Music Studio​

​Side by Side

Studio Policy

Upon registration, you will be asked to read, sign and date the Studio Policies. This policy may be updated, at which time you will be issued the new version with changes.   

Lessons | Lessons vary in length depending on level and age.

  • Beginner lessons are 30 minutes once per week. Intermediate lessons are minimum 45 minutes once per week.  Advanced lessons are minimum 60 minutes once per week

  • Group Lessons:  Beginners Group Lessons are every 6-8 weeks and are included with tuition.  There are no private lessons for beginners on Group Lesson days.

  • Summer Lessons:  Summer lessons are highly encouraged and a minimum of 5 lessons are expected to maintain student progress.  Summer lessons are available June - August and are "pay-by-day".


Attendance | Please be on time for lesson drop-off and pick-up.  Students are expected to bring all their current learning materials and music. Parents and siblings may quietly peruse the waiting area in the living room, wait in their vehicle in the driveway, or run errands so long as they return to pick up their student in a timely fashion.   If a lesson/s need to be canceled by myself, this will be rescheduled at a mutually convenient day and time.  To discuss student progress, parents are welcome to talk with the teacher during the first five minutes of the student's lesson -- but not afterwards, in order to respect the next student's time slot.  

Practice and Instrument | In order for student advancement and enjoyment, daily practice on a well-maintained acoustic piano is expected. Acoustic pianos should be tuned twice a year.  

Materials | Students are recommended to use a canvas tote bag to carry books to and from lessons.  Side by Side totes are available at the studio to purchase if desired.  The student will be given a dictation notebook at their first lesson, which will be used keep track of assigned pieces and practice suggestions/goals for each week.  The teacher will obtain all needed books and materials for the student to purchase as needed. 

Tuition and Payment | Tuition is based on enrollment and not attendance.  Payment of tuition reserves a weekly time slot for a private lesson.  Tuition is a flat monthly fee due on the first lesson of each month.  If received later than the 10th day of the month, a $10.00 late fee will be added.  There is a $20.00 fee for any returned cheques.  The studio accepts email transfers, cash or personal cheques.  The teacher reserves the right to raise fees at the beginning of each new academic year.   

Summer Months | During the summer months, private students are still required to practice and take a minimum of 5 lessons.  Not only does the teacher feel strongly about continuing the student's musical education throughout the summer months, but the teacher's livelihood depends upon a regular income throughout the summer. 

Makeup Lessons | Due to the teacher's limited availability, makeup lessons cannot be guaranteed.  However, if an absence arises due to unforeseen situations such as an accident or family emergency and if the student indicates a desire for a makeup lesson, the teacher will make an effort to accommodate a makeup.  Please be courteous to the teacher and fellow students by notifying the teacher at least 24 hours in advance regarding any known upcoming absences.  If the roads are impassable due to weather or a student is contagiously ill but feels well enough to play, having a lesson via Skype is a viable option for that week. 

Discontinuing Lessons | Every student stops taking lessons at some point. Ideally, this decision is made thoughtfully with plenty of discussion between the teacher, parent, and student so that lessons can cease with a positive sense of closure.  For this reason, the teacher asks for one month’s notice in writing prior to discontinuing lessons.  However, the teacher respects the student’s right to end lessons at any time.  Note: At the discretion of the teacher, students may be asked to discontinue lessons at any time if they have unpaid tuition, an excess amount of absences/unprepared lessons, or if they show a lack of interest.  

Parent Participation | Parents are encouraged to be supportive and active participants in practice at home.  Parents are also encouraged to attend and quietly observe lessons approximately once a month.  

Communication | There are many great ways to stay informed regarding studio news and events! 

  • Newsletter Emails: A newsletter email will be sent out to all students/parents periodically with important upcoming news. 
  • Studio Website: Visit www.sidebysidemusicstudio to find teacher contact information, current studio policies and procedures and much more.  
  • Facebook Page: Students and parents are welcome to join the studio's facebook page.  Photos and videos will be shared on this page with parental consent. Please contact the teacher for access as this is a private group.


The best way to contact the teacher is via email, which will be promptly returned with an email reply or phone call.  Phone calls are also welcome, especially on weekdays between 10am and 1pm.  The teacher always welcomes emails or text messages from students during the week if they have questions regarding their repertoire or other matters.