Outlined here are the general policies for the studio. These may be subject to change as needed.
The student will receive an invoice (which outlines the anticipated dates of the lessons and credit for missed lessons) by the first lesson of the month. Refunds will not be issued.
If payment is not received by the fifth of the month, a late fee of $5.00 per student will be assessed. Payments received by mail will receive a late fee if postmarked after the fifth. This late fee will be added to the next month's bill if it is not included with the payment.
Every effort will be made to see the student each week. When scheduling issues arise, the student and teacher will work together to reach a mutually agreed upon solution. If a lesson cannot be rescheduled and the month results in fewer than three lessons, a $25 credit will be applied to the next month's bill. If the student is unable to attend a lesson, it is their responsibility to notify the teacher by text, phone call, or email as soon as possible. The teacher will do the same.
If a scheduling issue arises after delivery of invoices, students must notify the teacher at least 24 hours in advance to receive credit for the lesson toward rescheduling. A lesson cancelled the same day it is to occur will not be rescheduled.
If a student is unable to attend lessons during a given month, payment of half the monthly tuition will be required to hold that student's spot on the schedule. If a student is unsure about potential scheduling issues, please discuss prior to the start of the month with the teacher.
Again, refunds will not be issued.
New lessons schedules are made as needed. Please make every effort to inform the teacher of schedule changes and needs in as timely a manner as possible. The teacher will make every effort to communicate schedule changes in advance when sending invoices.
Most lessons are scheduled back to back, therefore, it is of utmost importance that the student be on time for the lesson. If a student is late, the lesson will still end at the scheduled time. If a student is later than the midpoint of the lesson, it will be canceled for that day.
The most vital element in learning a musical instrument is consistent practice. There is not a minimum number of minutes required . Experience says that this leads to dawdling. Instead, the expectation is consistent practice to achieve goals. If a student can successfully perform a particular piece/section/goal 5 times in a row, that is the minimum expectation. This applies to both small sections/chunks and larger passages/complete pieces. Our goal as musicians is to perform extremely consistently, which requires extremely consistent practice.
It is very difficult to work without music. Be sure to bring the assigned music to every lesson. Also, the student should bring any other materials requested by the teacher. All music must be purchased by the student, although the teacher may order, or pick up the music as needed.