Studio Policy

Jacqui's Piano Studio 2018/2019

400 US-1 North, suite a, Falmouth, Maine

My Philosophy      

I believe every child is unique and different in their own way. Not every child learns the same way or at the same pace. It is my job as a teacher to accommodate each one of my students needs in order for them to be successful musicians. I am a life-long learner and will always be trying new ways to engage and excite students while studying the piano. 

I offer a program that will work for students who are learning to play for just enjoyment up through students who want to study music in college and expect to be playing advanced repertoire in high school to prepare for that.  Depending on where students fall on this spectrum, they can participate in all studio events, or just some.  I do require students to participate in the end-of-year recital (Except Adults or students dealing with extreme performance anxiety).

Every year students are invited to participate in 4 group classes with their peers, one performance class at a nursing home, at Maine Medical Center, etc, a Master Class with Alexander Peppe' on how the piano works at Starbird Music, the SUMMERJAM (performance for students who do creative projects in the Summer), a Halloween Piano Bash, a Holiday Recital, and a end-of-year recital in June. Students are also invited to participate in events and festivals put on by the Maine Music Teachers Association such as The Monster Festival (all day performance event with 13 pianos) and The Pine Tree Piano Competition.  It is my hope to give students a feeling of community within the studio and to feel comfortable learning how to play the piano in their private lessons and also in group settings and performances.  Check out the calendar of events here-->Calendar

Student and Family Responsibility
Practice is never an easy task but it is very important to the student’s piano study.  It is up to the student and the student’s family to motivate the student to practice 5 times a week. When students don’t practice they don’t feel successful and they will not want to practice anymore. More practice equals a successful study. 

If student is under the age of 7 they will be exploring music through CD's, some lesson material I send home from class, and songs they are working on.  It is up to the student’s family to sit down with their child and go over their assignments 1-2 times per week.  (More than that is great as well!)  Wunderkeys students will also have workbook material to go over each week.  (If you are looking for preschool lessons, click here-->Preschool Policy)

Students must have an acoustic piano or keyboard with a pedal at home to take lessons in order for them to practice each week. 

If something occurs at home or school that is affecting your child, let me know so that I can be more sensitive to the child during their lesson.

Monthly Tuition
30 Min. Lessons:  $147.00  
60 Min. Lessons:  $244.00
90 Min. Lessons:  $356.00

Every other week 60 min.:  $129.00

*Other Rates may apply if you take Saturday lessons 

Payment Policy
Monthly tuition is calculated by multiplying the lesson rate by 36 weeks between September and June and dividing by 10 months.  There are actually 38 weeks between this time but two flex weeks are included in case the teacher needs to be out for any reason (sick, death in family, etc)

If a lesson cannot be attended due to illness, weather, or other activities, or if I cancel for any reason, tuition will remain the same. I will offer opportunities to have make-ups but expect the month to be paid in advance.   If lesson is not cancelled 24 hours in advance, a make up will not be provided (unless student is ill).  

Tuition will be due on the first of each month.  There will be a $15.00 fee if payment is not made by the 10th of each month. You can pay your monthly tuition by credit card, check, cash, or paypal.  If you pay online, you will be charged a 2.9% online transaction fee each month.  There is an option to put your bank account information into your account to pay online without a fee.  You can also set up automatic payments this way which is extremely convenient.  I have also found and automatic bank check is also convenient.  

If you miss a lesson, I cannot guarantee a make-up lesson but will always put available lessons on the online calendar.  If a student quits lessons in the middle of a month, there are no refunds.

Registration Fee/Recital Fee

There is a $65.00 registration fee per child upon enrollment and every September (start of school year) which will cover music and materials for the entire year.  

Family Account

Once families register in the studio they will have their own online account where they can access the studio calendar.  If students can not attend a lesson, it is up to parents to log into their account, cancel lessons, and register for make ups.  Once a lesson is cancelled, the student will receive a make up credit and their time that was just cancelled will appear as a "make up lesson" so other families can grab that time if they need to cancel.  This system is much more effective than me trying to juggle the schedule.  Families can also pay tuition, read about studio news, and see upcoming events and group classes on the calendar.

Attendance Policy
I know that students will not be able to attend every lesson throughout the year, but I do expect to be given 24 hour notice if a student will not be attending their lesson.  Feel free to call, text, email, or log in to the website to cancel your lesson. If a scheduled lesson is missed without notice, a make-up lesson will not be provided.  Students should not attend lessons if they are sick.   Please let me know the morning of if this is the case and register for an available lesson or performance class.  If students are only mildly ill, please let email me and I can send a video lesson or we can do a phone or Skype lesson.

If there is bad weather, a snow day, or I need to cancel for any reason, I will send out text messages and emails.  If students do not have their scheduled lesson time, you can be assured that I will still be using that time to lesson plan for them.  There is a lot of time spent outside of lesson time as well.

 I also offer Skype/FaceTime/Facebook Video lessons on days we have bad weather  

Performance/Group Classes

Group Classes this year will be October 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st, December 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th, February 10th, 11th, 12th, adn 13th, April 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th, and also June 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th.  I will have a schedule for these classes up in early September and also will send them via email and posted on the bulletin board a couple weeks before. If students can't make scheduled classes, let me know and I'll try to get them into another class that is kids their age/level.    These kinds of classes build a sense of community and give students more chances to perform.  They are also FUN.  We play games, listen to music, perform for each other, and have some goodies!

I will be teaching on Columbus Day, Martin Luther King,Jr. Day,  and Memorial Day so please let me know in advance if you will not be attending your lesson on these Holidays.  

There are no lessons during Thanksgiving Week, Christmas and New Years weeks,  February Vacation, and April Vacation.  During Thanksgiving, Feburary and April vacations I will offer Make-Up lesson days between 2:00PM and 6:00PM.  You can register for one on the on-line calendar.  I will also hand out a studio calendar at the beginning of the year.

Summer Session:

  • 7 Week Session
  • Monthly Tuition stays the same
  • July 7th-August 24th
  • Lessons on Monday-Thursday from 1-7:30
  • Students do special projects to prepare for the SUMMERJAM

Meet and Greet!
If you agree with my policy/philosophy of teaching, I will provide a meet and greet at my studio where we can talk about goals and go over the program.  We can look over scheduling and also get an online account set up.  This is no cost.

"Jacqui is an amazing piano teacher! My daughter has been a student of Jacqui's Piano Studio for four years and it is incredible to see what an amazing piano player she has become. My daughter can sit at the piano and play for hours, it's truly magical! Jacqui is young, energetic, full of excitement for her students and their parents. She truly loves what she does with a passion and that is what makes her such a amazing piano teacher."        -Neda N.

"We highly recommend Jacqui's Piano Studio. Jacqui is very talented and has a wonderful way of teaching piano. She's so dedicated to her students and her work. We just love her!!"  -Deb C

"Our 2 teenage boys have been taking piano lessons with Jacqui for the past 2 years. Jacqui has an ability to cater to each child's musical interests, which keeps them excited about practicing. Jacqui is kind and organized and the kids are always happy to attend lessons with her. Would highly recommend!!" -Katelyn A.

"Jacqui has worked with my daughters for a few years. They have grown tremendously during this time and they wouldn't trade their weekly visit with her for anything. Jacqui makes the learning fun"  -Ginny G.

"Jacqui's is an Excellent teacher. She is well educated and talented. She was very patient and kind with my son. The recitals were a great opportunity for my son to experience playing in front of an audience. Highly recommend her classes" -Paula M.