These are the policies for my studio. They will help to keep things running smoothly, and also help to ensure quality lessons and practice.
- Students must bring to all lessons:
- Shoulder rest
- Small cleaning cloth
- Metronome (needed within a couple of months of starting lessons)
- At home, in addition to the above list, students should have a music stand and a pencil. Another highly recommended item is a long mirror or bathroom mirror. Part of the student’s practice time will be spent in front of a mirror so that they can watch themselves play and more easily correct wrong posture, hand position, etc.
- Age of students
I prefer students to be age eight or nine to start lessons. Parents are encouraged to be present at the student’s lesson for the first month, to support them, and to encourage their practice at home. Younger students will be considered on an individual basis, and parents with younger students are strongly encouraged to attend all lessons and to assist the student with practicing at home.
- Payment policy
Payment is due on the first lesson of each month in the amount of the number of weeks the student is coming to lessons that month.
- Practicing Requirements
Practicing is one of the most important activities with playing a musical instrument, and daily, consistent, careful practice is the best for musical growth. For the good of the student and their progression:
- Students should practice a minimum of 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
- Beginning students can start with 20 minutes a day, and increase to 30 minutes as they build up stamina.
- More advanced students have more music and more complicated techniques to master and therefore need additional practice time.
I would strongly suggest that you and your student set aside a specific time each day for practicing. This helps to eliminate skipped practices because there “wasn’t enough time.” Most of the musical growth takes place at home, and an instrument cannot be learned very well in one or two practices a week. Thus it is important to encourage faithful practicing.
- To keep cancellations to a minimum, each family needs to let me know at the beginning of each month if there are any days they will miss lessons, and I will do the same.
- If a lesson must be cancelled during the month, I need to have a 24-hour notice, please. If the cancellation is due to an illness, I need to know by 6:00pm the night before your lesson. Please do not bring sick kids to lessons, since this is in our home :). If I am given a 24-hour notice (or the 6pm notice for illnesses), the fee for that lesson will be added to your balance for the next month.
- If a cancellation is made less than 24 hours before the scheduled lesson or after 6pm for illnesses, you will still need to pay for the lesson. There is a time set aside for each student whether or not they come to lessons. Without prior notice, that time is still planned for the student. In addition, as much as I truly love being your children’s teacher, this is also my source of income and so I need to keep it as consistent as possible.
- If for some reason I need to cancel a lesson, you will not be charged for it and the lesson fee with be added to your balance for the next month.
- Rescheduling a lesson will be considered at the time of cancellation and may not always be possible.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in these matters!
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