Blue Bird Music Policies (Revised May 2018)

Lesson Structure

I will be prepared to teach 30 lessons within the 2018-2019 school year.

New this year: Only 45 minute time slots will be offered this year. After having many students in 45 minute time slots, and doing some research, I have found that 45 minutes is the ideal length for lessons. It allows us more time to cover everything (review pieces, sight-reading, new pieces, ear training, etc). We were just too rushed for time in 30 minute lessons.

Tuition Payment

Tuition is by the 10th of the month. If tuition is not received by the 10th, a $15 late fee will be added to the amount due.

Tuition is $90 a month, with 10 payments due. Payments are due August through May.

Tuition covers 30 lessons throughout the 2018-2019 school year for each student, divided into 10 equal payments. This monthly tuition factors in not only your child’s lesson time, but teacher preparation, studio classes, materials used in the studio, and various other overhead costs (insurance, professional association fees, continuing education, piano maintenance, etc.). I reserve the specified lesson time for each student as set by the studio calendar at the beginning of the year, and I am committed to providing every student with a comprehensive music education.

Missed Lessons

Because specific times are set aside for specific students, a student who does not attend a lesson will simply miss the benefit of that lesson. I will then use that time or other times to plan for the student’s progress, locate materials, etc. Please be assured that your tuition pays for far more than the time spent with your child. There are no refunds, discounts or makeups given unless I am unable to teach the promised number of lessons.


Please do not bring your student if he/she is sick. I will extend the same courtesy, and if my children are sick then we will make up the lesson either on a different day throughout the week.

Please do not bring your child to their lesson if they have

  • Had fever in the past 24 hours
  • Had diarrhea or vomiting in the past 24 hours
  • Missed school that day because they were sick
  • Coughing and sneezing almost constantly (it is hard to make sure those keys get completely sanitized!)

Emergencies will be handled on a case-by-case basis.


Each student will need a core curriculum (about $50-65) and a couple of supplemental books (about $15 a book), or several individual sheets of music ($5 each). It will most likely equal about one tuition payment. Most often I will purchase the books and then you will reimburse me.

Make-Up Week

Make-up week is an added week at the end of the semester, where if your child has missed a lesson they can make up one lesson during this week at their regularly scheduled time.

Performance Class

There will be one performance class where students can get together and practice performing (and listening!) before their big event.


Two recitals will be offered throughout the year.