Studio Policies  


YOUR LESSON TIME is reserved for your exclusive use every week, whether you use it or not. If you cannot attend a lesson, please notify by text or email as soon as possible. A student who does not attend  a lesson will  simply miss the benefit of that lesson. If you cannot attend your scheduled lesson time, you may take advantage of one of the options below. The lesson schedule is posted on our website for your convenience.                             RESCHEDULING: Lessons are eligible for rescheduling, regardless of reason, if you notify AT LEAST TWO HOURS before your lesson time (including if some, but not all, of your students are attending). Two hours allows me to check messages and use lesson time constructively.                                                                                                                        OPTIONSOnline lessons are the first choice - at regular time - or reschedule during a cancellation or a Flex Week. If you have not missed a lesson, you may be off during Flex Week. Flex Weeks coincide with the following holiday weeks: Thanksgiving, M. L. King Day, Spring Break, the end of the school year, and the end of summer, and may be used in advance of an absence. Please check program calendar or website to see if studio is open on holidays, etc. ONE rescheduled lesson per Flex Week. Missed rescheduled lessons cannot be rescheduled again. Reschedules expire at the end of each Flex Week. Two paid teacher sick days are included per student, per year, as well as one week summer vacation (not rescheduled).                                                                                                                              TUITION FEES REMAIN THE SAME NO MATTER HOW MANY LESSONS ARE ATTENDED. Tuition is based on enrollment, not attendance. Please see Membership Subscription/Tuition Fees page for more information. Tuition fees are kept affordable in consideration that not all missed lessons can be rescheduled.                                                    ILLNESS: Please do not bring student in for a lesson with a contagious illness. They will not do well, and it is unfair to other students. Too sick for school is too sick for lessons. No fever, frequent coughing/sneezing, or diarrhea/vomiting within 24 hours, please.                   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 schools are closed or driving conditions are unsafe, PLEASE notify 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. I will close if my driveway has not been cleared. Online lessons are usually done on snow days, but if not possible, ONE snow day may be rescheduled per school year.                                                                                                                                            LESSON LENGTH may vary. For example, a 30-minute lesson may only have 25 minutes of instructional time due to  student getting settled in, restroom breaks, technology issues, etc. Also, as student progresses, lesson length will need to increase, for example, from 30 minutes to 45.                                                                                                                                         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. If your lesson is first, the door will be open about five minutes before your lesson time.                                                                                                                                    PARKING: In consideration of other students, please do not block the driveway (please park diagonally on the right). Please supervise children outside and keep them away from the road.                                                                                                                                  RESTROOM: Our restroom is for urgent use only. Please have students use the restroom before leaving home or school. We have a “vintage” septic system which requires water conservation. Thank you for understanding.                                                                          WAITING/DROPPING STUDENTS OFF: Students 8 and over may be dropped off. Parents of children who are under 8, or are special needs students, must stay on premises. Please wait in your car or in our back yard, unless you are asked to sit in on your student’s lessons. One extra person, besides the student, (such as a parent) may wait in the studio. Older students often do better when parents are NOT at lessons. I cannot be responsible for students before or after their lesson time, or for siblings at any time.                                                                                                                                                                                    BINDERS: 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. This can be done positively! Let me know if you need practice ideas.                                                                                                                                         PAUSING/DISCONTINUING: Please speak with me if student is showing decreased interest. A change in approach, different music, books, and activities usually help. Taking action early is best, and taking a break is usually counterproductive.  If taking a break from lessons, your spot may be held by paying tuition for first return month in advance. Every student stops taking lessons at some point. Please make this decision thoughtfully with plenty of discussion between the teacher, parent, and student so that lessons can cease with a positive sense of closure. One month’s paid notice is required when discontinuing. At the discretion of the teacher, students may be asked to discontinue lessons at any time if they have unpaid tuition, an excess amount of absences/unprepared lessons, or if they show a lack of interest or refusal to cooperate during lessons. Tuition fees are not refundable. Please see Membership Subscription/Tuition fees page.                                                 POLICIES  are subject to change every September.                                           Rev. 8/2021