Studio Policies

Instrument requirements: Students need to have either an acoustic piano or a weighted and full-sized digital piano at home to practice on. Some students may begin their first semester of lessons with a small keyboard, but this must be upgraded thereafter or your student will be unable to progress.


Practice requirements:

  • Frequent practice is most important and it is ideal to practice at least 5 days per week. Daily practice is more important than the length of practice.

  • Try to establish a practice time that fits into the daily routine, when practice can happen “no matter what”.

  • Parents must assist young children (ages 5-9) with practice and should also ensure older students are completing all assignments in Tonara.


Lesson requirements: 

  • Parents are required to sit in on lessons for very young beginners (roughly ages 5-7) and are recommended to sit in on lessons for children up to age 9. You may sit in for older students, unless the parents’ presence becomes distracting. Each student’s situation is case-by-case as every person is different.

  • Students must maintain short fingernails in order to develop proper technique.

  • Be respectful and ready to learn. I reserve the right to end a lesson if disruptive or defiant behavior is exhibited that prevents the lesson from continuing.

Termination of lessons: I reserve the right to end lessons for reasons such as, but not limited to:

  • Chronically late tuition payments

  • Behavioral issues in lessons

  • Inadequate instrument for the student to practice on

Learn more about my teaching style by reading my Teaching Philosophy!