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Federico Pivetta

Private Piano Instruction

STUDIO POLICIES

As of Monday, August 29th 2016, the fees for lessons will be as follows:

30 minute lesson $25
45 minute lesson: $40
1 hour lesson: $48

The studio runs on a semester-based system. I will re open on August 29th and the last day of classes will be on Friday, December 16th. Most likely there will be no lessons on October 24th and 25th. I will confirm those dates as we get closer to the month of October. The studio will be closed from Wednesday, November 25th Through Sunday the 27th in observance of Thanksgiving.

For those who would like to have bi-weekly, occasional lessons, jazz and improvisation the rate is as follows:

1 hour lesson in this format: $55 45 minute lesson $50

Payment for the FULL semester is required regardless of lessons missed by the student. ONLY IN THE CASE OF SEVERE OR LIFE THREATENING ILLNESS, OR SEVERE INJURY, WILL CREDIT BE GIVEN. THERE WILL BE NO ADJUSTMENT TO THE TUITION UNDER ANY OTHER CIRCUMSTANCE.

Paying Tuition:

As always, I do not charge any administrative or recital fees in my studio. I only charge lesson fees. It is much easier for me to receive payment in full, so that I do not have to keep track of missed, or miscalculated payments.

Payment Options:

PAYMENT PLAN I (full payment): Payment in full due at or before first lesson

PAYMENT PLAN II (2 payments): One-half due at or before first lesson. Second payment due on the second half of the semester.

Late Fees:

A late fee of $10 will be charged for late payments. There is a $20 charge for any check returned by the bank. Don’t miss lessons: Making a habit of missing lessons, or missing a lesson and expecting credit or make-up is not acceptable, and clearly outlined in the policy. Please review the policy if you have questions.

I encourage All students to audio/video record their lessons. Parents are also welcome to stay during lessons and I strongly suggest that they observe at least 2 lessons.

Student Cancellations:

No refunds or adjustments in tuition will be made for students withdrawing from lessons after the fourth week in the semester.
Lessons missed by the student will not be refunded for any reason; ONLY ONE MAKE UP LESSON per semester will be allowed at my discretion on a time available basis. Make-up lessons are not cumulative, i.e. if you don't use your make-up the first semester, you can't have two at the end of the second semester.

There have been several instances that have occurred in the past concerning several parents and students asking me to reschedule lessons or receive credit due to school homework/exams, sport activities, church, band and field trips, personal, family vacation and business trips, lack of practice, transportation or time, etc.
Due to the amount of students that I have in my studio, coupled with my schedule, it is not possible to reschedule lessons on an ongoing basis.

Additionally, I cannot give credit for lessons that are missed due to any of the conflicts mentioned above. As stated before, payment for the FULL semester is required regardless of lessons missed by the student. Most all- private piano teachers in the area, including the Community Music School of UNCSA, Salem College and others have a ZERO make up/credit policy

THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THE STUDIO RULES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

The studio policies have been developed to foster the serious study of music with my students and to allow me to function both as a performing artist and as an effective teacher. When a student enrolls in my studio, he/she is registering for an entire semester (or the portion of the semester remaining from the date of enrollment).

This means that the student has been assigned a specific time on my schedule for the entire semester. Therefore “if a student decides to drop in the middle of the semester the full balance for the remaining lessons is due in full”.

Teacher Cancellation and Inclement Weather:

There will be times when I will have to be absent due to a performance and generally I will know ahead of time. Credit will always be given in the event of my absence for performance or if I am sick. There will be no refunds.
In general, the studio will follow Forsyth County Public School's plan for inclement weather. Since I teach mostly in the afternoons you may choose to come to your lesson if you feel that the roads are safe.

Arriving on time to the studio:

Students must arrive at least 5 minutes before lessons. Lesson time will not be extended due to tardiness.
Take the time BEFORE lessons to use the restroom. Please wash your hands, or use hand sanitizer, especially during cold and flu season. Please make sure your nails are trimmed. Have ALL books and materials even if we may not use them every week. Please turn all communication devices COMPLETELY OFF.

General:

Remember--the studio is an extension of my private residence and must be regarded (and respected) as such. Absolutely no food or drinks are allowed. Bottled water is provided if needed.
Please remember to wipe your shoes or feel free to remove your shoes before entering. No spikes allowed. Please help in maintaining the order and cleanliness of our home and studio. Remember to keep your personal belongings inside your bag, and not on top of my furniture.
Please do not park or block the driveway, You may park on the street in front of the house.

Practice:

Daily practice (I repeat: DAILY practice) is essential for steady progress. Parents need to help students organize their schedules to include daily practice. Please use the following guidelines to consider minimum requirement for this activity.

--Beginning Students: 30 - 45 minutes daily

--Advanced Students: 60 minutes or longer

I strongly encourage all my students to listen to music, go to concerts, and watch performances on YouTube, You can also find lots of music on ITunes, Pandora and Spotify.

I reserve the right to dismiss a student for non-payment, excessive absences, and lack of progress or unacceptable behavior.

And, most importantly, thanks for allowing me to be your teacher!

Sincerely,
Federico Pivetta


Click the link below to download a copy of the Piano Lesson Registration Form.