Jennifer’s Music Studio
Piano Lesson Policies Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
The following policies explain how Jennifer’s Music Studio runs and what is expected of me as a teacher, of my students and their parents/guardians. Please read carefully over the policies and sign and return the last page. Mutual respect is very important to me. Always feel free to contact me with any questions!
I will teach my students the language of music and address the fundamental aspects of playing piano through the use of proper technique and music theory. Students will learn a variety of music styles in order to develop into well-rounded musicians. Customized lesson plans are designed to match the students’ specific needs, goals and learning styles. I will be prepared for your lesson and available at the assigned lesson timeslot. I will provide quality music instruction in a fun, relaxing environment and I welcome questions and feedback!
Student and Family Responsibilities
Students are expected to arrive at each lesson on time (no earlier than 5 minutes) and ready to learn with their books (including practice log) and other materials on hand. Students should be picked up promptly at the end of their lesson time. Parents are expected to take an active role in their child’s music education (See “Lesson Requirements”). Parents/guardians are also responsible for letting me know about any medical conditions (asthma, allergies, epilepsy etc) or any special behavioural and/or learning needs.
Welcome! Upon arrival, students should come in (no need to knock), remove their shoes and coat and head downstairs to the waiting area. Parents are always welcome to sit in during lessons! Cell phones must be muted.
Keep It Clean! ALL students are REQUIRED to wash their hands before each lesson. Food, gum, and non-water drinks are prohibited in the studio.
Waiting Area: Parents are free to relax in the waiting area located outside the studio. Feel free to use the washroom, have a glass of water or a cup of coffee or tea! Well-behaved siblings are welcome in the waiting room. Crayons and colouring activities will be provided. Siblings who take lessons back-to-back are encouraged to wait in the waiting area, but they may wait in the studio and silently read, draw, play on tablets (with headphones), or work on homework during each other’s lessons. Please bring enough materials to stay occupied.
A student’s progress is determined by dedicated practice, not by simply attending lessons. Ideally, students should practice 4 to 5 days a week. Specific amounts of practice time are not always assigned to each student. Instead, students should practice long enough to complete their weekly assignments. Quality of practice is more important than quantity!
Parental Support is an extremely important factor in musical training. Students whose parents take an active role in their progress tend to be more enthusiastic and productive. Create a quiet space where the student can practice, and schedule a time, or several smaller times for practice each day.
All students should have regular access to an acoustic piano or an 88 key modern digital piano with a weighted hammer action. Acoustic pianos should be kept in good working order and should be tuned at least once a year. I am happy to recommend a good piano tuner and provide instrument suggestions. Smaller keyboards (61 key touch sensitive minimum) are acceptable for the first 6 months only and are available for rent for $20/month.
Tuition and Material Fees
*Please contact me directly for tuition fees.
Tuition reserves your weekly time slot, studio membership and includes customized lesson planning and fun projects throughout the year! Students are also responsible for the cost of books as well as an annual $25 materials fee.
The first month’s tuition and the materials fee, as well as the signed studio policy agreement (found on the last page of this document) are due by September 1st in order to reserve your timeslot.
What does the materials fee cover?
- Printing fees
- Studio and individual licensed sheet music
- Teaching materials
- Technology etc.
I accept cash, cheques and internet E-transfers. For monthly payments, I will email invoices during the last week of each month. Tuition is due by the first lesson of the month.
Forgot your payment? Miss the first lesson? Pay online or drop-off/mail payment to avoid the late fee. Should something come up where you cannot financially fulfill your commitment to your lessons, advanced notice and open, ongoing communication is appreciated and encouraged!
If payment is not received by the second lesson of the month no lesson will be given and a $20 late fee will be applied.
Lesson times are standing appointments; a student’s lesson time is reserved for only them each week, and it is their responsibility to attend. Dance classes and sports teams do not offer reimbursements if you cannot attend a rehearsal or game – music lessons are no different.
Lessons missed by me or in the event of severe weather, will be made up or refunded.
Students who are ill SHOULD NOT attend lessons. If the student has a cold or flu-like symptoms (new cough, runny nose, fever, vomiting, etc within 24 hours) or any other communicable illness (certain rashes, chicken pox etc) they are not to come to their lesson.
Lessons missed by the student will not be made up unless due to extenuating circumstances and if the schedule allows it.
If students are unable to attend their lesson, they are welcome to use the studio “swap list” which will be provided in September. There are no reimbursements for cancellations.
“No-Show” Lessons are Forfeit. Repeat “no shows” will result in removal from the schedule without reimbursement.
***As studio owner, I reserve the right to remove students from the schedule if they have poor attendance, poor practice habits, or if they repeatedly break any studio policies.
Recitals offer students a great sense of accomplishment, pride for their hard work and demonstrate the importance of setting and achieving goals. Students will be given the opportunity to participate in two formal recitals each year! Donations to a local charity are accepted in lieu of a recital fee. Participation is strongly encouraged!
Questions? Need to talk?
Some questions can be handled during lesson time, but I would be happy to arrange a meeting or phone call outside of lesson time. Feel free to call during the day, or text or email any time and I will respond as soon as I am able!
Music is a lifelong pursuit, but lessons are not always possible for a multitude of reasons. Remember, if you are unsatisfied with your lessons for any reason or if you are contemplating quitting lessons, please speak freely to me about your concerns. Withdrawal from lessons requires a 2 week notice in order to wrap up any current projects and discuss how the student can continue to follow their music goals. This also allows me the necessary time to fill that empty lesson slot.