Studio Policy


Weekly private lessons are offered in 30, 45, or 60 minute sessions depending on the student’s age/level. Tuition is based on the time allotment that is best suited for the student.

Tuition rates are determined based on an calendar of 46 weekly private lessons as well as approximately 10 performance classes, 6 studio recordings and approximately 3 studio recitals per year.

Tuition is paid in equal monthly installments. Payments are due on the 1st lesson of each month and no invoice will be provided.

Option I

  • 30 minute lessons weekly (keyboard and theory) recommended for beginning to intermediate= $100.00 per month.

Option II

  • 45 minute lessons weekly (keyboard and theory) recommended for intermediate to advanced students= $140.00 per month.

Option III

  • 60-minute lessons weekly (keyboard and theory). Gifted students who are playing advanced literature may have this time allotment. Gifted students will only be considered with a teachers recommendation= $180.00 per month.

Registration fee: A one time registration fee of $20.00 per student will be added to first months tuition.

Monthly tuition remains the same regardless of the number of lessons received. Failure to pay months tuition for missed lessons will result in the loss of lesson time. If lessons were to resume a registration fee would be due.

Student materials and NNMTA recital/audition fees will be added to the tuition when applicable. In this case you will be notified. Any sight-reading materials or music books that are loaned to students must be returned in good condition or they will be charged for replacement cost.

Check and/or cash are acceptable. Please make checks payable to: Mykal Oranges

Included in tuition are consultations, rehearsals and workshops. Students are often motivated by one another and certain types of learning are enhanced in a group setting. Workshops and group lessons are highly recommended.


MyKeys Studio follows a calendar from September through August. Tuition pays for 46 lessons per studio year. During the 2012-2013 studio year the unpaid 6 lessons will result in no lessons during the following weeks:

• Thanksgiving week

• Winter & Spring break (per Washoe County School District schedule)

• First week of July (July 1-5, 2013)

• Second week of August (August12-16)

Tuition remains the same during these months.

During the summer months, private students are still required to practice and take lessons. Not only does the teacher feel strongly about continuing the student’s musical education throughout the summer months, but the teacher’s livelihood depends upon a regular income throughout the summer months because the tuition rate has been determined based on a 12-month calendar. For these reasons, if a student fails to observe this policy by refusing to continue through the summer, the student unfortunately cannot be guaranteed a spot in the studio in the fall and will be required to pay an additional registration fee of $20.00 if and when lessons are resumed.


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 make-ups for missed lessons are not guaranteed. No refunds will be given for missed lessons.

If it is necessary to cancel lesson for any reason, please give as much notice as possible. I will post make-up times on my website (visit Each family is responsible to check the calendar on my website and contact me to reserve an available make-up time.

Please do NOT come to lessons if you are sick or contagious. I will have a hand sanitizer in studio and encourage students to use it. I will wipe off keys between students. In the event of extended illness arrangements can be worked out on an individual basis.If I need to cancel your lesson time you will receive a make-up for that missed lesson.


All lessons begin and end on schedule. As a courtesy to me and to other students, please be on time for all lessons, not early and not late. Students who arrive late will not receive their full lesson time.

PLEASE, make sure your child has his/her lesson books and notebook when they come to class. Consistently leaving them at home hinders progress and wastes valuable time.

Every minute during lesson time is valuable. It’s important that the student leaves each lesson one step closer to their musical goal. I will address any hindrance to that goal immediately. If a discipline or practice problem does arise, I will attempt to resolve it first with the student. If that does not bring a satisfactory solution, then a lesson time will be used for a conference between the teacher, student and the parent.

No eating, drinking, gum chewing or smoking allowed in the studio or home.


Please be sure your child is safely inside before driving away!!! If your student is the last lesson of the day, please pick up promptly as I often must leave for meetings, rehearsals and other activities.

STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO STAY IN MY STUDIO UNTIL THEY ARE PICKED UP. Please discuss with your child these arrangements and make sure they know who is picking them up. I cannot be responsible for any student once they leave my home.


Regular home practice is essential for student success. Ideally, students should aim for at least 5 days of practice each week. Short, daily practice sessions are more effective than one or two long sessions per week. The most important time for students to practice is right after their weekly lesson to solidify what they have just learned. Research has shown that retention of new knowledge drops to 60% after just 24 hours. It’s not a good idea to wait until the end of the week, then “cram” practice right before a student’s next lesson!

Preparing students for effective practicing at home is a goal that is focused on in each lesson. I will outline practice guidelines for the student to follow each week. Please follow these directions in home practice, fill out any practice schedules and bring all current music and lesson materials to each lesson.

Parental involvement in home practice is crucial for student success. Please help your student to establish and stick to a practice routine, and see that practice time is free of distractions. If you are the parent of an elementary age student, please plan to sit with your child for at least a portion of their daily practice time.


In the past I have discouraged parents from “sitting in” during lessons because of parental hyper-involvement and changed dynamics between teacher and student. I have changed my opinion in this area because of how important parental involvement is in effective home practice. Especially when it comes to younger students, parents need to be involved in what direction is given during the lesson so they can better help their child progress. However, if parents do observe, they must use discretion when interrupting the lesson. Questions for musical clarification and letting the teacher know of an upcoming schedule conflict are excellent reasons to interrupt. Second guessing teaching decisions, repeating the teacher’s words to the student (which sends a message to students that the teacher’s authority is insufficient), etc. are not reasons to interrupt. In other words, parents should be clear that they are not teaching evaluators or even teaching partners in the lesson. They are “lesson observers”, and at home they are “practice partners” (for young children) or “practice monitors” (for older children). These parental roles are critical to the musical development of children.


There are numerous recitals, master classes, workshops and competitions (extra fees required), available for students at all levels. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities since positive performing experiences enhance learning.

The first Friday of every month from 5PM – 6PM will be set aside for performance classes and workshops. Please make attendance a priority. All performance classes, workshops, recitals, along with their time and location will be posted on my website. Please refer to the calendar for details.


Photos of students and video and audio recordings of student projects and performances may be posted online and used by MyKeys Studio 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.


All students are required to have a well-maintained instrument, a Metronome (by the first year) and a music dictionary. Students 18 years of age and under must have short fingernails. Fingernails should be cut flush with the end of the finger. Please no shoes in home or studio.


Notice of at least on month is required for termination of lessons.
Thank you for you attention to this policy!

~Mykal Oranges

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