About Our Studio
Mode Music Studios began life as Erin Rubin Piano Studios. After four years, and with an ever-growing clientele and continuing community interest, we decided to move into a new, bigger space: creating more opportunity for young musicians to find their musical voice through piano, guitar, percussion, and vocal instruction.
“When I was six years old my piano teacher looked like Cher, made me laugh and brought me on stage to play with her. She was young and fun and this inspired me to practice and keep going. I want to give children the opportunity to love music and learning in the ways I was given.” -Erin Rubin
Our teaching style incorporates all types of learning. All of our students are exposed to technique, ear training, sight reading, chart reading, composition, arranging and some even singing and songwriting. We have a background of playing live in bands and continue to put ourselves through private lessons. We can’t get enough from learning and growing personally to keep up with our students and put ourselves in the students' seat.
Private lessons give us the freedom to apply different approaches for each individual child’s learning style. We are sensitive to the student and their needs. There is a general lesson plan with a lot of room for amendment and we enjoy each lesson as a chance to give the student exactly what they need based on their interests and ability.
Although we provide two recital performance opportunities a year, we don’t view our style as performance based. Building a repertoire and having songs available at all times is a priority and we love being able to show it off at our winter and spring recitals at The Sanctuary at Admiral. We also offer rock band camps in the summertime to encourage playing music with others and the chance to experience a different type of performance. The Skylark Cafe has provided us with their stage to do so and gives the kids a day to show off their talents on a rock stage. It’s one of our favorite times of year for the children!
Please let us know if you have any questions regarding our philosophy. This has worked for 99% of the kids that we have had the pleasure of teaching and we find that, from our own personal childhood piano lessons, when music is fun they will stick with it, and learn in the process!
Private Lesson Rates and Policy
Tuition is paid in advance for the following month. Studio Lessons are $30 a week ($28 cash/check) for 30 minutes and $55 a week ($52 cash/check) for an hour. In-home lessons are $70 a week for 45 minutes ($67 cash/check) and $135 for 90 minutes ($128 cash/check) Invoices will be issued mid-month, and payments are due in advance for the upcoming month on the last lesson of the preceding month. If payment is made after the last day of the month, the unpaid amount will be subject to a 5% late fee. If a student starts mid-month, then the fee shall be prorated. Payments may not be broken into smaller amounts unless prior arrangements have been made. We do accept cash, but we do not keep cash on hand, so we are unable to make change. Any over-payment will be credited toward next month’s tuition.
Keep in mind that some months have more than 4 lessons depending on the calendar, so the total tuition on a monthly invoice will vary, depending on what day of the week the student’s lessons take place.
The first lesson is offered with a “satisfaction guarantee”. We include this lesson in continuing students’ tuition but waive our lesson fee if you walk away unsatisfied. We are confident in our approach and connection with the kids and adult students, while understanding the importance of an initial vibe between student and teacher.
If you need to cancel a lesson for any reason it must be done as soon as there is a known conflict by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the studio during open hours at (206) 659-4018. Group classes are available for missed lessons. Refunds / credits are not given for lessons cancelled by a student.
If a teacher is unable to make a lesson due to illness or travel, another teacher will substitute for them. If a teacher/substitute teacher has to cancel a lesson for any reason they will do so as soon as the conflict is known. A makeup lesson will be scheduled or a credit will be applied to your account. Include all phone numbers on your registration form so we can reach you if a teacher is ill.
If there is an uncontrollable or unforeseen event that prevents any lesson from taking place, the studio will reach out immediately to inform you of any lesson that will not be held. A make up lesson will be scheduled if possible or you will receive a half credit to your account. Examples of such events would be inclement weather, power outages, or local/national emergencies.
We will accept a cancellation and schedule a make up lesson as long as you are able to notify us about the absence within 24 hours. If the student simply does not show up we are unable to offer any make up option.
Group classes are offered as a make up lesson on Saturdays and Sundays. These are hour-long classes offered to all students to give a different perspective in addition to their private lessons, whether it be a band practice or a vocal workshop. You have 3 months from your cancelled lesson to use your make up lesson. NOTE: These classes are also available to students without a make up for $20 per class. All ages are welcome. Sign-ups are available Monday-Friday through phone, email or the front desk before the scheduled class. Drop-in is available at the time of class and will depend on capacity. Classes are available to students for $20 and non-students for $25 for the hour.
We ask for at least a month’s notice of plans to withdraw from lessons. Terminations with less than two weeks given will be charged two weeks of lessons from notification date. Withdrawal notification must be submitted to the office at email@example.com. Failure to attend lessons does not qualify as notification. Failure to notify the office does not release a student from his/her financial obligation and is not an acceptable form of notification of intent to withdraw. If a student has 4 consecutive no call / no shows, we will terminate the student’s lessons, we will release the student’s spot in the schedule, and the student will be charged for all 4 of the missed lessons. Students who withdraw at any time will forfeit any unused reschedules.
We are closed Easter, Halloween, Thursday 11/24 - Sunday 11/27 for Thanksgiving weekend and Friday 12/23 - Sunday 1/1 for Winter Break.
Students should arrive 5 minutes before their scheduled lesson to be given time to use the restroom or grab some water and gather their things for the lesson. If a student is more than 15 minutes late they’re then considered a “no show” and they are marked absent. Again, if the student does not show up we are unable to offer any credit.
Music lessons DO continue throughout the summer. We’ve changed our policies this summer to better fit your vacation schedule and additional needs.
One optional credit will be given in July as well as one optional credit in August for vacation time. You can choose to use this credit or continue with lessons as usual. ** Summertime is also a great time for families to get their preferred time slot. If you are a student continuing through the summer, you will keep your current lesson time for the fall.** Reschedules will be flexible and earlier times are available temporarily for summer. We are also able to move you to an earlier or later time any day of the week depending on availability. Your schedule will take priority over those who have left.
We encourage students to continue through the summer to minimize a loss in a music education momentum. If you choose to terminate lessons for the summer, you will lose scheduling seniority and may find yourself struggling to fit in our fall schedule. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to continue lessons in July and August.
For those of you that are taking summers off, please contact us in mid-August to get back in the September fold. We do realize not all families’ schedules are able to accommodate private lessons in the summer and will do our best to fit you back in with your preferred teacher in the fall.
Email us with any questions regarding summer policies.