Expectations of Students
  • Study all assigned work before each lesson.  GFMS utilizes a grading system and events to ensure progress for students.  Good practice habits will result in a respectable practice grade and a superior result at events.

  • Bring assignment notebook and all other books and materials to every lesson.  If any materials are forgotten, each missing item will result in a 1 point deduction on the lesson grade.

  • Focus during lessons.  The lesson grade depends on it.  Please let me know if there are any physical or psychological issues before starting lessons.

  • Communicate likes and dislikes.  Communication is important in many aspects of life including piano lessons.


Expectations of Guardians
  • There must be a piano (acoustic is preferred) at the home.  It is essential that it is in tune and in working order.  Contact John Schaldach (schaldach.piano.service@gmail.com) for tuning and repairs.

  • Pencils, books, assignment notebook, and metronome (if necessary) need to be near the piano.

  • Provide a nice work environment to help student succeed.

  • Noise level should be held to a minimum during practice.  This helps the student focus better during practice and also emulates the environment of a performance.


Requirements for Students

  • Attend the GFMS Annual Recital in May.

  • Participate in at least one performance class one to two months before each event (except Theory Day).

Payment Information
  • New students owe tuition for the current month and all fees at the first lesson.

  • Continuing students owe tuition for next month’s lessons at the last lesson of each month.

  • Credit cards are accepted through PayPal.  Recurring payments using a credit card is an option as well.

  • Checks and cash are accepted at the lesson.  Checks can also be mailed to the studio.

  • Payments after the 7th of the month are considered late and are charged a $30 late fee.

  • All payments are nonrefundable.

Lesson Scheduling
  • The School Session is from September 1st to May 31st.  There is a minimum of four lessons per month.

    • There are three units during the school year.  Fall unit: September, October, and November.  Winter unit: December, January, and February.  Spring unit: March, April, and May.  Each unit will be scheduled approximately one month in advance through the online scheduler.

    • Preferred time slots will be filled first.  If a preferred lesson time occurs on a date or time that the studio is closed, a different lesson date and/or time will be sent.

    • Reschedule lessons and computer lab times using the online scheduler at least an hour in advance.  Missed lessons or computer lab times are forfeited and no refunds or credits given.  

    • Computer lab times are part of a lesson.  If a lesson is cancelled, so is the computer lab time.  No refunds or credits will be given for a cancelled or missed lesson or computer lab time.

    • School Session lessons and computer lab times expire on May 31st.  No school session lessons or computer lab times will be given after this date.


  • A lesson in March will be dedicated to discussing the contract for the following school year.  They will appear as a “Contract Meeting” in the email sent by the online scheduler and a guardian who can make decisions is required to attend.  Please reschedule the meeting if a guardian is not available.


  • In the event of a teacher cancellation, rescheduling will be done at least an hour before the lesson time via the online scheduler.  Email notification will be sent via the online scheduler.

Online Scheduler
  • Access the online scheduler with registration.

    • The email sent with suggested lesson times will have a link stating “view appointment details”.  Click it and a new page will pop up with a button on the right labeled “Register for an Account”.

    • After registering, rescheduling can be accessed through the studio website under “Scheduling”.  On the right, there is a link labeled “Log in”.  After logging in, lesson times and dates will populate the screen.

    • Another option is to go to gfms.acuityscheduling.com.  On the right will be a link labeled “Log in”.  After logging in, lesson times and dates will populate the screen.

  • Reschedule lessons by clicking on the lesson needing rescheduling.  A calendar will appear with bold dates containing available times.  Click on the preferred date and the available times will appear.  Click on the preferred time and then click on reschedule.

  • Signing up for PCs can be done through the online scheduler.  Visit the studio website under “Scheduling” or gfms.acuityscheduling.com to sign up. 

  • Email reminders will be sent approximately 18 hours before the lesson, computer lab, or performance class.  If a reminder is not received, there is no lesson, computer lab or PC scheduled.

  • Registration Fee – includes the cost of curriculum materials and access to the computer lab.

    • The Registration Fee is determined by the teacher based on the current materials the student possesses and the potential need for new materials for the following school year.

    • The Beginner Fee covers an assignment notebook, method books, other materials and 15 minute access to the computer lab before or after their scheduled lesson time.

    • The Intermediate Fee covers a compilation of classical compositions, a compilation of jazz or contemporary compositions, a technique book, a scale book, a theory book, other materials and 15 minute access to the computer lab before or after their scheduled lesson time.

    • The Advanced Fee covers multiple compilations of specific composers, a technique book a scale book, a theory book, other materials, and 15 minute access to the computer lab.

    • The Refresher Fee is for those who will be continuing in books from the previous year, but may need a few other materials.  This fee also includes 15 minute access to the computer lab.

    • The computer lab provides students with an opportunity to work on music theory, learn music history, compose, and improve ear training skills.  Progress is monitored and new assignments are given weekly.


  • Event Fee - includes the cost of events, performance classes, GFMS Annual Recital, and specific materials necessary for chosen events for the school session. 

    • There are limited slots available for all festivals.

    • Performance classes are required and will be assigned using the scheduler.

    • New students must decide the number of events before the first lesson.

    • Events may be added at a later date at the teacher's discretion.

    • Jazz Festival participants are required to take a minimum of eight lessons over the summer.

    • Please see Event Information document for more information.  

  • Decisions are required by May 1st and payment for both fees is expected on or before that date. 

  • All fees are nonrefundable.


21099 Chandler Court

Sterling, VA 20164

Tel: (703) 409-9525



School Session

Mon, Tues, and Thurs 5:30 - 9 pm

Summer Session

Mon, Tues, and Thurs 5:30 - 7:30 pm

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