Piano Belloso Music Studio

Financial Policy

Below is a detailed explanation of the various costs and billing options associated with lessons. This includes the following topics (click any topic to jump to that page):

Tuition

Billing and Payments

Family Discounts

Student Home Materials & Curriculum

Travel Fees

Discontinuing Lessons

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Tuition

It's important to understand that tuition is charged as a FLAT MONTHLY RATE. You can think of this as a subscription or membership fee (ex. Spotify, Netflix, Gym membership, etc.)

This means that regardless of the number of lessons actually attended during a given month, the tuition rate will remain fixed (see also Schedule and Attendance policy).

Current Monthly Tuition Rates are as follows:

I also offer a discounted Annual tuition rate (see below for details).

Please Note: For students enrolling through a 3rd party organization such as the City of La Mirada, Tuition rates and policies are different and will vary according to the institution and class you are enrolled in. 

Monthly Payment Plan

For added convenience, students and families who select this plan may also select auto-pay to receive an additional $5 discount on their monthly tuition.

(Click on one of the options below to see pricing details)



Annual Payment Plan

Best Value!

Save 10% over the year (compared to monthly plan) by enrolling with an annual commitment. 

(Click on one of the options below to see pricing details)



Billing and Payments

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Invoicing

Students making payments on the annual plan will receive an invoice via email up to 4 weeks in advance of their subscription expiration date.

For students enrolled in the monthly plan, the invoice will be emailed 7-10 days in advance. 

ALL INVOICES ARE DUE BY THE LAST WEEK OF THE MONTH

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Automatic Payments

Once automatic payments have been set up, payment will be automatically deducted from your card or bank account on file during the last week of each month.

While I can accept most forms of payment, a valid debit, credit card , or bank account (EFT) is required for automatic payments. Students and families can update or change their card on file any time by accessing the Student/Parent Portal.

Family Discounts

When additional family members enroll, students will receive the following discounts applied to their combined tuition cost:

Family discount may be combined with Annual Payment plan discounts.


 

Student Home Materials & Curriculum

 
 

Simply Music Student Home Materials

To participate in the Simply Music Piano program, students are required to create a user profile via the Simply Music Student Store and must maintain continuous and ongoing access to all streaming video, audio, and documents via the internet. Most materials are available to purchase in digital-only format, although PDFs (printable documents) are also available as physical “books” (hard-copies) that may be shipped for an additional cost. Simply Music Student Home Materials are not included in your tuition.

Student Home Materials can range in price from $5 - $45 depending on the level and format (digital or physical). Typically, a purchase is necessary every 3-4 months, depending on each student’s speed of progress or the pace of each class. You should expect to spend an average of $100 per year on these materials. For a more detailed description of Simply Music Student Home Materials please visit their website at the following link:

https://simplymusic.com/students

OR you can view the Student Brochure PDF here.


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Supplemental Materials and Technology Fee

Upon enrollment, each student will be charged a "Supplemental Materials and Technology Fee" of $60. This fee is recurring and is assessed annually.

The Supplemental Materials and Technology Fee offsets the cost of various equipment and software that are incorporated into the normal lesson environment, such as the Better Practice app, cloud storage, other apps such as Garage Band, and studio equipment upgrades. 


Books, Sheet Music, Apps, Software, Etc.

Occasionally, books, sheet music, apps, or software will be discussed that are not included in the Simply Music curriculum. I always discuss in person what exact materials to purchase, then provide a direct purchase link via email. The reason for this is related to licensing and copyright. On very rare occasions, I may have items available for purchase directly from me, but this will always be an exception. 

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Travel Fees

Travel Fees only apply to students currently enrolled in In-Home Lessons.

In-Home lessons are no longer available to new students as of Fall 2017.

Travel Fees for students within a 10-mile radius of the studio are $5 per lesson and are calculated based on the actual number of lessons attended in the month.

Lessons occurring at a location greater than 10 miles away from my studio are taught on an exception basis at my discretion. Travel Fees for lessons greater than 10 miles away are calculated based on $0.50/minute of average one-way travel TIME, not distance. 

TIP: If my studio is too far away for you to travel to, contact me about the possibility of Online Lessons.

Discontinuing Lessons

Students are free to cancel or discontinue lessons at any time, for any reason. However, as an encouragement to honor music lessons as a long-term commitment, I do not refund any fees paid in advance.