Dalley Piano Studio

2018-2019 Studio Policy

Thank you for the opportunity to teach your child. I look forward to giving your child an excellent education in piano and music appreciation. I consider it a privilege to be involved in this aspect of your child's life. Here are some things you should know about my studio:

Tuition and Billing

Students are enrolled for the entire year. Tuition will be billed triannually or monthly, if you prefer.  A student who joins the studio mid-quarter will receive a pro-rated invoice.


Lesson type



30-minute private lesson plus 15-minute computer lesson



45-minute private lesson plus 15-minute computer lesson




Invoices will be emailed. If you would prefer a hard copy in the mail, please let me know. Bills not paid by 30 days after the invoice date will be assessed a $5.00 late fee. Please make checks payable to Dalley Piano Studio. You may also pay through my website via PayPal. The tuition prices are applicable for this academic year only, and are subject to change annually.


The registration form, along with an annual registration & materials fee of $25, must be submitted in August of each year. This will serve to reserve your student's lesson time for the coming academic year. It covers such costs as materials for the lending library (supplementary books, CDs and DVDs), for recitals and other administrative expenses.

Music Books & the Assignment notebook

I will take responsibility for shopping for the student's music books. The purchase price will appear on your next invoice. Most students will have about 3 or 4 books at a time. Many students will spend about 6 – 12 months in a given book, depending on their ability and motivation. Music books average $7 to $10 each. Every student will need a three-ring binder for his/her assignment notebook. 1 inch or 1.5 inch widths work best.


This year there are 36 lessons scheduled from August 27, 2018 to May 31, 2019.  Summer plans are TBD.  More details are available on the website.

Lesson Attendance

Your tuition reserves an exclusive, weekly lesson time for your student. Refunds will not be given for missed lessons. However, there will be a scheduled day for make-up lessons each quarter. If you have missed a lesson, you will need to call me to schedule a lesson for the make-up day. Please note that I will not call you. The make-up lesson dates for the academic year will be on the calendar, which I will make available in September.

I appreciate advance notice when a student cannot attend a lesson. It’s possible I may have an opening in my teaching schedule and the lesson may be rescheduled that very week.

Occasionally, I will be required to cancel a lesson. In this circumstance, we will attempt to reschedule it for a mutually agreeable time. If that is not possible, the tuition will be refunded. Scheduled vacations and holidays will be listed on the calendar. These lessons will be refunded as well. Lessons will be held as scheduled on all other holidays.

Please do not enter the studio more than 5 minutes before your scheduled lesson time.

Inclement Weather Policy
Lessons will not be automatically canceled when schools are closed or delayed due to inclement weather.  I will contact each family on days when schools are closed to discuss the situation.  In some cases, the weather clears up by late afternoon and we can have the lesson as scheduled.  If it is not safe to drive, then we will have the lesson via FaceTime or Skype during the regular lesson time.  Most of the time I will not give a refund for inclement weather.

Lesson Exchange

Each year you will receive the Lesson Exchange List. Each student's lesson time and phone number will be listed. If you have an unavoidable conflict for your lesson time, call another family on the list and arrange a lesson exchange. The family that requested the exchange must contact me so that I can properly prepare for each student's lesson. You can exchange lessons as often as necessary. If you do not want your phone number released on the exchange list, please inform me.

  • The arrangements for a lesson exchange should be made by parents rather than students.
  • Exchanges are not obligatory; they are reciprocal. If someone says no to an exchange request, please respect it. If someone exchanges with you however, be kind and return the favor when possible.
  • Please respect each others' privacy. You may never use the list to solicit funds for any organization or for any kind of spam.

Tech Time/Computer-Assisted Learning

Each student will have an assignment in the computer room. He or she will spend 15 minutes a week on this activity, either before or after his/her lesson. Some of the music education software programs I use are Piano Maestro, musiclearningcommunity.com, tonictutor.com, Music Ace, Auralia, Musition, and Essentials of Music Theory. The repetition of basic music concepts helps to reinforce what I teach in the private lesson. Each student will have a specific, personalized assignment that I will set up ahead of time. Each assignment will correspond directly to what the student is learning in his/her private lesson, or to practice specific skills for MMTA piano exams.


Performing is an essential part of music education. All students are expected to perform in studio recitals. There will be other optional opportunities to perform and/or compete, as well, such as the Minnesota Music Teachers' Association piano exams and competitions and the National Federation of Music Clubs' Festivals.

In Case of Emergency

If an emergency situation arises, I will first attempt to contact the parents, and then the additional emergency contact (if you have given one to me). In case of medical emergency, I will use my best judgment in obtaining medical care for your child and you accept the responsibility for any related expenses.

Termination of Lessons

If a decision is made to discontinue lessons, two week's notice must be given. You will be financially responsible for tuition for those two weeks whether or not the student attends those lessons. If a student quits for the summer, he or she will be put on the waiting list for the Fall term.

Parent Involvement & Student Practice: your commitment

PRACTICE: Regular practice and good concentration during practice times are absolutely essential to good progress. Please schedule time for practice, and see that your child has privacy while practicing. Since fruitful practice requires a high degree of concentration, it is important to minimize distractions and interruptions. Regarding practice, I require the student to 1) Practice at least 5 days per week, and 2) Each day of practice complete the assignments that I give on the assignment sheet. Note: Beginners may require supervision and guidance from parents during the early stages of practicing.
ENCOURAGEMENT: Be aware that good practice habits are acquired over a period of years as a result of the student’s dedication and my coaching. Encourage your child by letting her know that you enjoy hearing him/her practice. If not, eventually a child may not want to practice when he/she thinks that it is annoying to others. It is both the parents’ and my role to give encouragement to the child and to help him/her have pleasure and interest in seeing personal musical progress. I will attempt to give students a well-rounded musical education by including all periods of music from Baroque to Twenty-first century and various aspects of music such as theory, history, technique, etc. when appropriate. Your attitude toward your child’s music and studies helps to mold his/her musical likes and dislikes. Please encourage your child to do the best he/she can in all of the music.
PROMPTNESS AND PREPAREDNESS: Be on time for your lesson. In addition, have your child check his/her music before leaving home in order to be sure that he/she has the proper materials for the lesson (all music books and the assignment notebook). I suggest that the student has a designated bag to hold the materials. In addition, please ensure that your child’s hands are washed before arriving for the lesson. Be sure your student is picked up promptly after the lesson.
ATTENDING LESSONS: Parents are welcome to attend the lessons whenever possible. There are several benefits of you attending the lesson: you observe progress firsthand, you learn about music, you understand exactly what I am teaching and requiring of your student, and you will be better informed in order to encourage proper practicing at home. Please do not make any comments during the lesson. Do not let friends attend the lesson with your child. The fewer distractions there are during the lesson, the better the lesson will be. If it is necessary for a sibling to be present at the lesson, please make sure he/she can sit quietly and perhaps read or do homework.
INSTRUMENT: Your piano at home can be acoustic or digital, but must have 88 keys, touch sensitivity, pedals and a bench of the correct height. (A portable electronic keyboard, in many cases, will not meet these requirements.) Please be sure your acoustic piano is tuned and in good working order.
COMMUNICATION: Problems that may arise concerning the child’s interest or progress should not be discussed in the presence of the child. Please discuss your observations with me privately. I appreciate and value your concerns. Open communication between us is essential for a good music education for your child.