Studio Policies

Studio Policies 2022-2023

The school year runs from August 15, 2022 - June 15, 2023.
Music with Erica Holidays:

Labor Day

Veterans Day

Thanksgiving Week

Winter Break: December 23, 2022 - January 8, 2023


President’s Day

April 3-7 (Spring Break)

Memorial Day


Tuition is based on 40 lessons between August 15, 2022 and June 15, 2023 for students with lessons on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Students with lessons on Mondays and Fridays pay tuition based on 36 lessons (Mondays: No Labor Day, President's Day, MLK Day, Memorial Day) (Fridays: Veteran's Day, December 23, Feb 17 Local holiday, March 11 Local holiday)

Additional fees: Students must pay recital fees to help cover the cost of venue rental when participating in a recital.  Recital fees range between $40-80 per event.  However, tickets for families attending are always free.  Recital participation is optional.

Student sick policy.  

If a student has cold or flu symptoms but is well enough to have a lesson, please request for the lesson to take place on Zoom.  Alternatively, if Erica is feeling ill or has been exposed to Covid or other serious illness she will notify the student that the lesson has to take place on Zoom.  

Lesson format change

Erica reserves the right to change lesson format from in-person lessons to Zoom in order to reduce the spread of viral illnesses during local surges or if she feels she or member of her household is sick.

Unexcused absences

No makeup lessons are provided for missed lessons.  If you have an occasional conflict you can reach out to another student to ask if they can switch spots for that week.  Studio schedule and contact information will be provided.  

Teacher Cancellation

In the case of teacher cancellation, Erica will offer a makeup class. The makeup class may be offered on Zoom due to scheduling, cold symptoms etc.   If makeups cannot be offered within the school year, lesson credits will be applied to the summer. (June 15-August 15) Credits to not carry over to the following school year.

Discontinuing Lessons

A 30-day notice in writing (email or text)  is required.  For example, the November 15 payment will be drafted unless notice is given by October 15.  No partial tuition is returned.

Practice: Students are expected to practice six days a week.  Practice sessions should ideally last for 15-30 minutes for younger students and upwards of an hour for older advanced students.  For younger children who have trouble focusing, a few 10 minute sessions per day are helpful.  Practice should start with a warm up of exercises and scales and then progress to working on pieces.  It is helpful for piano students to practice hands separately and to break songs into small sections which can be repeated until mastered.  

Books: Piano students are required to purchase a set of piano books when they begin classes.  New sets will need to be purchased as the student progresses and completes their current book set. There may be additional required materials such as supplemental exercise, theory or song books which will be assigned as needed.  Voice and theory student may also need to purchase sheet music or other materials.  

Dismissal: Students can be dismissed from the studio for any of the following reasons: inadequate practice, frequent cancellation or missed lessons, incomplete written homework, inappropriate behavior or failure to pay tuition.