Music Lessons - for a lifetime of enjoyment!
Music has been found to enrich the lives of all who participate in its creation or in its enjoyment. When you choose to take music lessons, you are choosing to learn a skill that will benefit you and bring you joy your entire life! No price can be put on such a beautiful art as music. Yet, obtaining the skill will certainly require assistance from a professional - your music teacher.
Mrs. Statz has chosen to make music her business and her occupation. As with any business, costs are calculated to both ensure that the highest quality product is given and that the business makes enough profit to continue providing its services.
What does your yearly tuition cover?
Your tuition at The Statz Music Studio covers the following:
- Time spent with the student - 30 Private School Year Lessons, Four Group Lessons, Private summer lessons & Summer camp (some years).
- Time spent in preparation for the student - Trips to the music store, lesson planning, bookkeeping, development of curriculum, etc. It has been cited by professional music journals that for every hour enrolled in piano lessons, you are investing in at least 2 hours of the teachers time!
- Your teacher's training and experience - Mrs. Statz is highly trained to provide the best lessons available. Feel free to read the "About your Teacher" section of this website.
- Recital costs and preparations - Programs, refreshments (periodically), facility rental (periodically), time in making the recital arrangements.
- Professional organization memberships - Mrs. Statz is a member of MNTA, WMTA, CVMTA, NFA and UMFA. These memberships are maintained to enhance her teaching skills and provide the student with opportunities for festivals, competitions, and performance events. Mrs. Statz also volunteers a LOT of time with these organizations. The time spent volunteering to enhance these organizations has a trickle down effect. Because of this, Mrs. Statz and her students benefit even more from these organizations.
- Professional journals - Publications to assist Mrs. Statz in keeping current on new teaching materials and trends.
- Studio expenses - Copying, laminating, computer software, incentive programs, instruments, tunings, repairs, newsletters, websites.
- Music books and CDs - Material purchased by the teacher to keep costs low for students. This includes the entire music check out library.
- Property taxes, self-employment taxes, insurance (including liability, life, home and health, etc.), retirement - the independent music teacher has no corporation to assist in providing health and life insurance by matching funds. Social Security is not matched by an employer. Thus, these costs are covered by Mrs. Statz. Tuition helps cover the increased living costs.
- Continuing education - Lessons and classes that keep the teacher current on methods and techniques
- Certification costs - National teaching certifications come with a cost.
- Book and music club memberships - This enables many discounts to be passed to students.
- Piano Maestro - This program (made free to students) comes with a cost to Mrs. Statz