Piano lessons are like a triangle--it takes three sides to make a successful musical experience. The student, parent and teacher must all work together; hence, cooperation and communication between all parties is essential.
Philosophy and Mission
To nurture the artistic spirit in each person and a lifelong love of music and learning through a wide variety of types of repertoire.
To help each student achieve their highest musical potential through performance, technique, theory, sight-reading, music history, ensemble, composition, ear training, and memorization.
To have fun while learning the piano!
Benefits of a strong music education
Success in society
Success in school
Success in developing intelligence
Success in life
Teacher Responsibilities
Dr. Baya Kakouberi will provide a positive and enthusiastic atmosphere for learning and will offer many performance and enriching activities. She will continue to further her teaching skills and music knowledge by belonging to professional organizations, attending workshops, reading professional publications, and engaging in other activities leading to professional growth. Ms. Kakouberi will encourage a feeling of success at each student's individual rate of learning and guide each student towards musical independence with a balanced program of theory, technique, ear-training, sight-reading and performance opportunities.
Student Responsibilities
The student agrees to arrive at each lesson punctually, well-prepared, and with all necessary materials. If you arrive five minutes late, your lesson is five minutes shorter. You reserve the time slot, not the number of minutes.
In order to progress satisfactorily, daily quality practice is necessary and required. If questions arise, be sure to ask your teacher questions during lessons; I want you to completely understand the assignment. Students will also have the option of additional performance opportunities offered through the DMTA, http://www.dallasmta.org/.
Adult Students
Adult students may register for lessons by the term and can re-evaluate enrollment at the beginning of each term.
Parent Responsibilities
Encourage progress! Many small steps throughout the year yield great results! Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend lessons at any time.
 
If you are unable to attend a lesson, please arrive at least ten minutes before the lessons' conclusion. My Studio is part of my home and it does not have a childcare area.
 
Parental support is a must for a child's musical growth. To help your child develop self-discipline and good practice habits, set aside a regular time for practice each day (this can be done all at once or divided into two or more daily practice sessions). Younger children especially need help with their practicing. The parent is to provide a piano in the best possible condition (most keyboards and organs are not appropriate), a metronome, and a place allowing quiet and uninterrupted practice. Provide a practice environment that is free from interruptions (family, friends, TV, computer or phone). Be financially responsible and pay tuition on time. Late payments result in late fees. For questions regarding tuition and your account, email baya.kakouberi@gmail.com
 
Also, communicate with me any questions or concerns you may have about your child’s progress. Be helpful, interested and supportive!
Commitment
When students enroll, they are reserving their placement in the studio for the entire year.  The enrollment agreement is a firm commitment and guarantees your place in the studio. Tuition is charged by the term and is payment for the students' whole course of music study, payable in advance by term or in monthly installments from September through July. Tuition does not include payment for Ensemble or other Festival fees; these are paid out of the registration fees. Please understand that the tuition you pay reserves an exclusive weekly time in the schedule for your child. Unlike a doctor or a hairdresser, I cannot re-sell that time nor can I create extra teaching time in which to give lessons.
Registration Fee -No charge.


Tuition based on month to month payments.

The fee covers four (4) lessons per month. 
 If there is a five classes in a month you will not be charged for this lesson, however, if you missed the 5th lesson there will be no make up class for this missed date. 
90 min -$500
60 min- $380
45min - $320
Theory classes - One hour session -$60

Tuition based on Semester payments 3 month )
Please note: there will be ONE FREE  lesson if you choose the semester installment.
(You will pay for 12 classes plus ONE Free lesson) 

Tuition is paid monthly, with payment due in full prior to the first lesson of the month (LAST class of the previous month), or per semester3 month period) in advance.
 
Tuition is based on four (4) lessons during  the one month period. Tuition due in advance on the LAST lesson of the month. Late fees in the amount of $10.00 will be charged after the invoice deadline gives a one week grace period for late payments. Tuition more than one week late will be charged one extra lesson fee per month. 
HOW TO PAY. 
.Zelle
.I am also pleased to offer Credit Card payments at no charge to the students. It is fully secure and I ask that you specify if you prefer that the credit card information be kept on a secure server or be given every time the tuition be charged.
Checks must be paid to: Zeus entertainment Group
Cash 
 
Summer Classes Tuition must be paid fully for the month of your return to classes.
(For example , if you are leaving in the month of June and returning in August, you will pay the full tuition for the month of August in June.)Tuition is non-refundable. As with University tuition, whether the student attends or not. During the summer classes make up classes are easily available to accommodate vacation plans. Time is reserved only as it is paid: If you plan your vacation during the month of August, you must pay the full tuition for this month prior your departure which guarantees your spot in my studio - New students can not be turned away in order to save places.please note:the package with one free lesson does not apply to the summer class policy
 
Theory classes
Theory classes enhance the private lesson. In performance classes we discuss composition techniques, study composers, music history and practice ear training skills .
To schedule the Theory session please contact Mrs. Kakouberi via email or Phone.  

Materials
During the course of the year various materials are required. Each student must have the following materials provided by the parent (unless otherwise specified):
Metronome
Manuscript Paper or a notebook
Repertoire books (assigned by the teacher; provided by the parent)
 
When possible, we will use music that the student has already purchased. Photocopied materials are illegal and will not be used unless the original music is no longer in print and we have permission from the copyright owner.
 
Canceled Lessons and Makeup Lessons
No payment credit will be provided for missed lessons. Make-up lessons are only offered for illness, and students must give notification at least 8 hours in advance. There will be at least one makeup day offered each term that will be filled on a first come-first serve basis. Be sure to choose a lesson time that is one in which you feel confident that you will have no other conflicts. Those students requesting Monday lesson times, please note that there will be lessons scheduled on some minor holidays (Labor Day, MLK Day and Presidents Day). If Mondays are best, and holidays are a conflict, you may request a make-up lesson time slot. 
 
Please do not request Dr. Baya Kakouberi to alter the schedule to accommodate extracurricular activities. In the unusual event of Ms. Baya Kakouberi canceling a lesson, she will gladly reschedule a makeup lesson at the earliest possible time.
 No credits are given for lessons the student chooses to miss.
Tardiness
Please be on time! If a student arrives late, they will finish only their remaining lesson time and will not go into the next students' time.
Performance
There are several opportunities for performance during the year. All youth students must perform on at least two of these dates. Out of courtesy to the other performers, plan to stay for the entire recital. This teaches respect toward the efforts of all performers to listen to the achievements of others and to expand and broaden their knowledge of repertoire. Students/Families leaving early will not receive credit for having attended. Practicing
Students are expected to get six days of FULL practice each week. In the event of vacations, illness, etc., students can practice extra to make up for missed practice sessions. Full Practice will be defined as completing each assignment a specific number of times each day. For example, practice the E scale three times perfect each day, review measures 10-18 five times perfect each day, etc. There will be specific directions outlined in each students notebook. This may mean your child's practice time may fluctuate depending on the length of time it takes to perfect certain passages. Also, every 30 minutes spent on music theory can count for one day of practice. Students may have specific holidays that are "practice free." They include: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years, Independence Day, and their Birthday. Parents are encouraged to fill out practice charts and sign them so that an accurate record can be applied to the practice rebate. Students who have three consecutive weeks without full practice will be unable to continue taking lessons and will be replaced.
Location & Parking
The studio is located at 19607 Bent Brook Court Dallas Please park in the spaces opposite the house and do not block the driveway and the mail box! When no other space Parents must accompany children under 10 to and from the studio door for safety.
Terminating Lessons
The teacher may terminate lessons due to negative behavior, failure to practice, or failure to comply with studio etiquette. Terminating lessons before the end of the year (September through July) must be by mutual agreement between the teacher and parent. Any termination initiated by the parent or student requires 1 month WRITTEN and PAID TUITION notice.
 
Ms. Baya Kakouberi can be reached by phone at 214-542-8531, or email at baya.kakouberi@gmail.com
 
MISSED LESSONS
 
Please remember that you are buying one unique time in the schedule. It is for you to use or not use it, but you must still pay for it. Although I try my best to accommodate your personal schedule conflicts, I can not guarantee to make up lessons the student misses, nor do I make fee adjustment for lesson that you miss. Some exceptions may apply to students paying SEMESTER fees 12 lessons Plus one lesson free),  or are enrolled in both, piano and violin classes).Lessons I miss due to professional obligations as a Performer, Artistic Director of Music series , recording Artist and College professor, will be made up at the soonest possible time.


Referral Program
You can earn your two free lessons by referring your friend to my studio.
. Give your friend my website
.Once your friend has taken lessons with me for one month, your next two lessons are free.