Pricing and Policies
~~~ COVID-19 UPDATE: Lessons are held only online. ~~~
Learning to play the piano has never diminished in its popularity over period of time. Taught by our world class piano teachers, our students are provided with a solid foundation both in theory and in general music understanding. Read more about our approach to teaching, focusing on all aspects of instrument playing.
Piano is a great first or second instrument for introducing young children or teens to musical lessons. It is relatively easy to grasp the fundamentals of it, although it is challenging to become proficient. Piano playing improves coordination and soon you may notice improvements in other learning skills, such as focus and increased attention span.
One special note belongs to adult beginners who are reading this, or adults who are coming back after many years of not playing the piano, while playing quite well as children back in times: You have a potential. And you will never know what this potential means unless you try it. You adults have often great results because of your motivation and dedication. You, dear adults, do not need to compete, compare, fear failure, perform. If music brings you joy and you feel like this is what is missing in your life now, that is all you need at this point. And even if the results take long time, even if the learning is tough, you should consider your passion for music and choose piano as your next goal. Bring your favorite song, CD or songbook and we will tailor a program specifically to your goals. Come and learn from the teacher with training, we are here to show you the way.
While it is easy at the beginning to learn the piano, as the student progresses, it is essential for the piano teacher to motivate, encourage and provide new challenges. The exploration of tone quality, rhythm and expressions are all part of this very complex task, following the syllabus of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Many students choose to take annual exams, go to festivals and competitions. They like to be on the stage, show and compare their skills. Many other students choose to only participate in our internal bi-annual student recitals. This is a personal choice that we teachers always respect.
People can enjoy playing piano at any age for its relaxing attributes. We typically start teaching piano lessons at the age of 5 or 6, but it doesn’t mean you are limited to these ages and therefore give up before you even start. Your child can start at any age, very young or teen. At any point, learning curve varies from student to student and if the student joins at later age, he or she could progress faster and still become a professional musician!
Pricing and Policies
Beginner Level – Level 4
Level 5 – Level 8 + senior piano instructors
Level 9, 10 and ARCT lessons
Semi-Private Lessons of Two (pending availability)
SCHOOL YEAR SCHEDULING AND MISSED LESSONS POLICY FROM SEPTEMBER TO JUNE:
After initial trial lesson you will be given exact time spot. From then on, lessons are scheduled on weekly basis. Lessons are billed and due monthly, on the first day of each month. One-time fees are billed at the time of booking. Registration fee is charged only after the initial trial lesson, once you confirm your interest. There are NO lessons (no charge for lessons) during Statutory Holidays. No make-up lessons policy: If you are unable to attend the scheduled lesson invite a friend or a family member to take a lesson in your place. Notify us prior to lesson about who will be attending. No credits can be issued for any missed lessons. Also, there will be no alternate time allocated, only regular scheduled time.
SUMMER LESSONS SCHEDULING AND MISSED LESSONS POLICY FOR THE MONTHS OF JULY AND AUGUST:
In the summer months of July and August we have flexibility to accommodate as many or as few lessons as you choose. Lessons are scheduled ahead of time, on specific weeks and days. After detailed consultation with the teacher’s availability you can choose your weeks and length of your lessons. You may consider more frequent or longer lessons on the weeks you can make it, to gain time for missing some weeks you cannot come in. Billing will follow accordingly, based on pre-booked lessons. Lessons are paid for in advance. During summer months we ask for minimum 2-weeks cancellation notice, or the lesson is considered missed and paid for. No make up lesson will be allowed for the missed lesson without 2-week notice. We limit the make up lessons to 2 in the summer.
Labour Day: Sunday & Monday closed
Thanksgiving: Sunday & Monday closed
Winter Break: Two full weeks closed
Family Day: Sunday & Monday closed
March Break: Lessons on the 1st weekend then closed Monday to Sunday
Easter: Friday to Monday closed
Victoria Day: Sunday & Monday closed
INSTRUMENT RENTAL FEES
Fill our registration form online, so we have all your contact information. In there, write us a note describing what you are looking for. Pick an instrument based on your personal preference and we will match you with the teacher on a certain day and time of the week. Then we set up an initial lesson time for you. After you pay for the lesson, all is set. Registration fee is only charged after the initial lesson and when you decide to sign up for weekly lessons.
We have selected instruments for rent, starting at $20/month.
If you have a small child who is undecided, attend a Junior Class for very young children. Children 6 and up can also observe the Junior Class, or observe some other instrumental class by appointment.
Bring your child to a live music concert. We recommend classical music concert, or some of our internal music recitals we put on every December and June. Show your child variety of musical performances and styles. What resonates with them is the right choice. For us at Klaudia’s Music Studio is important to know what style you like. Classical music, light classics, popular contemporary music, heavy metal music, movie music, or anything else.
We based our violin, piano, guitar, cello and double bass teaching on classical music, but not exclusively. For example, student can play a new music piece once the technique allows it. And we also have rock guitar and drums lessons that are not based on classical music at all. It all depends on instrument, teacher and student which way you want to lean towards.
Sign up for a trial 10-week period. After this time you will have a better understanding of what is involved.
No. Teacher determined the readiness and it is only recommended for students who take music lessons and music education very seriously. Preparations are extensive and involve much more than just playing a musical instrument.
Yes, for 1/2 price of the regular lesson. One-time initial trial class. You may take another trial lesson on different instrument. We provide instrument for trial class for free.
Yes. Violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, keyboard, electric piano.
No, we only offer lessons at one of the Studio locations.
General music introduction starts at the age 3.5 in our Junior Music Class. Summer Camp is for children 5.5 years and up. Instrumental playing is recommended by Klaudia’s Music Studio at the age 5 or up, with exception of guitar where we recommend starting at minimum 8 years old.
Click the Register link at the top of the website, call us or send us an email.
Our approach is to integrate all aspects of music into one beautiful, ear pleasing experience. Importance of home practicing is the key. The studio encourages daily home practicing from its students.
A word for parents of children: we encourage you to set and devote a prime part of their day to practice a musical instrument. First thing in the morning, if they are early birds; or 1-2 hours after they come home from school if that’s their prime attention time; or 1-2 hours after dinner if they stay up late. Feed your child nutritious food 1-2 hours prior to practicing and try not to offer sweets of any kind. This spike in sugar levels will make them tired for practicing. Keep giving them healthy snacks only and water to drink. Once it is time to practice turn off all electronic devices in the house. And we mean it. Even your buzzing phone on silent mode is a huge distraction to their sensitive and all aware senses. Give your child undivided attention for the time of practicing, especially at the beginnings when the instrument feels new. Help them to your best knowledge. A receptive audience is often all that is required to encourage a child to practice. Sit and listen, try not to interfere too much with teacher’s instructions. Reward them with a hug, sticker, small toy, but avoid sugar treats. Then eventually the child will want to practice alone, in private. This is a great step toward independence. Let it happen, but don’t forget to keep setting time for home practicing, set reminders and continue the rewards so they feel appreciated. Each child needs to hold accountable for his or her homework. Both teachers and parents as role models have an important part in a child’s advancement and only when sufficient effort is put in, will we see great results. If there is too much resistance from child it is time to talk and reconsider a different instrument, or a completely different path. On the contrary, if there is a great enthusiasm and practice reminders are not needed it is time to discuss the future exams with the teacher and get properly informed. Besides of instrument, theory lessons will be needed to develop all skills necessary to succeed in music. It is an investment into one’s future.
Adult students should also devote time to home practicing to progress in their musical development. Home practice gives teachers important weekly feedback and guides both student and teacher to produce a more customized learning routine.
True story. (October 2019)
Story about a girl who started to read books at the age of 4 thanks to piano lessons.
A young student who first started learning about music in our “Junior Music” pre-school program at the age 3, decided to take up piano lessons when she turned 4. She picked piano as an instrument of her own choice. She didn’t know how read when she first started her formal one-on-one piano lessons in September. Now, in October, in her JK (Junior Kindergarten) year, she is fluent in reading written text. It was triggered by her extreme interest in knowing what exactly what was written in her piano book. The girl made her mom read out all the text from her piano book and eventually wanted to read it herself, so she learned reading! It happened so fast, that her mom is amazed. This girl knows how to read in full sentences and that is just for the purpose of reading her piano book! Needless to say, she reads music notes, happily sails through her piano book pages, one page at a time. We got you, little one! Continue the good work!
This is a story of an inspiring incredible connection between school academics and music lessons. Nothing motivates children more than giving them the opportunity to choose for themselves.