Kathy Kerber's Piano Studio

Note: There is a $5 per student per month rate increase as of July, 2018


Tuition (For PEARL please scroll down) 

$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**


Discounts

Each additional family member receives a discount:

2nd student: $15 discount, 3rd,4th, 5th students: $25 discount.


Other Costs

Each year, a per student annual fee of $40 is due to cover both curriculum and events.


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.  That said, anyone having trouble making their tuition payment on time can let me know beforehand and avoid a late fee.  

September tuition and annual fee are due in June, for returning students.

The first month's tuition and annual fee is due upon registration, for new students

I offer reduced rate, full or partial scholarship to students in financial need.  I do not wish to deny any student who wishes to learn, and so these are offered on a temporary, short or long-term basis.  I ask that recipients only use this for as long as the need exists, and that they adhere to a disciplined practice regimen.  If you are a recipient currently, please evaluate your need, and understand I can only afford to offer this to a limited number students, so if you no longer truly have a need, I can offer that benefit to another student.  Thank you for hearing my heart in this.  I would not want you to stop lessons out of guilt. I simply am asking you to be conscientious about receiving what I am offering. Thank you for understanding this.  


Cancellations

If a student is unable to use their lesson slot, I do not 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 you may opt for a one lesson credit the next month. It is important to me that you receive value for your tuition, so I will make every effort to find a way to resolve missed lessons.

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. The reason for this policy is that 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.  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 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:Costs are combined into one rate for all students no other discounts apply

$74 per month for a 30 minute lesson once per week**

Fall semester 1 is $370

Winter/Spring semester 2 is $370***

$104 per month for a 45 minute lesson once per week**

Fall semester 1 is $426

Winter/Spring semester 2 is $624***

$134 per month for a 60 minute lesson once per week**

Fall semester 1 is $536

Winter/Spring semester 2 is $804***

**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