Sounds of Tahoe

Sounds of Tahoe Schedule and Studio Policies for the 2015-2016 Piano Year

Over a student’s course of study, I strive to include reading music, counting, listening, technique, theory, improvising, ear-training, composing, singing, memorizing, performing, ensemble playing, recording and utilizing current technology. I focus on clapping rhythms while counting and tracking on the page, aural/listening skills, visual awareness, and incorporate an intellectual/analytical approach to learning and playing. I emphasize reading directions and intervals and identifying scales and chords. I teach theory as related to the music, using theory books with the students who will complete them. I introduce composition and encourage students to improvise while playing with live or recorded accompaniments.


Sounds of Tahoe offers a year round music program including summer session and school year lessons.

Annual tuition includes opportunities for many added value events and activities*

Attending Lake Tahoe SummerFest Special Events with Miss Elaine

up to 7 Summer Musicianship Classes for private students

Up to 3 Sounds of Tahoe annual recitals

Incline Elementary School PTA Reflections contest preparation 

Clavinova Festival

Reno Youth Music Festival

School Talent Shows

Guild Auditions Certificate Program 

Piano Explorer Magazine Composition Contest

*depending on age, school, time studied and availability of event. The Clavinova Festival, Reno Youth Music Festival and Guild Auditions do require additional entry fees


Summer Session runs from June 22 - August 20 (Closed July 28 - August 3)

Annual tuition includes up to 6 Summer Sessions and Summer Musicianship Classes.

There are 7 Musicianship Class opportunities offered the following weeks: 

June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20, August 3, August 10, August 17

Musicianship Classes are an important part of music study. Attendance at summer Musicianship Classes is highly recommended for all private students. You will be able to sign up (online) to confirm your space in class for any and all classes that you plan to attend. New website link coming soon!

Registration Fee

Sounds of Tahoe has an annual nonrefundable Registration Fee

The Registration Fee is not included in Tuition. 

The Registration Fee is due by May 1, 2015 to confirm your commitment to a space in the 2015-2016 piano year schedule. 

Students enrolling after May 1, 2015 will have a school year lesson time reserved upon payment of Registration Fee.



Annual tuition includes up to 6 summer session opportunities and up to 27 session opportunities during the school year.

12 equal payments (due June 10, 2015 - May 10, 2016) include:

Up to 6 summer sessions. Students attend for one hour and receive 40 minutes of private instruction. 20 minutes of self-guided time in the classroom allow time for students to observe another lesson or work on a Clavinova or computer program.

Up to 27 session opportunities during the school year. During the school year, students attend one hour sessions which include 40 minutes of private instruction accompanied by 20 minutes of self-guided time in the classroom.


Tuition Payment (June 10, 2015 - May 10, 2016)

Monthly tuition payments are divided into 12 equal payments 

Tuition is the same each month regardless of the number of lessons in a month

Tuition payments are due even if there are no lessons in a calendar month

Monthly payments are due on or before the 10th of the month

Tuition is past due after the 15th of the month

A $25 late fee will be assessed for tuition received after the 15th of the month

You may prepay the piano year in full, or in two payments, 6/10/15 & 12/10/15

No refunds or credits are available


Schedule and Vacations

School year lessons begin September 7, 2015 and end June 3, 2016

The weeks not scheduled for regular lessons allow space for:

6 regular weeks of school holidays

2 ‘personal vacation days’ (PVDs) that you may use in case of emergency, vacation, or unavoidable conflict

2 teacher PVDs as necessary

2 additional weeks of vacation after the Winter Break


VACATIONS - No regulare lessons or classes

October Break

Thanksgiving Week

Winter Break

February Break

Spring Break


 Home Music Time

A regular practice time and routine combined with good placement of the piano and a tuned and well maintained piano provides a home foundation for progress and enjoyment. Consistent practice is a requirement for enrollment.

Parents of students 11 years old and younger need to sit with their child at least 10 minutes each day to provide support in a positive routine and assist with the assignment if needed

Students should plan to spend 20 - 60 (+) minutes at the piano each day, depending on age and time studied, and how good they would like to get at piano!


Cancellations and Changes during the School Year

The piano year tuition structure allows for each student to use 2 ‘personal vacation day’ cancellations

Due to all our busy schedules, I am not able to reschedule or make-up lessons that are missed or forgotten

If I am sick or have an unexpected conflict I will use my PVD or schedule a make-up for the missed lesson at a mutually convenient time

You may exchange lesson times with another student any time you have a conflict

Please notify me of any changes (Thank you)


Weekday Holidays, Teacher Conferences or School Closures that are not during a Break Week

Lessons are planned to remain on regular schedule for assorted holidays, conferences, closures etc. Contact me by email, phone, or text if you have any questions.


Snowday Lessons

Lessons will remain on schedule unless you call me and tell me you feel it is unsafe to travel. Missed lesson(s) will be rescheduled during the week immediately following the end of the piano year. If you have not used both of your PVDs, PVDs will be used as snow day(s). Snow day lessons will be scheduled June 8, 9 &10, 2016.


Lesson Withdrawl

If you decide to withdraw from lessons for any reasons, please give one full month of notice before the expected final lesson. Notice can only be accepted at the time the final tuition payment is made. Please understand and respect that this can give a satisfactory time to close the course of music study. No refunds are available.


Thank You for Paying Attention

Mill Creek is a residential neighborhood with a MAXIMUM speed limit of 25 MPH

Students may arrive and come in quietly up to 5 minutes before their lesson time

Please take off all DIRTY or WET shoes and leave them in the front hall

Wash hands to be ready for playing piano

I appreciate when you pick up promptly. Thank you!


Teacher Qualifications

Private piano instructor since 1983

Bachelor of Science in Music Education K-12, MSU Billings 1986, 

Masters of Music, UNR 1994

Member and local chair for National Guild of Piano Teachers since 1991

College level group and private instruction of piano & theory for 13 years

Member: Music Teachers’ National Association 

Member: Northern Nevada Music Teachers’ Association