Studio Policies

Dr. Jill Timmons – Studio Policies

Effective September 1, 2015 through August 18, 2016

Summer Schedule is open! Wednesday July 6 is opening day for the summer schedule and runs through Thursday, August 18. The Fall Schedule will commence on Wednesday, September 7. 


With some forty years of teaching and performing experience, I offer students a chance to develop their musicianship skills, performance competence, expand their knowledge and experience of piano repertoire, acquire greater technique, and find news ways of enjoying the process of music making. For more information regarding my performance and teaching career, visit my website: You may also find my recent publication through Oxford University Press a useful tool in your music and career preparation: The Musician’s Journey–Crafting Your Career Vision and Plan.

Lesson Times: Lessons in Portland are offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 6pm. Currently, I am the resident Artist/Teacher Affiliate with Classic Pianos at their flagship store in Portland and their affiliate locations in Seattle, Denver, Cleveland, Anchorage, Las Vegas, and Albuquerque. In Portland, I provide all instruction in a state-of-the-art two-piano studio at their Portland site. Parking: Please park on SE 11th street or near the main entrance of Classic Pianos at 3003 SE Milwaukie, Portland, OR 97202. In Tillamook, I offer lessons TBA. Please contact me via my email: Studio Calendar: The teaching schedule follows the academic year with two “semesters”: Fall and Winter/Spring. The summer lessons are scheduled separately.  Lessons are scheduled on a first come, first served basis following acceptance by an audition/interview. Payment: Payment is made at the conclusion of each lesson and is made in the form of cash or check. Please make out all checks to Artsmentor, LLC. Cancellations: Cancellations require 72 hours notice in advance of the lesson with the exception of an “Act of God” (events outside human control). Otherwise there will be a 50% charge for the missed lesson.  Since many of my studio clients are from out of state, it is challenging to offer a cancelled lesson time at the last minute to another client. As we schedule the year’s calendar, please review your own schedules for any possible cancellations. Make-up lessons are open per availability in the schedule. Waiting area: At Classic Pianos, there is a waiting area for early arrivals. Just outside the Recital Hall is a reception area. Please schedule your arrival no earlier than 10 minutes before your lesson. In Tillamook, there is ample street parking.

Preparation: Students are expected to be thoroughly prepared for each lesson, having practiced their assigned material. Practice expectations will be determined per the needs of each student. Students who are consistently unprepared or frequently cancel lessons may be dropped from the studio. Holidays: No lessons on all major holidays. Please note that there are no lessons during the entire Thanksgiving week. For the fall schedule, the last day of lessons is Friday, December 18. Lessons will resume on the Wednesday/Thursday schedule on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, and will run until Thursday, June 23. In April, the summer schedule will be posted. Books and Supplies: Students are responsible for obtaining all assigned material. On occasion, you may check out music or other references from my studio library. Recitals: Students are invited to participate in all studio recitals and various playing classes. These offerings are included in the lesson charge. I may recommend attendance at certain guest artist master classes as well. Snow Cancellations: If the Portland Public Schools are cancelled, then your lesson is cancelled. Be sure to check media announcements of cancelations. I will make every effort to schedule a make-up lesson. We will be in touch via email or phone/text concerning those hazardous weather conditions. Teacher Absence: On occasions, I must reschedule lessons due to performances or out-of-town residencies. I will notify you of cancellations as quickly as possible and will make every effort to offer a make-up time.

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