(Please contact me for current rates)

Tuition can be payed by semester or by monthly payments. For the school year there are ten monthly equal payments due. (Aug-May) For the semester payments there are two equal payments due (Aug and May).  The monthly tuition remains the same for each month, regardless of the number of lessons scheduled or received during that month. Payment is due by the 10th of each month or the first lesson, whichever is first. Payment can be made in the form of cash, Pay Pal, credit card or personal check made out to Melanie Hawley.

Tuition includes 34 weeks of scheduled instruction which includes private lessons, group lessons, and recitals. There are 2 bonus lessons in the school year schedule (2 lessons you are not charged for).  These 2 bonus lessons are to be used in the event a student must cancel a lesson.  If a student has perfect attendance the 2 bonus lessons are 2 free lessons.  The schedule also includes one “Flex Week” for the teacher to be used at any time during the year.

Group lessons are held 2-3 times each school year and are held in lieu of the private lesson on group weeks (unless you have a Monday lesson, you will have both  in order to help compensate for Monday holidays). In group, we discuss composition techniques, study composers / music history, perform, practice ear training skills and play music games that reinforce music theory concepts. Group lessons are one of the highlights of the studio experience.

Summer Tuition will be paid in monthly payments, accommodating the lessons you will be taking.  The summer session will be June-July.  Attending lessons during the summer is strongly suggested.   If a student chooses to not take during the summer they will not have priority scheduling in the fall.



Music, Lesson Books and Activity Fees will be billed separately and are due with the next month’s tuition.

Any borrowed music from the music library that is not returned or is returned damaged will be charged to the student at its replacement cost.



Please provide a spiral notebook for written reminders and assignments for at-home practice.  Each student is responsible for bringing his or her books to each lesson and for keeping them clean and undamaged.

All students must have a piano or digital piano for home practice.   The quality of your student’s home instrument plays a significant role in their potential for success.

Acoustic pianos should be tuned at least once a year, and kept in working order.   If you prefer a digital piano, please invest in a full-size keyboard (88 keys) with weighted, touch-sensitive keys and pedals.



Please be on time to arrive (no more than 2 minutes early) and depart on time from your lesson. Late arrivals will result in shorter lessons, as I will end the lesson on time.

A make-up lesson will be provided if 24 hours’ notice of absence has been made or an emergency exists such as illness, accident, etc.  A make-up lesson must be scheduled within two weeks of the missed lesson or the lesson is your forfeit.  Bonus lessons must be used first before requesting a make-up.

Lesson swap:  If you cannot make your scheduled lesson you may also try and switch times with another student.  The parent who requested the exchange is responsible to email or call me within 24 hours to let me know what has been worked out. If two families show up for the same lesson time because the exchange was not confirmed properly, priority will go to the normally scheduled student(s) with no refund or rescheduling for the other student(s).

If I cannot be at a lesson, a make-up lesson will be scheduled.



Practice is expected to have the same priority as homework.  In order to progress satisfactory, daily practice is absolutely essential.  To develop-self-discipline and good working habits, a regular time should be set aside each day.  All students are expected to practice five days per week.  Goal oriented and regular practice is crucial in order for a student to progress.

If you need a place to start here are recommended times for each student:

Primers       15 minutes for 5 days a week
Level 1-2      20 minutes for 5 days a week
Level 3-4      30 minutes for 5 days a week
Level 5-6     40minutes for 5days a week
Advanced    60 minutes for 5 days a week



Please give at least a month’s notice if you wish to terminate lessons.

The student will be terminated if full monthly payments are not received regularly in a timely fashion.


MY RESPONSIBILITY:  My responsibility to the student is to provide an atmosphere for learning and a well-balanced musical education. Professional standards will be maintained and definite goals will be established for each student. It is my goal to give your child the best possible music education. I belong to professional organizations, attend workshops and educational programs, subscribe to professional publications, and engage in other activities on a continuing basis in order to provide opportunities for professional growth and enhance my own teaching skills.