🎹 Sounds of Tahoe Studio Policies & Schedule for the 2017-2018 Piano Year     🎹

(for after school students)


Welcome to the 2017-2018 Piano Year with Miss Elaine at Sounds of Tahoe. 

My objectives in teaching include fostering the love my students have for the piano by developing piano skills for playing and reading music for personal enjoyment, playing with others, and going on to advanced levels as students progress. Lessons are geared to each students’ level and will include: music theory, improvising, composing, listening, counting, singing, memorizing, recording and playing duets, over the course of study. 

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

The annual tuition plan includes:

•Up to 6 summer session opportunities from June 26 - August 17, 2017. Students attend for one hour and receive 40 minutes of private instruction with 20 minutes of self-guided time. Self-guided time allows students to observe another lesson, practice on a Clavinova, or complete other self-guided activity.

•Up to 27 session opportunities during the school year from September 4, 2017 June 1, 2018. 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.


Added value events and activities*

  • Attend Lake Tahoe SummerFest Rehearsals & Special Events with Miss Elaine
  • Up to 3 Sounds of Tahoe Studio recitals
  • Reno Clavinova Festival
  • School talent show/special event support 
  • Guild Auditions Certificate Program 

*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


Schedule for the 2017-2018 Piano Year ~ June 26, 2017 - June 1, 2018

Summer Session June 26 - August 17, 2017

Annual tuition includes up to 6 Summer Session opportunities

To schedule your summer lessons:

  1. Turn in your complete registration information and $150 registration fee by May 15
  2. Once you have registered you will be given a password for SoundsofTahoe.com. Go there to select your summer lesson times. Email or text if you need to refresh your password for the site.


School year lessons September 4, 2017 - June 1, 2018

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 on either side of the Winter Break


NO LESSONSDATES
October Break WeekOctober 2-5
Thanksgiving Break WeekNovember 20-24
Winter Break (4 weeks)One week before AND one week after school vacationsDecember 18, 2017 - January 12, 2018
February Break WeekFebruary 19-23
April Break WeekApril 9-13


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

Lessons remain on regular schedule for assorted holidays, conferences, closures etc. 

Contact Miss Elaine by email, phone, or text if you have any questions.


Registration Fee

Sounds of Tahoe has an annual nonrefundable Registration Fee (see registration packet at interview)

The Registration Fee is not included in Tuition 

The Registration Fee is due by May 15, 2017, or upon registration, to confirm your commitment to a space in the 2017-2018 piano year schedule


Tuition & Tuition Payment

There is an annual tuition fee for the 2017-2018 piano year

•You may prepay the piano year in full, or in two payments, 6/10/17 & 12/10/17

•Monthly tuition payments are divided into 12 equal payments.  June 10, 2017 - May 10, 2018

•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 is automatically assessed for tuition postmarked or received after the 15th of the month

•No refunds or credits are available


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 great they would like to get at piano!


Snowday Lessons

Lessons will remain on schedule unless you call or text and tell me you feel it is unsafe to travel. Snowday lesson(s) will be rescheduled during the week immediately following the end of the piano year. If you/we have not used both of our PVDs, PVDs will be used as snow day(s). Snow day lessons will be scheduled June 4-5-6, 2018 as needed.


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 one of my PVDs or reschedule 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)


Lesson Withdraw

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 chairperson 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