"Music for Everyone, All Ages "
(412) 322-0520                                             info@KikuchiMusic.com
                                                                     Founder: Lee W. Kikuchi


Free Consultation: All new students must have a consultation prior to admission, and we are happy to provide this consultation free. This valuable time allows you, the student and family, to meet us, the faculty, and for us to explain to you what music lessons are all about. You get to see our facilities and test the potential student-teacher relationship (which is especially important for preschoolers). [N.B. A consultation is NOT REQUIRED for MUSIC TOGETHER, simply attend a free demonstration or sign up directly for the class).

During the consultation we introduce you to the materials we use, explain our program(s) and make an academic plan. Transfer students will be auditioned and possibly tested for general musical knowledge. At the end of the consultation, you will receive an enrollment plan listing the recommended materials, describing an initial academic course of action and itemizing all the costs for enrollment. You may take this plan home to consider further, or you are welcome to sign up for the first lessons before leaving the consultation.

Young Artist Program: The audition replaces the consultation for all students applying to the Young Artist Program, and the application fee paid exempts the student from the deposit fee (described below). Students in the Young Artist Program always enroll in the Fall Term (September) and therefore do not need to enroll for the 6-Week Introductory Period. However, they may enroll for supplementary lessons during the summer if they choose to get a jump start on their Fall Term (see Policies for Supplementary Lessons).

No-Show/Cancellation Deposit: The KMI calendar is getting very tight, so every hour we schedule is important to us. For this reason we now require a deposit of $25 (check or money order, or cash if paid in person) to secure against any possible cancellation or no show, and this deposit must be received before we will schedule your appointment. The deposit will be returned or applied to the first lesson payment on the day of the consultation. If you need to reschedule, you are permitted to do so up to 48 hours prior to the appointment time. THE $25 DEPOSIT IS NON-REFUNDABLE IN THE EVENT OF NO-SHOW OR CANCELLATION WITH LESS THAN 48 HOURS NOTICE.

First Lesson Scheduling: If student is not enrolling for a full term, KMI requires that all new students commit to a minimum of 6 weekly initial lessons (the 6-Week Introductory Period), plus cost of materials, payable in advance of the first lesson. If the student does not want to have weekly lessons, new students may enroll for 6 Floating Lessons at a higher rate (see Policies for Floating Lessons). If full payment is not made at the time of the consultation, it must be mailed to KMI before the faculty will schedule the student.

Process With Your Child: Before you come to the consultation, be sure to prepare your child for the visit. Many children respond/react differently to strange adults, and strange places. This is expecially true for younger children. Try these simple processing procedures to get your child ready: 1) Ask your child every day if she/he wants to study piano. Word it differently: "Are you excited about piano lessons on Friday?" "Won't piano lessons be so much fun once you start them Friday?" etc.; 2) Remind your child that he/she will be meeting with the piano teacher (today, tomorrow, day-after-tomorrow, etc.) for several days prior to the meeting. This can be coupled with the first procedure; 3) Talk to your child about what piano lessons mean (practice, one-on-one teaching, homework, fun things to do, etc.); 4) Explain what home work is, if the student is not yet in school; 5) Explain to your child that the piano teacher will ask her/him to do things and she/he needs to do them. No playing around, being shy or being reluctant.; 6) Explain to your child the importance of good behavior and that piano lessons are like school only there are no other children there; 7) Explain to younger siblings that the lessons are not for them, but only for their older brother/sister. Let them know they will have their chance soon (Music Together is a good option here). We have crayons, paper and games for younger siblings. Feel free to bring your own. They can be entertained in the adjacent room without disturbing the lesson. 8) Assure your child that you will be there to help her/him both at the lesson and for the homework. 9) Point out examples of music performance in every day activities (TV, outdoor concerts, etc.) and ask your child, "Wouldn't you like to be able to do that?" "What kind of instrument is that?" "Don't they look like they are having so much fun?" etc. 10) Explain that piano lessons cost money and that "playing around" wastes time which wastes money. It is important to behave well, pay attention and do what you are told.


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