2018 Studio Policies

New Students

Prospective students are required to meet with the teacher for an intake meeting prior to piano lessons. This gives the teacher and the student an opportunity to get to know one another, and is a great time to get to know the student better, discuss musical goals and expectations. The conversation also allows the teacher to recommend books particular to the student’s skill, and ensures that the teacher and student are a good fit for one another.


Lessons are offered in 30 or 60 minute weekly slots, depending on the skill and age of the student. In general, weekly 30 minute lessons are recommended for beginners.

Lessons will be taught at the student’s home as long as the environment is suitable for teaching.


The tuition for lessons is $30 for half hour sessions or $50 for 60 minute sessions. This reserves a weekly time slot for the student. Tuition is charged on a monthly basis and is due on the first lesson of each month. Tuition may be paid via cash or check (payable to Smriti Hakkarinen).

Students are also expected to purchase the required books and sheet music which will be provided for lessons.

Student Expectations

Students are expected to have access to an acoustic piano (fully tuned and functional) or a digital piano (88 weighted keys, pedals and touch sensitivity) for lessons and practice. For the best teaching and practice environment, I highly recommend an acoustic piano.

The piano should be located in a quiet room away from distractions.

Makeup Lessons

With the exception of medical emergencies and severe weather warnings, students are expected to provide a minimum of 24 hours’ notice of absences or scheduling conflicts for a makeup lesson. Makeup lessons will not be provided for no-shows or unscheduled absences.


Parent participation and support are vital to fostering a healthy musical environment. Parents are encouraged to take an active part in the student’s practice at home and are welcome to occasionally sit in on the piano lesson.

Lesson Termination

The teacher retains the right to discontinue lessons for any reason, including: unpaid tuition, no shows and absences, lack of interest or unprepared lessons.