Studio Policies 2017-2018 Tuition is broken into the school year, September-May, and a summer session, June-August.
This School Year Includes: 32 scheduled lessons with 3 scheduled unpaid vacation weeks (Christmas, New Year's, and January 15-19), and 4 unscheduled, unpaid, ‘flex weeks’ to cover teacher illness, jury duty, etc. If these flex weeks aren’t needed, students simply receive additional free lessons. Tuition is broken up into equal monthly payments, based on lesson length: $115/30 minute lessons, $165/45 min, and $220/60 min. (30 min lessons are only for young beginners.) Your tuition fees guarantee that I will be prepared and present to teach at least 32 weeks of this school year. Tuition is due by the 3rd of each month; please mail or pay online if unable to keep the appointed time. In-Home Adventures are all 45 minute sessions.
Where does my tuition go? Tuition reserves your weekly time slot and studio membership, pays for time spent with the student and time spent in preparation for the student. It also helps cover a multitude of things such as trips to the music store, lesson planning, bookkeeping, development of curriculum, 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 for them each week. 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 never adjusted unless the teacher cannot provide the promised number of lessons.
Recitals:Recitals offer students a great sense of accomplishment and pride for their hard work, realizing the importance of setting and achieving goals. Students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to participate in 3 recitals a year scheduled in mid-December, early May, and mid/late August.
Additional Requirements: Students need a decent, working instrument to practice on, and will schedule time during their regular day for practice. Parents and family members should support these efforts by providing a quiet practice area and time. Students will also often be asked to listen to recordings, play games/music apps on their own time, and come to live concerts.
Discontinuation of Lessons:Music is a lifelong pursuit, but lessons are not always possible for any number of reasons. If you or your students are unsatisfied with lessons for any reason, please do not hesitate to speak to me about your concerns.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 me time to fill the empty lesson slot.
As music lessons constitute a large commitment of time and expense, I encourage everyone to speak with more than one teacher in order to find the best 'fit' for each student.
Please feel comfortable raising any issue; I am providing a service and sincerely wish to provide the best experience possible.