Policies & Information
Dr. Cook's Online Piano Studio
Dr. Cook offers convenient on-line classical piano instruction focused on the development of artistry, technical proficiency, and practical theory skills.
Utilizing the Zoom Video Conferencing platform and the Google Classroom, Cook provides a complete collegiate-level studio experience for students including videos, documents, and multimedia resources to supplement the live one-on-one lessons.
Each semester culminates in a public recital highlighting the students' progress.
Online Piano Lessons
Due to the evolution of technology, this lesson format is now equally as effective as in-person lessons. In fact, online lessons offer added benefits. Because transportation is not a factor, online lessons offer greater scheduling flexibility and less negative environmental impact. Additionally, and in light of recent global health concerns, online lessons are safer than traditional in-person lessons. Each semester will culminate in a public recital for all local students. Alternative performance formats are available for those not comfortable with in-person recitals.
Zoom Piano Lesson Tutorial
All that is needed to participate in online lessons is a Zoom account, internet access, and a computer, tablet, or smart phone. For more information, please view the Skype tutorial below:
2021-2022 Studio Policies
A monthly payment plan spreads the cost of semester tuition over 6 months.
The academic year includes 2 semesters of lessons and recitals.
It is important to note that for the 2021-2022 school year, there will be twelve payments due every month of the year, starting in July and finishing in June. Payments are preferred on or about the 1st and due by the 15th.
While no lessons are taught during the month of July, the first tuition payment for the fall semester will be due that month.
Cash or checks made out to Dr. Stephen Cook are accepted. Payments using Zelle, Venmo other bank transfer methods are encouraged.
Parents reserve specific sessions. Those times cannot be offered to other students. Therefore, the expectation is that your weekly music lesson appointment takes priority when scheduling other personal appointments.
Makeup lesson policies
Due to scheduling constraints and travel expenses, a maximum of 2 valid makeup lessons are available per calendar semester.
Makeup lessons will take place only during designated makeup days listed on the school calendar (by appointment). Lessons not made up by that point will be forfeited.
Lessons cancelled without 24 hour notice will be forfeited (no makeup and no refund). Exceptions to the 24 hour notice rule will be made in the case of sudden illness and family emergencies.
No makeup lessons will be provided after the last day of the semester.
It is the responsibility of the parent to initiate requests for make-up lessons.
There will be no lessons during holidays listed on the school calendar.
If you decide to withdraw from lessons, we ask that you consult your instructor before making your final decision so that we can accommodate your needs we will refund the prorated remainder of your tuition. Please allow up to 3 months for the refund to reach you.
Contacting Your Instructor
You may contact your instructor via phone, text, or email at email@example.com, or telephone at 773-454-2509
Recitals are scheduled in advance and are included in the cost of tuition. Because the teacher incurs expenses for the recital, the recital may not be exchanged for an extra lesson. All students are expected to participate. If students are not comfortable participating in an in-person recital, alternative options will be provided. We work all semester in preparation for these recitals, so it is a great benefit to the student to attend. It gives her/him an opportunity to show you, their parent/guardian what they have achieved and it also gives us an opportunity to show them how proud we are of their progress and efforts. Please make every effort to have the student’s schedule free for these dates. Any questions regarding the recitals should be directed to your teacher.
Changes in Policy
These policies are written in an attempt to cover many of the questions that may come up regarding expectations. Please be aware that these policies are subject to change, and we will advise you with an acknowledgment form that we will ask you to sign if any changes are made.
Dr. Stephen Cook