Books and Materials
I try my best to provide students with method books from my library, but on occasion I will require parents to purchase books. Books can be purchased through sheetmusicplus.com or at Deno's Music Store in Casa Grande. Please be sure you child brings their books to every lesson. I provide their theory work and any other materials they need during their lesson.
Tuition is due the first lesson of every month. A $5 late fee will be charge if tuition is paid after the 15th of each month. If you need other arrangements please talk to me and we can try to work something out. I accept payments online at http://pickesimer.org or you can pay with cash or check in person.
Registration and Materials Fee
A non-refundable $50 Registration and Materials Fee per student is required at the beginning of each academic year or whenever you begin piano lessons. This fee covers your registration as well as various materials needed in the studio for students' use during lessons.
The only discount I currently offer is paying for a semester in full at the beginning of the semester. This discount varies by semester.
Pick up / Drop off
Please drop your child off at the appropriate time for their lesson. I have students scheduled back to back and when a student comes early it interrupts the current student's lesson. Please be prompt when picking them up for the same reason. If a student shows up late their lesson will still end at the original time and they are expected to be picked up on time.
I write individual practice instructions for each child on their practice sheet. Please refer to this and encourage your child to follow the instructions given. Practice is essential to their progress.
Parents and Siblings
Parents are always welcome to stay for the lesson. That being said, in my experience students focus much better at their lesson without their parent looking over their shoulder. If you still choose to stay with your child please be respectful and give them some space.
If siblings also need to stay please bring something quiet for them to work on. Siblings are not allowed to stay unless there is a parent present. Please do not bring friends to the lesson. There is a park down the street from my house that is great for parents with young children to go to during the lesson, and Fry's is just around the corner making your child's lesson time an excellent opportunity to run some errands.
There will be no deductions for lessons missed. If you cannot attend a scheduled lesson please let me know prior to the lesson and we can arrange a makeup. Makeup classes are held on the second Saturday of each month. Please call ahead to reserve a time.
I usually hold two recitals a year to give my students the opportunity to perform for others. While participation in recitals is strongly encouraged it is not mandatory.