Lessons Policy

Tuition Fees:

30 minute lessons are $120 per month ($30 per lesson). 
45 minute lessons are $160 per month ($40 per lesson).
60 minute lessons are $200 per month ($50 per lesson).
Sibling Discount: $5 discount per month, per child.

Private Lessons are held weekly, for 30, 45, or 60 minutes, depending on the level of student. Tuition fees are paid on a monthly basis, not lesson by lesson, therefore if you miss a lesson, please don’t expect a refund.  Please understand the reason for this is that I have held your spot and refused new students on your behalf.  If you have to miss a lesson, given enough notice, make up times are definitely possible but not guaranteed.

Lessons are conducted throughout the year. Exceptions are school holidays (AISD) and summer vacations, in which case, I will pro-rate the lessons for that month.  You may choose to stop lessons during the summer, but your lesson time might not be guaranteed for fall. Please let me know in advance what your summer plans are.
Statements will be emailed the last lesson day of the month and will reflect any music purchased during the month.  Periodically, an assessment of $5.00 will be charged to help offset printing costs. Tuition is due on the first lesson day of each month.

Payments may be made by Cash, Check, Paypal or Square Cash.



Square Cash

Make-up lessons:  I make every effort to accommodate schedules by offering make up times when available. However, due to the number of students attending my studio, it is critical that you stick with your scheduled lesson time.

Parental Observation:  Parents are welcome to observe, but students generally feel less self-conscious when parents aren't around.

Recitals: I plan two recitals a year, one formal, and one informal.  Date and time will be announced when available.  Participation is not mandatory.  There may be a $10 recital fee for participants.

Practice requirements: It is extremely important for each student to establish a daily practice routine. The length of time spent practicing should be based on the weekly assignment and goals established. Parents, please help your child by setting time aside each day for practicing.

When parents take an interest in the student’s musical development, there is a marked improvement in the child’s attitude and performance.

Please feel free to call or email any questions, concerns or comments.   

Thank you.

Latest News

November 1, 2017

November News

Registration deadline for the Hymn Festival (Austin) is today. Hymn Festival, Sat, Dec 2 at UT Butler School of Music. Jazz/Pop Festival (Clear Lake) is Saturday, Nov 4 at Heritage Park Baptist Church. No lessons during the Thanksgiving Break, Nov 20-24. HEADS UP! December Recital - my house - Saturday, Dec 9th. Details to follow.

October 1, 2017

October News

Don't forget that payments can now be made on my website using Paypal or SquareCash. Go to http://www.operalady.com/lessons_policy.html and click on the links. Friday, Oct 6 – No school for CCISD students. Monday, Oct 9 – No school for AISD students. Jazz/Pop/Rock Festival (Austin) is Sat, Oct 14th at UT Butler School of Music. Jazz/Pop (Clear Lake) registration deadline is Oct 21. $15 per student. Recital judging only (no private judging). Location is Heritage Park Baptist Church

September 1, 2017

September News

NEW! Payments can now be made on my website using Paypal or SquareCash. Go to http://www.operalady.com/lessons_policy.html and click on the links. Mon the 4th is Labor Day–no lessons. Sep 6-22 marks Student Affiliate Open Enrollment-$15 per student. Austin students, Jazz/Pop/Rock registration deadline isSep 13-$16 per student, and the Fall Theory Test registration deadline is Sep 22.

August 1, 2017

August News

Fall schedule is upon us. Please let me know what days/times work best for you. Monday, August 21: First Day of school. Fall schedule begins that week. Recital and Festival Schedule for the upcoming school year is now updated on my calendar.

July 5, 2017

July News

Monday -Friday, July 3-7th: No Lessons -vacation. Heads Up for August: As the summer draws to a close, it's time to start thinking about back to school schedules. Please let me know what days/times work best for you. Monday, August 21: First Day of school. Fall schedule begins

June 1, 2017

June News

Summer Schedule: As there are more teachable hours during the summer, if you would like to move your lessons to earlier in the day, please let me know asap. Summer schedule begins June 1st. No Lessons June 15-16: Texas Music Teachers Convention

May 1, 2017

May News

Thu-Fri 11th-12th: No Lessons. Sat 20th: Spring Recital! Our spring recital this year will be a formal recital event, to be held at the Steinway Piano Gallery – Austin, from 4:00-6:00pm. No School/No Lessons on Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day. As the end of the school year draws near, it is time to start preparing for summer lessons. Lessons are conducted year round, including summers to ensure that your child continues to grow and stay active. Much can be lost over the summer requiring material to be repeated. This can sometimes be frustrating to the student. I do work around vacations so please factor that in your summer plans.

April 2, 2017

April News

Coming into the home stretch of the school year! Sat 8th is the Romantic Festival (Clear Lake). No lessons on Good Friday 14th.

March 2, 2017

March News

No lessons spring break week, and the following week – March 13-24. That includes skype. I will be out of the country. Sat 4th is the Gold Cup Festival Clear Lake). Wed 8th is the Registration Deadline Romantic/Contemporary Festival (Austin) – Let me know if you wish to participate. Two pieces memorized, with scale & cadence. Same format as Baroque/Classical Festival. Registration fee is $16. Sat 11th is a Gold Cup Festival Make Up Day (Clear Lake). Fri 24th is the Registration Deadline Romantic Festival (Clear Lake) – Skype Students – let me know if you wish to participate. One piece memorized, recital or private format. Registration fee is $18. I am chairing this event.

January 30, 2017

February News

I will be out of town from Wednesday-Friday Feb 8-10th. Skype students, obviously that won't affect you as I am always out of town…:) Austin students – If your lesson time falls on those days, can we skype or reschedule? Here's what's happening in February... Wed, Feb 1st is the Registration Deadline for Baroque/Classical Festival (Austin). Sat 11th is the Theory Test for both Clear Lake & Austin. Mon 20th, No School for AISD. Sat 25th is the Baroque/Classical Festival for Austin students at UT Butler School of Music.

January 1, 2017

January News

Happy New Year Everyone!! I hope everyone had a wonderful time off and are refreshed and ready to go for the new year. Lessons will commence on Tuesday, Jan 3rd. We will hit the ground running with goals for the new year. Put your thinking caps on and enjoy the ride! Here's what's happening for January: Tue 3rd is the Registration Deadline Baroque Festival (Clear Lake). Fri 6th is the Registration Deadline Spring Theory Test (Austin) and Registration Deadline for the Gold Cup Festival (Clear Lake). Sat 21st - Baroque Festival (Clear Lake) at San Jacinto College Central Campus.