Sounds of Tahoe


Studio Policies & Schedule for the 2024-2025 Piano Year

Welcome to Piano Lessons 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 improve. 

Lessons are student-centered and may include music theory, improvising, composing, listening, counting, singing, memorizing, recording, and playing with others over the course of study. 

I also offer remote/online lessons for students who are unable to attend in person or live in a different area.

Sounds of Tahoe offers a year-round music program including 

Summer and School Year Lessons

The annual tuition plan includes:

  •  up to 6 private, 60-minute lessons in the summer 
  • up to 26 private, 40-minute lessons during the school year

In addition to regular lessons, Sounds of Tahoe offers added value events and activities such as:

  • up to 3 Studio recitals (virtual or in person)
  • Guild Auditions Report Card Program (additional fee)
  • Special Events which may include preparation for school activities, contests and talent shows

Home Music Time ~ Students only need to play piano on days that they eat!*

*Unless they are on vacation and unable to get to a piano!

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 progress and success!

  • Parents of students up to 11 years old need to sit with their child 10 minutes each day to provide support for a positive routine and assist with assignments
  • 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 playing the piano!


Registration Fee

The annual, non-refundable registration fee is due May 1, 2024. Your registration fee reserves a lesson time in the 2024-2025 schedule.

Registration closes May 15 so I can begin to interview new students. 

Family and continuing students are first on the waiting list.

Annual Tuition ~ WITH Summer Lessons

All lessons are paid in advance and may be paid annually, by the semester or monthly

Annual Tuition ~ NO Summer Lessons

Summer lessons are a great DEAL, and an important way to maintain consistent progress and precious momentum! 

However, If you just can’t fit in any summer lessons you may enroll in the annual tuition plan that OPTs OUT of the summer session for the 2024-2025 Piano Year

Tuition for NO Summer Lessons:

All lessons are paid in advance and may be paid annually, by the semester or monthly

Summer Session 2024!

You are invited to go online  and select up to 6 one hour summer lessons once your student registration is complete. 

Please let me know if you need your access refreshed for the website.

Summer Session Cancellations and Changes

You are welcome to make unlimited changes to your summer lesson schedule up until June 22nd. 

Please limit your changes to 1 (if possible) once the summer lessons are in full swing. 48 hours notice is required for summer changes. Thank you.

🎹  School Year Lessons September 2, 2024 - May 30, 2025  🎹



October Break 

October 7-18 ~ Two weeks

Thanksgiving Break

November 25-29

Winter Break 

December 16 - January 10, 2025 

FOUR weeks

February Break

February 17-28 ~ Two weeks

April Break

April 7-11

Personal Vacation Days, (PVDs) 

Cancellations and Changes during the School Year

  • The piano year tuition structure allows for each student to use up to 2 ‘personal vacation day’ cancellations 
  • There is also 1 teacher PVD’s allotted in the tuition packages
  • PVDs may use these in case of emergency, vacation, or unavoidable conflict

Make-up Lessons?

  • Due to all our busy schedules I am not available for make-ups for missed or forgotten lessons, or scheduling conflicts
  • I encourage you to plan ahead and set up a lesson exchange with another student if you foresee any conflicts. Please notify me of any changes
  • If I am sick or have an unavoidable conflict, I will use my PVD, or reschedule the missed lesson at a mutually convenient time
  • In the event that neither you or I use our allotted Personal Vacation Days, that will result in bonus lessons for your child!

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

Lessons remain on regular schedule for some holidays, school conferences, closures etc. Call, text or write with questions.

Snow Days, Travel, or Sick Days

Now that we have remote lessons so readily at our fingertips (😆) We can easily shift to remote lessons as needed. Remote lessons may be held; any time you feel it is unsafe to travel, have a busy schedule, or if there is a chance of exposing each other to viruses, etc.

Lesson Withdrawl

If you decide to withdraw from lessons for any reason, please give one month of notice before the final lesson. Notice can only be accepted when the final tuition payment is made. Please understand and respect that this can give a satisfactory time to close the course of music study. Refunds or credits will not be provided.

Piano Marvel App/program - for Ipad, laptop or desktop

Piano Marvel has been an important part of my curriculum since 2018. 

I appreciate the music theory and music reading skills that it builds in students and is a substantial tool for developing well rounded musicians! 

So much so, that I am willing to *PAY* your child’s monthly subscription ($19.99 retail), *IF* you (and they) are willing to commit to a minimum of 3 days every week using the app outside of regular lessons (5-10 minutes each time). 

I recognize that Piano Marvel may not be a fit for every student/family, however, I encourage families to investigate the program online to learn more about the program. 

A connection to an electric piano is currently required for the assessment tool to be effective. 

Parents are invited to schedule a free, private session with me for a tutorial to see how Piano Marvel can be beneficial in our piano lessons.

Thank You for Paying Attention

  • Students may arrive and come in quietly up to 5 minutes before their lesson time
  • Please remove shoes and leave them in the front hall
  • Wash hands to be ready for playing piano, or use hand sanitizer 
  • I appreciate when you pick up your child promptly. Thank you! 

Teacher Qualifications

Private Piano Instructor since 1983

Bachelor of Science in Music Education K-12, Montana State University, Billings 1986

Masters of Music, University of Nevada, Reno 1994

Adjunct Faculty at Sierra Nevada College 1987-1999

Adjunct Faculty at UNR 1994-1997

Member and local Chair for American College of Musicians National Guild of Piano Teachers since 1991

Member Music Teachers’ National Association 

Member Northern Nevada Music Teachers’ Association

Lessons are held in person or on zoom depending on our health and location.