Kathy Kerber's Piano Studio

“Often, when we say it is “too late” for us to begin something,

    what we are really saying is that we aren’t willing to be a beginner.

But when we are willing to dip our toe in, even just a little,

we are rewarded with a sense of youthful wonder..."

WINSTON CHURCHILL  


Tuition (For PEARL please scroll down) 

$85 per month for a 30 minute lesson once per week**

$115 per month for a 45 minute lesson once per week**

$145 (best value) per month for a 60 minute lesson once per week**


Discounts

For each additional family member, the parent receives a $5 discount per month. 


Other Costs

Each year in September, parents may decide whether or not their child can participate in the incentives program.  There is no administrative annual fee for the program, but all earned prizes must be reimbursed by parents unless otherwise arranged with me. The end of the year party will have a reasonable cost to participate. All are optional!

Curriculum Costs

All assigned student materials must be reimbursed at my cost.    


Payment Policies 

For tuition payments I accept debit card payments through the Square Cash app, credit card payments through Square (fee applies) Check, Money Order, or Cash

Lessons are on a month-to-month basis, but please give me 30 days notice if you will not be continuing. Thank you for understanding that pre-paid tuition/fees cannot be refunded.

Lesson time is reserved for the month by pre-paying each month's tuition on or before the 25th of the month before the upcoming month's lessons.  There is a five day grace period, but tuition received after the 30th must include a $15 late fee.  


Yearly Registration

For new students, the first month's tuition is due upon registration

For returning students taking summer off, September tuition is due on June 25th.

For returning students continuing through summer, September tuition is due on Aug 25th.

Lessons are paid month to month, but the year may be paid in advance.  Please let me know if you prefer to do that.

Cancellations

If a student is unable to use their lesson slot, I do not issue a credit for missed lessons. If I am teaching multiple students in one family, I may at my discretion choose to add time to other students' lessons, but I am not required to do so. If it is mutually feasible, I may also reschedule a student's lesson or add time to a subsequent lesson, but again I am not required to do so. If I must cancel a lesson, you may choose to try to reschedule, add time to a subsequent lesson or take a makeup slot on Fridays at my Tumwater home.  You may also opt for a one lesson credit the next month.  Please know that it is important to me that you receive value for your tuition, and I will endeavor to makeup lessons, but I cannot always resolve missed lessons slots. 

Sickness

This is a sticky (or sickly) ;) subject, but I have finally decided to implement a policy to apply to this area. So, here it is:

If you believe your child is sick, especially if you have kept them home for the day or tried to isolate them from their siblings, please do not call and ask me if I want to come give a lesson.

If you are pretty sure your house is a full-fledged virus factory, please do not ask me to come and teach, and please don't bring your child to my house if you know he/she is not feeling well.  In the first day or two of suspected illness, we are the most contagious.  Please try to remember that piano lessons are given in close proximity to the student, with hands sharing the piano, the piano books, and a certain amount of shared air. :)  

There are multiple reasons for this policy, mainly multiple students! If I am exposed at your family's lesson, I may then go on to expose all the others students I am teaching that day. If I become sick, I won’t be able to teach, and it could affect other students’ progress, as well as my income.  

Of course, we all get sick from time to time, and it just can't be helped.  If I am sick I will not expose your family, even though it means I lose the tuition for that lesson.  As a widow, teaching is my primary source of income, so I am just asking you to consider the consequences and then please give me the same consideration I give you. Thank you.

Recitals and Preparation weeks

I will endeavor to hold 1-2 recitals each year, both at retirement or nursing homes.  The week after each recital I will take a paid break to compensate me for the time and energy required to organize and facilitate the event. I believe these group events are valuable, and hope you will find them worthwhile.  Participation in studio events is not required for continued enrollment, but it is my hope that you will find them both valuable and enjoyable.  Whenever possible, I try to coordinate recitals with upcoming breaks or holidays so time off is consecutive rather than staggered.When appropriate and convenient, lessons near a recital date may be experienced as more of a long group lesson for several students in a family or living in the same neighborhood. This is because it is important for students to develop the ability to critique each others' performances, giving encouragement as well as constructive feedback.  As always, I hope you will find my policies fair, but if you have a concern I would love to hear your candid thoughts.  Thank you!

Weather related cancellations

When weather conditions prohibit driving to your home, I do not refund tuition.  I will make every effort to be there, but if it is snowing or freezing rain, high winds, or below freezing temperatures I know you would not want me to travel when I am uncomfortable with the driving conditions. If you are comfortable with the driving conditions, and are willing to drive to my home, I would be thrilled to teach your children in my home at a mutually feasible day/time.  

**Some months will have less than four weeks of lessons, and some will have more. Tuition is per month, rather than per lesson, so it will not fluctuate based on how many weeks of lessons there are.



P.E.A.R.L.

FOR PEARL Families: There is one rate for all students and no other discounts apply. Curriculum, incentives program costs are reimbursed, as with other families.

$80 per month for a 30 minute lesson once per week**

$110 per month for a 45 minute lesson once per week**

$140 per month for a 60 minute lesson once per week**

**Some months will have less than four weeks of lessons, and some will have more. Tuition is per month, rather than per lesson, so it will not fluctuate based on how many weeks of lessons there are.

***PEARL 2nd semester rates will reflect any missed lessons which will effectively lower the rate per month