Rates/Studio Policies 

Every school year a non refundable registration fee ($40 for one student, $75.00 for two) will be required to ensure that your student/s gets added into the school year schedule. No student will be added to the schedule without the registration fee.

Annual Registration fees help to cover non teaching time which includes:

  • Bookkeeping

  • Teacher supplies: building music library additions, paper, ink, pens, pencil, stickers (office materials)

  • Time spent on scheduling, lesson and repertoire planning

  • Website maintenance and technology

  • Emailing, texting and phone calls

  • Professional affiliations

BILLING:  34 Sessions Total 2019-2010

Fall Session*      September, 6 2019 - January 31, 2020.  (17 weeks) 

Spring Session*   February 1- June 15, 2020    (17 weeks)

NYSSMA Festival (New York State School Music Association) May, 2020               

 Studio Recital June 14, 2020 * 3:00-5:30 pm.

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE NATURE OF THE SCHOOL CALENDAR, sessions can range from 16-18 weeks. Please call to schedule a trial lesson 917.449.4029.

 Lessons    (30 min)     Grades preK - 5th grade                  

Lessons    (45 min)      Min. required for grades 6 +             

Lesson      (1 hour)       For adults and grades  8+  students interested in competition.

Share 1 hour (semi private)  Two to four students come and have a group lesson. ( Very cost effective option)    

Many students are ready to move into 45 minute lessons before the middle school years. Please let me know if your child is interested and we will decide together!

FULL sessions are required.  Joining halfway through a session already in progress is not guaranteed and spots are filled in the summer for Fall.  Please call, text or email for details 917.449.4029.    pianoadventuresbeacon@gmail.com

Summer Session Required

Learning an instrument is not an academic subject, therefore a minimum of 4, 30 minute OR 3, 45 minute lessons during the summer will  be required to maintain a place in the studio during the next school year. This requirement is to benefit the student and help maintain prior achievements. It is unfair to the student to quit for the summer and expect them to return in the fall remembering what was learned the previous year. Additional lessons beyond the required minimum are strongly encouraged to help keep tears, frustration and the words "I want to quit" out of your child's vocabulary.

If you are on holiday the entire summer and you cannot commit to piano for your child, the  summer session fee is still required to essentially hold your spot for fall. When I don't see your student in the summer, I have to open the studio for new students to join in your place. Those new students will get priority when the school year arrives.   Thank you for your cooperation and understanding with this policy.

Payment Procedure/Late Fees will apply

1. The total amount for each semester is due BEFORE the new semester begins. A $25 late fee will be applied per week if payment is not paid when due.

2. Paying half at the start and the other half one month later is also accepted, but two checks must be received at once. The 2nd one may be post dated.

Checks are payable to Piano Adventures Beacon or Sarah Terrell

PayPal: To sarahlaineterrell@gmail.com and choose "send to personal".

Venmo @ pianoadventuresbeacon

Apple Pay: text with my phone number

Books/Music  In order to build a student's musical library, parents will be asked frequently to purchase piano books or pieces that compliment their regular lesson books. Working on varied pieces from different genres is essential.

Make Up Lessons

There are NO make up lessons. If I have to cancel for a snow day we will make that up. Once we agree and commit to a snow day make up there is no rescheduling for a 2nd time.  Parents may use the SWAP LIST to swap out lesson times with another student.


School vacations are built into the seasonal sessions of piano.  If you choose to be away on a non-school holiday then you choose to lose that lesson or you can “swap” with another student using the studio SWAP LIST.

Calendar Days Off

I follow the Beacon City School district so please check their website and calendar.

Teacher Cancellation

 If  I  have to cancel for any reason, you will be notified as soon as possible and we will schedule a make-up lesson.        


If the Beacon City School District closes due to weather, lessons will be cancelled.   THERE ARE NO REFUNDS DUE TO WEATHER.   Make ups will be scheduled.

Please note that there are 4 different districts within the studio so I follow the Beacon City School district calendar. You can double check it here if you are not in the Beacon District http://www.beaconk12.org/Page/2

Student Stops Lessons

All students stop taking lessons at some point. Ideally, this decision is made thoughtfully, openly and honestly with plenty of discussion between parents, student and teacher so we can complete the year with a positive sense of closure.   

With this in mind, 30 days notice in writing is required for termination of lessons.  No refunds will be given without 30 days notice. If stopping mid session without 30 days notice, Piano Adventures Beacon holds a non refundable $100.00 fee to help cover the time and cost of finding a replacement student.

There is no transferring tuition paid for one sibling onto the other sibling should one quit mid session. 

Thank you for your cooperation with these policies and please contact me with any questions!

Sarah L. Terrell