We are fortunate to have the use of Druid Hills Presbyterian Church for our Suzuki program. While there is janitorial service on a weekly basis, please remember to pick up after your child whenever you are in the building. Our aim is to keep this space as comfortable and inviting as possible.

Please remember that there is no running permitted at any time in the building. Parents with younger children may not realize that many of the older students are performing on instruments valued at thousands of dollars. The ramifications of a collision in the hallway could be disastrous.

Siblings are welcome at the music school, as long as they have a constructive, quiet activity to keep them occupied. Siblings should remain with the parent in the lesson studio. Children are not allowed to wander the halls freely. This kind of activity is very disturbing to the lessons and to activities that are going on in other classrooms.

The next time you are at lesson, please take a moment to remind yourself of how fortunate we are to have these wonderful facilities to work in. Please think about what you can do to help keep this space attractive and clean for everyone who uses it.

To help us to reduce postage costs I prefer to communicate electronically via e-mail and through my website, www.karlatievsky.com. Please check the web site for information first, but if you have questions regarding the calendar or any other aspect of the studio, please do not hesitate to call or send an email.
The best time to reach me is from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Please check the web site for information first, but if you have questions regarding the calendar or any other aspect of the school please don’t hesitate to call or send an e-mail.

Phone: 404.556.0998
Email: karla@karlatievsky.com

Fall Recital: Ground Rules:

  • Each student will perform a polished piece (at least 4 pieces before their newest piece).
  • Each student will have an opportunity in lesson to choose a piece prior to the recital.
  • Recitals will take place in the Chapel at Druid Hills United Methodist Church.
  • Every student will perform with piano accompaniment. We will make arrangements for the pianist. Students will rehearse on a specific date prior to the recital with the accompanist in the chapel. All recitals are free and open to family and friends.

Group Concert:

Every year we visit a senior facility to perform a concert. This concert is usually in January or February. All students attend and the program highlights the various levels and pieces of our students. Family and friends are welcome to attend, as are residents of the facilities in which we perform.

Spring Recital:

There is a Spring Recital with the same format as the Fall Recital. This gives our students another opportunity for a solo performance. These recitals are essential for building a child’s confidence and developing the skills that make for successful performance.

Annual registration fee:

The annual registration fee is for each family and is divided between spring and fall. The registration fee is used for our hall rentals for recitals and accompanist fees. The fee also helps to cover administrative costs.


The school year is divided into three (3) terms. Fall is mid-August through December 31. Spring is January 1 through the Friday before Memorial Day. Summer is Memorial Day through mid-August. Tuition for the school year is payable in two installments. Summer term fees are included in the two installments.

The two biannual statements are sent out in late July and mid-December and are payable in full fourteen (14) days after they are mailed. There is a four (4) day grace period thereafter after which a $50 late fee is applied. The late fee increases an additional $50 for each four day increment of non-payment. No exceptions, please.

Tuition includes a weekly private lesson, as well as all scheduled group classes. Tuition checks should be made payable to “Karla Tievsky”. Tuition payments are nonrefundable. No exceptions, please. The Summer term, while not considered optional, is a flexible term. Students are expected to register for six (6) of the twelve (12) weeks offered in the Summer term. During the Summer term, families are allowed to request the dates they would like to have lessons after the Summer calendar has been set.

 Lesson Policies

  • Cell phone use is not permitted in the studio. Please turn off cells.
  • Students should please come to lessons with nails trimmed and hair pulled back from the face. No food, drink or gum, please.
  • Parents are asked to purchase and read a copy of Teaching from the Balance Point. Copies of the book are available at the studio, sold at cost, as well as the Book and CD for the child’s level. Parents are expected to take notes during their child’s lesson and to ask questions at the end of the lesson.

 Group Lesson Policy

  • Group lessons are part of the semester tuition. Students are expected to attend group lessons in addition to their private lessons.
  • No refunds or credits will be made for missed group lessons.

 Missed Lesson Policy

  • Due to time constraints, missed lessons will not be made up.
  • Out of courtesy to others, let me know if you cannot make a lesson.
  • If the teacher must cancel a lesson, the lesson will either be rescheduled or a credit will be given towards tuition for the following semester.
  • More than three consecutive no-shows by a student will result in suspension of lessons without refund.

 Illness policy

  • In order to protect faculty and other students from contagious diseases, I request that students who have a fever, or who have had a fever within the past 24 hours, not attend private lessons or group classes. The same guidelines are suggested for students with nausea. I reserve the right not to teach lessons for students who are ill, or appear to be suffering symptoms of the flu, colds, or other contagious diseases.

 School Closings

  • In the event of inclement weather, individual and group lessons will be cancelled. The decision to cancel is based on Atlanta Public School closings. If the studio is open and the student can not travel due to inclement weather, please call.