Signing Up for Lessons

Thank you for your interest in piano lessons! Here is the basic information you need to know in order to sign up for lessons with me.


Tuition rates:

-20 minute weekly lessons–$60/month

-30 minute weekly lessons–$8o/month

-45 minute weekly lessons–$120/month

-60 minute  weekly lessons–$160/month

Materials fee (covers cost of all books, copies, and recital costs): $5/month

Travel fee: $10/month minimum (increases depending on your distance from me)

Total for 30-minute weekly lessons: $95 per month


Your first lesson is free. I offer a trial lesson for free so that prospective students can decide if they’d like to enroll.

Availability and Scheduling

When I schedule a new student for weekly lessons, I take into account several things: the distance to the student’s house, travel time from the previous student’s house to the next student’s house, and other factors. Your lesson may be scheduled for 3 pm, but it could also be scheduled for a time like 3:10 or 3:15 pm, based on travel time for me as the teacher. I will be straightforward and specific about the lesson time when scheduling the lesson with the parents.

How the Lessons Work

I teach lessons exclusively in students’ homes. In a typical 30-minute lesson, we will go over the student’s songs, music theory homework, and do fun exercises to reinforce the student’s musical growth. We will also play musical games that involve rhythm and music listening. I write down the student’s weekly assignments in a notebook for the student, provide any incentives the student has earned, and conclude the lesson.

If if you have more questions for me, feel free to contact me at 504-944-9720 or


Resources for Piano Teachers

Attention fellow piano teachers: here’s a post just for you! 🙂 I wanted to share some excellent resources I’ve found across the web, which have helped me considerably in both teaching and managing my business.








Many of the individuals who run these websites also have a Facebook page. If you follow them on Facebook, you can get new teaching tips almost daily. Hope these are as helpful to you as they have been to me! Happy exploring.


Waiting List Now Open

I have now opened a waiting list! This will allow prospective students to secure a lesson slot if there is an opening in my schedule. I can record your name, phone number, and your preference in lesson times, so that I’ll know how to better accommodate your schedule. If you’d like to be added to the waiting list, you can reach me at 504-944-9720 or Thank you for your interest in piano lessons!

Pricing and Lesson Time Options

If you are interested in piano lessons but would like to start out with a shorter lesson time, there are a couple  of options for you. Here are the lesson lengths and prices I offer:


-20 minute weekly lessons: $60 per month plus $15 material/travel fee

-30 minute weekly lessons: $80 per month plus $15 material/travel fee


A 20 minute weekly lesson will naturally provide a bit less time for extra activities. However, it is a good option for very young students, or for those who want to try out lessons for the first time. To learn more, please contact me at 504-944-9720.

My Studio Policy Statement

Clear communication is very important between teachers and parents. Here, I disclose my studio policy statement, which gives all the details about how piano lessons will be conducted. This document is handed to prospective parents to review and sign, when they sign up for lessons. If you are interested in piano lessons, but have a question about this statement, feel free to contact me at 504-944-9720, or

Stephanie Martin Piano Studio

Policy Statement

Welcome to the studio. I am excited to start our musical journey together. Please carefully read the studio policies, come to me with any questions you may have, and provide your signature below. I am eager to help your child learn, grow, and celebrate the gift of music.

Tuition and Fees


There is a monthly $5 fee that provides all the student’s materials. This includes:

-Music books

-Stickers for competed assignments

-Candy for consistent weekly practice

-Prizes for excellent work

-A spiral notebook to hold student’s weekly practice assignments

-Binders and folders for sheet music

-Sheet protectors

-Copies of supplemental piano pieces


Due to the cost of gas and wear and tear on the instructor’s vehicle, there is a monthly travel fee for in-home lessons. The fee starts at $10 per month and may increase depending on the distance to the student’s house.


The cost of tuition for one month of 30-minute lessons is $80. This stays the same regardless of how many weeks are in the month. Some months may have five weeks, and some months may have holidays which cause us to miss lessons. Together, these exceptions average out to be roughly four weeks per month, which is why the tuition will stay the same from month to month.

The full month’s tuition is due at the first lesson of every month, along with the travel fee and material fee.

The tuition covers many activities, including:

-Enjoyable pieces from a trusted method book

-Supplemental songs that the student requests

-Solid music theory education

-Technical exercises that are challenging and fun

-Musical games that reinforce essential concepts, such as rhythm


-Musical quizzes

-Preparation for an annual recital

Late payments

On the last lesson of the month, parents will receive an invoice for the following month. Tuition is due at the first lesson of every month. For example, parents will receive an invoice for October’s tuition at the last lesson in September. At the first lesson in October, the monthly tuition is due.

If tuition is not paid by the 7th of the month, it is considered late, and a $20 late fee is assessed. If the parents know their child will have to miss the first lesson of the month, they have two options to avoid the late fee: 1) Pay next month’s tuition in advance at a current lesson, or 2) mail in the tuition.

Cancellations and Make-up Lessons

Lessons that are cancelled 24 hours before the lesson can be rescheduled, as the instructor’s availability permits. If a lesson is cancelled after the 24-hour mark, there will be no make-up lesson or tuition credit available.

Due to the distance between the instructor’s and student’s homes, make-up lessons may be offered in blocks of time on a particular day (e.g., Saturday at 12:00-2:00 pm). The instructor will notify the student’s parents as to when this make-up day will occur. If the student is unable to schedule a make-up lesson in the block of time made available, the student may need to forfeit their make-up.

Make-up lessons will be made available within sensible limits. If a student misses a substantial amount of lessons and requests an excess of make-ups, he may not receive them.

Practice Habits

Consistent practice is essential to students’ musical improvement. Also, parental involvement is critical for students to develop reliable practice routines. The recommended practice amount is thirty minutes per day, five days per week. For students age five and under, the recommendation is twenty minutes per day, five days per week. If a student commits to consistent practice, his musical skills will grow exponentially. Incentives are provided to students who practice diligently.

Regarding In-home Lessons

Due to commute time and traffic, the instructor may be 5-10 minutes late to the lesson.

To create an optimal learning atmosphere, the instructor requests that loud electronics such as TV and video games be turned off during the lesson. Also, other possible distractions such as siblings, pets, etc. should be removed from the area where lessons take place.


In the same way that most professions have two weeks of paid vacation during the year, the instructor takes off the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Lessons will not be provided during those two weeks. Tuition for November and December will be full price, owing to the monthly tuition rate policy.

For other holidays such as New Years, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, and Halloween, the instructor will schedule certain days to make up any lessons that fall on the holiday. Students are required to either attend a lesson on these make-up days, or miss the make-up opportunity and pay for the full month’s tuition. There will be no credits provided for holidays.

Lessons are provided and encouraged during the summer. If the instructor plans to be out of town at any point during the year, she will notify the student’s parents in a timely manner and provide a credit for any missed lessons.

Termination of Lessons

Although it is a rare occurrence, the instructor reserves the right to discontinue a student’s lessons if substantial problems occur. Failure to follow instructions, failure to practice, failure to pay tuition, safety concerns, and other issues of this nature may provide cause for terminating lessons. If the instructor terminates the lessons, a refund may not be provided depending on the circumstances. Students are required to give 30 days’ notice for ending their lessons.

Contact Information

Parents are encouraged to contact the instructor with any questions or concerns you may have. Open communication is highly valued. Please feel free to email, call, or text between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.


Phone: 504-944-9720

Thank you, and I look forward to working with you.

Studio Agreement

I have received, read, and agreed to the policies of Stephanie Martin Piano Studio.

Parent’s Signature __________________________________________________

Date ____________________________

Christmas Recital this December

I am excited to announce my students’ first annual Christmas recital, which will take place on December 5th at a nursing home in South Brandon. Each student has been working very hard on their pieces, and they are excited to share them with the residents at the facility. A few of the titles to be performed are as follows:

-Jingle Bells

-Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

-O Come, O Come Emanuel

-Silent Night

-Deck the Halls

-Away in a Manger

-Go Tell It On the Mountain

And many more pieces will be on the program. I am thrilled to share this experience with my students, their families, and the nursing home residents. The ability to uplift others and enrich the holiday season are two wonderful reasons to study music.

My Resume

In case you would like more information about my teaching experience and background, here is my resume for prospective parents to view.


Piano Instructor – Tampa Bay




I am an enthusiastic private and group piano teacher with the ability to teach beginner to advanced level students. I seek to combine essential music theory and performance techniques with a fun approach.


Florida College, Temple Terrace, FL

B.A. in Music, Piano Performance emphasis



  • The ability to teach beginner to advanced level students in private and group lessons
  • A passion for teaching that allows me to provide high quality lessons to my students
  • A Bachelor of Arts in Music, including music theory, performance, and piano pedagogy
  • Multiple performances as a soloist, accompanist, and pianist for the Florida College String Ensemble


Self-employed (April 2015-present)

Piano Instructor

  • Teach in students’ homes
  • Provide private lessons for ages 4 to adult
  • Able to teach beginner to advanced level students
  • Organize and help students prepare for annual recitals

Music N Art (September 2012-April 2015)

Piano Instructor

  • Taught private students ranging from age 4 to early 60s
  • Taught group piano lessons for as many as six students at a time
  • Managed groups of as many as ten children in music classes for summer camp (curriculum included elementary musical principles and beginner level group piano lessons)
  • Prepared students for annual recitals

Dean Johnson’s Music (September 2012-September 2013)

Piano Instructor

  • Taught private lessons students age 6 to mid-80s
  • Prepared students for Spring 2013 recital

Three Benefits of Taking Summer Lessons

Hello and happy 4th of July! Summer is a busy time for everyone–vacations, visiting amusement parks, family reunions, and the list goes on. However, if you are considering enrolling your child in piano lessons in the coming school year, it’s always good to think ahead. Here are some of the benefits of taking piano lessons during the summer.

It guarantees a time slot for your child before the instructor’s schedule fills up. When the school year begins, the instructor’s schedule starts getting more and more busy. Reserving your lesson time in advance is always a good idea. Also, if you have a particular day and time you prefer, it’s best to reserve that time before the school year begins. That way you can work your child’s lessons around any other extracurricular activities you’re involved in.

When your child begins piano lessons in the summer, they can develop a consistent practice routine before school starts. The start of the school year can be a very hectic time. As students’ homework assignments build up, it can be difficult to find time to practice a new instrument. However, if the student takes summer lessons, they have the chance to set in place a practice routine that they can smoothly carry over into the school year.

For returning piano students, taking summer lessons ensures that they do not forget what they learned the previous school year. When students take a summer break from their piano lessons, they tend to forget much of what the instructor taught them during the school year. Because of that, they have to play catch-up in September and review several concepts. Their practice habits can also suffer. If a student takes lessons through the summer–even if they’re absent part of the time for vacations–these problems do not occur.

These factors make summer lessons a smart move for every family. Summertime is a busy season for everyone–but if you make time for music lessons, it will be a good choice in the long run. Enjoy your summer, and happy playing!