2016-2017 Studio Policies
Upon signing up for lessons, the student/ parent will be asked to read the Studio Policies and sign/ date the document. By signing, you agree to respect and abide by the studio’s current policies as long as the student is taking lessons with the instructor. If a new version of the policy is issued, the instructor will provide a copy with the changes highlighted.
GENERAL INFORMATION Weekly private lessons are offered in 30, 45, or 60 minute sessions, depending on the student’s age/ level. Lessons are taught in the teacher’s home in Faribault, MN.
AT THE STUDIO Prompt drop off and pick up is expected. Parents and siblings may wait quietly in the living room or dining room if they choose to observe the lesson. Please refrain from food or drink unless at the dining room table.
PRACTICE Quality and consistent practice is expected and essential for student success. Ideally, students should aim for at least 5 days of practice per 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. Research has shown that retention of new knowledge drops to 60% after just 24 hours. 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. Parents should help their students establish and stick to a practice routine and see that practice time is free of distractions.
MATERIALS Students are recommended to use a tote bag to carry books to and from lessons. The teacher will obtain all necessary books and materials for the student. Piano book costs will be added to monthly invoices. Books generally cost $7-10 dollars each. A student will need approximately 2-5 new books a year, depending on his/her progress. Students with access to an iPad will be assigned practice through the Joytunes app Piano Maestro.
STUDIO CALENDAR Private lessons are scheduled during the academic year (Sept-May) as well as the summer term (June-August). The fall semester begins the day after Labor Day, and the spring semester ends the week before Memorial Day.
Group class opportunities may be offered throughout the year. Students have the option to attend a group class with other students of similar age and playing ability.
The studio is closed: Christmas and New Year’s Break (3 weeks) Thanksgiving Break (1 week) Spring Break (1 week)
The academic year tuition includes 30 scheduled lessons. 5 weeks are scheduled for holiday breaks (see above). 2 of the scheduled weeks are reserved for make-up lessons. The additional 2 unpaid weeks of the semesters are reserved for the teacher to take off from lessons as needed for extreme illness, teacher conference attendance, or teacher vacations. If the teacher chooses not to use those 2 flex weeks, the student benefits by receiving those lessons free.
SUMMER MONTHS During the summer months (June – August), students are expected to continue taking lessons; however, they have several options to choose from to enable flexible scheduling (ie: 6 private lesson package, music camps, etc) . A summer lesson package is required to maintain active status in the studio. Not only does the teacher feel strongly about the value of continuing the student’s musical education throughout the summer months, but the teacher’s livelihood depends upon a regular income throughout the summer months. For these reasons, if a student does not continue lessons throughout the summer, the student cannot be guaranteed a spot in the fall schedule and will be added to the waiting list.
CANCELLATIONS and SNOW DAYS Students should notify the teacher as soon as possible if they plan to miss a lesson. There is no refund or credit for canceled or missed lessons. One lesson per semester may be made up during the scheduled make-up week at the end of each semester. In the event of inclement weather, parents should use their own discretion and travel only if the roads are safe. If the roads are impassible or a student is contagiously ill but feels well enough to play, having a lesson via Skype or FaceTime is a viable option for that week.
RECITALS Two formal recitals are held each year to give valuable performance experience and opportunities. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in both the December and May performances. Several informal recitals and performance opportunities may also given throughout the year both in-studio and/or through MMTA, MMTF, APPI, or other professional organizations.
TUITION AND PAYMENT
|Enrollment Fee||$25 yearly|
|Recital Fee||$5 per recital|
|Monthly Tuition 30 minute lessons||$75 monthly|
|Monthly Tuition 45 minute lessons||$105 monthly|
|Monthly Tuition 60 minute lessons||$130 monthly|
Academic year tuition is divided into equal monthly payments, due on or before the first scheduled lesson of each month. Invoices are emailed by the 25th of the previous month. Students may pay with cash, check, or credit card (via PayPal). Any accounts unpaid after the first lesson of the month will be assessed a $10 late fee. This should be included in the payment. If an account remains unpaid by the last lesson of the month, lessons will not resume until the account is settled.
DISCONTINUING LESSONS Every students stops taking lessons at some point. Ideally, this decision is made thoughtfully with plenty of discussion between the teacher, parent, and student so that lessons can cease with a positive sense of closure. For this reason, the teacher asks for one month’s notice prior to discontinuing lessons. At the discretion of the teacher, students may be dismissed at any time if they have unpaid tuition, an excess amount of absences/ unprepared lessons, or if they show lack of interest/ unwillingness to participate.
I have read and agree to uphold the studio policy, as outlined in the before pages.