Studio Policy – For Students Who Are Children

Susan Lipnick Piano Studio

Policies for Students Who are Children

(Effective August 1, 2017)

Schedule – 4 Cycles (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer)

– Fall:        September – November   (Weekly lessons expected)
– Winter:    December – February     (Weekly lessons expected)
– Spring:    March – May                  (Weekly lesson expected)
– Summer: June – August                (At least six lessons if possible)

Holidays: I do not teach on Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and December 24 through January 1.

Summer: I recommend that students take at least six lessons to help retain skills.  More lessons are better!

Assigned Lesson Time

The assigned lesson time is a standing appointment. Please be prompt, as I rarely can extend the lesson time when a student arrives late. Students must remember to bring all currently assigned music books, including the assignment book. Fingernails should be short enough not to click on the piano keys.


Fall, Winter and Spring Cycles:  During the Fall, Winter and Spring cycles, I expect each student to take weekly lessons with the few exceptions explained herein.   Lessons usually will take place even if school is cancelled on other days and it is safe to drive to lessons. If the student has a contagious illness, please do not come to lessons that day.

Lessons will not be given on Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day and all of December 24 thorugh January 1.  Lessons will be temporarily suspended for payment delinquency and “bounced” checks.  (See “Additional Fees” section.)

If I must cancel the lesson, I will reschedule.  If a student may miss a lesson, I will try to reschedule during that week.  Otherwise, lessons will not be rescheduled.  Payment for missed lessons will not be prorated.

If absences become a regular occurrence, we may need to reconsider the lesson day and time. If a new day and time do not work, we may need to reconsider lessons altogether.

Summer schedule: The summer cycle will use a “pay for lessons taken” approach.  I recommend that students take at least six lessons to help retain the skills learned during the school year. Please provide as much notice of lessons and absences as you can give. I will do the same. Lessons are not given on Independence Day.  Payment is due at the beginning of the month for lessons planned to be taken during that month.


Full payment is due on the first lesson date of each month or cycle to cover the month’s or cycle’s tuition, regardless of whether the student attends all available lessons.  I accept checks or exact cash.  Please make checks payable to Susan Lipnick. Tuition is not refundable, transferable, or used for subsequent months or cycles.

If tuition and late payment fees have not been paid by the 14th of the month, lessons will cease until tuition and late payment fees have been paid in full.

I may offer payment alternatives for family emergencies (e.g., long-term health issue or death of a relative) but will make this determination on a case-by-case basis.

Available Lesson Times

30-minute lessons: Available for private lessons. Please contact for current tuition rates.
45-minute lessons: Available for private or partner lessons. Please contact for current tuition rates.

Additional Fees

Books, Supplies, Events Fees: Fees for music books, supplies, competitions, and other activities will be determined as they arise and should be paid upon receipt of the bill.  I do not charge an annual registration fee or a supplies fee.

Late Payment Fee:  Again, tuition for the month is due on the first lesson date of each month or cycle to cover the month’s or cycle’s tuition, regardless of whether the student attends that lesson.  Families that fail to pay by this date will also be charged a late payment fee of $10 for each lesson date that tuition has not been paid.  Lessons will temporarily cease on the 14th day of the month until all outstanding tuition and late payment fees have been paid.

Insufficient Funds Fee:  Families who pay tuition or other fees with a check that I cannot use due to insufficient funds, closed account, etc. will have to pay me in cash the amount of that check plus applicable bank fees and penalties plus an additional $30 to cover my time with the bank and with the family at issue to resolve that problem.  Lessons will temporarily cease from the day my bank notifies me that a family gave me a check not covered by sufficient funds until the matter is resolved and all tuition and fees have been paid in cash.

Practicing at Home

Because lessons cannot be successful or enjoyable without at-home practice, I encourage students to practice daily. Students will learn at their lessons how to practice efficiently and rewardingly. Parental supervision and support will also make this experience productive and enjoyable for their children who take lessons. (Please see “Parental Involvement.”)

Parental Involvement

The ability of a child to learn music depends in large part on the mutual involvement of the child, the music teacher, and the parent. Parents, please note that you do not have to know how to play piano or have a musical background to provide necessary supervision and support. You will need to remind your child to practice the assigned lesson daily and to provide encouragement when your child struggles to master a new skill. You may also need to review the weekly assignment with your child if your child has difficulty understanding independently the weekly assignment. You will need to arrange for your child to be brought to lessons and picked up on time.

Communication is also essential. I will stay in touch with you regarding your child’s progress and/or concerns I may have. If you notice your child struggling during practice sessions at home, please call or email me or have your child call or email me. Or, share your concerns or observations tactfully at the lesson.

I also have a blog dedicated to practicing issues and parental involvement on this website.  Please click here.



Contact Information: Susan Lipnick, NCTM

Telephone: 815-776-0223    E-mail:

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