“"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent."” Victor Hugo

 

General Information

Scheduling is done on a first come, first serve basis, with preference given to students who will be studying for a full academic year. Lessons will be 30 or 50 minutes in length, depending on the student's age/level.

 

At the Studio

  Students are expected to arrive on time for lessons with all required materials and music. with a 

 

Lesson Fees
All payments are to be made promptly at the beginning of each month. Pre-paying for lessons is encouraged. Failure to make prompt payments will result in late fees (see below). Please use the website to track your payments.

The Spring/Summer 2014 schedule for individual lessons is as follows:
       30 minutes = $40
       60 minutes = $80

Lesson fees include time spent by your teacher during private lessons, daily preparation, searching for new music and materials, time/money spent on recitals, auditions, and continuing education. Please note that tuition does not include music, study materials and supplies, or audition fees.

 

Other Fees
Late Fees: A late fee of $25 if payment if not received by the 10th.

 

Returned Checks: If a check is returned for any reason, a $35 fee will be charged to your account.

 

Cancelation
Please cancel your lesson at least 24 hours in advance of your lesson time, preferably as soon as you are aware of the lesson time conflict. If you cancel more than 24 hours in advance, a make-up lesson will be scheduled if there is time in the lesson calendar. Less than 24 hours cancelation notice will result in a late cancelation, no make-up lesson will be scheduled. This policy applies to every cancelation circumstance. Please cancel your lesson if you are ill.

The studio will rarely close because of bad weather. If transportation becomes seriously dangerous and the studio closes, a message will be left on the website.  It is the student's responsibility to make sure the studio is open.

Your teacher may need to cancel an occasional lesson because of her performance schedule, etc. You will be given advance notice and all effort will be made to re-schedule the lesson. You will not be charged for the lesson if a make-up lesson is unable to be scheduled.

 

Lesson Time

Students are expected to be on time for all lessons. Students more than ten minutes late for a lesson will be marked as having canceled the lesson with less than 24 hours notice (see above for charges) and no lesson will be given. Students are expected to come to every lesson fully prepared.

 

Lesson Materials

The student will be given a lesson journal at their first lesson, which will be used to keep track of assigned pieces, exercises and practice suggestions/goals for each week. The teacher will obtain all needed books and materials for the student and an invoice with be given to the student/parent.

 

Students should always bring the following materials to every lesson:
       1. Current music, including sight-reading exercises
       2. Theory workbooks and performance pieces
       3. Sharpened pencil with eraser,
       4. Notebook/Music Journal 
       5.  A bottle of  water for voice students

Bringing your materials to each lesson ensures a productive session with your teacher. Your teacher will occasionally recommend new materials that you should purchase as your skills improve and your repertoire broadens.

 

Practice Time
All skills need to be practiced to see improvement.  Your teacher will discuss appropriate practice lengths, depending on your age and level of achievement.  All students should set aside a regular practice time at least five days a week.  Your practice time should be at a consistent time and in a quiet place.  Choose a practice space where you can focus and work without interruption or loud noises.

 

Recitals
Performing in a recital is a wonderful opportunity for students to showcase their hard work and improvement over the year to family and friends.  All students are strongly encouraged to participate, as live performance enhances musical learning and provides an experience unlike any other. The recital atmosphere will be comfortable and non-competitive, encouraging of each student's best efforts.

 

Parents' Responsibilities
Parents are responsible for transporting their children to and from lessons, making sure their children are on time, picking up their children promptly, for all lesson fees and purchasing of lesson materials, and for encouraging regular practice at home. Parents are also responsible for their children's safety at all times.