Studio Policies


 1. PAYMENT POLICY:  Payment must be made, preferably by check (payable to Amber Shay Nicholson), at the first lesson of the month for the entire month’s lessons (usually four lessons). Exceptions can be made in certain circumstances, only at the discretion of the teacher.

Music I purchase for the student may be paid for at the lesson in which they receive it, or will be added to the next month's invoice. 

2. CANCELLATION POLICY:   Generally, there will be no make-up lessons or fee waivers for missed lessons except in the case of extended illness. Please CALL the studio (no text messages, please!) at least 24 hrs. in advance if your child will be unable to attend a lesson.  I understand that emergencies can come up occasionally, such as severe winter weather and children coming home sick from school; these will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

 **In general, there will be absolutely no refunds or credit given for cancellations less than 24 hrs. before the scheduled lesson time.**

 I have blocked time out of my weekly schedule for each student, and I make a commitment to be there for each lesson. Teaching is my profession and livelihood, and I take it very seriously. Lessons must involve serious commitment on the parts of both students (and parents) and teacher.  When a family commits to piano lessons, they are making a weekly commitment to attend lessons as well as a daily commitment to a practice routine.

If I ever have to cancel a student’s lesson because of conferences, performances, etc., you will not be charged for that lesson. This will be an infrequent occurrence, and I will generally be able to give you advance notice.  I will try to offer alternate lesson times, as circumstances permit.  

In general, once we have set up your regular lesson time for the year, it will be very difficult for me to change it at a later date. Please make sure that the time you set with me is one that will work throughout the year, to the best of your knowledge.

3. PRACTICE POLICY:  Each student is expected to practice regularly (i.e. 5 out of 7 days each week), for a length of time appropriate to the student’s age and level of music. Regular practice is essential not only for the student’s overall progress, but also for our (both student and teacher) being able to make the most out of each lesson. If you have questions about the length of practice time needed, or about practice routines, habits, etc., please ask. I will be happy to clarify and discuss my expectations, specifically for your child. 

Setting up a daily practice routine works best, whether it is before school, after school, or immediately after dinner.  Each family will need to discover the routine that works best for their situation and then stick to it.  Do not try to fit practicing in around other activities; give it its own non-negotiable time slot and schedule the other activities around that.   

4. RENEWAL POLICY:  Each family will be asked to sign a new studio policy sheet at the beginning of each new yearly cycle.  The cycle generally runs from the beginning of the summer through the end of the following academic year.  Renewal is not guaranteed.  Either myself or the family can choose not to renew the commitment to lessons for the following year.  Failure to attend lessons, to practice regularly, to pay lesson fees, or to comply with various other requests, etc. are all valid reasons for me to deny a renewal.