I can teach you a song in one to two lessons. You can even do that yourself through YouTube or other apps. But to truly develop a skill and understand music, it takes commitment, practice and guidance from a qualified teacher.
With that in mind, it is best to stay the course and not jump in and out of lessons.
Enrolling in long term regular lessons is highly recommended for your success.
Of course there are financial concerns that are at play here. You might be surprised though that you'll actually save money by committing long term!
If you need help discovering your commitment level, take our quick “Student Profile” test.
Monthly Recurring vs. One Year PrePay
- Works like a membership or subscription fee
- Fee stays the same regardless of how many lessons are given in a month
- Automatically billed on the 28th of each month
- Non refundable
- No contracts, cancellable with one month advance notice through email
Cost of being a Short Term Student Vs. a Long Term Student
I understand the concerns of getting into an activity that you or your child may not like after a few months. Thus the need for some students to test the waters first. However, learning a skill, whether that is in sports, dance, art, music or anything else in life requires a level of long term commitment. When we jump from one thing to another, though in one sense, it’s good that we try various activities and learn many skills, we may end up with mediocre results. And from a financial standpoint, you actually end up spending more money when you do things short term. Let’s look closely at an illustration of what a short term 6 month student will spend vs. a long term 1 year student.
This illustration is provided to hopefully help you decide which route you’d want to go in this journey of learning how to play the piano. Playing the piano is an amazing skill, one that you get to have with you for the rest of your life if you choose it! I have met one too many adults who have told me that they wish they stuck with it when they were kids or wish they had the chance to learn it. If you have the opportunity now to enter into this long term relationship with music, TAKE IT!!! It’s a journey that will give you so much joy!
Private Lesson Rates
30 Min. Lesson: $65
30 Min. Lesson 4 Class Package:
$220 (Save $40)
30 Min. Lesson Monthly Recurring
50 Min. Private Lessons are by request and subject to availability
Shared Lesson Rates
Per Class Rate: $45
Sign up for Monthly Recurring:
No Contracts, Cancellable with 1 Month Advanced Notice
One Year PrePay: $1320
Get One Month FREE!
Groups of 2-3: 30 Minutes
Groups of 4-5: 45 Minutes
Groups of 6-8: 55 Minutes
*Fee is the same regardless of the class duration.
*For more details on the benefits of shared classes and how it works, click here.
There is a yearly registration fee of $60 per student. This fee helps offset the costs incurred such as softwares used to help with the student's learning process (Better Practice App), printing/copying of materials, books and other resources used in class, Simply Music Licensing fees and any other equipment upgrades to deliver the best learning experience possible. Registration fees are non refundable.
Students are responsible for getting the materials needed for the class. SHM (Student Home Materials) are mandatory. Each student must create an account through the Simply Music student portal:
students.simplymusic.com and use the materials according to the teacher's instructions.
While the teacher will have those materials for use during class, it is important for students to have their own so they can have it for practicing at home. SHM are anywhere between $10 - $35 depending on the level and format. Students will need to purchase SHM every 3-4 months.
Travel Fees are added when students opt for me to teach them at their own home instead of at my house or online. There is a $5.00 Fee per lesson for travel within a 10-mile radius of my home studio. A $1/mile Fee is calculated for distances more than 10 miles away. (Read more about the benefits of Online Lesson)
Late Fees/Returned Check Fee: Any payment received more than 5 days after the due date, as stated on the invoice, will be automatically assessed a $10 late fee, which will appear on the following month’s invoice. Returned checks will be assessed a $20 fee.
Referrals & Credits
I could spend money on advertising or I could rely on my students and their families to help me spread the word! How my students have grown and excelled in playing the piano is the best evidence of my teaching skills. If you refer someone directly to me, both you and the new student will benefit from it! Here’s how it works:
Your referral will receive a one time 50% discount on the first lesson they choose to purchase, whether that’s one lesson, a package or a monthly recurring. Once the new student completes 3 months of lessons with me, I will also give you a one time 50% discount on the very next lesson you choose to purchase, whether that’s one lesson, a package or a monthly recurring.
The discount for you as the existing student can show up as a credit on your account (if doing a monthly recurring) or by paying only half of the lesson package fee the next time you purchase one.
***For both parties to receive the discount, new students must mention your name as a referral when they enroll. Credits cannot be applied retroactively.
***50% discount for both parties do not apply to the one year prepay option.
***50% discount on new student's first month of classes does not apply to those who participated in the Free 5 Lesson Offer.
Shout Outs Are Appreciated
Receive a $5 credit on your account (for monthly recurring students) or a $5 discount on your next package by:
1. Writing a great yelp review for Katz Keys.
3. Inviting all your FB friends to “LIKE” my Katz Keys Studio Page on FB. Here’s how:
***Max 3 $5 credits/year
Small business owners like me really appreciate simple gestures like sharing, liking and spreading the word. Your small act of kindness speaks volumes to me. I hope to continue giving quality piano lessons for years to come and you'll help me do so by spreading the word!
***$5 credits are not available to students who participated in the 5 FREE Lesson Offer
1.) Cash or Check made payable to Kat Dingcong. This option is only available when lessons are taught in person. Do not send check/cash in the mail.
2.) ACH Transfers
3.) Credit Card*
*An additional 3% convenience fee will be charged when when paying through a Credit Card
***All payments must be made PRIOR to the scheduled class.
10% off one additionalfamily member15% off two or moreadditional family member
Discounts only apply towards lesson packages, monthly recurring and one year prepay. Discount does not apply towards registration fees.