At the studio:
Arrive on time with all required materials and music. Parents are asked to keep communication about their children's advancement brief after the lesson. Each semester parents will receive email info about their children's progress.
Students are expected to practice in the days between the lessons and to come prepared for their next lesson.
Students are responsible to buy all the required materials for the lessons. You can also borrow music materials from the studios
(additional charge applies).
Studio's preferred method books include:
- Tales of Musical Journey vol. 1, vol. 2 by Irina Gorin
- WunderKeys Piano for Preschoolers by Andrea and Trevor Dow
- Discovering Color behind the Keys: The Essence of The Russian School of Piano-Playing by Rada Bukhman
- Piano Adventures series by Nancy Faber
- Piano Pronto books by Jennifer Eklund
- Celebrated piano duets, 1-5 by Robert D. Vandall
- Adult Piano Adventures book 1, book 2 by Nancy Faber
- Alfred's Adult All-in-One Course book 1, book 2, book 3 by Willard Palmer
- Alfred's Basic Adult Duet Book, level 1-2 by Dennis Alexander
- Complete book of Scales, Chords, Arpeggios and Cadences by Willard Palmer
- Hanon: The Virtuoso Pianist
- ABRSM exam books
In addition, advanced students use anthologies of piano music or selected piano works by individual composers.
Advanced theory/ear training/sight-reading students use a method book developed by Matova Music Studios.
All books are available for purchase on Amazon or via the studio. You will also find them on the SHOP page.
Your tuition fee reserves a weekly slot of the instructor's time and covers the lesson's length, type (private or group), and location (my home studio or your home). For current tuition plans, please call 773-320-3264, or email email@example.com.
Accepted methods of payment: cash and check.
A yearly inflation adjustment according to current market prices in the area is applied on June 1st for children, and on January 1st for adult students.
Monthly tuition payments are due by the 20th day of the preceding month. Some months will include five lessons. A minimum of three lessons should be taken in each month in December and January. However, you can pay for as many lessons per month as you like. Students are advised to pay and take 11 months of lessons to guarantee good progress. In case of illness or travel schedule, a make-up lesson can be arranged.
STUDENTS SHOULD TAKE A MINIMUM OF 4 SUMMER LESSONS. Students who skip summer lessons will be required to pay a registration fee as new students upon their return for the fall.
The school year registration fee is due on July 20th. This pays for time required for bookkeeping, scheduling, website, email and phone time, planning lessons, set-up and updating of personalized study plans, and assembling of music materials. New students' registration fee is $35.
Returning students have no registration fee if they had any summer lessons. Otherwise, there is $15 fee sign up for them.
June 20: summer tuition for June and July
July 20: tuition for August
August 20: tuition for September
**September 20: tuition for October + Halloween concert-party fee
October 20: tuition for November
**November 20: tuition for December + Winter concert fee
December 20: tuition for January
January 20: tuition for February
February 20: tuition for March
March 20: tuition for April
April 20: tuition for May + Spring recital
May 20: tuition for June, or your summer flexible lessons all together
(ATTENTION: schedule your flexible summer lessons now!
Take blocks of two lessons together, two lessons in a week, two lessons every other week,
and any other way to fit your vacation and travel plans)
If you decide to buy less than the recommended package of monthly lessons, they are sold as single lessons at a higher price.
$20 will be added to tuition if not paid on time.
The "Summer Express" program must be paid in advance (before the start of the lessons) in full.
There is NO REFUND for missed lessons. The student should take the make-up lesson during the same month.
Students must give two weeks' notice. No tuition refund is issued.
Students and parents communicate by email and phone, or in person during lessons. Letters are also acceptable.
Parental involvement is crucial to students’ success.
Schedule DAILY practice time for your child: the length of the piano lesson is the required minimum (you can divide the time in two daily practice sessions).
Make up any missed practice time.
Supervise home practice sessions to make sure all assignments are completed properly.
Sit in on lessons periodically if not weekly and observe.
Ensure that your child arrives at his/her lesson at the appropriate time - (not too early, not late).
If you arrive too early for lesson don’t come in until is time for your lesson.
Encourage your children to participate in the studio piano concerts.