Cynthia McCaffety Piano

° Schedule 2019 - 2020

I will schedule at least 38 lessons for each student between Aug. 1 and July 31. If you cancel at least 18 hours before your lesson time, you will receive a make-up credit (not for a cash refund but for a make-up lesson.)  It is your responsibility to go online and schedule your own make-ups using available times. If you cannot use the website, text me. With this system, student cancellations automatically create an available make-up spot. This makes it even more helpful for you to cancel as soon as you know you can't make it.

If you don't notify me at least 18 hours ahead, or if you forget your appointment, you will not receive a make-up credit.  

° Tuition

Each year (Aug-July) I will schedule a specific number of lessons (this year 38) at a set rate per lesson. To this yearly total, I add $50 for supplies for the year. This covers music/lesson books, printer paper, ink, etc. The total of lessons and supplies is then divided by 12. That amount is due on the first of each month, every month. This tuition payment reserves the lesson time for your child. Please note: this arrangement provides you with a set amount due each month, and it will be the same even in months with no lessons.

No refunds will be given. I have allowed for 10student/teacher sick days in the calculations. Available make-up spots come up from week to week and may be reserved by parents online. These spots, which open up when other students cancel in advance, will be there online for any parent who takes the initiative to sign up. To be totally clear, I will schedule no fewer than 38 lessons for your child between Aug 1 and July 31. Your tuition payment reserves that time for you. It is up to you if you wish to schedule make-ups as they come up on the online calendar. I do not guarantee that your child will attend 38 lessons--only that I will schedule that number.

I try to keep my schedule full. Make-ups will arise whenever another student cancels in advance. If no cancellations arise during the same week or month as your child's absence, the lesson will still be made up during slow weeks or school holidays at some point during the year.

Current rates: please contact me.

Late Fee: $10.00 after the 15th.

Payments may be made by cash, check, Venmo, Zelle, or Chase QuickPay. Please make every effort to remember your payment on the first lesson of the month. 

° Teacher Absence

Teacher illness days have been computed into the annual lesson total, so no deductions for teacher absence will be necessary. 

° Music Books and Supplies

Whenever possible, new students will be furnished with lesson books, a binder, and a bag at the first lesson. An annual supply fee of $50 will be assessed to cover new music through the year. It is prorated and included in the monthly fee.

°Event Fees

Certain events, such as the Romantic/Contemporary Auditions in November and Piano Rally each spring, require entry fees, usually between $20 and $30 per student. These fees will be passed along to the parents and either collected separately or added to the monthly invoice.

° Recitals

Studio recitals are held in winter and spring. Participation is not required but is encouraged. The spring recital is our graduation celebration and includes trophies for participating students. A recital fee may be assessed, depending upon the cost of the venue we are able to secure. It will be added to your monthly bill in December and May.

° Summer Lessons

I strongly encourage all students to continue lessons throughout the summer. My experience has shown that summers off result in major losses of hard-earned skills and finger strength.


“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” -Arthur O’Shaughnessy