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2018-2019 STUDIO POLICIES

Practice  

  • A student's progress is determined by dedicated practice, not by simply attending lessons. Ideally, students should practice 4-5 days a week.
  • Specific amounts of practice time are not assigned to each student. Instead, students should practice long enough to reach specific goals in their weekly assignments.
  • Practicing a little each day is more effective than cramming practice into one or two long periods of time.
  • The best time for a student to practice is right after their weekly lesson. This will help them remember what they have just learned.
  • It is important to help your child stick to a practice routine, and make sure there are no distractions during practice time. Treat practicing like other homework and expect it to be done daily.
  • Unprepared lessons cost the same as prepared ones, but their value and enjoyment are substantially compromised!


Instrument

  • Each student must have an acoustic piano or digital piano for home practice.
  • Acoustic pianos should be tuned at least once a year and kept in working order (it is very discouraging for your child to play an out-of-tune instrument!). Please contact the teacher for recommendations on a piano technician.
  • If you prefer a digital piano, please invest in a full-size keyboard (88 keys) with weighted, touch-sensitive keys and pedals.


Responsibilities

  • Students are expected to respect the teacher and her home, be able to follow instructions, and arrive at each lesson well-prepared.
  • Students should bring all of their music books and any other assigned materials to each lesson. Additional materials (piano book bag, clear sheet protectors, flashcards) may also be recommended.
  • Students are sometimes sent home with books or other materials to borrow from the studio. Each student is responsible for taking proper care of these materials and returning them in a timely manner. A replacement fee will be charged for any materials that a student misplaces or severely damages.
  • Parent/Guardian, if something is happening at home or school that is affecting your child, please let the teacher know so she can be sensitive to the needs of your child. A quick text on the way to their lesson can make a difference between a great lesson and a difficult one.


Attendance

  • Each student is expected to attend a weekly lesson.
  • When you schedule a lesson time, that time is reserved specifically for your child.
  • Being punctual is very important. If the student is late, this simply takes time out of the lesson, (i.e. if the lesson is scheduled for 4:00-4:45, the lesson will always start at 4:00 and always end at 4:45, regardless of the time they arrived).
  • Students who arrive early are asked to wait outside/in the car until 5 minutes before their lesson is to start.
  • Please choose a lesson time in which you feel confident. If a student is not able to make it to their lesson, please contact the teacher as soon as possible to let her know.
  • For any known, upcoming absences, please be courteous to the teacher and fellow students by notifying the teacher at least 24 hours in advance.
  • "No show" lessons are forfeit. Please put a "piano lesson" reminder on your phone —whatever is necessary— in order to avoid forfeiting a lesson.
  • Any lesson that the teacher has to cancel (rare) will be rescheduled.
  • If your scheduled lesson time doesn't seem to be working for you, please contact the teacher to request a new time.


Make-up Lessons 

  • There are no discounts for missed lessons. However, the student has the option of a make-up lesson.
  • In order to receive a make-up lesson, the parent must cancel the scheduled lesson using the student portal, and must do so at least 1 hour in advance of the time the lesson is to occur. Any lessons canceled within or after the 1-hour window are not eligible for a make-up lesson.
  • Make-up lessons are not guaranteed, but the teacher will do her best to reschedule the lesson.
  • A make-up lesson must be scheduled within 30 days of the missed lesson. After which, the option of a make-up will no longer be available.
  • In the event that a student simply cannot attend a make-up lesson, they are given the option of a video lesson.
  • A video lesson is when the student records a video of themselves playing through all of their assignments and sends it to the teacher. The teacher then watches the video, records a lesson video that includes feedback for the student, and sends it to them.
  • This is also a great option if a student must miss a lesson due to weather or illness.

 

Calendar and Schedule     

  • Tuition rates are determined based on a calendar of 41 weekly, private lessons that take place during the academic year (August-May).
  • The studio is closed Wednesday-Friday of Thanksgiving week, the week of Christmas, and the week after Christmas.   
  • Summer lessons(June-July) are scheduled on a week-by-week basis, as many families go out of town.


Tuition

  • Tuition payments are due monthly.
  • The parent/guardian of the student will receive a tuition statement via email at the beginning of each month.
  • Payments are due by the 15th of the month.  A $10 late fee will be charged each week that a payment is late. In the event that tuition has not been paid within a month's time, the student will be suspended from lessons until tuition is paid in full. Failure to pay monthly tuition will result in termination of lessons.
  • Tuition may be paid via cash/check, or credit card/debit card via PayPal.
  • Tuition covers much more than the actual lesson time spent with the student. This includes time preparing for each student: creating individualized lesson plans, furthering education and experience, developing teaching materials, creating games and activities, recording videos for students, and searching for new repertoire.
  • Tuition also covers subscriptions for the studio, books for the lending library, incentives, prizes and awards, and practice resources.
  • The teacher reserves the right to raise tuition rates at the beginning of the academic year.
  • Tuition does not include books/materials. Books/materials will be paid for separately each time the student receives them. Book/material fees will be added to the monthly tuition statement.