Winter 2020

Salt Lake Piano Academy - Piano Teacher - Salt Lake City, UT

“To play

without passion

is inexcusable!”


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Studio Policies

1. Lessons

2. Practicing

3. Tuition payment

4. Missed lessons

5. Materials


Private piano lessons are offered in weekly 30-minute sessions.  Generally children 6 and up are accepted for beginning piano, exceptions are made for exceptionally-motivated younger children on an individual basis.   Depending on the student’s goals, 60-minute lessons may be appropriate for older intermediate and advanced students.  Transfer students will receive an initial consultation during their first lesson to assess current abilities and discuss what they would like to accomplish, establishing expectations for both the teacher and student.  The curriculum is customized to meet each student’s specific goals and needs, but will always include performance of both classical and popular music styles, note-reading, technique, and elements of ear training and music theory.


Practicing expectations will vary with individual students’ goals and pacing, but generally 30 minutes of practice a day, 5 days per week, is expected for 30-minute lessons and 60 minutes of practice a day for 60-minute lessons.  That being said, goal achievement is more important than the number of minutes practiced each day.  Students are taught to reach specific weekly musical goals rather than to watch the clock.  Quality is valued over quantity, and the job of the teacher is to show the student what to practice and how to practice it.

Tuition payment

Tuition is paid in advance for each semester and is due by the first lesson.  See the Calendar page for semester start and end dates.   Personal checks and cash are accepted, or you may log in and use our online payment gateway which accepts all major credit/debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover), as well as eChecks and bank transfers (via PayPal).

A student's time slot is reserved upon receipt of payment.  Current students are given the first opportunity to pre-register each term so that they may keep their existing time slot if desired.

Missed lessons

The week following each semester is a “make-up week” and one missed piano lesson from the prior term may be made up at no extra charge.  This allows students and parents the flexibility of missing a lesson during the term for any reason and knowing it can be rescheduled without penalty.  Only one missed lesson can be made up per term, additional missed lessons will simply be missed and not rescheduled or credited.  As a courtesy, please provide advance notice as soon as possible when you know you’ll miss a lesson.  If a student does not miss any lessons during a semester, and would like to have a lesson during make-up week, they may do so and be billed for the additional lesson.

Summer Session is unique in that you may choose in advance how many lessons you wish to take out of the 10 possible weeks and pay only for those lessons.  This provides maximum flexibility for families to take time off over the summer.  Due to this unique format there is not a make-up week at the end of Summer Session.

If a lesson needs to be cancelled by the teacher, it can be rescheduled for another day that week (if possible) or be credited to the student’s account.  In the case of a credit, it may be used toward a future term or refunded, at the student’s option.


The cost for books and materials are not included with tuition.  For beginning children, the materials used in the first year are two books from The Music Tree series: “A Time to Begin” and its accompanying “Activities” book, which are published by Alfred and retail for $7.95 and $8.95 respectively.   For beginning adults, the first-year book is Adult Piano Adventures - Book 1 published by Faber & Faber which retails for $15.95.  For convenience, required  materials are kept in stock and can be easily purchased at the time of lessons.

Transfer students should bring any books they were studying with their previous teacher to their first lesson.

Studio News

Week of January 20th

Winter Break continues. A Dream of Spring.

New students are currently being accepted for Winter Session, register now as enrollment is limited.       

Click here to register or call 801-201-6983.