Brandywine Music/Piano Studio

Piano Lessons, Music for Special Occasions

                                                         Studio Policies

YOUR LESSON DAY and TIME is reserved for your exclusive use every week, whether you use it or not. If you cannot attend a lesson, please call, email, or text as soon as possible.                                                                                                                                               RESCHEDULING: Lessons are only rescheduled if notification is made BEFORE your lesson time. 

OPTIONS: Students may have their lessons over Skype; reschedule during an open spot in the schedule; or during a Flex Week. Or, if you have two or more students and only one is coming, that student can take the full amount of time. Occasionally, lesson time can be extended to compensate for missed time.  And, if you’re planning to be away, for example, in January, you can use your November Flex Week. Flex Weeks coincide with the following holiday weeks: Thanksgiving, M. L. King Day, and Spring Break. I will reschedule any lessons which I have cancelled. Check program calendar or website to see if studio is open on holidays, etc. There are 36 lessons built into the school year. Only ONE rescheduled lesson per quarter is guaranteed. Missed rescheduled lessons cannot be rescheduled again.                                                                                                                                                            ILLNESS: Please do not bring your child in for a lesson with a contagious illness. S/he will not do well, and it is unfair to other students.                                                                                          INJURIES: Injury of a hand or arm is not necessarily a reason to take a break from lessons. The student can work with the uninjured hand, listening skills, music theory, rhythm, etc.                                                                                                                                                            SNOW POLICY: If your school is closed or driving conditions are unsafe, PLEASE CALL/email/text if you are canceling. Otherwise, I won’t know who is coming or not, as some schools may be closed and not others, some parents will drive in snow, and road conditions may improve during the day. Skype lessons are usually done on snow days, but if not possible, ONE snow day may be rescheduled per Quarter.                                                                                      TUITION FEES REMAIN THE SAME NO MATTER HOW MANY LESSONS ARE ATTENDED. Please see Annual Membership Plan/Tuition Fees page for more information. Tuition fees are kept affordable in consideration that not all missed lessons can be rescheduled.                            TIMELINESS: If you are late, you will have the remaining time for your lesson. Time missed because of lateness is not made up. If you arrive early, you are welcome to sit in on the lesson before yours. This can be very motivational, and it enables students to play duets together. If your lesson is first, the door will be open about five minutes before your lesson time.                     LESSON LENGTH is approximate. For example, a 30-minute lesson may only have 25 minutes of instructional time due to getting child settled in, restroom breaks, etc.                             SUMMER LESSONS: The program continues through the summer. Students progress much better when there is not a long break in the summer, and they do not need to spend time in the fall re-learning old material. Please see Summer Session page.                                                      PARKING: In consideration of other parents, please do not block the driveway. Please supervise children outside and keep them away from the road.                                                        DROPPING STUDENTS OFF: Students 8 and over may be dropped off.  Parents only need to sit in on lessons if they help their children practice, or if they are under 8. Older students often do better when parents are not at lessons.                                                                                        BINDERS: At the beginning of the school year or beginning lessons, please supply a 3-ring binder for sheet music, practice notes, handouts, etc. Please bring the binder and music books to every lesson.                                                                                                                                 PRACTICE: Please treat practicing like other homework and expect it to be done each day. Unprepared lessons cost the same as prepared ones but their value is substantially compromised. Your investment in your children’s music education will reap rewards if you take time to encourage practice. Let me know if you need practice ideas.                                      TIME OFF/DISCONTINUING: Please speak with me if your child is showing decreased interest. A change in approach, different music, books, and games usually help. Taking action early is the best approach, and taking a break is usually counterproductive. One month’s notice is required when discontinuing. Tuition fees are not refunded when discontinuing lessons.