Lessons & Attendance

 I will work with each of my students and their families in order to give them the most convenient lesson time that works for their schedule.  

Parents need to bring and pick up students on time.  Please enter and wait quietly in our family room until the lessons before you have concluded.  Please do not arrive more than a few minutes before your scheduled time so as not to interrupt the previous student, or the teacher's preparation time.

Regular and prompt attendance is required to make appropriate progress. If you are unable to make it to a lesson, please give 24 hours notice or inform me as soon as possible in the case of illness.

Please call or text my cell phone #412-334-1799 to inform me of any changes in your attendance.


    Please contact Julie Duda at 412-334-1799 or pjjjduda@verizon.net for information about 2018-19 school year tuition costs.

    Missed Lessons

    In the event that a student misses a lesson, the following alternatives to that lesson time will be available to that student, provided that 24 hours notice was given.  

    The only exception to this would be the case of a sudden illness:

    Please note:  As my studio grows, I will HAVE to follow this policy strictly.  You can be assured that even if you should miss your student’s weekly lesson, I am continually working for you to enhance your child(ren)’s  music education.

    Because specific times are set-aside for specific students, a student who does not attend a lesson will simply miss the benefit of that lesson.  I will then use that time to plan for that student’s progress, locate and search new music for the student, etc.  I assure you that I am always working for my students!

    FaceTime lessons are becoming a very useful tool for teaching students who cannot make it to a lesson due to a slight illness or weather issues, etc.  Any laptop, iPad or iPhone can be used for this and can be a great alternative to being there “live.”  (This Face time lesson would occur during the student’s regular lesson time.)

    Students are allowed to reschedule a lesson in the event of illness, family emergency or school events.  The student/parent will be responsible to reschedule a lesson via "My Music Staff" calendar, however availability is never guaranteed.

    Video Lessons: Scheduling Conflict?  Too sick to have an online lesson?  I'll record a video lesson and send it to you within 48 hours.

    Send ME a short video of you practicing your assigned lesson material 24 hours before a lesson you will miss.  I will then use your lesson time to watch your video, and then send you a detailed assessment of your playing, and what you are to work on for your next lessons.

    Missed lessons due to teacher illness or absence will ALWAYS be rearranged or made up at a mutually convenient time or during the make-up week