Tuition is broken into 9 equal payments during the school year, September-May, with a separate summer session, June-August. This year, we begin with the first full week of school, the last week in August.
Where does my tuition go? Tuition reserves your weekly lesson, pays for time spent with the student and time spent in preparation for the student. It also helps cover trips to the music store, lesson planning, bookkeeping, curriculum development, recital costs and preparations, professional journals, studio expenses, books and music comprising the lending library, and teacher continuing education to keep abreast of current methods and techniques.
Music Lending Library: All students are welcome to check out books from the Music Lending Library. Materials must be returned in the same condition in which they were borrowed; if a book is lost, stolen, or damaged, the student will be required to pay for a replacement.
Missed Lessons: Lesson times are standing appointments; a student’s lesson time is reserved. Please do not come to lessons if you are too ill to go to school. Please note: There are no reimbursements for missed lessons and tuition is not adjusted unless the teacher cannot provide the promised number of lessons.
Recitals: Our recitals offer low-stress, positive and energizing opportunities to share accomplishments, visit with other students and studio families, and realize the satisfying enjoyment of setting and achieving goals. Students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to participate in 3 recitals a year scheduled in late October/early November, late April/early May, and late August/early September.
Additional Requirements: Students need a decent, working instrument, and must schedule time every day for practice. Parents and family members will support these efforts by providing a quiet practice area, regular time, and hands-on assistance for younger children. Students will also often be asked to listen to recordings, play games/music apps on their own time, and attend live concerts.
Hassle-Free Discontinuation of Lessons: Music is a lifelong pursuit, but lessons are not always possible for any number of reasons. If parents or students are not happy with lessons for any reason, please do not hesitate to voice your concerns! Scholarships, sponsorships, and other tuition help is available to qualified applicants. Discontinuation of lessons requires a minimum of 2 weeks’ notice, giving us time to wrap up any current projects and discuss how the student can continue to follow their music goals. This also allows for allocation of the lesson time for students on the wait list.
Please feel comfortable raising any issue; I am providing a service and sincerely wish to provide the best experience possible.