Studio Policy

Private Lesson Fee:

Weekly 30, 45 and 60 minute lengths, fee due at the first lesson of the month:

30 min = $31-$35

45 min = $45-$60

60 min = $65-$75

Avoid a late payment fee of $5.00/day! Etransfer or check payments are encouraged.


Practical and theoretical exam preparation for Royal Conservatory of Music, Conservatory Canada Classical, Conservatory Canada Contemporary Idioms, Northern Lights (Canadian National Conservatory of Music). We discuss your goals at the beginning of the year and revisit these goals every September.


For new beginners, I strongly recommend taking TWO lessons per week for the first year. Why? I have discovered that this method yields students who learn much quicker, and tend to retain concepts and information much better. This sets the student up to develop good practice habits, learn new material much faster, and when the student progresses faster, they feel more empowered and have more fun!

Missed Lessons or Canceling:

Please notify me as soon as possible if you will miss a lesson (makeups only if notified at least 12hrs in advance). Only 3 makeup lessons per year may be scheduled, but are not guaranteed. If you do not attend school/work due to sudden illness, please cancel your piano lesson for that day. Payment for missed lessons will be credited onto the next month’s payment. If I am sick or away on vacation, you will not pay for the missed lesson. One month’s notice is required prior to the first of the month to terminate lessons.

Participation in other events:

As a Registered Music Teacher with the Ontario Registered Music Teacher’s Association, students will be eligible to participate in events throughout the year including Halloween Children’s Recitals, Central Toronto Branch auditions (a competition that takes place in November and April each year), Composition contests, Adult recitals, and Teen recitals.

Students may also participate in various music festivals across the GTA, such as the North York Music Festival, Kiwanis festival, and Contemporary Showcase.

Students are strongly encouraged to perform outside the studio to enhance their learning experience, and to develop performance abilities.

Teacher Role

Prepares the lesson and determines the assignment (music, goals, practice time) for the week.  Maintains contact with students and parents. Creates a safe and engaging environment from which students may learn different aspects of music.

Student Role

Arrives on time with necessary materials. Respects the instrument and materials. Schedules daily practice and acknowledges the importance of the priority of practice. Maintains a positive, open attitude.

Parent Role

Supports the fulfilling of the student’s responsibilities and encourages progress. Attends lessons for young beginners (5 and under). Maintains contact with the teacher. Offers support and encouragement during home practice. Makes the lesson payment on time.


Regular home practice is essential for student success. Many parents (and students) assume that they will progress with one weekly lesson. However, this will ultimately result in very slow progress, which usually ends with premature cancellation of piano lessons in lieu of other activities. The bulk of the work to learn piano is during the rest of the week at home.

There is no set amount of time for practicing the assignment: the amount of home practice depends on the assignment for the week. Generally, beginners may expect 15-30 min. daily, intermediates 30-45min, and advanced 60+ min.

Ideally, students should aim for at least 5 days of practice each week. Piano practice must become a habit, like brushing your teeth or cleaning your room. You wouldn’t neglect brushing your teeth daily, then vigorously clean them the day before seeing your dentist, and expect no cavities!

Similarly. shorter daily practice sessions are better than cramming one or two long sessions per week. In fact, I encourage students to practice right after piano lessons in order to retain new knowledge.

Parental involvement in home practice is crucial for student success. Parents are important in setting a practice routine (making time!), and reminding the student to practice. Even if the parent does not sit with the student for the entire time, just having them in the room while they practice, or sitting with them once every few practice sessions will greatly help encourage the student. The parent’s attitudes strongly influence the student’s outcome.

If you cannot manage adding 15-60 min. of daily practice, learning the piano may not be for you!


All students must have an acoustic piano or weighted digital piano for home practice. Do not waste your time purchasing a keyboard that does not have 88 keys and a weighted touch. Keyboards that light up, or have fancy animal decorations are toys, not actual musical instruments!

Students are also expected to purchase a metronome (some digitals have built-in metronomes already; in which case you can certainly use that!) or download an app with a digital metronome.

Students may purchase books and materials at music stores such as Long and McQuade, Remenyi Music, St. John’s Music, online (Amazon is popular), or if you prefer, you may purchase them from my studio.

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