Policy and Tuition

Quackenbush Piano Studio

Studio Policy 2020-2021

The academic schedule for weekly lessons takes effect August 4, 2020, and concludes on May 24, 2021. No lessons will be taught on the following days:

• September 7 – Labor Day (no lessons)
• September 21-25 – Fall Break
• November 24-27 – Thanksgiving Break (will still have Monday lessons) • Dec. 21-Jan. 1 – Holiday Break
• Feb. 15-19 – Winter Break
• April 5-9 – Spring Break


Tuition for weekly lessons and a “free absence lesson” are averaged into a flat monthly installment that covers a school year session from August 2020 to May 2021. Tuition guarantees the student a weekly lesson time slot whether or not all the lessons take place. In addition to weekly lessons, your tuition includes numerous hours of my time in lesson preparation, correspondence, event planning, and investment in professional music teaching organizations and their sponsored events.

Tuition is due by the 1st lesson of each month. It may be sent via the student, mail, or paid online through Square invoicing, PayPal, or Venmo. If a monthly installment is not received by the first lesson of the month, a $10 overdue fee will be added to the following month. An additional $10 will be charged for each additional week that tuition is late.

For your convenience, I do send out monthly reminder statements through Square payments. You do not have to pay via Square, though. Cash, check, or card.

There are three lesson options available:

1) 30-minute lesson – $105 per month

2) 45-minutelesson-$145 per month

3) 60-minutelesson-$175permonth

Additional Fees

Throughout the year I may purchase music for your child and will charge you accordingly. Occasionally, I may ask you to go and purchase music/supplies for your child. I try to keep expenses at a minimum, but materials are necessary for the furtherance of their musical education. There may be various recital/performance fees throughout the year, but I will always communicate those to you in advance so you may make an informed decision about your participation. These costs generally don’t exceed $10 at a time. In order to adjust for expenses, a small tuition increase will be in effect most years.


Regular attendance at lessons is essential for a student’s continuing success. Please call, text, or email me if you must miss a lesson. There are no refunds and no “applying tuition to the next month” for missed lessons. There are no makeup times (with the exception of an absence due to another musical endeavor, such as band concert, band trip, rehearsal, etc.). In this day and age with so many wonderful opportunities available to children, I have found that trying to find a compatible makeup time is almost impossible for both teacher and student. Students missing lessons 2 weeks in a row without some form of notification will be terminated.

In order to provide a solution to the sometimes unavoidable absence, I have factored in a “free lesson” per semester to your monthly rate in order to account for the unexpected illness, traffic jam, or emergency you may have during the semester. I do not do makeup lessons. However, if you need to be physically absent during the semester, we can easily do a virtual lesson during the scheduled lesson time or another agreed-upon time at my discretion. In the event of withdrawal midyear, two weeks’ notice is appreciated. No paid tuition will be refunded at time of withdrawal.


Winter: Pianothon at Town Center Mall. Usually happens during the second weekend of December. Specific time and date to come in September 2020.

Festival and Local Auditions: February 13, 2021. Reinhardt University.

Spring: May 15, 2021. 1:30-2:30. Steinway Piano Galleries in Alpharetta, GA.