Studio Policies at Kids 'n Keys Piano Studio - 2013-2014


  • 30 minute weekly lessons  $100 per month - Recommended for ages 5-9

  • 45 minute weekly lessons  $125 per month - Recommended for ages 10 & above

  • 60 minute weekly lessons  $220 per month - Recommended for ages 14 & above


  • Payment for the entire month is due the first piano lesson of each month or the first week of the month (whichever comes first). $10 per week late charge will be assessed for late payments. Tuition is for the entire year (Sept. -August) and is divided into equal monthly payments.  

  • Make checks payable to Bernice Spaudie. No fees or tuition will be refunded or credited for missed or canceled lessons.

  • Registration and participation at Kids 'n Keys Piano Studio commits the student to a year of piano lessons and the agreement to abide by the studio polices.


Missed Lessons

  • 24 hour notice is required for missed lessons. Make-up lessons are not guaranteed but will be offered if scheduling permits. No tuition fees will be refunded or credited to the next month for missed or canceled lessons 

  • Advance notice of a student's absence will allow for a more flexible teaching schedule and possible makeup lesson times for all students. 

  • If your ill child requires an antibiotic due to a bacterial infection, please stay home until the antibiotics have been taken for at least 48 hours.


Inclement Weather

  • Unless canceled by the teacher, piano lessons will continue even when schools are closed due to inclement weather. 


School Schedule

  • Your local school calendar will be followed for holidays and vacations.


Discontinuation Piano Lessons:

  • A 30 day notice by the student is required before lessons can be discontinued.


Keys to Success:

  • Students are expected to come to their piano lesson well prepared. A student's success is the result of a team effort between the teacher, student and parents.

  • Parental responsibilities regarding student home practice and piano lessons include the following points -- all of which show the student that you feel learning music is an important and valuable endeavor.


  • Provide a quiet, distraction free practice setting (no TV, other children, etc.) with adequate lighting, piano bench, and an adjustable foot support for younger students.


  • Help your piano student learn to manage time for practice. Discuss the daily activity schedule with your child. Agree on a set time to practice every day and insist it be respected by everyone in the family. Set a timer for young students


Recommended Daily Practice Six Days a week 

These guidelines should bring them to the next piano lesson well prepared if the home practice time is used wisely.

  • 30 minutes for an elementary student *10-15 minutes twice a day may be more beneficial for the very young student 

  • 30-45 minutes for middle school age students

  • 45-60 minutes for a high school student

  • No child, especially a beginning piano student, should be expected to do all of their practicing alone. Help them read and follow practicing directions. Perhaps even play the pieces with them and sing along. You will soon appreciate the effort required by the student. Children always enjoy teaching an adult something new.

  • Expect ups and downs in interest level and progress. Give positive, gentle encouragement and honest praise. 

Acoustic Piano vs. Electronic / Digital Piano

  • A well maintained acoustic piano is the key to success. Provide and maintain the best quality instrument possible.

  • The acoustic piano responds to musical expression and the vibrations that go through your body as you strike the keys are mesmerizing. Nothing can replace the touch that an acoustic piano gives.

  • However, if you find that you would prefer a electronic piano be sure to purchase the best instrument you can afford. Weighted keys, pedal and a bench are a must!

Piano Maintenance

  • The student's piano should always be an instrument in good working quality.

  • Acoustic pianos need to be tuned 1-2 times a year. Keys should not stick or have missing parts. Pedals should not squeak.The piano should produce a clear sound when played.

  • An instrument in disrepair or out of tune is discouraging to any pianist, especially a beginning student. In fact it can and does actually hinder musical progress.

  • A well-maintained instrument will give pleasure when played, encourage frequent use and   reinforce concepts and training received at the lesson.

  • If you need a piano technician I recommend Bob Anderson.
    His web site is

  • His phone number is 613.710.6816. Please mention my name when you contact him.


Media Policy:

  • At times during student piano lessons or performances, recitals and other events the teacher reserves the right to use video recording or to take photographs of students for use in the studio materials, advertising materials, lesson demonstration, YouTube, and/or video, and studio owned websites.

  • Photos taken by the teacher OR that are shared with the teacher by other parents or students at gatherings or performances become the property of the studio and can be used at the discretion of the teacher in regards to the studio. Kids 'n Keys Piano Studio follows online safety rules in this matter.


Kids 'n Keys Piano Studio Policies

Offers piano lessons to children & adults in Alameda, CA and surrounding communities