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
- 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)
- Lessons are paid for in advance. Invoices are 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 incur a 5% late fee. If more than one invoice is unpaid, we will be unable to continue lessons until the total amount is paid in full.
- If a student starts mid-month, the fee will 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 overpayment will be credited toward next month’s tuition.
- Some months have more than 4 lessons depending on the calendar. For instance, January 2017 has 5 Mondays-Tuesdays and 4 Wednesdays-Sundays, so the total tuition on a monthly invoice will vary, depending on what day of the week the student’s lessons occur.
- 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 student, 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 email@example.com or calling the studio during open hours at (206) 659-4018. A group make-up class will be scheduled as soon as you choose a class and date and notify firstname.lastname@example.org or the front desk. Refunds / credits are not given for lessons cancelled by a student. If a student/parent doesn’t notify us of an absence, we are unable to offer a make-up class.
- 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 / does not call, we are unable to offer any make-up option.
- If a teacher is unable to teach a lesson due to illness or travel, another qualified 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 make-up lesson will be scheduled or a credit will be applied to your account.
- 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.
- All of our group classes are available to make up for a missed private lesson. Each lesson missed (30 minute or 60 minute) will cash in for one full hour long group class. 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 1 month from your cancelled lesson to use your make-up lesson. 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. Class details at modemusicstudios.com. Reschedules may be possible as a courtesy. If a student cancels or misses a make-up lesson that has been scheduled by the office and confirmed by the teacher and student, the lesson will not be rescheduled or credited.
- 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 or make-up lessons.
- We are closed April 16 for Easter, October 31 for Halloween, Thanksgiving weekend and Winter Break. We do have lessons on “bank holidays.”
- 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 15 or more minutes late they’re considered a “no show” and are unable to receive any credit or make-up.
- Mode is a family-friendly environment; however, noise levels in the waiting area should be kept to a minimum as to not disturb lessons and other families.
- We do continue lessons throughout the summer!
- One optional lesson credit will be offered in July as well as one optional lesson credit in August for vacation time. You can choose to use this credit or continue with lessons as usual.
- Summer is a great time for families to get their preferred time slot. If you continue through summer your lesson time will continue into fall. Your schedule will take priority to those who have left. We encourage students to continue throughout the summer to minimize loss in a music education momentum. Coming back in the fall and signing up as a “new student” could be difficult. Special arrangements can be made for families who leave for the entire summer.
- We do understand not all families’ schedules are able to accommodate private lessons in the summer and we will do our best to fit you back in with your preferred teacher in the fall. For those who DO take the summer off, please contact us in mid-August to get back in the September fold.
Email us with any questions regarding summer policies.