Piano Lessons & Studio Policy
Tuition includes instruction fee, an individualized plan for each student's course of study, recital/exam/competition registration handling , repertoire preparation, sheet music lending library. You are responsible to purchase the lesson materials. Tuition is due by the first week of each 9-week term (see studio calendar) and there will be four terms during the school year. No refund for the lesson you missed.
Summer lessons will be more flexible as you pay at the beginning of each month. Due to the intensive nature of piano lessons, students are strongly encouraged to enroll at least FOUR piano lessons during the summer term to hold your spot in the studio.
On time arrival and departure are expected. If you are late for your lesson, you will lose that time as the next lesson will begin on time.
Reschedule and makeup Policy
Please notify me 24 hour in advance (except emergency) if you are going to miss the lesson. You will then be given the opportunity to be rescheduled during the same week upon teacher’s availability (not guaranteed). If the lesson you missed cannot be rescheduled during the same week, it will be considered as a makeup, and that is allowed twice a year on mutual agreed time.
You will need an 88 key acoustic piano in good condition (all keys equal, pedals working) to practice on. As you advanced to intermediate level, a grand piano is suggested because responsiveness of the keys and pedals work differently. The better piano you have, the earlier you can start develop wide arrays of tone qualities.
Your goal and the desired practice time will be discussed in lessons with Dr. Chang.
In Short, daily practice sessions are more effective than one or two long sessions per week. The best time for students to practice is right after their weekly lesson, to solidify what they have just learned. Research has shown that retention of new knowledge drops to 60% after just 24 hours. It’s not a good idea to wait until the end of the week, then “cram” practice right before a student’s next lesson!
Parental involvement in home practice is crucial for student's success. Please help your child/children establish and stick to a practice routine, and see that practice time is free of distractions. If you are the parent of an elementary age student, please plan to go through the practice goal list with them to help establish a plan for their daily practice.
All the students are encouraged to perform at recitals, taking exams or participate in contests. Just remember setting a goal is to play your best but not to compare yourself with other people.
All the lessons are currently taking place at my studio in Edina, please contact me for more information and a free trial lesson.
You can start anytime of the year. Please check studio calendar for holidays and activities.