Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • What forms of payment do you take?
  • Personal checks, cash, and Venmo are accepted at this time.

  • How much do the lessons cost?
  • The current half-hour rate is based on the hourly charge. Please call JD for the current rate.

  • How do you prefer to receive payment?
  • You can pay weekly, after each lesson(s), or you can pay for the month, in advance.

  • What is included in the lesson price?
  • Everything, with the exception of the core books used. They are $7 to $8.50, depending on the level needed.  All other materials are included: additional pieces that parallel the material from the books, FlashCards, assignment books, etc.

  • Do I have to go to the store and purchase the core books?
  • No. JD will bring the required books to the lessons and you will simply reimburse him at that time.

  • What is your policy for canceling or rescheduling a lesson?
  • There is a 24-hour cancelation policy, which also includes any change to the scheduled lesson time. Please see this page for more detailed information.

  • What about practicing?
  • This is the single, most important factor when taking lessons, and it will determine the overall success or failure of the lessons. It is covered in copious detail with all students at all stages of the lessons. The student is asked to play each assigned piece a minimum number of times daily in the beginning. Then, as the student progresses and the music becomes more challenging, exact practice habits and methods are discussed and instructions are given so that the student’s time and effort is applied in the most efficient manner.
    Students who habitually don’t practice will need to ask themselves if they really want to do the lessons and learn to play the piano. Piano lessons are not a required subject; you have to want to learn it, and you have to accept the responsibility that comes with that commitment.
    ThomaStudios piano lessons are fun, and they are kept that way deliberately. They should be fun. But, at the same time, there is a certain amount of work that needs to be applied by the student in order to gain the fulfillment that comes with the lessons.

  • Do you offer a free introductory trial lesson?
  • No. But local references are gladly given out just by asking. You will need to speak directly with JD for this referral.

    If your question is not answered here, feel free to inquire further by calling JD or send an email.

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