Studio Policy

GRACE NOTES  PIANO  STUDIO POLICY   (as of Fall 2021 Term)

Twinkle Ratnasamy, NCTM

3820 Forest Trail Drive (NEW ADDRESS after Memorial Day)

Findlay, OH 45840

Website: https://twinklespiano. com

Phone: 419-421-5334 Cell:  567-525-8110                                         

E-mail address:


Special Note:  All public health policies will be followed in the studio


Philosophy:  Children have the God-given potential to learn and play music if given the right tools, creative atmosphere, and regular encouragement.  Music opens the mind of the student to learning and self-discipline in any subject.  It brings a sense of accomplishment and boosts self-confidence. It also helps them develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.  My goal is to help each child listen to and express himself/herself through music and play in different settings.  To this end I encourage them to play solos, duets and accompany vocalists/ instrumentalists at school or church.  Loving, consistent parental involvement is also a key factor in the child’s success.  Parents of first year students are required to attend lessons (unless work conflict exists). I also believe that music is a gift that God gives us to use in worshiping Him and to that end would help students prepare music for church and other worship settings. 

Lesson Format:

30-minute lessons

45-minute lessons (most recommended for 1st year students and intermediate level and up)


Fees: A $10 non-refundable registration fee is assessed each family once per academic year.  This fee is used to cover studio handbooks, recital programs, and other notices given through the year.


Fall term:  September 6th- December 17th (14 weeks)- 13 weeks private and (1 )-1 Hour Group

Spring term:  January 3rd- May 27th (20 weeks)- 18 weeks private and 2- 1 Hour Group 


Tuition:  9 monthly payments (September- May)

Monthly fee for a 30-minute lesson is $71.75 

Monthly Fee for a 45-minute lesson is $ 105 

Advanced level students’ monthly tuition is $110 (45-minute lesson)


Students paying in full for Fall and Spring terms  will be awarded a 4% discount:

30-minute lessons paid in full :  $630 x .96=  $620

45-minute lessons paid in full:  $945 x .96= $907

Advanced level 45 minute lessons paid in full:  $990 x .96= $950


You’ll be billed by the term (monthly) and receive the invoices in your email.   Please pay tuition by the first lesson of each term and make checks payable to Twinkle Ratnasamy.  I also accept checks through Billpay (your bank online payment setup) electronic payments through Zelle.  If students stop lessons due to unforeseen extenuating circumstances (e.g. family illness, job transfer to another city) , tuition credits or additional payments may be due based on the amount that has been charged and lessons taken to date.


Festival/ Federation/ Other Fees: For the Fall 2021-22 session, I will be collecting Federation fees by the first lesson in October. I will hold the check until November 1st and will return to you  If you become aware of family conflicts for that date.  Please pay this separately from tuition.


Music, Theory, Technique, Other Books I will be ordering your child’s method books  online or through different  vendors; this includes lesson, technique, and theory.  I will also purchase any supplemental music including music for Ribbon Festival or Federation. I will notify you of the materials that I will be ordering.  ALL  students must have their own original music for public performances (NO EXCEPTIONS) per event regulations.


Other Materials Needed:

Well-tuned piano or quality digital instrument (e.g. Yamaha Clavinova, Roland) and bench (preferably adjustable height)

A 3-ring binder and paper.  All assignments and studio notices will be kept there.  Please help your child read and follow through with assignments in the binder.

Metronome ( mechanical or digital )


Piano Tuners:  Gary Lora 419-423-3196        Bill Balmer 419-424-0023

Registered Piano Technician (repairs, tuning)  Clark Sprague  419-352-2198  or 419-308-7093


Practice Tips:  Regular practice is required for  student progress.  Quality time is more valuable than quantity.  Please review listening, technique, repertoire, and theory assignments and do the warmups prior to practicing the pieces.



Beginner or elementary level - 30 minutes/ day  5 days a week.  

Intermediate level students - 45 minutes daily/  5 days a week

Advanced level students -  45 minutes +   daily/ 5 days a week


If longer sessions are difficult, strive to do 2 or 3 shorter sessions, which can be more effective!


Recitals/ PerformancesAll students are required to perform in recitals and group lessons.  These are great opportunities to grow musically and get comfortable playing in front of others.  As a member of the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs, I would like to give each child the opportunity to play in front of two qualified judges and receive helpful critiques to develop their skills. I also encourage students to take the theory tests and sight reading tests.   The Federation Festival will be held TENTATIVELY at Heidelberg University on March 5, 2022.  Please see the website for further details.  


The Ohio Music Teachers Association Ribbon Festival is to be held on TBD date and allows students all over the city to perform 1 memorized piece in front of qualified judges  and the public. Each student receives a comment sheet from a judge, certificate and ribbon/ award based on year of participation.  Students (except for 1st year) must play in either the Ribbon Festival OR Federation as part of the learning experience.


Missed/ Cancelled Lessons:   If Findlay City Schools have No School/ Delays due to inclement weather I will still teach that day (unless there is a Level 3 ).     If you are physically unable to bring your child under Level 1 or 2 alert, please call and cancel ahead of time.   I will offer makeup lessons on FaceTime or Zoom.  If that option does not work for you due to technology problems, lessons will be made up and rescheduled.  If you know of absences in advance, we can schedule an online lesson OR you may switch with another student and let me know of the change as well.  Please see the student swap list with the teaching schedule/ parent contact info and I will try to reschedule any missed lessons on my part or credit it the following month.  Please note :  I will makeup/credit up to 2 cancelled lessons/semester and use the group lesson weeks as makeup weeks (please see condition for makeup).  You can use this toward sickness/vacation/other conflict.  I will guarantee makeup lessons only when 24 hour notice is given to me. No makeups will be given for group lessons.   Missed lessons ( if you do not call 24 hours ahead of time) will not be made up.

Teacher cancellations  will be credited or rescheduled.