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New and Exciting Things Are Happening!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 by Karli Ellis | Uncategorized

New and Exciting Things Are Happening!

Hey! I am so excited to start up our Winter session of piano and have some really exciting things happening this session.

My Music Software: I have purchased a subscription to an amazing software that will allow all of you to securely view your account balance, pay online, view a studio calendar, keep track of your child’s practicing, and even view notes from me about your child’s progress on their recital songs.  This software will also send out reminder texts about group lesson, send out email reminders about payments, and more.  It is such a great system and I am so excited to use it. I am asking that everyone please use this system as this is how you will be able to track everything that is happening with piano.

Binders: Every student will be given a binder (by the second week of lessons) where they will be able to store all of their sheet music that is printed out or is not in a book.  It will also include a practice chart for them to keep track of how often they are practicing.  As they keep track of their practicing they will be able to earn prizes. The binder will also have a sheet that will updated each week with what they are supposed to be practicing.  This will replace any notebooks.  If you are ever wondering what your child is supposed to be practicing, please check the binder.

Payment: As some of you may know I recently bought a house in North Salt Lake.  Ideally I would love to begin teaching in North Salt Lake, but I love teaching each and every one of your students, that I couldn’t get myself to stop teaching in Murray.  To help make up for my time and money in driving to Murray, along with the new easy convenience that this paid software is providing to everyone, and after researching the going rate for many piano teachers in Murray, I have decided that starting February 1st, my prices will be raising to $20 a lesson. I sincerely appreciate your support in this and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to talk to me.     

New Ways To Pay: Paying by check or cash at the first lesson of the month works great, but I thought I would give you all a new way to pay for convenience. My favorite way that some students have begun to use is Venmo.  Venmo is an app that lets you pay others without adding a fee.  Another option is PayPal.  I have a PayPal account you may pay me through, but please remember to click the "Friends + Family" button so PayPal doesn't take out the money.  You may also pay via Credit or Debit card through this website, but an added 5% charge will be added to help cover the cost of the fees associated with this option.    

  1. Cash
  2. Check - Make Payable to Karli Ellis
  3. Venmo - search for Karli Ellis
  4. PayPal - send payment to email everydayellis@gmail.com
  5. Debit or Credit Card - online at My Music Staff

Reminders: I also felt with the start of the New Year it would be a good idea to review some of my old policies and procedures.   

  • Late Fee Reminder: Remember that payments are due by the first Saturday of the first full week of the month.  If I do not receive payment by the first Saturday after your lesson, there will be a $5 late fee for every week it is late.  
  • Missed Lessons: Please give me 24 hour notice of any missed lesson.  If you do not give me a 24 hour notice, I will charge you for the missed lesson.  If you give me at least a 24 hour notice I will be happy to credit you.  That credit will show up in your account to help both of us keep track of what you owe for the next month.
  • Rescheduling: If you need to reschedule or would like an extra lesson, please check the calendar on the website.  I will frequnetly be updating it to reflect other people canceling and even opening up spots for extra lessons.  
  • NEW RESERVATION POLICY: Starting in January, if for any reason your student needs to stop taking piano lessons for just a month or two, there will be a $25 per month reservation fee.  This is to help me hold your spot.  I have a long waiting list and this is to help prevent people who take time off, tell me they are coming back, and then never do.