2017-2018 Academic Year
Every student is offered 32 lessons, 3 performance classes, at least 3 recitals, and a variety of optional adjudicated events during the academic year. Tuition is non-refundable. When you sign up for lessons, you’re making a commitment for the entire academic year.
There are three payment options:
Full Academic Year Payment: Due August 1
45-minute lessons: $1377.50
60-minute lessons: $1805
Get the best rate by paying for the entire academic year by August 1. Full academic-year tuition payments must be made via check. Your check must reach me by August 1. Make check payable to Daniel Light. Mail to 2226 Weber Avenue, Louisville, KY 40205.
Any charges I incur from a check returned for insufficient funds will be charged back to your account.
45-minute lessons: $290/payment
60-minute lessons: $380/payment
1st payment: August 1, 2017
2nd payment: October 1, 2017
3rd payment: December 1, 2017
4th payment: February 1, 2018
5th payment: April 1, 2018
Bi-monthly payments can be made via check or credit/debit card. I encourage you to set up Auto-Pay.
If payments are made after the due date, a $10 fee will be charged.
45-minute lessons: $150/month
60-minute lessons: $195/month
Monthly installment payments are available only via Auto-Pay. Payments will be withdrawn on the first day of each month, August, 2017 through May, 2018.
Auto-Pay can draw from either a checking account (preferred) or from a credit card account.
If a payment is rejected by your bank or credit card issuer, resulting in a late payment, a $10 fee will be charged.
How To Set Up Auto-Pay
- Log in to your piano studio account.
- Click SETTINGS (gear icon).
- Click MY PREFERENCES.
- Look for STORED PAYMENT OPTIONS.
- Click the green button to add either a credit card or a checking account payment method.
- Input account details, then check the box that says “Automatically pay emailed invoices.”
If you’d rather have me set up Auto-Pay for you, just ask. I’m happy to do it for you.
What does your tuition cover?
Time spent with the student
Lessons, performance classes, recitals
Time spent in preparation for the student
An enormous factor in the making of a good teacher has to do with all the work and planning that takes place before a student arrives. My preparation for your student’s lessons includes my own piano practice, lesson planning, development of curriculum, repertoire selection, recital planning, trips to the music store, bookkeeping, etc. It has been cited by professional music journals that for every hour enrolled in piano lessons, you are investing in at least 2 hours of the teacher’s time.
Your teacher’s training and experience
Recital costs and preparations
Planning, program printing, facility rental, etc.
Professional organization memberships
I maintain membership in several professional organizations in order to facilitate continuing education opportunities, enhance my teaching skills, and provide my students with opportunities for festivals, competitions, and performance events.
I subscribe to numerous professional journals to keep current on new teaching materials and trends. You’re welcome to enjoy these journals too, if you care to. I keep them in a basket in my living room.
Printing, copying, paper costs, computer software, website costs, incentive programs, instruments, tunings, repairs . . . .
Music books and recordings
Materials I purchase to use as reference and loaner copies
Property taxes, self-employment taxes, insurance, business licenses, retirement
The independent music teacher has no corporation to assist in providing health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, and retirement savings by matching funds. Tuition helps cover the increased living costs of your self-employed teacher.
I invest in numerous continuing education opportunities every year. These include conferences, workshops, masterclasses, webinars, and lessons that help to keep me current as a pianist and as a teacher.
As a professional independent music teacher, I pay an annual fee to remain certified by Music Teachers National Association, provided I have met all the continuing education and studio requirements (which I always do). This keeps me accountable to a professional organization.
Publishers music club memberships
These memberships enable me to acquire the best new publications of major piano music publishers so that I remain aware of current pedagogical materials, giving me as many tools as possible to keep your piano students motivated and making progress.