Private Piano Lessons in Huntington Beach
What makes piano lessons at Samara Rice Music different? Samara Rice Music teaches engaging and play-based piano lessons specifically designed for students ages 5-18. A wide variety of music games, books, technology, and materials are utilized to tailor each lesson to the student’s exact interest and needs. Samara continuously improves her teaching though exploring the most innovative lesson and supplemental book series, attending workshops, and maintaining memberships with local and national professional music organizations.
At what age can my child start piano lessons? Most children are ready for traditional private piano lessons around 5 or 6 years old. A good indicator is if a child knows their ABC’s and can focus for 20-30 minutes.
Do we need to own a piano? Yes, students taking private piano lessons should own a piano or 88-weighted-key digital piano to practice at home. Recommended digital pianos are the Yamaha P-series or the Casio Privia series. A list of local piano tuners is available on the Current Students page. Or feel free to call/text Samara at (714) 794-5089 or email SamaraMusicLessons@gmail.com for assistance.
Do piano students have the opportunity to perform? Yes! Every October piano students have the opportunity to perform pieces they pick out at lesson in costume at the annual Halloween Recital. It is a blast! And a slightly more traditional piano lesson recital The Annual Spring Recital takes place in late May or early June. These recitals motivate students to practice and polish their favorite music to share with family and friends!
What days and times are you available? Private piano lessons are available by appointment Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9am to 6:30pm.
How many lessons are included each week? Lessons are typically held once per week following the yearly studio calendar.
Yearly tuition is based on a 9 month period (Sept-May) and does not change regardless of the number of lessons per month. Each semester a free bonus group lesson is included as part of the tuition.
Summer session is billed separately, and is required if continuing in the fall.
What if we need to miss a lesson? Bonus group lessons are scheduled during the year to account for the occasional times students need to miss a lesson or, very rarely, the instructor. Samara Rice Music also offers a unique calendar system for up to three (3) reschedules a semester pending availability. More information about reschedules is available on the reschedule policy page.
Where are you located? Samara Rice Music is located in the Huntington Harbour area of Huntington Beach, CA. The main cross streets are Warner and Bolsa Chica.
How can I pay for private piano lessons? There are several options for payments. Full Semester by credit card paid via online invoice (Sept-Dec, Jan-May), auto-pay recurring credit card payments, or charter school funds.
Do you accept charter funds for lessons? Samara Rice Music is an approved vendor for the follow independent study charter school programs:
- Empire Springs
- River Springs
- Harbor Springs
- Citrus Spring
- My Element Education
- Sky Mountain
Please submit monthly purchase orders for the entire semester (Fall: Sept-Dec and Spring: Jan-May) at least two weeks before the semester begins.
Due to how these charters handle payment Inspire and Sky Mountain students only: please submit one purchase order for the total semester amount (Fall: Sept-Dec and Spring: Jan-May) at least two weeks before the semester begins
What if we need to discontinue lessons or take a break? Every student stops taking lessons at some point. Please make this decision thoughtfully with plenty of discussion between the teacher, parent, and student so that lessons can conclude with a positive sense of closure. Because tuition includes much more than the reserved lesson time the studio requires a one-month written and paid notice before the semester ends. The student must finish the remainder of the semester paid in full or forego any unused lessons, as there is no refund given (i.e. Fall Semester: one month notice by Dec. 1st; Spring Semester: one month notice by May 1st). If appropriate, a parent/student teacher conference may be scheduled before the last lesson to establish if this might be a temporary setback that can be resolved.
When is tuition due? Tuition is due by the 1st of each month. Checks are payable to “Samara Rice.” There is a 3-day grace period to turn in tuition without penalty. If payment is more than 3 days late, a $15.00 per student late penalty will be added to the invoice and after the 7th of the month, an additional $1.00 per student per day will be added to the late fee. Furthermore, if tuition payments are late more than twice, the student will be asked to pay the full semester’s tuition in advance. There is a $35.00 fee for bounced checks and if a check bounces, payment must be paid in cash before the next lesson.