Dan Forbes Music

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Guitar Lesson Rates: Same as piano.
Violin Lesson Rates: Slightly higher than piano, about $24 per lesson. Ms. Kagan's resume is worth every penny.  
Piano Tuning Rates: Scroll to bottom of page to see rates for Piano Tuning, Voicing, or Regulation.
Piano Lesson Rates: (usually 30 minutes, but adults may prefer biweekly hour lesson)

All students are offered unlimited makeups provided notice is given, as well as social music opportunities beyond private lessons and recitals. Our program is unique, and gives the kids opportunity to get involved with ensembles and songwriting groups.

In the past we have also supplemented live lessons with homemade video lessons on a variety of  interesting topics.

We offer 2 recitals per year. The annual registration fee goes toward the cost of these recitals. Recitals are an important motivator to keep the students interest in lessons!

We also offer quarterly evaluations, to see how the student is progressing, how they are applying skills and having fun with what they learn, as well as local festival opportunities. Our teachers offer a well-rounded curriculum teaching aural awareness, sightreading, theory, technique, and performance in a wide variety of genres.
Our reviews and testimonials continue to speak for themselves.

This is my simplified flat rate monthly tuition pricing for new and returning students as of February 1, 2019:

$20 - FIRST LESSON ONLY WHEN PRE-PAID. A chance to test drive our lesson program before committing.
$90 / month - 1 student Child or adult, weekly 30 minute lessons @ studio. 
$85 / month - Per student  for multi-student families, weekly 30 minute lessons @ studio.

No monthly plan: $25 per lesson, subject to instructor availability.

*$20-$40/ month - Additional monthly fee for students requiring travel to the home for their weekly half hour lessons. Since minimum fee is $20, a single student requiring travel could minimally expect to pay $110/monthly for weekly lessons in their home. Fee varies on time slot and location. 

Quarterly Tuition (if preferred);
$240/quarter per student - Quarterly tuition rate is being offered at this time, another discount opportunity. Additional for travel as stated previously.

Additional time (i.e. 45 minute lessons, 60 minute lessons) can be purchased at a discounted rate. These can be helpful for the overachieving youngster or the more serious student.

Additional fees applicable:
*Annual registration fee due Nov 1st each year, or upon beginning lessons. This fee is required for all students, and goes toward recital costs. The fee is required even if students choose not to participate in recitals. Recitals are typically twice per year, and participants are eligible for games and prizes. Fee is $40 for individual student or, $50 for one family of multiple students. New students may be offered a discount on registration. Families are welcome to bring as many guests as they can! Our next studio recital is slated for November 9, 2019.
*Festival through National Federation of Music Clubs. If you are interested, check with Dan for more info. The next event is in March of 2020.
* Ensemble Festivals. If you are interested, check with your instructor for more info.
* KeysFest through Gilmore.

Tuition is due on the 1st of each month for that month. I understand that illness and weather can create difficulties! This is Michigan right? I don't expect anyone to jeopardize their safety for a piano lesson. 4 make-up lessons offered per year, at no additional cost. We do not operate on major holidays, and take the week of Thanksgiving and Christmas (Dec 24-Dec 31) off each year.

REFERRALS?  Great way to earn a $50 credit applicable toward tuition! Refer a friend who stays at least two full months. Refer two friends and get two referral bonuses. My business grows and thrives on word-of-mouth.

WunderKeys with Ms. Carly (Ages 4-6) - Be prepared for your young child to get fired up about learning music! A very fun and educational program that teaches young children sorting sounds, predicting patterns, simple math and rhythm through cartoon characters and stories, finger puppets, and flash cards. This gives them a great stepping stone to prepare for learning beginner piano or another instrument. Book your seat today, I do not anticipate that slots will last given the runaway success of this program!

Affordable starter keyboards periodically available upon request.

Quality Piano Tuning Services: ( because out-of-tune pianos are miserable to play! )
As of 10/14/2016, all new non-established tuning clients will be required to make a $25-$30 deposit at least 24 hours in advance of tuning services being provided, $40 for new clients not in the immediate Kalamazoo area (Kalamazoo, Portage, Vicksburg, Oshtemo and Texas Township). PayPal and/or Cash app is currently the preferred method, but mailed or hand delivered checks are also acceptable. The remaining balance is due at the time of service. If the appointment is missed without 24 hours of notice, the deposit will be kept as a missed appointment fee.

$35 - Piano Inspection.
$85 per tune - All inclusive for regular maintenance tunes in greater Kalamazoo area for vertical pianos. Normal maintenance implies most pianos that were last tuned within 6-12 months. This type of session is generally sufficient for well maintained vertical pianos in this category.
Add $10 - Battle Creek or Grand Rapids.
Add $10-$15 - paperwork surcharge for institutional tunes such as assisted living center.
$95 - Starting price for grand piano tuning.
$125 for pitch raise + tune -  Slight pitch raise is needed, but still tunable in 1 session. A piano that maybe hasn't been tuned in a couple of years. Some pitch movement, but nothing too severe.
SECOND SESSION - Pianos that are more than 50 cents flat generally will require a second scheduled session. Pianos exposed to excessive temperature change, humidity change, significant movement, moved long distances, or not tuned in  roughly 15+ years or all the above generally will fall into this category. This is because the string movement required to tune the piano is considerable, and strings will have a greater tendency to pull back after a more drastic adjustment such as this, and the pitch must be restabilized. Generally the first session will knock out most of the "nastiness", and the second session will be a regular tune.
More than 30 miles out from Kalamazoo - May run an extra $15 - $25 per session or so.
Voicing and regulation - Typically $45 / hour labor charge. Voicing usually takes a couple hours to do carefully so as to maintain the correct shaping of hammers.
Minor repairs, such as sticking key - Ask. There are many reasons keys can stick. Sticking keys are sometimes as easy as removing a foreign object in literally minutes, and other times may require hours to diagnose and repair more complex issues.
Major repairs, such as restring, rebuild, restore wood finish, etc. - I will refer you to the correct shop.