Tuition is billed on a monthly basis. It is due at the last lesson of the current month for the following month’s lessons. Monthly timeslots are not reserved until full payment is received.
A $10 late fee will be applied to payments after the due date.
For this school year, families may reschedule or opt out of a lesson in the upcoming month if they have a planned conflict. The deadline for notification of a planned conflict is at the last lesson of the month before the absence, when tuition is paid. I appreciate knowing even further in advance.
Tuition may be paid by check (personal or mailed directly from the bank), cash, or electronic transfer.
Make-ups and Absences
Your lesson time is reserved exclusively for you and I cannot use it for any other student; therefore, there are no student make-ups, refunds, or credits for missed lessons due to trips, illness, sports conflicts, no-shows, traffic, etc.
Students are encouraged to swap lessons with another student using the instructions on the Swap List if they know they will have a conflict. The Swap List will be distributed as soon as student lesson times have been finalized.
If I am absent or if travel is impossible due to snow, I will offer a make-up lesson during the Teacher Absence Make-up Week in June.
In emergency cases only, students are allowed one make-up for a missed lesson provided 24 hours notice is given. Funerals are emergencies; illnesses and schoolwork are not. Only one emergency makeup is allowed per school year.
Please provide at least one month advance notice for withdrawing. No refunds are given to students who withdraw in the middle of the month.
Students should practice a minimum of five days per week. If this practice is programmed into a daily routine, it becomes more of a daily enjoyment rather than an unexpected chore that might distract from another activity. Small practice sessions each day are far preferable to a long practice session the day before the lesson.
In addition to practicing, students are expected to listen to professional recordings of their past, current, and future repertoire, as well as other classical music. Listening inspires us and provides an aural model for the student to emulate. Passive listening to background music is helpful; active listening as a part of your practice session is even better.
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