Studio Policy

Piano Prep for Kindergarten & 1st Grade,
Traditional Piano 2nd Grade - Adult

Studio Policy Excerpt for
 June 3, 2019 - May 21, 2020

The Teacher
Susan M. Todd, NCTM has been teaching piano for over forty years. Mrs. Todd is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM), and is an active member of the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Oregon Music Teachers Association (OMTA,) affiliated with Music Teachers National Association (MTNA.)
Piano students enrolled in The Susan Todd Music Studio are offered a well-rounded program of instruction with training in repertoire, theory, musicianship, ear training, technique, music history, improvisation, sight-reading and ensemble playing.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition may be paid in four quarterly or twelve monthly installments. Tuition is due the first lesson of each month or quarter. Enrolling students are reserving their placement in the studio for the entire year. The Enrollment Agreement is a firm commitment, and guarantees your place in the studio. An $85 enrollment and materials fee is due upon enrollment. This is non-refundable and is to be enclosed with the enrollment form.
Attendance and Practicing
Regular attendance is necessary for consistent progress. No tuition credits or make-up lessons are given. 
Please provide a well-tuned and cared-for acoustic piano, placed in a location conducive to concentration (not necessarily isolated). Help your child by working with them to establish a regular time for the daily practice. 
A commitment to consistent, uninterrupted practice time is important for the best progress.  All students are expected to practice at least five days per week, with an emphasis on goals rather than time. 
Studio Calendar 
The studio calendar follows the Hillsboro School District Calendar.  Our Enrollment Agreement includes thirty-five (35) weeks of instruction—five (5) in June-August and thirty (30) from September 9, 2019 - May 21, 2020.  Summer Lessons are available in June and July, and August by appointment.  
The Parent’s Role
Praise and encouragement are the parents’ greatest tools in helping your young musicians. Sit down and listen to your child’s practice immediately following their lesson, then listen again just before the next lesson and comment upon the improvement you hear. Your involvement and encouragement will let your child know how much you really enjoy their music.
Recitals, Adjudications & Festivals
There are many performance opportunities available to students here. Students in the Susan Todd Music Studio may participate in festivals and adjudications for performance, composition, and ensemble. 
Updated 5/3/2019