Tuition and Billing
Tuition is divided into 12 monthly installments. This tuition is due the first Friday of each month.
Parents will receive a monthly invoice with the option to pay tuition online.
All tuition fees are exclusive of materials and special event fees which are billed annually at the beginning of the school season.
Your tuition pays for 35 lessons and one week summer camp. The schedule includes group classes, recitals, special events, etc. Students benefit from private piano lessons, group repertoire classes, studio spring recitals, yearly technical assessments, recording and advanced performance competitions. The tuition rate is applicable for this studio year only and is subject to change annually.
With quality instruction and encouragement, students are prepared to perform for friends and family, sharing their music with the community. The Gebbink Piano Studio offers a variety of performance opportunities. A schedule of dates and descriptions is made available in the fall.
Auditions and Competitions
The Gebbink Piano Studio participates in a number of events that allow students to receive critique or to compete for opportunities to advance and play in special performances. These opportunities may include, PAMTA -Achievements in Music (AIM), Monster Concert, Sonata/Sonatina Competition, Duet Festival, ISMTA - West District Auditions, Masquerade Musicale, Christmas Jamboree. Peoria Bach Festival Young Artist Concert, and Bradley University High School Competition. Recital fee will depend on the rental of the hall and will be announced two weeks prior to the recital.
The Gebbink Piano Studio usually maintains a waiting list, but will enroll students throughout the year as the schedule permits. I will have an informal interview with new students to review previous study, if applicable, and place them at appropriate levels using piano study materials best suited for their needs. To initiate enrollment complete the online registration.
Thirty-eight lesson weeks are scheduled, allowing me with three 'sick days'. Periodic group classes each semester. These classes include opportunity for solo performance and ensemble playing, activities for strengthening theory and aural skills, and visits with some of the great composers in music history.
The length of the lesson is 45 minutes weekly. An annual "Books, Materials, and Event Fee" of $80.00 is required with the August tuition. No other fees will be billed for the rest of the year.
Summer study is required. Therefore the summer schedule is very flexible allowing for vacations, those "great to go to the pool" days, unexpected company arrives, etc. Summer Option 1) Piano Camps - Students attend a two hour class four days a week for one week. Students do not have a regular lesson the week of the camp, and students then have no lessons the remainder of the month. Option 2) Extended lesson - Students double their lesson time, and have their number of lessons. Option 3) No changes to the regular weekly lessons.
Regular attendance is essential for the student's success. Students are expected to arrive punctually, well prepared, and with all necessary materials. When you register for lessons, you are reserving your weekly lesson time for the teaching year. I do not guarantee make-up lessons and there are no refunds. If the student must miss his/her lesson, parents must login to their account on the website and cancel the lesson from the online calendar. This allows me to open up this time slot on the online calendar for another student who wishes to change their lesson that week. If there is an OPEN SLOT, parents may request that time slot for their lesson. It is at each family's discretion whether to request a make-up when there is an available lesson time or not. If a student must miss a lesson, please let me know and I will expect them at their scheduled time the next week.
The Gebbink Studio is an extension of the private residence and must be regarded and respected as such. Please remove your shoes before entering the Studio. You may bring a clean pair of socks to wear in the Studio. No food or drinks (except water) is allowed in the studio! An exception may be made for adults only, provided that they assume full responsibility for the expense of cleanup or repair of damage to the studio due to spills or other like accidents.
Students must arrive at their lessons with clean hands, have your student wash their hands right before leaving to come to lessons. Instruments are expensive and require exceptional respect. Clean hands and fingers are a must before playing any instrument. Additionally, piano keys can be a medium for communicable diseases: simple cleanliness and personal hygiene or everyone's part can help reduce disease transmission.
Parking: With 20+ vehicles coming and going, I ask that you please stay on the driveway and do not pull into the yard for any reason.
Your home environment should include a satisfactory, playable acoustic piano. The instrument should be tuned at least once a year.
Ask your piano technician to check the functions of all pedals and keys. Practicing a fine, tuned instrument with even tone and consistent key action is necessary for students of all levels.
Recommended Piano Technician: Fine tuning by Matt Tomlianovich, 309.698.4515
Promptness and Preparedness
- Arrive five minutes early so that the student can relax, hang up coat, prepare books.
- Regular attendance at lessons and group classes is essential for success.
- Bring ALL materials to your lesson (music books, theory book, 3-ring binder, etc.)
- Ensure that student's hands are washed before arriving for the lesson.
- Ensure that student's fingernails are clipped short.
- Be sure your student is picked up promptly.
Goals and Assignments
Your student will have a Goal Sheet specific to his/her age, level, and ability. This sheet has very specific goal for your child to aim for throughout the year. Also, your child will have a weekly assignment sheet to check off and bring to the next lesson. Please feel free to discuss these goals and assignments with me.
Student's lessons may be terminated when the student is irregular in attendance, repeatedly fails to prepare assigned material, is disruptive, or if payment is not received at the designated time.
Work with your child to set up a daily, uninterrupted practice time to establish a routine. Students are encouraged to keep a practice record, and to work toward musical goals rather than simply counting minutes. The study of music is rewarding and enjoyable, but it is also work! As you know, your child will only be as committed as you are. Assignment's practiced and participation in studio activities are expected to have the same priority as academic homework. Parents are asked to help establish good practice habits. The following are some suggestions:
- Arrange a set time every day for your child to practice and insist on it being kept.
- Provide a practice setting free from distraction (TV, other children, etc.)
- Check on your child's practice progress during the week.
- Check the online lesson notes regularly and help your child follow the directions.
- Make sure your child finishes all written assignments and is prepared for each lesson.
- Keep your child's nails clipped short.
- Practice 45 minutes days, 5 days a week (Beginners, 30 min a day)
As a part of the Gebbink Piano Studio, your student will receive a well-rounded piano education through:
- Private Piano Lessons (including theory, technique, and sight reading)
- Periodic Master Classes (including music performance, theory, and history)
- Monthly Music Magazine
- Performance Opportunities
- Specialized Summer Camps (history, jazz, duets, composition, etc.)
www.gebbinkpianostudio.com and on Facebook - Gebbink PIano Studio
Periodically, I will send you an email to direct you to the studio website in order to receive important information about studio events, student accomplishments, and pertinent music/piano articles. The website contains the Studio Calendar, Studio News, Studio Policy, tuition information, links to helpful websites, etc.