I charge a flat rate tuition from September to June. The same tuition applies to each month, even if there is a different number of lessons. The yearly tuition is divided into 10 equal payments between September and June.
The yearly tuition includes 30/34 private lessons, 4 group workshops, and 2 recitals.
All the studying materials will be purchased separately and are not included in the tuition.
Students are committed to taking lessons throughout the school term. 30 days written and paid notice must be given prior to termination of lessons.
Any lesson that I have to cancel will be made up or a credit will be given.
There will be no makeup lessons or credit for students who miss lessons for any reason.
Try to choose a lesson time in which you feel confident. Please understand that the tuition you pay reserves an exclusive weekly time in my schedule for you or your child. Unlike a doctor or a hairdresser, I cannot resell that time nor can I create extra teaching time in which to give lessons.
If a student is unable to come to the lesson, there are a few options:
A video lesson can be set up via Facetime or Skype at the regular lesson time.
A student can record a video of his/her repertoire and email it to me and I will provide feedback during the same week.
I can try and reschedule during the same week if there is another cancellation in my schedule.
Illness: Students who are ill should not come to piano lessons. I reserve the right to send a student home if they arrive sick. If students are only mildly ill, please email me and we will do a Facetime/Skype lesson.
Regrettably, I will have to dismiss a student if any of these circumstances occur:
Failure to pay tuition on time
Failure to follow practice as instructed
Lack of progress due to insufficient practice or unfulfilled requirements
ASSIGNMENTS AND PRACTICE TIME
It is expected that students practice regularly and come prepared for lessons as assigned. The recommended amount of practice time will be discussed in the lesson and each student should practice a minimum of five days a week.
Students need to bring all their piano books and other study materials to every lesson.
Parents should help the student arrange a regular practice time free from interruptions and distractions. The instrument a student practices on should be tuned regularly. Piano study involves the art of developing self-discipline as well as developing the skills for performance.
Finger nails need to trimmed and hands clean when arriving to the lessons.
INSTRUMENT AT HOME
Every student needs a proper instrument to practice on at home.
Having an acoustic piano is strongly recommended.
An acoustic piano needs to be in complete order (including pedals and all keys)and tuned regularly, at least once a year.
A digital keyboard should be a full size with 88 keys, with weighted action and a pedal.
Each student needs to have a piano bench that can be adjusted to the proper height, and a footstool under the feet (for younger students).
GROUP WORKSHOPS AND RECITALS
The monthly tuition includes four workshops and two recitals every year. Please see the studio calendar for the dates.
All students are encouraged to participate in the workshops and recitals. Studio Recitals are non-competitive events and they offer a great opportunity for everybody to hear other students of different ages play pieces of different styles, character, and levels. Preparing for a performance also encourages students to work towards a goal. For students, who are preparing for exams or music festivals, the recitals provide an excellent opportunity to perform their repertoire.
I strongly recommend a minimum of 4 lessons during the summer months June-August. The lesson times can be scheduled on an individual basis to fit everyone’s summer schedules and travel plans.
What Parents Are Saying:
"Ms. Saario is both kind and caring teacher as well as a highly professional and inspirational role model as a pianist. I am amazed by how she has gently further built my daughter’s love for playing and motivation to practice frequently. In her supervision, my daughter’s technical skills and musical expression has elevated greatly. I think Ms. Saario is the kind of teacher that any piano student would be lucky to have!" -Parent of a 12-year-old student