Anna Goldthorpe Studio Policy 2018

Anna's Responsibilities:
To give each student the most comprehensive music education available. Students will be exposed to a wide range of music, technology, styles and creative endeavors.  I cater all lessons to each students individual goals, tastes and loves. I encourage my students to be curious and creative.  It is my job to make sure every single one of my students can play music in any setting, any style and from any kind of sheet music.  I teach them the fundamentals of music and how to create their own.  I develop their reading and technique.  I teach them what they want to learn.  Students will learn a large amount of repertoire and a holistic approach that suits their level and goals for the future.  

Student/Parent Responsibilities:
Students are responsible for arriving to lessons on time with all materials needed, lessons cannot be extended for students who arrive late. Students should be picked up promptly at the end of their lesson time. Consistent practice at home is crucial for each students success. Short daily practice sessions are more effective than one or two long sessions per week. If you are a parent of an elementary age student, please help them create a weekly practice schedule and stick to it. It is very beneficial to them for you to sit with them for at least part of the practice session at home. 

Studio Calendar/Attendance:

Students are expected to attend each scheduled week of the Coeur d'Alene School Calendar.  Lessons will not be conducted on School holidays, public holidays or long weekends unless special arrangements are made on a case by case basis.  Weekly students will receive 34 lessons each school year and this is what is included in the monthly tuition fee (see below).  When you register for lessons, your time slot is reserved for you for the teaching year. Please keep in mind that our studio operates at full capacity and there are no make-ups for missed lessons.

Students should plan to commit to lessons for the full school year. If unforeseen circumstances require a student to terminate lessons mid-year, one month’s paid notice is required to end lessons.

Siblings who are waiting for lessons are required to be supervised by a parent in your car or you can drop one sibling off and return with the other sibling. Older siblings who do well working quietly may sit in my studio and work on homework quietly while I am teaching their sibling (only one at a time please). Due to liability reasons I cannot allow siblings to go unattended in my home while I am teaching a lesson. This is also my home and my husband and children need their privacy while I am teaching and cannot be expected to watch other children.

 Summer lessons are scheduled on a by-the-lesson basis. Students should expect to continue lessons on at least a part-time schedule through the summer to maintain the skills they develop through the school year. Students who do not enroll for summer lessons are not guaranteed a spot in the studio for the next year

      Student Registration Fee: $25 This is due the beginning of the school year at time of lesson registration to reserve your place.  This fee covers student materials and recital fees.  

      30 minute Lesson              $20 ($15 for Preschool students age 3-4)

      45 minutes Lesson            $30

      60 minutes Lesson            $40

Tuition covers not only your weekly lesson time but time preparing for each student as well as any ongoing business costs such as:

  • An individualized plan for each student's course of study
  • My training and experience
  • Professional organisation memberships
  • Insurance and Taxes
  • My music lending library
  • Theory Games Lending Library
  • Printing, scanning, copying
  • Student Practice rewards and incentives
  • Two Performance Group Classes per year.  (Held once per semester)
  • End of Year Recital (Held in May)
  • Studio Open Mic Opportunities

Tuition is spread equally over the course of a year and charged each month in advance, starting September 1. This monthly payment guarantees the student's place in my studio and covers the costs of lessons and enrollment. The monthly payment amount is divided evenly between the 9 months from September to May. This means that whether there are 5 or 3 lessons in that month, the tuition fee is exactly the same. Weekly students are allocated 34 lessons per year. Eg. If hourly lessons are $40 each and a student is having lessons weekly, their monthly charge will be $40 x 34 lessons = $1360/9 months = $151.11 per month. All amounts in $USD. All tuition payments are non refundable. If you pay for the semester up front I will issue a 10% discount.  

Punch Card Option:

For those who cannot commit to a full year of lessons or weekly lesson times, I do have a punch card option.  This is something new I'm offering this year.  You may purchase a punch card with 8 thirty minute lessons each semester.  You will need to use these before the end of each semester.  You will be able to schedule lessons at your convenience in any open slots I have available on my calendar each semester.  These are ineligible for prepaid or family discounts.  

Students will need to purchase method books and sheet music on occasion throughout the year. Books may be purchased from the studio. Additional event fees may be required for festivals, competitions and other performance events.

 Statements will be emailed prior to the first week of each month with a reminder of current tuition charges, as well as any additional material or event fees. Please make checks payable to Anna Goldthorpe. Lessons will be billed on a monthly basis at the beginning of each month. Checks/Cash should be remitted at the first lesson each month.  I cannot teach lessons if payment is not received at the beginning of the month.   Payment is considered late if not received on the first lesson of the month.  Late payments will be issued a late fee of $25.  I will give you one grace period for late payments.  


I offer 1 recital per year.  This is our end of year Recital held in May.  (cost included in registration fee).  I am often asked to perform in various places and will often take some of my more advanced students along to perform as well.  There may be more performance opportunities throughout the year that I will announce when offered.  Students are encouraged to seek out performance opportunities at school, church and community events.  I will hold group performance classes twice per year.  These classes offer a chance to practice performing in front of others.  Students will participate in listening exercises, positive feedback of each performance, performing a piece and practice at proper performance etiquette.  These are always followed by games and treats.  These will be announced each semester.  

Missed Lessons:
 Missed lessons due to forgetfulness, illness or holidays are not refundable. Exceptions will be made for prolonged sicknesses and extenuating circumstances on an individual basis.This is accounted for in the total number of lessons that students pays for as part of the annual calendar (see above).  If I'm sick or otherwise unable to attend a lesson, and this drops the students lesson number for the year below their minimum threshold, I'll refund the lesson fees or endeavor to make them up. Lessons missed without affecting the student's total number of lessons for the year will not be refunded as they haven't been paid for.

Terminating Lessons:
If you wish to finish lessons, please provide notice by email. Students will continue to receive the lessons they've paid for until the end of the monthly cycle when the termination will take effect. Refunds will not be issued.

Contacting Me: 

The Studio phone number is (208)819-2339. Please feel free to call between the hours of 9AM and 6PM if you have any cancellations, questions, or need to arrange a conference. If I am teaching or out when you call, an answering machine will take your message. You may also contact me at


 All students must have the proper instrument at home to practice on. The quality of your instrument does affect your student’s success.

 If learning piano, please have a full-size keyboard (88-keys), and pedals. A metronome will be essential for at home practice. These cost around $7-30 depending on the style or brand you chose. I can help you select the proper type to buy.

 Guitarists will need either an acoustic or electric guitar at home. There are a number of quality brands out there that aren't too expensive. If you go with an electric, you will also need to purchase an amp. You will also need a metronome and capo for at home practice.

 Photos of students and video and audio recordings of student projects and performances may be posted online and used by the instructor for promotional and workshop materials. Identifying information will be excluded or limited to first names only. Parents wishing to exempt their students from any published media may do so by providing a written exclusion request.

 It is my sincerest hope that you understand the necessity of establishing a STUDIO POLICY. If you have questions regarding this policy don't hesitate to call.

 Welcome to the Studio!
 Sincerely yours,

 Anna Goldthorpe

Parent Signature:________________________________________________________ Date:_________