Kato Music Studio Grand Piano
Studio Policy
  1. Cancellation Policy
  2. Tuition
  3. Regular Attendance
  4. Required Materials
  5. Studio Decorum
  6. Punctuality

  7. Student Piano Practice Contract
Parents, please also read this article: Your Child's Music Education.
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By signing the Student Application / Agreement Form, you signify that you have read and agree to the following terms:

A minimum of twenty-four hours notice is required for cancellation of a lesson without forfeiture of tuition. It is absolutely unacceptable to cancel a few hours before the scheduled lesson time.

Make-up lessons will not available for last-minute cancellations (less than 24-hours notice) due to car trouble, heavy homework, dental appointments, rescheduled soccer games, "I didn't practice", etc.

Tuition is billed on a monthly basis, due and payable before the first scheduled lesson of each month.

Some students miss many lessons on an ongoing basis due to frequent extended family vacations or other excuses which are within the parents' control. Parents should be aware that students who miss too many lessons cannot be expected to make a desirable amount of progress.

Please purchase the required books and materials promptly, as delay disrupts the student's progress.

Please bring the lesson book bag to each lesson. It is adviseable to designate a bag as "the piano lesson book bag". In the midst of busy family schedules, the best way to ensure that a book is not accidentally left at home is to store all of them in this book bag which can be grabbed and brought to each lesson. It is the parents' responsibility to ensure that the student shows up to each lesson with their books!

Please keep in mind that any additional people in the piano room are a source of distraction to the student. The studio policies are:

  1. All persons present in the piano room during the lesson must:
    • Sit still and be quiet
    • Not interrupt, disturb, or otherwise distract the student or teacher

  2. Children must be supervised at all times. It is not adviseable to bring a child to the studio unless the child will be taking a lesson, himself or herself. The studio is not responsible for unattended children.

  3. Anyone representing a discipline problem or displaying disrespectful or otherwise inappropriate behavior will be asked to leave the studio.

  4. All students and visitors must show reasonable caution when around the pianos and music equipment present in the studio.

Please keep in mind that the student has reserved his/her specific appointment within my schedule. I cannot allow a lesson to extend into the next student's time period. If the student shows up late, the lesson must still end at the designated time. Parents, please plan accordingly and pick up your children on time. I cannot assume responsibility for your child after the lesson is over, as I need to devote my full attention to the next scheduled student.

From the beginning, students, teacher and parents decide on a reasonable practical goal, which will be the basis for the contract in the first month. As the student progresses, the "right" amount of practice time also progresses, hence a fresh contract each month.

Parents should be willing to chart practicing, reward monthly diligence, and verify and sign a weekly practice journal, which the student brings in to each lesson.

Student Responsibilities Parent Responsibilities
  1. Set a Goal. Take part in deciding a reasonable practice goal.
  2. Sign the contract.
  3. Practice!
  4. Journal. Bring in a weekly practice journal showing whether or not the contract was met.
  5. Communicate with the teacher about successes and failures in practicing at home.
  1. Set a Goal. Take part in deciding a reasonable practice goal.
  2. Sign the contract.
  3. Verify. On the student's weekly practice journal, verify which days the contract was met.
  4. Reward. Offer appropriate rewards and incentives for student success with the contract.
  5. Communicate with the teacher about successes and failures in practicing at home.
(Click here for a Sample Student Contract)
Parents, please also read this article: Your Child's Music Education.