Lewis Music Studio strives to provide the teachers and the tools for a high-quality music education for learners of all ages and abilities.

This policy is within the guidelines of the recommended studio policy of Pittsburgh Piano Teachers Association.

Financial Responsibility
• Tuition is payable in advance, in automatic monthly installments.
• All electronic payments include a 3% convenience fee. You are welcome to pay for the month in advance with a check or cash before the 18th of the month prior to avoid the fee!
• There will be no refunds, credits, or deductions.
• The cost of books is due with the monthly payment.
• Cancelations of lessons are to be made in writing by the 18th of the month in advance.
Family/Student Responsibilities
• Positive parental involvement is essential.
• Daily practice is necessary for progress. The teacher may ask that practice times are recorded on a practice chart.
Recommended practice goals:
• Students ages 3-6: 15 minutes daily
• Students in Level 1: 30 minutes daily
• Students in Levels 2&3: 40 minutes daily

Students are expected to attend all lessons.
• Make up lessons cannot be guaranteed.
• There will be no make-up lessons given for duet or ensemble classes.
Special Events
• All students have the opportunity to participate in studio recitals twice per year. Recitals are lessons in performance.
• Community service recitals may be available.
• Teachers may provide opportunities for teachers to participate in festivals or adjudication in events sponsored by the professional organizations for their instrument.
• The instrument should be kept in tune and in good repair. If an electronic keyboard is used, it should have full-sized keys.
• It is recommended the proper bench height and distance from the instrument be determined by the student's physical size.
• Violin students should have a working music stand at home.
• Violin students need a soft cleaning cloth, a shoulder rest, and rosin at all times.
• Fingernails
• Piano Students: When playing with curved fingers, the nails should not click.
• Violin Students: The left hand nails must be trimmed so that there is no white part left.
• Nails should be trimmed prior to PRACTICE.

• Discussions concerning student progress, schedule changes, billing questions, etc. should be initiated at the beginning of the lesson or at a mutually agreed upon time.

• Tardiness: Student promptness is the responsibility of the student/parent; time lost will not be made up.

• The teacher should be advised of any learning disabilities or other special physical or emotional needs of the student or family.
• Parents and guests are always permitted to watch the lesson, but friends may be asked to wait in the waiting room if they are disruptive.
• No smoking is permitted on the teacher’s property.
• Please be respectful of the neighborhood. Only park in the teacher’s driveway or in front of the teacher’s house.
• Students may be asked to remove jewelry that interferes with proper playing.
• Please dress in a modest fashion.