made in two payments of $120 (or $240 total for 8, 40 min. lessons) or $180 (or $360 total for 8, 60 min. lessons) the first due June 1st and the second due July 1st. The late payment fee of $25 applies.

Music Lending Library

The lending library adds variety to student repertoire. The music available is supplementary only. All students will be required to provide their own method books. This library will give students access to a wide selection of pieces without the added expense of acquiring music for a one-time event. The library fee is included in the Registration Fee. Students may check the music out as often as necessary, but must agree not to photocopy copyrighted material. Music must be returned in good condition. Damaged music must be replaced by the student.

Video Recordings

During private/group theory lessons and performances, the teacher reserves the right to use video recording or take photographs of students for use in lesson demonstration, advertising materials, and on the studios-owned web sites. Photos takes by the teacher or that are shared with the teacher by parents or students becomes the property of the studio and can be used at the discretion of the teacher in regards to the studio. The studio follows online safety rules in this matter.

Terminating Lessons

The teacher may terminate lessons due to negative behavior, failure to practice, or failure to comply with studio etiquette. Any termination initiated by the parent or student requires one month written and paid tuition notice.

Personal Information & Privacy

Kathleen Lloyd's Piano Studio keeps a record of student's names, parent's names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and other necessary personal information incidental to tracking and reporting the student's progress. All of this information is kept securely, and will not be shared or sold to third parties. No financial information is accepted nor kept by klloydpiano.com.

In Conclusion

I consider it a privilege to work with your child. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this information or need to discuss your child's progress.