Private Studio Policies

New students are accepted throughout the year.

Tuition & Payment

  • Annual Registration Fee: $25.00
  • Tuition for weekly private lessons:
    • 30 minute lesson: $35.00
    • 45 minute lesson: $52.50
    • 60 minute lesson: $70.00
  • Tuition for Suzuki group class:
    • 45 minute class: $15.00

The annual registration fee is due with the first tuition payment at the first lesson. Tuition for private and group lessons is due monthly, by the first of each month. Late payments will incur a 10% late fee. All checks should be made out to Emily R. Hale.

Lesson Attendance, Make-up Policy & Daily Practice

practice chains

Students earning links for their paper chains through practice!

Your weekly lesson time has been reserved especially for you. One make-up lesson will be offered per term for an excused absence. Valid reasons include illness, family emergency or religious holiday, and must be communicated at least 24 hours in advance in order to receive a make-up lesson. Refunds will not be issued for student absences. Any lessons missed by the teacher will be made up.

There are no lessons held on days Boston Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, or on national holidays.

Practicing is about building good habits. Just like homework, in musical practice we turn the skills learned in our weekly lesson into physical and mental habits. Musical progress (and enjoyment!) is created through consistent, thoughtful daily practice. Music lessons are part of a child’s education. If unsure of whether missing a regular lesson or practice session would be suitable, one might ask, “Would this reason prevent my child from attending school or completing assigned homework for today?” A case of the flu certainly would – not a shopping trip. It is one of my goals as a teacher to help you and your child develop effective, cooperative practice habits.

Sharing Music: Recitals


Students performing at an Arts Festival

Two annual recitals are scheduled during the school year, one in January and one at the end of the Spring semester (dates TBD). All students participate in sharing their musical achievements with others. Additional informal performance opportunities may be arranged throughout the year.