August 2019 - May 2020
Pricing and due dates
Due the 10th of every month.*
10 equal monthly payments (August to May) of:
30 minute lessons - $100
45 minute lessons - $150
60 minute lessons - $200
Monthly tuition is a flat rate that reserves a student's weekly lesson time throughout the piano year, whether or not each lesson is attended. There is no reduction of tuition for the months that have scheduled breaks, as those weeks have not been factored into the tuition average. This average has been calculated based on the average number of lessons per month in a year. Some months will have more or fewer than 4 lessons, but monthly tuition remains the same each month. Monthly tuition is not adjusted for students who begin lessons in the middle of the year. Please refer to the calendar to see the yearly teaching schedule.
Fall Semester - Due by August 10, 2019.
30 minute lessons - $450
45 minute lessons - $675
60 minute lessons - $900
Spring Semester - Due by January 10, 2020.
30 minute lessons - $500
45 minute lessons - $750
60 minute lessons - $1000
If a semester is not paid in full by the listed due dates, equal monthly payments must be made for the remainder of the semester.
Yearly (Discounted rate)
Due by August 10, 2019.
30 minute lessons - $900 (save $50 versus by semester)
45 minute lessons - $1350 (save $75 versus by semester)
60 minute lessons - $1800 (save $100 versus by semester)
Accepted Forms of Payment
Cash, Check, Venmo, PayPal and bank transfers are accepted. Automatic monthly payments can be set up through your bank.
-Please make checks payable to Luisa Matthynssens.
-Bank transfers can be set up through your bank using the email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cadenza Studios does not issue refunds of any kind.
If paying monthly, tuition is always due by the 10th of each month, even if the first lessons of the month are rescheduled, cancelled, or missed. Payments not received by the 10th will accrue a $25 late fee added to the current month's bill. If payment is not received by the 3rd scheduled lesson of the month, lessons will be suspended and the student's lesson time will be forfeited and filled by the next student on the waitlist. The outstanding balance must still be paid.
The piano year runs from August 5 to May 29. Lessons occur at the same day and time every week. Please refer to the calendar to view studio closings.
2019 - 2020 Calendar
Lessons are billed a la carte in June and July. Please notify the instructor of any lessons that will not be attended so invoices can be adjusted accordingly. Lessons are not required for students in the summer, but in order to guarantee a spot for the fall, students must either attend 4 hours of lessons within two months or pay a non-refundable holding fee of $50.00 for each month that the student does not attend. Otherwise, the student will forfeit their spot and be moved to the bottom of the waiting list.
missed & make-up lessons
Regular lesson attendance is a vital part of a student’s musical growth. In order to accommodate sickness, travel, event conflicts, or anything that may arise that causes a student to miss a lesson, students may make up a maximum of two missed lessons per semester. After two lessons are missed, any other missed lessons are not eligible to be made up due to the large volume of students and limited availability.
-Same day cancellations or no-shows are not eligible for make-up lessons.
-Missed lessons will not be credited or refunded in any way. Any lessons not made up by the end of May 2020 are forfeited and cannot be made up.
- Make-up lessons will be forfeited if cancelled or missed.
- Lessons cancelled by the instructor will result in a make-up lesson credit in addition to the allotted that does not expire.
- Lessons cancelled due to unsafe driving conditions caused by inclement weather will be eligible for a make-up lesson in addition to the allotted.
- For the well-being of the instructor and other students, students should not come to their lesson if they are sick with a contagious illness.
Scheduling a Make-up Lesson
Please notify the instructor as soon as you know you will miss a lesson. You will be informed of any upcoming open slots to reschedule, or the missed lesson may be made up during the allotted make-up lesson days. Please refer to the calendar to view scheduled make-up lesson days.
All students must bring a blank notebook solely dedicated to piano to every lesson. Any additional materials assigned by the instructor will be required at every lesson. All students must have weekly access to a well-kept acoustic piano or a quality digital keyboard to practice material covered in the lesson.
siblings and children of students
Siblings with back-to-back lessons that are dropped off together need to bring quiet entertainment for themselves while they wait through their sibling’s lesson. On a case by case basis, children of adult students may wait in the waiting area with quiet entertainment. If a sibling or child is a consistent distraction for the student in their lesson, they will not be allowed to accompany their sibling or parent to lessons. Headphones, coloring pencils and coloring pages are provided to waiting children.
Student arrival and Pick up
Students who are late for their lesson will only be given the remainder of their time, and the missed time is not eligible for make-up or refund. Students who are not picked up within 5 minutes of their ending lesson time are encroaching on the next student’s lesson time and/or the instructor’s personal time. Students who are consistently picked up late at the end of their lessons will accrue a late pick-up fee at the instructor's discretion, which will accrue on the following month’s tuition. Students may not arrive early to their lesson, unless communicated to and approved by the instructor.
When it comes to practicing at home, the quality of time spent at the piano is more important than the quantity of time spent. Fifteen minutes of deliberate, focused, efficient practice is more productive than sixty minutes of mindlessly playing something over and over to pass the time. One of the most important things we do in lessons is to learn how to practice in order to build good habits.
Here are some practice pointers that apply to most students and most situations:
• Practice slowly so it’s easy to keep the flow without pauses, hesitations, or stutters.
• Play small sections at a time (How small? Small enough that it’s easy).
• Repeat several times in a row (Not mindlessly, but with focus).
• Connect small sections together, repeating several times in a row.
• If it’s too hard or you keep making mistakes, go slower or play a smaller section.
If you’re a parent of a piano student, please sit in on some lessons and see how we practice in order to help them use their time effectively at home.
It’s important to practice often. A little bit every day is much better than 6 days of nothing and then 3 hours all at once.
Recitals and Performance Class
There are 2 recitals each year. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in each. There will be a small recital fee ranging from $5 to $15 per student added on to the tuition of the month of the recital. The recital fee is determined based on the number of people performing in the recital and is used to cover the cost of the venue rental fee and refreshments afterwards.
One week before each recital a performance class will be held to give students the opportunity to perform in front of their peers. This can serve as a make-up lesson for those who need it. All students are strongly encouraged to attend regardless of their need for a make-up lesson.
Thirty days notice must be given if a student wishes to withdraw from lessons. Outstanding balances must be paid in full before the student’s last scheduled lesson.
A student may be dismissed at any time for reasons including but not limited to:
• Excessive absence or tardiness
• Habitually late or nonpayment of tuition
• Consistent lack of lesson preparation
• Behavior or attitude problems
• Failure to comply with studio policy