Studio Policy

Studio Policy 


Lessons
 
Private Lessons are given weekly in 30 minute or 60 minute lengths. Private lessons focus primarily on technique and  repertoire as well as musicianship and creative skills.
 
Partner Lessons will be 2 students at the same time. Sometimes it helps to have someone to learn with. This is recommended only for those who are just beginning or adults.
 

Practice
 
Regular home practice is essential for student success.   Ideally, students should aim for at least 5 days of practice each week.  
 
Short, daily practice sessions are more effective than one or two long sessions per week.  The most important time for students to practice is right after their weekly lesson, to solidify what they have just learned. It’s not a good idea to wait until the end of the week, then “cram” practice right before a student’s next lesson!
 
Parental involvement in home practice is crucial for student success.  Please help your student to establish and stick to a practice routine, and see that practice time is free of distractions.  If you are the parent of an elementary age student, please plan to sit with your child for at least a portion of their daily practice time. I also invite parents to come in for the last 5 minutes of our group lessons so you have an idea of what we are working on. 
 

Attendance
 
Students are expected to attend each scheduled week of the semester.   When you register for lessons, your time slot is reserved for you for the teaching year.  Please keep in mind that the studio operates at full capacity and make-ups for missed lessons are not guaranteed.  No refunds will be given for missed lessons.
 
In the event that your student needs to miss a lesson because of a conflict or illness, please contact me within 24 hours or as soon as possible. I will try and move them to a different lesson time slot so we can make it up.
 
Any lessons missed by the instructor due to illness or emergency will be rescheduled as soon as possible.
Please be prompt – lesson times cannot be extended for students who arrive late.   Students should be picked up promptly at the end of their lesson time. 


Tuition & Fees

Tuition for the 2018-2019 school year starts September 4, 2018 and will end the second week in June.  
It will include 36 lessons total.  All breaks will be the same as the schools. If there are snow days we will not have lessons.
 
Tuition may be paid in a one time installment or in monthly installments.
 
A non-refundable enrollment fee of $25 per student is due when you register.  This fee secures your lesson time and covers most materials, studio lending books and studio recitals. 
 
Students will need to purchase method books and  music on occasion throughout the year.  Books may be purchased from the studio.  Additional event fees may be required for festivals, competitions and other performance events. 
 
Statements will be emailed prior to the first week of each month with a reminder of current tuition charges, as well as any additional material or event fees at your request. 
 
Students should plan to commit to lessons for the full school year.  If unforeseen circumstances require a student to terminate lessons mid-year, one month’s paid notice is required to end lessons. 
 

Tuition Rates & Payment Schedule
 
If paying by the semester, tuition is due at the first lesson in September. 

If paying in monthly installments, tuition is due at the first lesson of every month (September-June).

A $5 late fee will be assessed on all payments received after the first week of the month.
 
Semester  Plans: 

 · 30 minute private lesson –$540
· 60 minute private lesson – $900
· 45 minute partner lesson- $450       *per student
 
Monthly Installment Plans:

· 30 minute private lesson – $60/month
· 60 minute private lesson – $100/month
· 45 minute partner lesson- $50/month     *per student
 

Equipment

All students must have an instrument at home  for practice. The quality of your student’s home instrument plays a significant role in their potential for success. 
Please let me know if you need help finding an instrument.
 

Media Release

Photos of students and video and audio recordings of student projects and performances may be posted online and used by the instructor for promotional and workshop materials.  Identifying information will be excluded or limited to first names only.  Parents wishing to exempt their students from any published media may do so by providing a written exclusion request.