2011-2012 Policies for Kate’s Piano Studio
These are the Policies for this school year. Please note that there will be changes for the 2012-2013 year, effective September 2012.
Please initial each section, sign/date at the end, and return this form to the teacher. By signing this agreement, you agree to respect and abide by the studio policies.
_____ General Information | Weekly private lessons are offered in 30, 45, or 60-minute sessions, depending on the student’s age/level.
_____ At the Studio | Students are expected to arrive for lessons in a timely manner, with all required materials and music. Parents and siblings may wait quietly in the living room or entrance, wait in their vehicle, or run errands so long as they return to pick up their student in a timely fashion. To discuss student progress, parents are welcome to talk with the teacher during the first five minutes of the student’s lesson — but not afterwards, in order to respect the next student’s time slot.
_____ Practice and Instrument | Private students are expected to practice daily on a well-maintained acoustic piano or an electric keyboard with touch sensitive keys. Weighted keys on electric keyboards are preferable, but not essential for beginners.
_____ Materials | Students are recommended to use a canvas tote bag to carry books to and from lessons. The student will be given an assignment notebook at their first lesson, which will be used keep track of assigned pieces and practice suggestions/goals for each week. The teacher will obtain all needed books and materials for the student, and materials will be added to the invoice sent home at the end of each month.
_____ Calendar and Schedule | Lessons will continue from September through June, and can continue through the summer if desired. If you do not wish to have lessons during Spring Break, Reading Week, or any other school break, please provide at least one week notice. There are no regular lessons during the week of Christmas or the week prior to Christmas, however, lessons can continue during this time if requested.
_____ Tuition and Payment | Lessons are $20/half hour. The teacher reserves the right to raise fees at the beginning of each new academic year.
_____ Summer Months | The teacher is available to teach lessons in the summer and recommends this if the student is able and willing to practice. Lessons will be scheduled around the student’s and the teacher’s availability (e.g. vacations, summer camps, etc.) and scheduling will be flexible. Notification of summer lesson plans should be made by June 1.
_____ Missed Lessons | If, for some reason, a lesson must be missed, please notify the teacher at least one week in advance, when possible. The student/parent is responsible to pay for missed lessons in which less than 24 hours notice is given. Students will not be charged for the missed lesson if more than 24 hours notice is given, or if it is the result of an emergency.
_____ Makeup Lessons | Due to the teacher’s limited availability, makeup lessons cannot be guaranteed. However, if an absence arises due to unforeseen situations such as an accident or family emergency and if the student indicates a desire for a makeup lesson, the teacher will make an effort to accommodate a makeup. For students taking lessons in Raymond, makeup lessons will occur in Lethbridge.
_____ Discontinuing Lessons | If a student and/or parent should decide to terminate lessons at any given time during the year, the studio requires a two week written notice in person or via email. Regardless of when appropriate notice is given, the student/parent will be financially responsible for the following two weeks/lessons, whether the student/parent chooses to attend or be absent.
_____ Parent Participation | Parents are encouraged to be supportive and active participants in practice at home. Parents are free to attend and quietly observe lessons occasionally if they wish.
- Studio Newsletters: Occasional studio newsletters will arrive in your student’s practice record book.
- Facebook Page: In the next month or so, the teacher will be starting a facebook page which students and parents are welcome to join. “Liking” this page allows students to interact with the teacher and other students while maintaining the privacy of each student’s facebook profile.
- Contacting the Teacher: The best way to contact the teacher is via email, which will be promptly returned with an email reply or phone call. Phone calls are also welcome, especially on weekdays between 8am and 11am and weekends. The teacher always welcomes emails or text messages from students during the week if they have questions regarding their repertoire or other matters.
Student Signature (or parent if student is under 18)Date