2019-2020 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: $1475.00
60­-minute lessons: $1930.00

You may take a 5% discount if you pay via check or cash by August 1. All online payments will be full price. Any payments made after August 1 must be full price. With the 5% discount, the tuition will be:

45­-minute lessons: $1401.25
60­-minute lessons: $1833.50

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.

5 Bi-Monthly

45-­minute lessons: $295/payment
60­-minute lessons: $386/payment

Bi-monthly installment payments are available only via Auto-Pay. Payments will be withdrawn on the following dates:

1st payment: August 1, 2019
2nd payment: October 1, 2019
3rd payment: December 1, 2019
4th payment: February 1, 2020
5th payment: April 1, 2020

If a payment is rejected by your bank or credit card issuer, resulting in a late payment, a $15 fee will be charged.


10 Monthly

45-­minute lessons: $153/month
60­-minute lessons: $204/month

Monthly installment payments are available only via Auto-Pay. Payments will be withdrawn on the first day of each month, August, 2019 through May, 2020.

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 $15 fee will be charged.

How To Set Up Auto-Pay

  • Log in to your piano studio account.
  • Click SETTINGS (gear icon).
  • 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.

Billing Preferences

How would you like to be billed?

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.

Professional journals
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.

Studio expenses
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.

Continuing education
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.

Certification costs
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.