Studio Policies


Tuition is based on a 16 week, five month semester of study.

For weekly, thirty minute private lessons, the Spring 2020 Semester fee is $490.50 prepaid (a 10% 
savings) or $109/month on a monthly payment plan.

For weekly, forty-five minute private lessons, the Spring 2020 Semester fee is $733.50 prepaid (a 10% savings) or $163/month on a monthly payment plan.

For weekly, sixty minute private lessons, the Spring 2020 Semester fee is $976.50 prepaid (a 10%
 savings) or $217/month on a monthly payment plan.

A $25 registration fee is due each semester from all private students. The registration fee is non-refundable, reserves the lesson slot for the semester, and helps defray the cost of venue rental and related studio recital expenses.

A $45 materials and activity fee deposit will be due at the beginning of each semester. The cost of book and sheet music orders, and any applicable event entry fees will be taken out of this deposit. Students may be asked to replenish the fund with another deposit if it becomes depleted before the end of the semester. Leftover funds at the end of the semester may either be refunded as a check or put towards the next semester of study.

Fall semester prepayment plans are due by September 1st. Monthly payment installments are due the 1st of the month (except when a later due date is indicated on the invoice). Payments which are more than seven days overdue are subject to a $15 late fee. Outstanding accounts may be subject to suspension or termination of services.

Statements and payment receipts are sent via email and are also available for viewing through the Music Staff’s Student Portal. A hard copy of your statement is available by request.

Semester tuition prepayment plans may be paid via check or cash only. Monthly tuition payment plans may be paid via check or cash. In-person credit card processing is also available for monthly tuition payment plans.

Please make checks payable to Rachel Winograd.


If you are unable to make a class, please contact your teacher directly or mark your absence through the Music Staff Student Portal. Be sure to communicate your absence prior to the scheduled lesson time to have you absence excused.

Make-up credit is automatically applied to your account for any excused absences. Make-ups are subject to teacher availability and credit expires 60 days after the missed class. If a make-up lesson is missed for any reason, it is not eligible for rescheduling.

Whenever possible it is best to reschedule missed lessons, but if a student is unable to find a make-up time that works, they may opt instead for a tuition credit. Students may receive tuition credit for up to two excused absences per semester. Students will be held liable for any additional cancellations made during the semester, unless they are lessons missed due to teacher cancellation or inclement weather.

No shows are unexcused absences and ineligible for make-up credit or tuition credit.


Fair Lakes Music does not follow the FCPS inclement weather closing schedule. In case of a severe weather emergency, your teacher will contact you directly to announce studio closure. Weather and road conditions vary greatly across the DC metro region. If the studio is open, but you are unable to make a class due to poor travel conditions on your route, please let your teacher know and she will be happy to issue you a make-up or tuition credit.


The studio also offers virtual lessons when one-on-one classes aren’t feasible. Contact your teacher for details on setting up a lesson via Zoom or Google Hangout.


Students of all ages and levels are expected to choose and follow a primary track of study: piano, voice, or composition. Pianists and vocalists will be expected to take an annual performance assessment through either Con Brio (offered in-studio) or the Royal Conservatory Development Program. Those on a performance track should plan to also participate in at least one studio recital or NFMC Spring Festival Performance event. Composers must submit a composition for feedback to the Composers Forum. All students are required to take a theory exam through the Keynote Independent Theory Service (offered in-studio), the Royal Conservatory Development Program, or the NFMC Spring Festival Theory event.


To win a studio excellence award, students must: have excellent attendance, be enrolled as students for both Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 sessions, regularly complete all given assignments, fill out studio practice logs, come to lessons prepared with materials, and satisfy studio requirements for their given track of study. The current excellence award program runs June 2019 through May 2020.