Studio Policies

Philosophy and Mission:

  • To nurture the artistic spirit in each person and a lifelong love of music and learning.
  • To help each student achieve his or her highest musical potential.
  • To have fun while learning to play the piano!

Teacher, Parent & Student Responsibilities

Please use the Swap List (provided to each student) for any unavoidable conflict (i.e. your student has a sporting event, doctor’s appointment, birthday party). Use the

Teacher Responsibilities:

  • Provide a positive and enthusiastic atmosphere for learning and encourage a feeling of success at each student’s individual rate of learning.
  • Offer multiple performance and enriching activities with a balanced program of theory, technique, sight-reading and performance opportunities.
  • Continue to further her teaching skills and music knowledge by belonging to professional organizations, attending workshops, reading professional publications, and engaging in other activities leading to professional growth.

Parental Responsibilities:

  • Provide an acoustic piano in the best possible condition (keyboards and organs are not appropriate).
  • Set aside a regular time for practice each day (this can be done all at once or divided into two or more daily practice sessions) to develop self-discipline and good practice habits. Younger children especially need help from parents with their practicing.
  • Encourage progress! Many small steps throughout the year yield great results! Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend lessons at any time.
  • Check your child’s notebook, Studio website ( and Facebook page weekly for pertinent information.
  • Provide a metronome, 3-ring binder and repertoire/method books. Photocopied materials are illegal and will not be used unless the original music is no longer in print and we have permission from the copyright owner.
  • Provide a place allowing quiet and uninterrupted practice.
  • Provide a practice environment that is free from interruptions (family, friends, TV, computer or phone).
  • Be financially responsible. Pay tuition on time. For account questions, please contact Shauna directly.
  • Also, communicate any questions or concerns you may have about your child’s progress.
  • Be helpful, interested and supportive!

Student Responsibilities:

  • Arrive at each lesson punctually, well-prepared, and with all necessary materials. If you arrive five minutes late, your lesson is five minutes shorter. You reserve the time slot, not the number of minutes.
  • Practice! In order to progress satisfactorily, daily quality practice is necessary and required.
  • Participate in Studio activities. Youth students will participate in a minimum of two performances per year. Students will also have the option of additional performance opportunities if desired.