Diane Hidy Studio Policy 2015/2016 

My Responsibilities

I will teach your child the language of music. l teach music with this single purpose: so my students will be able to give voice to that which they cannot say and for which they have no words. My studio has a positive and enthusiastic environment. I will tailor the curriculum to match your child’s specific learning needs. 

Student & Family Responsibilities

Students agree to arrive at each lesson punctually, well-prepared, and with their assignment books and music. To make good progress, daily quality practice is necessary. I want you to completely understand every assignment. Please ask questions.

If something is happening at home or school that is affecting your child please let me know. Please err on the side of letting me know more so I can be sensitive to the needs of your child. A quick text on the way to lesson can make the difference between a great lesson and a difficult one. (Did Max just find out that he didn't get the part in the play? Give me a heads up. Was Jane hospitalized on your recent trip to Thailand? Let me know!)

All students are encouraged to play at the two recitals we have each year: the Halloween Recital and the Spring Recital. In addition to their private lessons, each student is encouraged to attend all of the Saturday Piano Master Classes during the school year.

Students must have an acoustic piano at home. Keyboards are not acceptable.


Tuition covers not only the actual lesson time spent with the student, but time preparing for each student as well.

This includes:

  • An individualized plan for each student's course of study
  • Written progress reports for each child at least once a year
  • Development of teaching materials, often including pieces composed specifically for  your child
  • Training and experience
  • Recital Preparation and repertoire planning
  • Professional organization memberships
  • Continuing education
  • Music lending library

Material and Master Class Fee

Each student pays a Material and Master class Fee each semester. This covers group master classes as well as paying for music and materials used during the entire course of the semester.

This includes:

  • Literature books
  • Sheet Music and Method Books
  • Theory Materials
  • Music money prizes
  • Printing costs

Registration Fee

Each student pays a yearly registration fee. This pays for the cost of running the music studio as well as the time spent doing things in addition to actual teaching:

  • Bookkeeping
  • Scheduling
  • Website cost, maintenance and technology
  • Time spent on Email and Phone calls


When students enroll, they are reserving their place in the studio for the entire year.


Tuition is charged by the school year, paid in three installments and is non-refundable.

The 1st payment, due August 1st includes:

  • Tuition
  • Registration fee
  • Music and Master Class Fee

The 2nd payment, due January 1st, includes:

  • Tuition 
  • Spring Recital Fee
  •  Music and Master Class Fee

The 3rd payment, due June 1st includes:

  • Five summer lessons.  

In order to retain their place in the fall, students must take a minimum of 5 summer lessons. Lessons are scheduled at the beginning of the summer. To accommodate ever-changing summer schedules,  summer lessons may be cancelled or rescheduled with 48 hours notice.

Incentive Programs

Students can earn Music Money at their lessons. Music money can be spent on prizes - kid-friendly, gender neutral and non-sugary treats. I also use Music Money during lessons as reward and feedback. It’s surprisingly effective and motivating.

Master Classes

Sometimes playing the piano can be a little lonesome. It’s wonderful to play an instrument that sounds so good by itself, but opportunities to play with and for others are not as plentiful. To help make up for this, and also because it’s just plain fun, we have piano master classes about eight times during the school year.

Activities include:

  • A chance to perform for peers in a relaxed setting
  • Theory Games
  • Ear Training and Theory instruction

Cancellation Policy

  • Any lesson that I have to cancel will be made up or a credit will be given.
  • No payment credit or makeup lessons will be provided for students who miss lessons for any reason.

Try to choose a lesson time in which you feel confident. Please understand that the tuition you pay reserves an exclusive weekly time in my schedule for your child. Unlike a doctor or a hairdresser, I cannot resell that time nor can I create extra teaching time in which to give lessons.

To help accommodate an occasional unavoidable change in student's schedules, you can choose to be part of the email Swap List. (Please let me know if you do not want to be included in the list.) Most parents receive only a few requests a year from someone who'd like to switch lesson times. Please let me know if you have made a swap so I can plan accordingly. It's easiest to just cc me on the final email between two parents confirming that a switch will be happening. (Note: because some of my students drive quite a distance, it may not be possible for them to switch.)

The 2014/2015 Calendar includes 33 weeks of scheduled lessons. This includes one "Flex Week" which I may use at any time during the year. I will guarantee each student 32 lessons during the year, and will make up any lessons (more than this one week) I need to cancel. Lessons cancelled by students will not be made up. 

Photo and Video Release Form

I have a Teaching Tips Page on Facebook as well as my own website at dianehidy.com. From time to time I use photos and short videos of my students on these sites which I also post on YouTube. These videos and posts are helpful to other teachers and much appreciated. If you do not want your child's image(s) to be used, please let me know. In general, the students love to see their pictures and videos on my website or teaching page. They find it motivating and exciting to think that others want to know what they are learning. The students are identified only by first name.

I understand and agree to the studio policies for the 2015/2016  year.





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