Payment is expected on a monthly basis, at the first lesson of each month, before any lessons will be taught. Cheque and cash are accepted.
I do not take any holidays, with the possible exception of an election day. Some students choose to take summers off, but this is not recommended for serious students.
If you will be away during a regular lesson time, you should notify me before making that month’s payment and I will subtract it from the total.
Lessons that are missed with short notice (less than 24 hours) will not be made up, except in cases of illness. A student who is ill is not welcome in my studio and should stay home.
I expect regular practice and serious effort from my students. I reserve the right to terminate my relationship with a student based on lack of dedication.
For practice, access to a piano is a necessity. For many students, an electric piano (with weight-sensitive keys) can be a suitable alternative to an acoustic piano.
A metronome is a requirement. An electronic metronome is preferred. Although computer programs and mechanical metronomes are not as accurate as a electronic metronomes, they can be used in a pinch.
I do not require students to purchase expensive volumes of music. For students who can afford it, it is a great option, but not a necessity. The music that I teach will be made available freely if requested. I do, however, require that my students keep their music well-organized. I don’t want my students working with loose sheets.
I do ask for each student to bring a notebook to every lesson.
What to expect
I do not, in general, teach music that is under copyright (in Canada), because I believe this to be unethical. While of course I will not stifle a student with a passion for a certain composition, I will never assign to a student a work that they cannot study or redistribute freely.
I do not, in general, teach music of a religious or political nature, because I believe this to be unethical. Some of this music is beautiful, but there is a vast repertoire of great piano music available without it.